The Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Aliyu Shugaba, says that the institution has recently started a research and innovative program to develop devices to address the challenges of insecurity on campus.
Shugaba revealed this when he appeared on the Nigerian News Agency forum in Abuja.
He said that the institution brought the innovative idea after the devastating effects of insecurity in Borno and its surroundings.
According to him, the university is working with some relevant stakeholders in the area of research and development to provide a conducive environment for effective academic activities in the institution.
“In recent years, we have begun to record successes in research; We have registered about five patents and we have progress in patent registration.
“Now we are looking at the commercialization of them,” he said.
He said that one of the patents was in veterinary medicine; a kind of ointment that could be applied for the treatment of some animal diseases.
“The other is in the telescope area that will allow someone to see certain things from a far distance. Another was in the engineering area.”
He said that the university had received some awards as a result of its research achievements.
On incentives, he said there were no specific incentives to motivate staff to work except “visiting professors who are given 75 percent of their salary by the university.”
However, he said that despite the security challenges, people were still accepting jobs in the region, except for those who were not from the region.
According to him, Maiduguri is the safest place in the country regardless of security challenges.
He also encouraged Nigerian students to enter whatever field of study they are passionate about and take advantage of opportunities in the areas, saying that “there is not a single course that one studies and does not find use for.”
Shugaba said that all programs at the University of Maiduguri had gained full accreditation from the National Universities Commission (NUC), except “Civil and Water Resources Engineering”.
“But we are trying to remedy it, we have put enough resources; we have injected around N200 million through the appropriations budget and the Borno state government has also injected some facilities.”