Officials of the World Bank, Association of African Universities and National Universities Commission have paid a two-day visit to the Africa Centre of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety in the Federal University of Technology, Minna. The Team Lead and World Bank Expert Prof. Janis Tupesis during a courtesy visit to the University Management on Monday, October 31, 2022, at the Senate Chamber, Main Campus, said the purpose of the visit was to evaluate the activities, achievements and challenges of the centre after the disbursement of funds to it.
Prof. Tupesis commended the University Management for their support to the centre, adding that he was impressed with the quality of student programmes being run by the Centre as they were on the ground to see the level of progress of the centre via the Disbursement Link Indicators (DLIs) which is a result-based financing model by which the centre is being evaluated.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor, FUT, Minna, Prof. Abdullahi Bala fsssn welcomed the team to the university. He stressed the importance of stock-taking on ascertaining the level of progress, pointing out that there were some challenges at the beginning of the project but the centre has been able to wade through them and has made some substantial progress.
Prof. Bala pledged Management’s continuous commitment to the implementation and success of the project. The team thereafter had interactions with the core officers of the centre and the seven DLIs were examined to ascertain the areas of maximum scores and areas of flaws which were pointed out. The team also had interactions with the faculty, staff and students of the centre.
The team lead further said they were impressed with ACEMFS for using the online teaching method to conduct lectures for its students at the critical period of COVID-19 and post-COVID.
The representative of the AAU, Yvette Quashi said they were quite impressed with the performance of the centre and having gone through the DLI indicators with the centre, they realized that the centre is doing well, especially in the DLI’s that are challenging. She charged the centre to follow all due processes and remain focused in achieving all the DLIs to get maximum scores before 2024 when the project is expected to end.
The Centre Leader, Prof. Hussaini Makun on his part, pointed out that the World Bank would be sending feedback and the areas that need improvement will be worked on for the success of the project. “This is what we have always wanted, that they put us on track and we make maximum use of the funds that have been disbursed, he said.
Other members of the team are Prof. Fatima Kyari, NUC Country Expert, Mr. Matthew Ihayere, Project Internal Auditor, NUC and Amuche Ekwueme, Project Procurement Officer, NUC.