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UNILAG SET FOR 2ND WORLD BANK CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

(Last Updated On: August 18, 2017)

By Gbenga Gbelee
The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Rahamon Bello says the university is poised to
explore every partnership opportunities with a view to raising the bar of academic researches, building human capacities and transforming knowledge into tangible solutions for societal advancement.
Prof. Bello made this known today (August 16) while hosting the World Bank mission on Centre of
Excellence for Environmental and Human Resources Development.
The vice chancellor who was flanked by other principal officers of the University as well as team
members for the UNILAG Centre of Excellence for Environmental and Human Resources
Development took time to commend the World Bank mission for the confidence reposed in the
University over the years which brought about series of collaborations in the past with tangible
results.
He identified the establishment of UNILAG TV as an offshoot of the Centre of Excellence in
Multimedia and Cinematography which was earlier established in the University by the World Bank, a feat which Prof. Bello said underscores the success of the centre.
While assuring the World Bank mission of the University’s readiness to go all out in ensuring success of the ongoing efforts to clinch the World Bank Centre of Excellence for Environmental and Human Resources Development, Prof. Bello assured that when established, the Centre will play a lead role in building human capacity required to address contemporary issues affecting the environment and other allied challenges.
Earlier in separate remarks, the Senior Education Specialist to the World Bank, Professor Tunde
Adekola and Senior Environmental Specialist, Dr. Amos Abu commended the top echelon of the
University of Lagos for the level of commitment shown towards the project.
While acknowledging the track record of the University in academic researches, projects’ execution
and effective collaborations for knowledge impartation, the duo noted that the World Bank mission’s visit was to take the ongoing partnership on the Centre of Excellence for Environmental and Human Resources Development to the next level.
They charged the University to ensure smooth collaboration with all stakeholders which include
government ministries, agencies and parastatals, Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Civil
Society Organisations, educational institutions across board and development partners so as to ensure maximum utilisation of the centre and its facilities.
Prof. Adekola and Dr, Abu who took time to interact with the UNILAG team members noted that the Centre of Excellence for Environmental and Human Resources Development must among other
things, be demand driven, made to be semi-autonomous and must comply with the World Bank’s
mandate of adding value to life through knowledge thereby alleviating poverty and spreading
prosperity.
If and when operational, the duo of Prof. Adekola and Dr. Abu affirmed that the World Bank Centre
of Excellence for Environmental and Human Resources Development, would train and educate prospective students from across west Africa as well as enhance capacity and capabilities of trainers thereby adding value to environmental management across the West African region.
The World Bank mission alongside the team members for the UNILAG Centre of Excellence for
Environmental and Human Resources Development later proceeded into a technical session to share knowledge, review existing structures and further fine-tune arrangements towards ensuring a speedy actualisation of the project.
The World Bank mission also had a facility tour of UNILAG TV which is billed to go on terrestrial
once its operational licence is granted as well as UNILAG radio both situated in the Mass
Communication complex of the University of Lagos, Akoka.