The National Universities Commission (NUC) will be implementing the Sustainable Procurement, Environmental and Social Standards Enhancement (SPESSE) Project for the production of experts in procurement, environmental and social standards.
To host this project for implementation, NUC said it has selected six universities across the country, Leadership reports. Speaking on the selection process, NUC’s executive secretary, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, on Monday, October 25, disclosed that the schools were chosen through a very objective, competitive and rigorous method.
Professor Rasheed commended the management of the selected universities for their efforts in developing the winning proposals and encouraged them to keep assisting the centres for their benefit, that of the Nigerian University system and the country.
On his part, Joshua Atah SPESSE’s project coordinator who doubles as the head of project implementation unit of NUC, said that the scheme will be implemented by the commission, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), the ministry of finance, budget and national planning; the ministry of environment and that of women affairs and social development.
List of selected universities
The six universities picked are:
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU)
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)
Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM)
Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO)
University of Benin (UNIBEN)
University of Lagos (UNILAG)
In his view, Chief Bayo Awosemusi, the project task team leader at the World Bank, disclosed that through SPESSE, the first kind for both the international body and Nigeria, the country will be the hub for Africa and it would take the named universities to bring this dream to fruition.