By Abubakar Baba Ahmad.
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University ATBU Bauchi says with the right support, the institution will soon commence research and development of vaccines against killer diseases.
The institution also expressed optimism this would be feasible with the introduction of faculty of Veterinary medicine to compliment the already established College of Medical Sciences.
Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Muhammadu Ahmad Abdulazeez gave the indication during the 2021/2022 academic session matriculation and orientation ceremonies held at Yelwa campus Bauchi.
Professor Muhammadu Abdulazeez said with a state of the art molecular laboratory, College of Medical Sciences, all the university needs at the moment is a sequencer, adequate funds and faculty of veterinary medicine to kick-start the process of vaccine production.
He noted that the university had made tremendous gains in terms of technological innovation and development, where sprayers among others were produced during the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Vice Chancellor also charged the matriculants to keep away from all kinds of vices like cultism, exams malpractice, sexual harassment, drug abuse, indecent dressing and truancy among others to guarantee their stay in the university.
Professor Abdulazeez further disclosed that the institution is breaking grounds with TETFUND and other donor agencies to ensure standard in infrastructure and other educational facilities.
Meanwhile, the Registrar ATBU Dr Ahmed Garba Hassan administered the oath to the 3063 newly admitted students cutting across six faculties and the College of Medical Sciences.