Just in keeping with his promise to position the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, as a research hub in Nigeria and Africa, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Bartho Okolo has for the second time in four months, commissioned pieces of laboratory equipment meant to enhance research efficiency in the Institution. The benefiting faculties this time were the College of Medicine and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University.
The college of Medicine received 100 pieces of Binocular Microscopes meant for the Department of Anatomy, while the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine got general purpose Incubator Genlabs, PH meters, classic media Extendable, controller and circulator Grant, Spectrophotometer, Furnace ashing Nabertherm ,Microfuge MSE and Rotor Haematocrit tubes.
Handing over the equipment to the faculties, Prof. Okolo noted that it was not normal for universities administration to purchase research equipment for their departments and faculties but said that it was the responsibility of faculties and departments to attract the needed equipment by writing research proposals and applying for grants.
He however said that his administration had to provide the equipment in order to jump start research activities in the university after it suffered set back as a result of past crisis and dilapidated infrastructure. He urged the young faculties to take advantage of the new equipment to boost their research capabilities and also attract fame and fortune to the University.
The Vice-Chancellor said that his administration had spent over 450 million Naira to fit classrooms with modern study chairs, adding that over 300 classrooms in the campuses of the university would benefit from the on-going installation of Hitachi Smart boards to enhance teaching and learning.
Further, Prof. Okolo said that the dream of providing a befitting ambience for the college of Medicine would be realized as 500 Million Naira had been earmarked for the project which would kick off in the next two months. He added that equipment had been ordered to uplift the cardiovascular unit to a centre of excellence.
Prof. Okolo therefore restated the determination of his administration to create a world class ambience that would promote research and encourage knowledge creation which would be beneficial to the University and the international community.
In a vote of thanks, the Associate Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Prof C.O Nwosu, recalled that the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine had, few months ago, taken delivery of some laboratory equipment, including 18 units of Microscope and 3 PH metres. He said he was happy that another new pieces of equipment had arrived the Faculty within the shortest possible interval.
Prof Nwosu said that young faculties had been fully trained on the use of the equipment and assured that arrangements were in top gear to provide a befitting laboratory to house and make the equipment accessible to researchers.
While thanking the University management for providing the equipment, Provost, College of Medicine, Prof. B. J. Onwubere, also noted that the affairs of the University were moving smoothly under the leadership of Prof Okolo, he pledged to join hands with the Vice-Chancellor to take the University to greater height.
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