The University of Jos and the Nigeria Institute of Mining and Geo-Sciences Jos, on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding for partnership on development, teaching and learning of mining engineering.

The partnership, signed in Jos, also involves mineral processing.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Hayward Mafuyai, signed on behalf of the institution while Prof. Idowu Odeyemi, the institute’s Provost, signed for the mining outfit.

The Vice Chancellor said the memorandum would ensure the creation of a faculty of mining engineering in the university.

“With the facilities at the mining institute, the two institutions should meet the nation’s needs for professional as well as skilled manpower for the mining and mineral industry in Nigeria.

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“The professionals will be expected to use knowledge and facilities at the mining institute to train more personnel and equip them for national service,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Odeyemi said the event would foster a more beneficial relationship between both institutions toward improving the mining sector.

“The signing of the memorandum signifies the interest of the two institutions to partner in the development of practical and skill-oriented mining education for students of both institutions.

“Actually, it has become necessary for the two institutions to come together to uplift the mining education in the country.

“This ceremony signifies the beginning of mutual cooperation between the two institutions that will, hopefully, last forever.

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“We are also set to impart skills to anyone who is interested in basic mining processing such as lapidary (stone cutting) and gemology,” he added.

Odeyemi commended the management of the university of Jos for accepting the deal and expressed optimism that it would ensure quality mining education.



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