From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
The Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai said it has completed three high impact mineral raw materials projects and has developed a fourth proposal on which it is currently seeking collaboration.
It is seeking partnership with the Raw Materials Research and Development Council and other agencies and industries that may be identified by the Raw Materials Council.
In a letter by the Vice Chancellor of the institution., Prof Muhammad Nasir Maiturare, to the Director General of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council.
“Reference to your request, I am forwarding for your consideration a list of completed, ongoing and proposed R&D projects on mineral raw materials from the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Lapai. We will be glad for possible collaboration with identified industries and the Raw Materials Research and Development Council”. it stated.
In the submission he stated that the university has completed/almost completed 3 high impact mineral-based R&D projects on: Industrial mineral deposits of North Central Nigeria funded by the Raw Materials Research and Development Council; Exploration for coal and development of smokeless coal fuel funded by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund large grant and the Federal Ministry of Power and Steel; Mining and the impacts on livelihood in Niger State.
It would be funnded by the TETFund small grant, and that a fourth project is being developed for the study of industrial mineral deposits in Northwestern Nigeria. He said results expected from the proposed project on mineral deposits in the Northwestern region of Nigeria will lead to industrialization of the region and the nation with concomitant economic diversification, employment generation and wealth creation.
The Vice Chancellor expressed appreciations to the Director General of the Raw Materials Council, Dr. Hussaini Doko Ibrahim, for the support the university has enjoyed from the Council over the years and for the consideration of IBB University in future collaborative projects.
Police kill 9 escaped inmates, hunt others Police in Brazil have killed nine escaped inmates and are hunting 19 others after a jailbreak in the central north of the country during which prisoners took a teacher and guards hostage, authorities said.
A total of 28 convicts fled the Barra de Grota prison in the town of Araguaina late Tuesday, running away to nearby woodland, regional security officials said in a statement Wednesday.
They had grabbed the female teacher and three guards while attending a prison class and used the guards’ weapons to force their way out.
Two of the guards were released as military and local police pursued the inmates, but the 43-year-old teacher and a 27-year-old male guard remained hostage.
The nine prisoners “died after clashing with police in a wood near the prison,” the statement said, without giving details.
The Barra de Grota penitentiary was holding 493 prisoners before the jailbreak, slightly more than the 480 it was designed for.
Brazil has the third-biggest prison population in the world, after the United States and China. Overcrowding is a problem, and escapes, riots and score-settling are common.(AFP)