The Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, has expressed the readiness of the institution to commence the Geology and Mining programme in the 2023/2024 academic session.
Professor Na’Allah made this known in Abuja at the second anniversary of the partnership between the University of Abuja and the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
According to a statement made available to our correspondent on Wednesday, The Vice Chancellor, who said the new academic programme was being jointly put in place by the University and ACCI as part of the gains from the partnership, said the move would also ensure the exploration of the vast mineral resources in UNIABUJA’s campus.
While the university is leveraging its abundant human and mineral resources to attract industries and investors to the campus, the Vice-Chancellor said students and academic staff would benefit massively from mineral exploration in practice and research.
On the readiness to commence Geology and Mining in the institution, the VC said a committee put in place by the University and ACCI was leaving no stone unturned to ensure the take-off of the programme.
“Our goal is from the 2022 / 2023 academic year, which will (be) April or May, that a new department of Geology and Mining will take-off in this our campus,” he said.
Speaking further, Professor Na’Allah commended ACCI for the partnership, saying the deal has recorded many success stories since coming into force.
He said some students of the University now undergo internships and Student’s Industrial Work Experience Scheme programme in industries under ACCI, adding that the two bodies have been working on strategic areas which will also benefit the country as a whole.
“There are so many other programmes we are looking at, and one of them is the agric park, the chamber and the University are working passionately on it and hope it will take off soon,” the VC said.
Professor Na’Allah said investors stand to gain a lot by coming to the University, which is located just 10 minutes away from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and about 25 minutes drive from Abuja Central business district, adding that the move to designate the UniAbuja as a free trade zone would also be a major boost for prospective investors.