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The Honorable Minister of State for Education, Hon. Goodluck Nanah Opiah (on red cap with native) with Professsor Azikiwe Peter Onwualu, FAS (on suit with red tie) with other management staff of AUST during the courtesy visit

The African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja has been commended for the high academic standard and feat since the inception of the university in 2007.

The Minister of State for Education, Right Honorable Goodluck Nanah Opiah disclosed this during a courtesy visit by the AUST management team led by the Acting President, Professor Azikiwe Peter Onwualu in his office in Abuja on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

According to him, AUST within a short period of time has kept a very high standard as well as made tremendous in-road in the area of research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

He charged the Acting President not to relent in his efforts until the university is ranked among one of  the best university in the world. According to him “we shall continue to support your university within the capacity of the ministry more especially in the area of research so as to solve various problems confronting not only Nigeria in particular but Africa in general”

Honorable Opiah congratulated Professor Onwualu whom he declared he had known for more than 25 years on his appointment as the Acting President and prayed that he utilizes his wealth of experience to advance the university to an enviable height.

He promised to visit the university soon to explore veritable ways the ministry can partner with the university.

In his earlier remarks, Professor Onwualu, thanked the minister for the opportunity given to him and his team to visit him despite his tight official engagement.

The AUST boss congratulated the Minister on his recent appointment as the Minister of State for Education and wished him the best of luck.

He stated that AUST has made remarkable progress in research especially in the use of nanotechnology for the treatment of breast cancer, robotics, renewable energy, mathematical modelling to solve problems in healthcare, sustainable building materials, batteries and energy storage, biofuels, water purification, X-rays, mineral processing, oil and gas, etc.

The Acting President informed the Minister that AUST started in 2007 as a postgraduate university with five programs. Today the university offers postgraduate programs in Public Policy, Public Administration, Computer Science, Management of Information Technology, Materials Science Engineering, Petroleum and Energy Resources Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Space Physics, Systems Engineering, Geo-Informatic and GIS, Applied Statistics, Mathematical Modelling, Pure and Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

In addition, the university is starting undergraduate programs this session (2022) in the following areas: Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering and Petroleum and Energy Resources Engineering.

He thanked the honorable minister for all the support the university has been receiving since inception and urged him to look into how the university would partner with his ministry more especially in the area of innovation, research and development.

The AUST President was accompanied on the visit by Dr. Hakeem Bello, Acting Director Academic Planning; Mr. Inegbenose Osoba, Academic Registrar; Mrs Onyebuchi Ekpolomo, Head, Library Services, Prince Obioha Atulomah, Head, Media Services/PR;, Ms Cynthia Ene Ogbeh, Marketing consultant; Mr. Solomon Ibrahim, Budget Officer/PA to the Acting President and Mr. Solomon Onalo, Media Assistant.

To receive the AUST team were the Honorable Minister of State for Education, Right Hon, Goodluck Nanah Opiah; Dr. (Mrs) Claris Ujam, Special Assistant, Technical, HMSE; Muna Onuzo-Adetona, Special Assistant, Partnership and Government Affairs; Dr. Uzoamaka Amah-Mbah, Special Assistant, Administration and Capt. Bishop C. Johnson (Rtd), Special Assistant, Strategy and Public Relations.