17 January 2019, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — The Niger Delta University, NDU in Bayelsa State has sought for closer collaboration with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, particularly in research and development.
The University Don enumerated the research interests of the university and expertise which could form the basis of a strong partnership between the two institutions.
Edonmiekumo also called on the Board to always consider and give priority to NDU in all NCDMB programmes, particularly in Research and Development.
“We commend the Board for various capacity development interventions you have initiated in our university, including the donation of Econometric Centre, staff capacity building among other support.
“Part of the reason for the visit is to remind the Board that since NDU was selected by the Board as one of the Centres of Excellence for Research, the partnership was yet to be activated.”
Responding, Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Engr Simbi Wabote, clarified that the Centre of Excellence programme strategy is currently being fine-tuned by the Board and that as soon as the roadmap is clearly articulated, it would commence in earnest.
Wabote assured the NDU team that NCDMB will always give due preference to the university as requested, and also promised to visit the school to see the state of affairs for himself and determine possible areas of collaboration.
He urged the university to furnish the Board in writing with full information on all ongoing research work and innovation pioneered by the university, noting that this would enable the Research and Development Directorate to follow up in order to take some of the projects to deployment and commercialization.