Federal University of Otuoke has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) with both parties expressing optimism to move the joint agenda forward.
The MOU was entered by the two institutions to share joint Research and Development Projects in cutting edge Biotechnology discipline especially Bioinformatics, Bioresources Enterprises Development and Genetic Engineering.
Other areas of the cooperation are development of Biotechnology Human Resources and Infrastructures, Staff and Students Industrial attachment, Sabbaticals/ Staff exchange programmes and common facilities usage and technical support.
The parties also agreed on commercialization of research and Development results, Technology transfer and bio-entrepreneurial development.
The Vice Chancellor Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko who signed on behalf of the University commended NABDA’s centre at Odi in Kolokuma/Opokuma for its physical development within the short period of existence assuring that the collaboration will be fruitful.
On her part, the Director General and Chief Executive of the National Biotechnology Development Agency, Prof. Lucy Ogbadu, who also signed for the agency expressed commitment to entering into the relationship.
Prof. Ogbadu posited that the major problem facing Nigeria is food insecurity, therefore, it became expedient for the intervention of modern biotechnology which according to her involved the use of diverse scientific techniques and biological materials to generate useful products.
In his vote of thanks, the Acting Director Bioresources Development Centre, Odi, Mr. Josiah Bitrus Habu thanked the management of Federal University Otuoke for the collaboration while expressing a strong desire to ensure the relationship is sustained.
“VC, Sir this is our second meeting, we can see the zeal you have, the display of your intellect and energy, we are confident that this MOU will not end up in the shelf but we are going to pursue it to a logical conclusion”, He said.
Federal University Otuoke as a growing Institution is keen at developing both traditional and modern Biotechnology through formal and informal approach to build human capacity with NABDA which is imperative.
The Bioresources Development Centre of NABDA was solely established to develop sustainable exploitation of existing bioresources in the different zones for food and agriculture, job and wealth creation, medicine, economy and environmental conservation.
Among Dignitaries who were at the signing of the MOU from the University include; the Registrar, Mr. David Suowari, Dean Faculty of Science, Prof. Bio Nyanayo, Head of Dept. Chemical Sciences, Dr. Mrs. Adekunle Ihuoma and Acting Head of Department, Biological Sciences, Prof. Charles Negbenebor . Others are the Head Entrepreneurship and Skills Development, Dr. Samuel Ebie, Head Legal Services, Barr. Paul Adujie and the Media team.
The NABDA team consisted of some Directors and Staff from different Bioresource Development Centres across the country.