A total of ten researchers and 20 authors from the University of Abuja won a total of N1.1 billion Naira grants following publications in first-class journals across the world.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdulrasheed Na’allah who spoke while presenting medals to the Academics in Abuja stated that the move would encourage other scholars of the institution to seek and win more scholarly grants.
Professor Na’Allah explained that the researchers were able to attract the funds through their various works which were aimed at proffering solutions to societal challenges.
He said, “We are so excited this year 2021 with all our researchers getting grants from all over the world, doing research in different areas, resolving problems for Nigeria and for humanity, bringing new products, and working with industries. I am so happy that this 1.1 billion naira was realized by the University of Abuja researchers and most of the money came from Europe.
"What we have done is to give them medals, to tell them the University of Abuja is proud of them. Nigeria, the world, and indeed humanity is proud of them because their research is in various areas such as hypertension, salt consumption, cultural matters, and different areas of human endeavor.
“It is also an indication that the University of Abuja has come to lead Nigeria. We are telling our scholars that we must set an example as a University that others must see us as the model university to copy.
“We want to lead. We want to show that academics are not just about teaching and going home, but research is also fundamental to the University. Resolving problems for society is fundamental. As we are having security challenges today, universities should be at the forefront in leading and we at the University of Abuja are doing that. So today is for researchers and authors.”
The Director of the Centre for Sponsored Project, University of Abuja, Obiageli Nnodu, said the University had organised a series of workshops for scholars and researchers to empower them to carry out critical research and win more grants both locally and internationally.