The Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, has been named Centre of Excellence in Geology and Geophysical studies by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB.
The Head, Research and Development of the Board, Leo Osuji, conveyed the development to the University through the Dean School of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Idowu Odeyemi.
Mr. Osuji, a professor, said FUTA would now, on behalf of the Board, carry out research activities relevant to the needs of the oil and gas industry in pursuant to section 36 -39 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act.
According to Mr. Osuji, “The Research and Development Centres of Excellence being promoted by the NCDMB are to undertake specific research works aimed at resolving technical challenges faced by international oil companies, national oil companies and other operators.”
Prior to the designation, Mr. Osuji had led a technical team on a fact finding working visit to FUTA. He described FUTA as an excellent university that has made its mark in research and development. This, he said, confirmed the institution’s choice as a Centre of Excellence. He commended the modest contributions of FUTA’s department of Geology and Geophysics to the nation’s local content development. He said, “Your Geology and Geophysics Department has made its marks based on this we have decided to painstakingly come to verify your claims and what we have heard about you. We have discovered that your School of Earth and Mineral Sciences has done well to deserve this Centre of Excellence.”