By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Nigeria’s Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has disclosed that the development bank has ploughed $96 million in its Higher Education and Science and Technology (HEST) Project.
Adesina made this known while delivering his acceptance speech following receipt of the Honorary Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) conferred on him by the Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, in recognition of his contributions to science, research and academic leadership; reforms and thought leadership as well as significant contributions to Africa’s social and economic development.
The HEST project focused on three major areas: supporting centers of excellence; ensuring infrastructure and training in specific areas – agriculture and lives.
Other areas of focus include, health sciences and health delivery support services, engineering, business enterprise, training teachers and educational management – and strengthening links with the labour market so that trained students can use their knowledge and skills productively.
Adesina also revealed that the bank had supported the construction of modern diagnostic laboratory equipment, a biotechnology laboratory worth a $1 million, a Geographic Information Systems laboratory and a computer laboratory.