The World Bank on Tuesday in Abuja pledged continued partnership with African varsities in promoting research activities that will in turn encourage the creation of massive employment opportunities for the youths, develop their skills in Science and Technology, ensure inter linkages between varsities and industries and promote better use of techniques by graduates
The Bank’s visiting Education Director, Dr. Jamie S Chamduvi, who stated this during a meeting with 10 centre leaders of the African Centers of Excellence, urged the youths to make expeditious use of the huge opportunities being created through research to better the lot of the continent and create several employment opportunities for the upcoming generation
He said: ’’You have fantastic opportunities and extremely quality education, to create for more opportunities for Africans to have access to improved living standards’’
Earlier in his welcome presentation, the Director, Centre for ACE in National Universities Commission (NUC), Dr. Joshua Attah, said the various centres have been living up to their mandates in the area of research and coming up with findings that have contributed in transforming Nigeria’ economy and the quality of health.
He further maintained that the centres will partner with the bank to promote higher education in Nigeria
He said ‘’scaling up the ACE activities through adequate funding support is highly required especially to meet the demand of about 153 Nigerian varsities that have signed up through NgREN, is highly imperative’’.