Human Capacity Building In Biotechnology (HCBB) Closing/Certificate Award Ceremony

Human Capacity Building In Biotechnology (HCBB) Closing/Certificate Award Ceremony Held at the Bioresource Development Centre, Odi

The Human Capacity Building in Biotechnology (HCBB) Project was fully supported by the Bayelsa State Education Development Trust Fund (EDTF) Board. The three (3) partners (the consortium) that made this possible was made up of the Academia (University of Africa, Toru-Orua), Government (Bioresource Centre, Odi), and the Industry (ROD- DEI Associates).

The epoch making event of 10th June, 2021 was graced by the Chairman of the Board, Prof. T.T. Isoun, ably represented by the Executive Secretary, Dr. (Mrs.) Alice A. Atuwo, Dr. Emmanuel O. Denenu of ROD-DEI Associates, Dr. Saleh Abdullahi Mohammed (Bioresource Centre Director), Mrs. Anulobi Adaeze(Centre Administrator), the Vice Chancellor of the University of Africa, Toru-Orua (UAT), Prof. Kingston Nyamapfene and his team.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kingston said that the project initially looked impossible but upon completion it was worth every effort that has been put into it, having successfully trained One Hundred and Two (102) trainees. He appreciated the Bayelsa State Government, the Education Development Trust Fund (EDTF) Board for their foresight, faith and generosity in granting the needed resources. He concluded by challenging the trainees to have a mindset of making a difference with the acquired skills to produce the Africa we all desire.

The Bioresource Centre Director, Dr. Saleh Abdullahi Mohammed, thanked the EDTF Board for making the centre laboratories functional. That of all the Bioresource centres in Nigeria, the Odi centre is the only centre with these special equipment. He courted for more programmes of this sort to empower more participants in the South-South region.

The co-principal investigator, Prof. Mansi El-Mansi, in his overview of the human capacity training program opined that the University of Africa, Toru-Orua (UAT) initiated the project to empower and create a new generation of balanced graduates and that this objective has been successfully realised. He made a case for the Triple Helix Model to be transformed into a Quad Helix (made of the academia, industry, government and the civil society).

Dr.(Mrs.) Atuwo in her speech said the Chairman and Board members are well pleased with the initiative of the University of Africa, Toru-Orua (UAT), its team of trainers, the participants and Bayelsa State Government for the privilege to serve.

The participants expressed their gratitude to the Bayelsa State Government through the Education Development Trust Fund (EDTF) Board for making this hands-on training a reality, bringing science back to Nigeria. The benefits, according to the participants, ranged from the creation of a network of 102 researchers in the South-South region, to future healthy and helpful collaborations among trainees and other scientists. They pleaded for the continuation of the project acknowledging the key role of funding, appealed to the State Government not to relent its effort to supporting the scheme. Mr. Rogers Opubo and Dr. Godwin Poi thanked the government, EDTF Board, ROD-DEI Associates and all the participants drawn from Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers State for making the project a success.

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