UNESCO, IAEA donate teaching equipment Worth Millions to ABU Zaria

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The International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO – ICHEI) has donated 21 different digital devices to Ahmadu Bello University under the framework of their academic partnership.

A letter of explanation by Director, UNESCO – ICHEI, Prof. Dr. LI Ming, regarding the donation to the institution, said that the devices were delivered to the University as a “token of appreciation”.

The digital devices include one smartwatch (Huawei Watch Fit), two smart bracelets (Xiaomi Smart Band 5), and eight wireless presenters (Deli 2801). Others are eight Bluetooth keyboard (B.O.W. HB 066) and two wireless headphones (Oppo Enco W31).


Since the start of the partnership in 2019, according to Prof. Ming, ABU and UNESCO – ICHEI had fruitful collaborations in the areas of teacher-ICT capacity building, digital educational infrastructure, and academic exchanges.

Receiving the devices from Prof. M.B. Mu’azu of the Department of Computer Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, expressed the Institution’s profound gratitude and appreciation to the Centre for the “generous donation”.

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The Vice-Chancellor explained that the devices came at the right time and that they would “indeed make a huge difference in the advancement of teaching and learning” in ABU.

In a related development, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEI) has donated 40 assorted laboratory equipment and other consumables worth 73,148.93 euros to the University for use at its Africa Centre of Excellence for Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biotechnology (ACENTDFB).

The donated laboratory equipment and other consumables which were delivered to the University through the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) are mainly for COVID-19 analysis.

They include Biohazard Safety Cabinet Airstream Class BS III, BIOBASE, Biohazard Safety Cabinet Airstream Class BS II, BIOBASE; Thermocycler, Real-Time PCR including software; Micro-Centrifuge including rotor, for sample extraction; PCR Hood, BIOSAN, UVC/T-AR and Shaker, Vortex mixer, Genius 3 with attachment.

Others are Scanner for Cryotube; Variable Single Channel Pipette, O.5-10ul; Variable Single Channel Pipette, 5-50ul; Variable Single Channel Pipette, 20-200ul; Variable Single Channel Pipette, 100-1000ul, and Cryobox for assorted 1.5ml vials.

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The Management staff of the University led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, inspected the equipment at the Centre domiciled at the Centre for Biotechnology Research and Forensic Training.

The inspection of the equipment was guided by the Centre Leader, Africa Centre of Excellence for Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biotechnology, Prof. Y.K.E. Ibrahim.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed immense gratitude to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the “wonderful” donation and Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) for facilitating the gesture.

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