Michael Okpara University of Agriculture not doing enough, urged to enhance utilization of plant resources for national benefits by Federal Government | #NwokeukwuMascot


Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Urged to Enhance Utilization of Plant Resources for National Benefits | #NwokeukwuMascot

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......FG Advocates for Increased Pharmaceutical Production and Food Security Initiatives"

The Federal Government has called upon the management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, located in Abia State, South-East Nigeria, to leverage the university's abundant plant resources to close the gap in pharmaceutical production and ensure food security across the nation. This directive was issued by Esuabana Nko-Asanye, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Technology, during the inauguration of the university’s upgraded Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Laboratories.

Nko-Asanye emphasized that the upgrade of these laboratories is part of a strategic initiative by the National Office for Technical Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP). This project aims to bolster research, innovation, and development in selected Nigerian universities. The enhanced facilities are expected to facilitate top-quality research and innovation that can be commercialized, thereby contributing significantly to national development.

"The objective is to equip our research facilities to conduct high-level research and development that can be turned into commercially viable products," stated Nko-Asanye. "This will not only promote innovation but also support the country’s goals in pharmaceutical production and food security."

The Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University, Professor Maduebibisi Iwe, highlighted the transformative impact of the newly donated scientific equipment on the institution. According to Professor Iwe, the upgraded laboratories will significantly enhance the scientific capabilities and expertise of students in the Chemical Engineering and Chemistry departments.

"The new equipment will immensely boost the capacity of our students, allowing them to gain practical skills and enhance their scientific expertise," noted Professor Iwe. He further appealed to the Abia State Government to expedite the release of the title document for over 2,000 hectares of land. This land is crucial for the university's expansion plans, which aim to benefit both the local community and the broader Nigerian populace.

The Federal Government's call for better utilization of plant resources by the university aligns with broader national strategies to improve self-sufficiency in pharmaceuticals and secure the nation’s food supply.

The upgraded research facilities at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture represent a significant step towards achieving these objectives, by fostering a robust environment for scientific innovation and development.


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