US-based NGO donates lab equipment worth $150,000 to ABU Zaria

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Ahmadu Bello University has taken delivery of high end medical, laboratory and scientific equipment donated to it by FHDP, a US-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).

The equipment, worth $150,000 include Gen Probe Tigris DTS, which is the first diagnostic equipment that automates nucleic acid testing and automates all phases of molecular diagnostics testing from sample preparation, amplification, and detection to reporting result.

Others are three Thermo Scientific-80 degrees laboratory freezers, Varian CP-3800 Gas Chromatography, Varian GC/MS/Mass Spectrometer, Sanyo Counter Height Freezer, and several Eppendorft Centrifuges.

They also include Benchman Coulter and Centra CL3 Centrifuges and four other table top centrifuges, Diaphot and Olympus CK2 Microscopes, Cell Bio Sciences Gel Rig, and New Brunswick Scientific Gyrator Water bath shaker.

The foundation has a long history with ABU having made three previous donations to the University in 1995, 2003 and 2009 worth $1,175,000.

It is a charitable educational and scientific foundation originally formed in 1995 by Nigerian graduate students, residents and visiting scholars in some US universities to help improve educational and medical facilities primarily in Nigeria and later in other parts of Africa.

A few members of the foundation including its founder, Prof. Ahmad-Rufai Abdullah, graduated from Ahmadu Bello University long time ago.

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Donating the equipment in a letter to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, the founder and president of the foundation, Professor Ahmad-Rufai Abdullah, explained that the donation as well as others in the past were in keeping with the foundation’s objective to promote the social and economic development of Nigeria through high quality education.

The Vice-Chancellor, who led members of the University Management on Monday to inspect the donated medical equipment at the University Multi-User Science Laboratory, expressed immense gratitude to the Foundation for the gesture.

The Laboratory Manager, Mr Silas Ekwuribe, took the management staff round to inspect all the items donated to the University by the Foundation.

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