The Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) has been selected as World Bank’s centre for excellence in Future Energies and Electro-Chemical System, also known as ACE-FUELS.
This was disclosed on Wednesday by the university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Francis Eze, during a media parley to mark his three years in office.
This will also enable the university run an international Masters Degree programme in Electro-Chemical Technology, Future Energies, Nanotechnology and Corrosion Technology.
He further advised Nigerian institutions to embrace the new technology, adding that it was the current global practice.
Prof Eze said the project would provide the requisite knowledge needed to fast-track the technological development in the country.
In his three years at the helm of affairs in the university, the VC listed encroachment on the School’s land, hostile and uncooperative attitude of host communities, lack of staff quarters, inadequate power supply, ill-equipped library and laboratory facilities, poor road networks and inadequate hostel accommodation among others as some of the challenges faced
The VC said, “As we have continued to improve on the aesthetics of the campus environment through the maintenance of green lawns, proper waste disposal and management are also billed to be converted into energy. This is the current trend in most of the civilized world and we are emulating it. It would be of immeasurable help in power generation”.
By Babatunde Alao…
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