World Bank Invests $70m In Nigerian Varsities

World Bank Invests $70m In Nigerian Varsities

In a bid to making some Nigerian universities meeting the global standards the World Bank has disclosed that it expended $70 million projects in 10 Nigerian universities to boost Science and Technology.

World Bank listed the 10 benefiting universities under African Centre for Excellence, ACE, namely: Redeemers University, Mowe; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; University of Jos, Jos; University of Benin, Benin, and African University of Science and Technology, Abuja.

Others are, University of Port-Harcourt, Port Harcourt; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Bayero University, Kano; Benue State University, Makurdi and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

World Bank said it took more interest in funding several areas of Redeemers University Sciences, such as infectious diseases due to the role it played during the Ebola crisis in 2014.

It added that Redeemers University was the testing site for the 2014 Ebola crisis in Nigeria.

"Genomic of infectious diseases at Redeemer University, that was the testing site for the Ebola crisis in Nigeria.

"They were able to test and turn around the results within six hours. Very critical scientific information that confirmed there was Ebola that allowed the government to very quickly respond and contain the virus,"it said.

Speaking at the opening of three-day workshop held, yesterday, in Lagos for the 22 ACE member universities in Africa, World Bank Lead Economist, Global Practice Education, Andreas Blom said the bank is investing $165 million in ACE Africa and the 10 universities in Nigeria will gulp $70m for this project.

According to him, Nigeria is the biggest country in the region and has a large number of centres of excellence.

He also urged the Nigerian government to raise the quality of its universities, adding that a lot of Nigerians were going outside the country, spending a lot of money on quality education.

"All these talents can remain in Nigeria to educate Nigerians. But for that to happen, we need better universities. We need very good teachers,

"But for that to happen, we need better universities. We need very good teachers, curriculum, and laboratories so that Nigeria talents stay in Nigeria and work for Nigeria developmental problems.

"For Nigeria, we are funding several areas of science, such as infectious diseases, in particular, the centres of excellence around.

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