To be a leading institution in entrepreneurship and knowledge, the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) in Awka the Anambra State capital, has refurbished its Faculty of Physical Sciences for paint production.
The first set of paints manufactured by the faculty was unveiled last week, to the delight of the staff and students. The Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Joseph Ahaneku, said the institution went into paint production to enable students practise what they learn and to promote entrepreneurship.
According to him, the paints were being used in the ongoing renovation of the Faculty of Management Sciences. He added that the institution would soon go into commercial production of paints to boost quality and availability.
In addition to being a citadel of learning, Ahaneku said universities should be seen as problem-solving institutions. Universities, he said, must identify the needs of the society and make efforts to provide solution by harnessing human and material resources.
The VC revealed plans to establish a bakery in the school, saying it was in line with the entrepreneurial drive of the management.
It would be recalled that the university made headlines recently through the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where students produced a Formula 1 car and a mini-bus.
Ahaneku hailed the Federal and state governments for supporting the university to execute the landmark projects. He said the paint production was made possible by the support the institution received after it unveiled its plans.