Babcock varsity reiterates commitment to central research laboratory

President/Vice Chancellor of Babcock University (BU) Professor Ademola Tayo has reiterated the administration’s commitment to the establishment of a well –functioned Central Research Laboratory centre for routine analysis and cutting-edge research despite the institution’s current lean financial profile.

Professor Tayo disclosed this at the opening of the first young microbiologists’ conference, which took place at the main auditorium of Babcock Business School on Monday.

He also pledged his continuous support to the microbiology department within the limits permissible by available resources in the university.

According to him, the sciences, particularly microbiology, is a critical subject to human development and that wise nations should take its study and application seriously.

Apart from scientific research, he said his administration was focused on improving on the quality and delivery of tuition, laboratory furnishings and staffing since assumption of duty two years ago.

He said the importance of microbiology and its application in the medical, agricultural, environmental and industrial platforms of human activities informed its separation from the department of Biosciences and Biotechnology.

The Chief of Staff, Dr. Sunday Audu represented the Vice Chancellor at the event.

Earlier, the dean of the School of Basic Sciences, Professor Stephen Fapohunda said the objective of the conference was to sensitize Nigerians into the field of microbiology through the youths.

“We want them to start early so that the business of microbiology in Nigeria will be beneficial in the area of food, medicine, agriculture,” he said.

The maiden microbiologist conference, which brought together career researchers in microbiology and related disciplines, sought to broaden young microbiologists’ knowledge in funding and skill-related areas that limited their engagement in cutting-edge research, participation at international conferences, winning research fellowships, among others.

The conference also provided opportunities for the participation of high profile speakers from Nigeria, South Africa, United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

_The Nation


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