The Digital Academic Publishing Center, constructed by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to enhance local production of textbooks in Nigeria, has commenced operation.
The Northeast publishing centre, hosted in Moddibo Adama University, Yola, is expected to solve the problem of dependence on foreign countries for the production of textbooks and relevant academic materials.
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The Vice-Chancellor, Moddibo Adama University Yola, Professor Abdullahi Liman Tukur, said the world-class centre equipped with modern machinery for the production of materials such as books, magazines files, calendars and business cards would generate revenue.
He disclosed that 10 members of staff trained on various aspects of publishing by the company that installed the equipment had already demonstrated the capability to manage the centre.
Professor Tukur noted that the publishing house would extend its services to individuals and organisations looking for quality, saying the centre would be self-sustaining.
“Sometimes in November last year, the management of TETFUND visited in order to complete the Academic Publishing Center, ab initio an idea of the Executive Secretary.
“They promised a number of machines will be brought in to make it a modern digital publishing centre,” he stated.
“We are happy the Publishing Centre is now equipped, ten of our staff have been trained.
“Today is the graduation day and they have demonstrated they are capable of running this publishing centre
Director of the centre, Dr Mala Galtima assured potential customers of quality production, using cutting edge technology, saying the centre was positioned to transform the publishing business in the region.
Handing over the installed production line to the university management, the contractor’s representative and the Project Manager, Tekra Global Concept, Chuks Onefeli, said the various components of the factory had been networked for efficiency, speed and control.
The installed equipment includes digital printing press, binding machine, cutting, laminating and stitching machines.