UNIABUJA students win N2.2m research grants

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Eight undergraduate students of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) have won N2.2million as research grants from the Centre for Undergraduate Research Fund of the university.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, disclosed this at the maiden undergraduate research day with the theme: ‘Promoting National Development Through Research’ in Abuja.

He promised to increase investment on research and development with a view to further boost national development.

Na’Allah stated that one of the problems in Nigeria was bad leadership and poor investment in research.

Hence, he urged university managements and students to identify and undertake research on local and national problems. He said it will enable Nigeria be at par with developed countries of the world.

Na’Allah said the university would continue to harvest undergraduates to embark on research, grant them the needed financial support and mentorship, through the Centre established to primarily encourage undergraduate students at all levels in the university to develop keen interest in research, know Nigeria’s problems and how to resolve them.

In his words, “How has the many universities in Nigeria helped in sustaining and developing this nation to compete with other nations of the world?

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“Universities have no other business than helping the nation to grow and I want to encourage all universities in Nigeria to have centres of undergraduate research’’.

“I urge other undergraduates to look at the problems of the nation that they want to research into. “

The university will give you the money, support and assistance so that your research will be successful.”

Na’Allah further revealed that the university has developed the ‘Journal of Undergraduate Research’ open only for publication of undergraduate researches.

He said it would create collaboration and linkages with industries, foster future employment opportunities. Thus, exposing Nigerian students to global recognition.

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