According to the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Abdalla Adamu, NOUN would continue to make efforts at ensuring that it remains among the topmost educational institutes engaged in cutting-edge research.
NOUN’s Director of Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Sheme, in a statement in Abuja, said the VC of the institution made this known during the unveiling of Olusegun Obasanjo Centre of African Studies (OOCAS).
The Centre which was formally known as the Olusegun Obasanjo Centre for Good Governance was redesigned to widen its scope to meet with happenings in the contemporary society, adding that the newly revamped Centre for African Studies also aimed to create more avenues for research in Nigerian Institutions and Africa as a whole.
The VC said the Centre was opened to collaboration with local and international scholars willing to dissect Africa towards the goal of producing cutting-edge research that would showcase the African story.
Also, the statement revealed that the Director of the Centre, Prof. Stanley Ngoa, said that the Centre has already swung into action, with various collaborations with research bodies within and outside the country.
The Director said the key areas of focus for the OOCAS include African Leadership and Development, Food Security and Agricultural Research, Health in Rural Nigeria: Infant and Maternal Mortality, among others.
Those involved in the Centre include; Olusegun Obasanjo, as a Visitor Scholar, Ray Rkpu, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman among others.