Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) in Awka, Anambra State has started producing paints in line with the entrepreneurial drive of the management.
The institution has refurbished its Faculty of Physical Sciences for the purpose of paint production and are set to also establish a bakery school.
Members of staff and students were amazed as the first set of paints manufactured by the faculty was unveiled last week.
Speaking on the recent feat, the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the institution, Prof Joseph Ahaneku, said they started paint production in order to enable students practise what they learn and also promote entrepreneurship.
According to him, the paints were being used in the ongoing renovation of the Faculty of Management Sciences, adding that the institution would soon go into commercial production of paints to boost quality and availability.
Ahaneku opined that universities should also be an avenue through which problems are solved rather than being just a citadel of learning.
He suggested that universities must identify the needs of the society and make efforts to provide solution by harnessing human and material resources.
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.
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