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Vice-Chancellors Hail Nigerian Researcher For Winning Nkrumah Prize

The Committee of Vice-Chancellors (CVC) has commended Prof. Umezurike Opara, a Nigerian researcher, for winning the African Union(AU) Kwame Nkrumah prize for Life and Earth Science.
CVC’s Secretary-General Prof. Michael Faborode, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja that Opara’s feat was a welcome development.
NAN recalls that Opara was issued a cheque of 100, 000 dollars for the award at the 26th session of the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Jan. 30.
According to Faborode, the award shows that that Nigeria’s education system has not fallen to the level it is being portrayed.
“This is good news; it again confirms the danger of undue over-generalisation on issues concerning the standard of education in Nigeria.
“We still have a lot to be proud of in the system; this prize is indeed, a welcome development.
“Definitely more are in the offing as the academia begins to pick up again.
“That Nigeria won the hosting of 10 out of a total of 22 African Centres of Excellence (ACEs) Supported by the World Bank and Association of African Universities gives hope of the new dawn for Nigeria’s higher education system.
“So we are very delighted at the news and congratulate ourselves,’’ he said.
Faborode said, however, that more still needed to be done to revamp the standard of education as knowledge infrastructure had been undermined according to findings of the 2013 NEEDS assessment. (NAN)

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