By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Paul Mary Achimugu Foundation, billed for formal launch in August, is to endow a Professorial Chair in the Department of Polymer and Textile Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
This was conttained in a statement issued by the Director Public Affairs Directorate of the University, Auwalu Umar, which said the President of National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN), Mr Anibe Achimugu disclosed this when he led the association’s Think Tank Team on a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Kabiru Bala, at the institution’s main campus, Zaria.
Achimugu said, the foundation was established in memory of his father, the great Chief Sunday Achimugu, who was widely regarded as the textile guru in Nigeria.
The foundation was established to primarily focus on health, empowerment and education.
He informed the Vice-Chancellor that the foundation would also collaborate with the university to be organising a yearly lecture series for the benefit of humanity.
Mr Achimugu explained that awarding scholarship to indigent students and offering prizes for best graduating students would also be part of the collaboration.
According to him, they have the belief that the university would play the role of academia in the “Triple Helix Model that has led to the sustainable socio-economic development of rapidly emerging economies.
“We would want to take the advantage of the brains we have in Ahmadu Bello University and we would write formally to the university for this purpose,” he said.
Mr. Achimugu said they will formally write to the university for the warm reception accorded him and members of his team while the foundation and NACOTAN indeed, cherish the Vice-Chancellor’s leadership qualities.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Kabiru Bala, stressed the importance of research in the development of a nation, saying that no county could survive the 21st Century, if it doesn’t plan well.
Prof Bala also explained that the university would do all it can to strengthen the collaboration with the foundation to achieve the set objectives.
The visit of the Think Tank members to the university and courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor were facilitated by the Head, Department of Polymer and Textile Engineering, Prof M M Bukhari and Prof I Giwa of the department.