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ABU ENACTUS wins National Championship

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The ABU ENACTUS Team did the university proud when it recently brought home a series of awards at the just concluded National Championship of the organization; owing to its successful completion of two projects: Bagega Rising Project and Project Amina. ENACTUS (Entrepreneurship Action and Us) is an international non-profit organization with university students membership across the globe. It has the mandate of helping communities realize the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations through the pioneering of long lasting projects with entrepreneurial merits for benefitting communities.

THE BAGEGA RISING PROJECT: The first project by ABU Team was made a reality when it came to the aid of Bagega Community in Zamfara State with a concept that rescues the community from the continued effects (lead poisoning) of gold mining. Since 2009, when the mining activities became intense in Bagega, the health hazards following the activities, resulting from lead poisoning of the soil, water and air; have been inimical to the health of the community members. The lead poisoning led to soil degradation, air pollution and water contamination which have also led to the deaths of not less than 1500 children in Bagega community; as well as loss of farm lands and cattle worth millions of naira. The aftershocks of these mining activities are abject penury and pandemic hunger.

It was in the light of this that ABU ENACTUS came up with Bagega Rising Project, a project aimed at providing clean water, environment and soil for livelihood and agricultural activities thereby saving the hitherto continued loss of lives and properties.

In partnership with the National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT), Zaria, for technical support and on-the-field knowledge, the ABU Team started the project. It all began with the planting of a tree called Jathropha: a drought resistant plant which has the capacity to control erosion and to also absorb lead and other contaminants from the soil. The team thus went ahead to develop a lead bio-tech filter to purify the contaminated water. From the lead bio-tech filter, the next line of action was the development of an aqua-ponic system for aqua culture and hydroponics, the outcome of which is the presence of cheap and affordable source of protein (fish) for the community as well as rich agricultural products like vegetables and greens.

Through this, they have provided a means of farming for the community using a short term solution of a farming system that will yield fresh crops within 3 months. As a long time measure, they have come up with an idea through partnership with MTN to provide solar powered electricity to the community that will also FastTrack the planting and sustainability of Jathropa, which will totally reclaim the soil from lead poison and other contaminants within 48 months.

The project has created employment in agriculture for community members and has as well brought a new lease of life for them as the soil, water and environment are safe for the people.

Similarly, in its kind response to the plight of young women in an IDP Camp in Kuchingoro of Abuja, the ABU Team in partnership with Save Our Women Foundation, led a campaign tagged: “One Girl, One Pad” to ensure the hygiene of young girls in IDP Camps. The success of the campaign led ABU ENACTUS to doing more for the Kuchingoro IDP Camp through a programme called Project Amina. They came up with an initiative to produce Reusable Sanitary Pads for young women in the camps. The pads produced could be used for at least six months before they are totally disposed. The older women on the camps became mini distributors of the pads at a price that could be easily afforded by users on the camp.

The projects aforementioned led to the victory of Team ABU at the National Championship of ENACTUS in Nigeria. Team ABU took the 1st Place Trophy Award of the ENACTUS National Championship, The Lekoil Challenge for the Most Environmentally Sustainable Project (N5, 00, 000), The Most Outstanding Team Leader of the Year, Mr. Abdulaziz Ta’ariq, a student in Mechanical Engineering, and The Most Active ENACTUS Member on Social Media, Mr. Tagwi Balami.

In the light of these feats, Team ABU will be representing Nigeria in the World Championship in London, come 24th – 26th September, 2017.

In a grand reception organized by the Directorate of University Advancement (DUA), to honour the effort of ENACTUS ABU, the Director of DUA, Prof. Adamu Ahmed, in his remarks, thanked the management team of the University for providing the enabling environment for productive research and learning which is being seen in the feats of the students. While commending the students for winning the National Championship, he further charged them to not rest on their oars in view of the world championship coming their way. Responding, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, expressed his happiness and immense gratitude to the award recipients. He noted that the students are becoming bolder and smarter in their response to the challenges of life, a clear testimony to the strong academic training culture of the university which has produced great minds over the years. He congratulated the staff and students involved in the project and promised that the university would provide all necessary support for the world championship coming up in the UK. The event, which was chaired by the Chairman of ABU Governing Council, AVM Mouktar Mohammed (Wazirin Dutse), was well attended by dignitaries within and outside the university..

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