NBRRI TO STRENGTHEN TIES WITH UNIJOS.
The Nigerian Building and Roads Research Institute (NBRRI) has pledged to collaborate with the University of Jos towards strengthening capacity at the University’s Faculty of Engineering.
This came to light when the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of NBRRI, Professor (Engineer) Samson Duna visited the University to commission and hand over some equipment and machines donated by the Institute to the Faculty of Engineering.
According to the Director General, the intervention was the initiative of the immediate-past NBRRI Chief Executive, Professor (Engineer) Danladi Slim Matawal whom he said has made the Institute to be rated among the best government agencies in Nigeria in the area of Science and Technology.
According to Professor Duna, the equipment were meant to improve the skills of graduates produced from the Faculty of Engineering, particularly the Civil Engineering Department and expressed hope that the Faculty will utilize the equipment in a manner that will contribute to the development of society. He called on Engineers from the Faculty who have useful research topics to collaborate with NBRRI and secure 100% funding.
Also speaking, the initiator of the project and immediate-past NBRRI Director General, Professor (Engineer) Danladi Slim Matawal said he felt disheartened when nine years ago, he wanted to apply for his sabbatical leave in University of Jos but was unable to do so because there was no Faculty of Engineering.
The former NBRRI Chief Executive, while expressing happiness that, what was initially a dream, has now become a reality, challenged the end-users of the equipment to ensure its maximum utilization. He explained that Researchers in the University can collaborate with the Institute in the area of specialized tests in their Laboratories of Excellence located in Abuja and Ota with options in Test for Steel, Test for Concrete and Test for Soils where NBRRI can also cater for some of their training needs. Professor Matawal noted that the establishment of the Faculty of Engineering in the institution was a great breakthrough and congratulated the Vice Chancellor and Staff of the Faculty for achieving so much within such a short period of time.
Responding, Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako appreciated the magnanimity of NBRRI through Professor (Engineer) Samson Duna and Professor (Engineer) Danladi Matawal, describing NBRRI’s intervention in the University as unique. Professor Maimako sued for judicious use of the equipment, stressing that with the calibre of the equipment in the Faculty, they should break new grounds.
Professor Maimako urged members of the Faculty to ensure proper maintenance of the equipment so that it would serve their needs adequately.
Also speaking, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Jos, Professor (Engineer) Stephen Mallo expressed delight that NBRRI had selected Unijos for such an impactful project and revealed that the field of engineering is very systematic in all its operations which involves the use of various parameters.
Professor Mallo said, with the provision of the equipment, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and that of Civil Engineering can now provide reliable test results, because soil and rocks must be tested before any engineering work can commence.
The Dean appreciated NBBRI and the University Management, saying the Faculty will utilize the equipment properly in order to give greater output and ensure a long life span.
The items donated by NBRRI included a Triaxial Machine, CBR Machine, Oedometer, Digital CBR Machine, Automatic Soil Compactor among others.
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