By Mustapha Alhassan

As part of efforts to build viable linkages with sectoral partners, the Federal University of Technology, Minna has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Abuja.
The signing of the agreement by which both parties are to collaborate in research, training, capacity building, development and production took place recently at NASENI’s conference room, Idu, Abuja.
Speaking during the brief ceremony, Deputy Vice – Chancellor (Adminstration), Prof. Emmanuel Emeka Udensi, fnip who signed the document on behalf of the Vice -Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, said FUT, Minna, being the best specialized University in Nigeria is happy to work with a good sectoral partner like NASENI.
Recalling that the University had last year signed a different MoU with NASENI, Prof. Udensi said the development shows the importance it attaches to the Agency and expressed hope that both parties would work to ensure it succeeds for their mutual benefit.
On her part, the Director, Planning and Policy Analysis, Mrs. Nonye Onyechi, who represented the Executive Vice-Chairman of NASENI, Engr. Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna said the Agency was happy to partner with the University as collaboration helps them achieve their mandate.

By the agreement, the University has given approval for the World Bank -Funded Africa Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety(ACEMFS) to engage in technical partnership with NASENI.
In scope, the MoU which is for five years and can be renewed, subject to mutual agreement, covers cooperation to research areas that can support each other’s mandate, establishment of academic and scholarly cooperative linkages and undertaking collaborative research work in areas of mutual interest.
It also covers engaging in development and production of the output of the joint research, exchange of resource persons/research staff as well as jointly promoting and commercializing the output of their research work.
The Registrar, Mr. Amos Nmadu Kolo; the Centre Leader, ACEMFS, Prof. Husseini Makun and the Director, Directorate for Collaboration, Affiliation and Linkages(DCAL), Prof. Johnson Olusegun Oyero appended their signatures as witnesses to the MoU.
Also, on the University’s delegation were ACEMFS Sectoral Liaison Officer, Prof. Ambali Abdulkareem;Deputy Director, Legal Unit Bar. Evelyn Makun; ACEMFS Deputy Center Leader, Dr. Hadiza Mohammed; ACEMFS Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Dr. Mercy Bankole as well as other members of staff.

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