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Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti Joins the African Hydrogen Partnership

Ado Ekiti (Nigeria), Port Louis (Mauritius) - 27 December 2023


The African Hydrogen Partnership (AHP) is delighted to welcome Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) as its first University Grouping Member from Africa.


Established in 2009, ABUAD is a private university located in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. The University is a result-oriented institution for producing highly skilled and socially relevant graduates capable of applying scientific knowledge for the resolution of social and technological problems. ABUAD is equally committed to transforming students into expert thinkers, innovative managers and resourceful technocrats in all fields of learning. The University’s mandate is to pioneer total excellence along the parameters of teaching, research, performance, sports, community impact and scholarship. Based on this, the University is ranked as Number 1 in Nigeria, courtesy of the Times Higher Education Impact Ranking 2023. The University offers academic programs in six Colleges including Sciences, Law, Engineering, Social and Management Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Pharmacy. Since its establishment, ABUAD holds a reputation for being one of the leading academic institutions in Nigeria and West Africa.


Prof Afolalu (Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the ABUAD Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department) said,

“We are delighted at the news of ABUAD’s membership of the AHP. This is in line with the vision of the Founder and Chancellor of leading educational reform achievable through research and collaborations. We are enthused by the fact that we have become the first African member of the AHP’s University Grouping. Our Hydrogen Research Institute (HRI), established in 2022 was aimed at responding to the fast environmental degradation occasioned by fossil fuel. The University is dedicated to empirical investigation of green hydrogen production, processing, storage and green hydrogen energy value chain as well as probing other sustainable and environmentally-friendly means to realizing a carbon neutral environment. We have no doubt that this partnership will advance the corporate vision of the AHP and ABUAD of laying the foundation of a prosperous hydrogen economy in Africa.”


Dr Yinka Ajiboye (Associate Professor of Radiation and Health Physics at the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences) remarked,

"This partnership is very important to ABUAD in our bid to provide cutting edge research in contributing to the sustainable development goals. We strongly believe that a synergy between ABUAD and other stakeholders both in the academia and the industry within the partnership can accelerate the attainment of a “net zero” environment. The University’s collaboration with the AHP will afford our team of researchers the opportunity to bring to the fore their vast expertise towards achieving the collective goal of establishing hydrogen economies and societies in Africa.”


Dr Innocent Uwuijaren (AHP Director and Chairman) stated,

“We are delighted that ABUAD has become a member of the AHP. It is the first African University to join the AHP and this is an important mile-stone for us. The university has a leading expertise in the energy sector and has recently established an ABUAD Institute of Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development. The institute and the university will contribute greatly to the education and training of students in the energy sector, including in relation to green and natural hydrogen and as well as hydrogen derivatives, which will be of real importance to the development of opportunities and businesses in Africa, in the future. The institute and the university are and will be focusing on many issues which are germane to the AHP and we look forward to being able to work together with them and, indeed, we are already beginning to think about possible projects which we can work on together.”


Prof Bamidele Adebisi (AHP Director and AHP University Board Member) said,

“ABUAD is one of the most innovative and best private Universities in Africa. Since ABUAD has a strong focus on research and developing scientific capabilities in the fields of engineering and natural science the AHP greatly welcomes the collaboration with ABUAD. The AHP and ABUAD have already started working together on several topics including natural (geologic) hydrogen and on assessing an innovative biochemical technology for locally producing hydrogen. Africa has a young ambitious population that wants to develop and make this World a better place. The renewable energy as well as the natural and green hydrogen sectors are rapidly expanding. These thriving industries will offer great opportunities for many decades to come. Africa’s young generation wants to and should be part of this development and benefit from the new opportunities. ABUAD will provide the education for the many highly-educated professionals that hydrogen economies need. I am delighted that ABUAD has joined the AHP and has become the first African member of the AHP’s University Grouping.”


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About ABUAD


Established in 2010, ABUAD is a private university located in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. The university is a result-oriented institution for producing highly skilled and socially relevant graduates capable of applying scientific knowledge for the resolution of social and technological problems. ABUAD is equally committed to transforming students into expert thinkers, innovative managers and resourceful technocrats in all fields of learning. The university’s mandate is to pioneer total excellence along the parameters of teaching, research, performance, sports, community impact and

scholarship. The university offers academic programs in six Colleges including: (i) Sciences, (ii) Law, (iii) Engineering, (iv) Social and Management Sciences, (v) Medicine and Health Sciences, and (vi) Pharmacy. ABUAD holds a reputation for being one of the leading academic institutions of Nigeria and West Africa.


Fore more information, please visit www.abuad.edu.ng


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