Professor Umezurika Opata emerge winner of the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Award in the field of Life and Earth Science.
The $100,000 award was conferred on Professor Umezurika Opata during the 26th Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government held at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna state, has developed a prototype refinery with a capacity of refining one barrel of crude oil per day.
According to the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ibrahim Garba,
“This is a prototype refinery that runs on one barrel a day. It is a very long term project, we started it then Raw Materials Development Council came in to support.
“The project being built in stages, so far we can produce petrol (PMS) and diesel. We need more support from potential supporters and investors to take it to the next level.”