West African Universities To Set Up Research Centre For Herbal Drugs

West African Universities, AWAU, Herbal Drugs, herbsThe Association of West African Universities (AWAU) has concluded arrangement to establish a research centre to produce internationally accepted herbal medicines.

The association says the development is targeted at catering for the health need of Africans.

The Chairman of AWAU and Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyy Ambali, made the announcement on Monday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital in southwest Nigeria.

He explained that the association was established to promote African brotherhood and ensure that the peculiar needs of the black race were discussed with solutions proffered.

Professor Ambali hinted that six universities in West Africa had been saddled with the responsibility to establish the African Herbal Research Centre.

He said University of Ilorin had been selected for the research with a vice chancellor from South Africa as its director.

The academic explained further that the centre would make research into African herbal resources and come up with internationally accepted herbal drugs for the black race.

Unilorin Partners U.S. Firm To Build N600bn Solar Power Plant

Unilorin, Solar PowerThe University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has signed a memorandum of agreements with a United States of America based firm for the production and installation of 500 megawatts solar powered plant.

The solar powered plant to be located inside the campus is part of effort to curb the incessant power outages in some parts of the country especially Lagos and Kano states.

Addressing journalists after the signing of the agreements, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyy Ambali, explained that the public private partnership with the firm will cost the company 600 billion naira.

The General Manager of Arrow Capital, Brian Travis, noted that the project when completed by October 2016 would serve both Lagos and Kano states as the megawatts would be sold to them in accordance with the permission of the federal government.

JAMB’s Registrar Supports Establishment Of More Universities

The Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has expressed his support for the establishment of more universities in the country.

Candidates writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations organised by JAMBThis he claimed will cater for the yearly shortfall experienced during admission processes.

The JAMB boss at the matriculation ceremony of the University of Ilorin noted that with the establishment of more universities by the federal government and well-meaning Nigerians, thousands of eligible students would have the opportunity of obtaining tertiary education in disciplines of their choice.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), last week approved the establishment of three new universities to be established in the northern part of the country.

The older universities he added could not accommodate the yearly huge number of applicants seeking admission and praised the efforts of the federal government in that regard.

The Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyy Ambali had earlier  during the matriculation for the newly admitted students for 2012/2013 academic session painted a gloomy picture of how 43,000 students obtained the 200 marks score of the institution whereas only 7,000 could be offered admission due to lack of space.

He challenged the lucky few admitted for the new academic session to be serious with their studies and avoid acts that could make them to be expelled.