By LAMINO GAMBO ISHAQ
Nasarawa State University, Keffi has taken delivery of engineering equipments donated by an Italian firm, De Lorenzo Engineering & Training Solutions aimed at boosting science and engineering courses in the university.
Appreciating the donation of the technical equipments which is coming at the time of taking off of Faculty of Engineering in the state university, Governor Abdullahi A. Sule reiterated his commitment towards enhancing technological advancement of Nasarawa state, adding that government is working hard to ensure timely completion of the Lafia Institute of Technical Education.
The Governor also assured of the resolve of his administration towards upgrading all skills acquisition centres in Nasarawa State.
Governor Sule noted his administration’s readiness in continuing partnering with NASENI among other worthwhile collaborators towards the development of technical manpower within the academia and among technologically minded people of the state.
Engineer Sule urged the state university to fully utilise the equipment to the benefits of all.
Speaking directly to the students, the Governor admonished them to understand the importance of the integrated circuits provided and also explores the opportunities it provide to learn and provide capacity, skills and manpower to the upcoming industries in Nasarawa state.
He challenged the students on invention saying “You will not only learn how to operate the integrated circuits, but you will also learn how to build your own integrated circuits and that is my dream”
Presenting the engineering equipments, Chief Executive Officer of De Lorenzo SPA, Dr Matteo Prosperi said the company produces engineering training equipment and has so far been able to train engineers and technicians in over 160 countries. Dr Prosperi stated that the time has come for Nasarawa state to benefit from its more than 68 years existence and experience in high level Italian engineering quality and expertise.
“I strongly believe that our world class engineering training equipment and services will greatly contribute to the university’s vision to be a world class Centre of Excellence”. Matteo.
Dr Prosperi expresses optimism of the state achieving its vision of being among the three most competitive states in Nigeria by 2023 considering the Governor’s investment in human capital development.
On his part, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, Engineer Professor Muhammed Sani Haruna appreciated the support of De Lorenzo to the overall growth and development of engineering in Nigeria.
Professor Sani Haruna stated that NASENI will continue to partner the government of Engineer Abdullahi Sule as it seeks to ensure capacity building and provide employment through technical and vocational education, adding that collaboration between De Lorenzo and the State University will speed the growth of the newly established Engineering Faculty.
“NASENI is also emulating De Lorenzo and will donate its own equipment to the Faculty of Engineering in Nasarawa State University upon completion of manufacturing of its local components at NASENI institutes”. Prof Sani stated
Aside linking the State university with Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada, Prof Sani maintained that Professors and experts from NASENI are available on visiting terms to meet manpower requirements of engineering courses to ensure proper take off of engineering programme in the university.
The Vice Chancellor of Nasarawa State University Keffi, Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed appreciated Governor Abdullahi Sule for facilitating the take off of the faculty of engineering among other support to the university, just as he explained that the donation of the laboratory equipments was not without the input of the Director General of National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, Professor, Mohammed Sanni Haruna.