By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
Kaduna State Government led by Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai on Friday said it will partner with Malaysia in collaboration with Kaduna State University to gain experience of innovation and creativity in both teaching and learning research.
Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex, who represented Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, expressed this when Professors from the University of Technology, Malaysia came to Government House on a courtesy visit in Kaduna.
According to him, the state government would partner with the university to build and improve quality education for the future generation of youths in the state.
He explained that Kaduna State has taken a portion in Kaduna State University ,(KASU) towards establishing a world class university with autocratic structures.
The Deputy Governor assured them of Government’s support in all their projects.
The leader of the delegation, Assof. Professor Dr. Norzita Ngadi of Department of Chemical and Energy Engineering, University Technology Malaysia, said they were in Kaduna to initiative a collaboration that will be beneficial to Nigerians, now they are working with Kaduna State University to establish projects.
The professor, said their aims was to strengthen their collaboration with Kaduna State University (KASU) and Kaduna Polytechnic on areas of training and restraining, conduct and exchange of staff researches and renewable energy.
She said, their mission in Nigeria is nurturing holistic entrepreneurial human capital in the field of chemical and energy engineering for the universal and wellbeing of the state.
Ngadi explained that their team focuses on synthesis of various low cost adsorbents from agricultural and biomass waste for removal of dyes, organic pollutants and pharmaceutical compounds from wastewater.
She expressed that they specialize in synthesis of effective catalysts for biodiesel production as optimization of process conditions, leading to production of renewable fuel with high quality.
They have also explored the potentials in conversion of plastic waste to liquid fuel via catalytic cracking process with promising result to be applied in plastic recycling industry.
In a separate remark, the Vice Chancellor of the Kaduna State University (KASU), Professor Muhammad Tanko, said that KASU has already gone International and he assured the state government that with this kind of collaborations, the school will soon be one of the best universities in Nigeria.
The Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Professor Idris M. Bugaje, said the collaboration with the Malaysian University is already yielding results in their project of converting used tyres, plastics and pure water sachets into fuel.