3 out of 12 uni­ver­si­ties em­brace AIB’s $5.8m safety lab

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (AIB) yes­ter­day signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the Univer­sity of La­gos to use its met­al­lur­gi­cal and ma­te­rial lab­o­ra­tory.

With the sign­ing of the MoU with UNILAG, two Nige­rian ivory tow­ers have em­braced the scheme hav­ing signed ear­lier agree­ment with the Univer­sity of Ilorin.

The lab­o­ra­tory, also used as Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cock­pit Voice Recorder (CVR), cost the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment $5.8m to pro­cure.

Since the equip­ment was in­stalled in Abuja in 2014, it has been ly­ing fal­low prompt­ing the AIB to in­ter­face with uni­ver­si­ties of­fer­ing ma­te­rial and met­al­lur­gi­cal cour­ses to sell the idea of us­ing the lab­o­ra­tory for their re­search work.

At the MoU sign­ing at Unilag on Thurs­day, the AIB Com­mis­sioner/CEO, Engr. Akin Olateru, said out of 12 uni­ver­si­ties con­tacted, only three, in­clud­ing Nnamdi Azikiwe Univer­sity, Awka re­sponded.

With two uni­ver­si­ties al­ready on board, the lab­o­ra­tory can now be put to bet­ter use for re­search, he said, adding that this would save the uni­ver­si­ties huge for­eign ex­change they would have ex­pended in send­ing their aca­demics abroad.

Vice-Chan­cel­lor of UNILAG, Prof. Oluwa­toyin Ogundipe, said the lab­o­ra­tory would ease ap­pli­ca­tion of re­search by mem­bers of the aca­demic com­mu­nity, adding the aca­demic staff in the univer­sity would have a good lab­o­ra­tory to work with thereby im­pact­ing on the stu­dents.

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