The Africa Centres of Excellence (ACE) Project was instituted in 2013 by the governments of Burkina Faso, Republic of Benin, Ghana, Cameroun, Nigeria, Togo and Senegal, with support from the World Bank.
The project was initiated to promote regional specialization amongst Universities in the participating countries within the West and Central African sub-regions, to address common regional development challenges and strengthen their capacities to deliver high-quality training and applied research. The National Universities Commission (NUC) is the focal point and the secretariat of the ACE project in Nigeria.
The ACE Project Nigeria has constituted the National Project Performance Review Committee (NPPRC), whose membership is made up of representatives of the relevant Ministries, the Centre Leaders of the ACEs, and the World Bank as observer. The NPPRC is tasked with the semi-annual review of project performance and implementation support. Nigeria is home to ten (10) out of the twenty-two (22) Africa Centres of Excellence (ACEs) in the West and Central African sub-region. The ACEs fall within three thematic areas, namely: Agriculture, Health, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
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 a 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 centers are doing towards addressing the challenges confronting the African continent.