The Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello
University ABU), Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim
Garbahas stated that the
university is ready to partner with the Federal
Ministry of Science and Technology for the
and development of indigenous Silicon
The VC, who made this known on Tuesday
when a team from the university visited the
Science and Technology, Chief Ogbonnaya
Onu, in his office, said that the university has
put in place a multidisciplinary committee
aimed at meeting the laudable objective.
Garba added that the school has offered a
land within the university campus for the
establishment of silicon technology
“ABU Zaria recognises the importance of the
proposed collaboration between UN
Educational Scientific and Cultural
Organisation (UNESCO) and
Nigeria, among others to establish Nigeria
Silicon Valley at Sheda Science and
“The said committee recognises the
potentials of silica, its abundant deposit in
Nigeria, diverse applications in products such
as automotive, aerospace, satellite
technology and photovoltaic cells,” he said.
Garba, who was represented by the Deputy
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Na’ Iya Sada,
expressed optimism that the photovoltaic
cells would enhance the local production of
solar panels to power supply
in off grid local communities.
He stated that an in house silicon technology
had the enormous potential to develop
employment and income generation in the
Garba pleaded with the minister to endorse
establishment of a research laboratory for the
development of Silicon Technology in ABU.
Responding, Onu promised that the ministry
would support the university to achieve its
“We must thank ABU for the enormous
contributions that the university has made in
manpower development in the country.
“We appreciate these contributions and look
forward to ABU making further contributions
to the development of our country,” the
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