From the beginning of the Africa Centres of Excellence (ACE) Project in 2013, the National Project Coordination Secretariat at the National Universities Commission (NUC) has been proactive in coordinating the activities of the ACEs in Nigeria, to ensure that the centres operate within the guidelines of the project. The National ACE Project Coordination Secretariat is responsible for national facilitation, training, and supervision in fiduciary aspects as well as national M&E and minor Technical Assistance. The Secretariat also supports the ACE project by assisting the Regional Facilitation Unit (RFU) in implementing component 2 of the project, including regional project coordination, monitoring and evaluation and tertiary education support to non-ACE countries, as well as providing Monitoring and Evaluation support to the Nigerian ACEs in particular. The Project Secretariat is in constant liaison with the 10 ACEs in Nigeria, giving and receiving updates to ensure that the ACEs are carried along.
The secretariat has carried out series of activities since becoming effective, including the post-effectiveness workshop in August 2015, the capacity enhancement and sustainability workshop in January 2016, hosting the revenue generation workshop organized for the ACE by the RFU in February 2016, and the meeting of the Librarians of the universities hosting the 10 ACEs to take advantage of the free Ebsco host resources in June 2016, amongst others. The ACE Nigeria website is one stop shop for all you need to know about the ACE project in Nigeria. I therefore urge you to visit the individual sites to be better informed in what the centres are doing towards addressing the challenges confronting the African continent.