The Chairman of the Association of West Africa Universities (AWAU) Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali has led a team of the Association’s Executive Members to a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) in Abuja on 17th April 2018. In his remarks, Professor Ambali said they were at the headquarters to discuss issues bordering on collaboration, partnership and enhancing educational development in West Africa Sub-region.
According to the Chairman, AWAU is an apex organization for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among Universities in West Africa. He further expressed that the Association represents the voice of Higher Education Institutions in West Africa on matters related to networking, teaching, research, information exchange and dissemination among others.
In his remarks, the President of the commission, who was represented by the Director Education, Science and Culture, Professor Abdoulaye Issaka MAGA, expressed the willingness of ECOWAS to collaborate with AWAU to advance Science and Technological Innovations and ensure that education is truly functional in the sub-region, as well as develop competence and skills that will enable West Africa combat poverty and underdevelopment.
While introducing the AWAU delegates to the ECOWAS team, the Secretary-General of AWAU, Professor Abdullahi Yusufu Ribadu explained that the major purpose of the visit was to intimate ECOWAS on AWAU’s activities and to partner with ECOWAS in enhancing educational growth in the West African Sub-region. Professor Ribadu added that with the abundant material resources in the Sub-region, West Africa must embrace a knowledge and innovation driven economy in order to add value and diversify its member-nation’s economies.
He added that west African countries must pay special attention to education especially science and technological innovations so that “we will now use the instrument of science and technology innovation to add value to the enormous raw materials we have; that is the only way we can grow the economy further and fight poverty.”