The African Center of Excellence for Drug Research, Herbal Medicine Development and Regulatory Science (ACEDHARS) took a giant leap in its mission to support education, its partners, and stakeholders as its proposed building site was officially handed over to contractors on Monday, April 3, 2023.
The handing over ceremony which was held along the Tafawa Balewa Way beside the Department of Chemical Engineering was performed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Folasade T. Ogunsola, FASaccompanied by members of the University Management Team.
Professor Ogunsola commended ACEDHARS for the initiative. According to her, the project is one that would provide support in the production of standard herbal products, assist faculties’ research works as well as enhance the information database for quality control and post-marketing surveillance.
On the architectural aspiration of the University, she averred that “the mission is to see that new structures make a statement which invariably aligns with the legacy of past leadership of the institution. Our founding fathers had iconic buildings. In the last few years, we have ensured that our buildings make a statement, not just in terms of aesthetics but also the quality of the structure.”
Centre Leader, ACEDHARS, Dr. Bolanle Ade-Ademilua in her remarks, spoke extensively on the center’s research objectives. She posited that the center programs are focused not only on herbal medicines but also on drug research, assessments, and regulations based on the expertise of members drawn from the Departments of Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, and Pharmacology.
Dr. Ade-Ademiluaemphasized that the facility would serve as a platform for promoting inventions and solutions that would facilitate sustainable development and global competitiveness in Africa.
The Project Consultant, Arc. Stephanie Agharghar representing Tam and Polam International Limited highlighted the key features of the two-storey edifice. She revealed that the ground floor of the structure would accommodate four (4) laboratories, and a few office spaces including an administrative office; the second floor would have classrooms, a video boardroom, and a general office while the rooftop which would be aesthetically modeled, would provide a smart and beautiful spot to enjoy a quiet retreat in the heart of the city.
The contractor, Builder Razak Ogundimu, in his remarks assured the leadership of the institution of his company’s readiness to meet the expectations of the university upon completion of the project.
The project is expected to be completed within 24 weeks from the date of commencement.