The University of Abuja has presented medals to 10 researchers and 20 authors from the university for winning grants of over 1.1 billion naira and publishing on first-class journals across the world.
Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah at the presentation of the medals to the researchers and authors at UniAbuja main campus, said the move would encourage other scholars of the institution to seek and win more scholarly grants across the world.
He explained that the researchers were able to attract the funds through their various works which are aimed at proffering solutions to societal challenges.
He said: “We are so excited this year 2021 with all our researchers getting grants from all over the world, doing research in different areas, resolving problems for Nigeria, for humanity, bringing new products, working with industries and I am so happy that this N1.1 billion was realised by the University of Abuja researchers and most of the money came from Europe.
“What we have done is to give them medals, to tell the University of Abuja is proud of them, Nigeria, the world and indeed humanity is proud of them because their research is in various areas such as hypertension, salt consumption, cultural matters, and different areas of human endeavour. It is also an indication that the University of Abuja has come to lead Nigeria, we are telling our scholars that we must set an example as a University that others must see us as the model university to copy.
“We want to lead, we want to show that academic is not just about teaching and going home, but research is also fundamental to the university, resolving the problem for the society is fundamental, we are having security challenges today, universities should be at the forefront in leading and we at the University of Abuja are doing that so today is for researchers and authors.”
Director of the Centre for Sponsored Project at the university, Prof Obiageli Nnodu said the university had organised a series of workshops for scholars and researchers to enable them to carry out critical research and win more grants both locally and internationally.