Jacob Shagbaor Suemo

A team comprising of representatives of Association of African Universities (AAU) and the National Universities Commission (NUC) paid Benue state University Centre for Food Technology and Research a scheduled verification visit to ascertain the level of implementation of certain aspects of the ACE Development Impact Project.

Receiving the visitors at the Senate Chambers of Benue State University in company of other principal officers, the Vice Chancellor Professor Tor Joe Iorapuu appreciated them for the visit assuring that CEFTER has so far done well and the team’s visit would further validate the assertion. He wished them well and assured of the maximum cooperation of management to ensure a hitch free verification exercise.

Verification Team from the AAU

He further appreciated the World Bank and AAU for situating the project in the University. Prof Iorapuu explained that the project has been beneficial to the institution which has made the State Government hand over the ADC building to the university to further continue the good work this project has brought to the institution.

In her remark, on the purpose of the visit, Head of the joint Team, Dr Gabrielle Hansen appreciated BSU management for the warm reception and expressed delight for being among the Team and for visiting the institution for the 2nd time.

She stated that the objective of the visit is to ensure that the DLI 7.6 (ICT Infrastructure) is being attended to appropriately and what is expected to be done is correctly executed as expected. She explained that their assignment is merely a facts finding mission after which a report would be sent to the AAU for appropriate necessary action. The Team Leader however explained that it was a friendly visit and a well-known routine on the ACE Impact project.

The NUC representative on the team, Mr Peter Tobrise clarified that the visit was to ensure that DLI 7.6 is carried out seamlessly without challenges and that the team is ready to offer ready assistance where needed during the visit. He concluded by presenting Dr. John Attah’s goodwill message to BSU Management.

Earlier while presenting the visitors to the Vice Chancellor, the Centre Leader and Director CEFTER, Dr. Barnabas Iko appreciated the Vice Chancellor for granting them audience at a very short notice. He said under DL 1 7.6, CEFTER has subscribed 1Gbs internet for the entire University and also installed 10 lecture halls five (5) of which are fully digitized. The Centre Leader affirmed that the meeting was part of the prerequisites for the ACE Development Impact Project hence scheduled.

On the joint team were following members, Mrs Gabrielle Hansen (Team leader) AAU, Schenineda Ankomah AAU, Kwesi Yanksun, Consultant for AAU, Sunday Folayan, Consultant for AAU, Peter Tobrise – NUC and Oluwatobi Fowora, NUC

While from the University, The Vice Chancellor, Principal Officers, CEFTER Project Team and Management officers were on ground to receive the visitors.

Highlight of the visit were group photographs, facility visits and a heartfelt exchange of pleasantries.

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January 2023