The important of science and technology in the 21st century cannot be over emphasized. The 21stc witnesses change revolution in the invention of science and technology. It will suffice to say that the world business sector, educational sector and political platform is controlled by science and technology.
In view of the above, the institutions around the world are shifting their tentacles to boost science and technology among the youths for the growth of their country and for the benefits of mankind.
In Nigeria, the World Bank has disclosed that it spent not less than 70 million US Dollar in science and technology projects in not less than 10 Nigerian universities and training institutes on Science and Technology programmes of studies and help the institutes to stand as international standard and to compete globally.
At the unveiling of the 3 days schedule training workshop organized in Lagos State, Nigeria, yesterday 16 May, 2017, for the 22 African Centre for Excellence (ACE) member universities in Africa.
Andreas Blom, a World Bank Lead Economist, Global Practice Education while addressing all the participants stated that ‘’The World Bank is investing $165 million in ACE Africa and the 10 universities in Nigeria will gulp $70m for this project.’’
It was further disclosed that institutions globally distinguished as African Centre for Excellence (ACE) by ranking received the World Bank supports are African University of Science and Technology, in Abuja; Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria; Bayero University, in Kano State; Benue State University, in Benue State; Federal University of Agriculture, in Ogun State; Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), in Osun State; Redeemers University, Mowe in Ogun State; University of Benin (UNIBEN), in Edo State; University of Jos (UNIJOS), in Plateau State and University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT), in Rivers State;
It was disclosed that World Bank paid special interest and focus in funding several areas of the Redeemers University, Mowe in its Sciences, which include but not limited to infectious diseases due to it major antecedent of impact the institution played during the deadly disease Ebola outbreak in Nigeria sometimes in 2014.
The World Bank disclosed stated that ‘’Redeemers University was the testing site for the 2014 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.
The World Bank Lead Economist, Global Practice Education, Andreas Blom further disclosed that Nigeria is the biggest country in the region and has a large number of centres of excellence.
That ‘’For Nigeria, we are funding several areas of science, such as infectious diseases, in particular the centres of excellence around. 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 contained the virus,
That ‘’All these talents can remain in Nigeria to educate Nigerians. 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.
At his final remarks Andreas Blom pleaded with the Nigeria state and federal government to continue make education a priority for its citizens with high international standard excellent quality universities, that lot of Nigerians were leaving the shore of Nigeria and Africa to study.
Participants at the workshop expressed their joy over the World Bank support.