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Plans made for Nigerian centres after World Bank funding ends

Nigeria’s National Universities Commission has said that the government will incorporate and sustain the African Centre of Excellence projects in the Nigerian university system after the World Bank intervention ends.

In 2014 the World Bank’s executive directors approved US$150 million to finance 19 university-based centres of research excellence in seven countries in West and Central Africa. Ten Nigerian universities received US$70m out of the $150m for the ACEs. The funding is due to run out at the end of 2018.

Abubakar Rasheed, the NUC’s executive secretary, told the seventh regional ACE project workshop held in Lagos on 16-18 May that it was important that the projects were sustained after conclusion of the Bank’s funding.

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