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Date Published: 03 Nov, 2017

SOKOTO STATE UNIVERSITY TO COLLABORATE WITH AFRICAN REGIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE AREAS OF RESEARCH AND MANPOWER DEVELOPMENT

Arrangements are underway for partnership in the areas of research and manpower development between the Sokoto State University, Sokoto, and African Regional Institute for Geospatial Information Science and Technology (AFRIGIST).

Dean of Academic of the Institute, Dr. Joseph Oloukoi made this known when management of the AFRIGIST paid a working visit to the University, on Wednesday, 13th September, 2017.

He said the two institutions would collaborate in the areas of research and work force development. The essence of the visit was to discuss the issue of collaboration with Sokoto State University in order to work together in terms of short and long-term academic programmes as done with many universities in the northern states.

The Dean of the Institute commended the Sokoto State Government for sponsoring many of its indigenes through the State Scholarship Board who underwent training at the AFRIGIST. "Our Institute has through the Sokoto State Scholarship Board, trained many indigenes of the State who underwent several courses and I believe these trainees are doing well in their various places of work, the State Government deserves commendation in this regards," he said.

The Director on Students Matters, Sokoto State Scholarship Board, Alhaji Sani Audu Wamakko, who accompanied the Management of AFRIGIST, said the Institute, in partnership with State Government, equipped many of its indigenes with information science and technology skills, and promised to maintain the tempo.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Sani Mohammed Dangoggo, described the working visit paid to the University by the Institute as timely, looking at the roles they have been playing in the present world of information science and technology.

He said the University would be collaborating with the Institute for mutual benefits of both institutions. Professor Dangoggo pointed out that in this era of globalization, no organization or institution could survive in isolation and even if it could, it would not function effectively since it is not island of its own.

The Vice-Chancellor requested the management of the Institute to provide the University with some documents for them to study and see the areas to focus more. He similarly applauded the giant stride of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, for sponsoring state indigenes for training at the Institute of Geospatial Science and Technology and other institutions of higher learning in and outside the country. He promised that the Sokoto State University would continue complementing the State Government's efforts in bringing developmental programmes that have direct bearing on the lives of people of the State, especially in the area of state of emergency on education.

Zayyanu ShehuMNIPR
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