The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has on Wednesday handed over the newly completed Centre for the Study of Violent and Extremism (CSVE) to University of Maiduguri.
The commission also handed over a N48.3 million support for cancer research project to the university department of pharmacology.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Managing Director of NEDC, Mr Mohammed Alkali said the centre was constructed by the commission for the universty to study the remote cause of Boko-Haram and find ways to contain future occurrences.
Alkali who reiterated the commitment of the commission to support the education sector urged the university to make maximum use of the centre and research grant for the purpose intended.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Mr Nasir Gwarzo who represented the Minister, urged the university to make use of the centre not only to study the insurgency but other form of violence.
On the grant, Gwarzo urged the university to work on local plants that have a lot of potentials.
In his remarks, Gov. Babagana Zulum represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Isa Marte, tasked the university on the need to reach out to places like Columbia who similar experience of violence.
Marte who is a professor of pharmacology said Nigeria need to embark on researches to tap its abundant resources.
In his message, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Maj. Gen. Waidi Shuaibu who spoke on the centre for the study of violent said it was timely in counter insurgency, particularly at this time that about 67,000 insurgents had surrendered.
Shuaibu lauded NEDC for its non kenetic support in the fight against insurgency and urged the people of Borno for more support to the military.
In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of University of Maiduguri, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba thanked NEDC for its various interventions in the institution which he said has gone a long improving learning and teaching in the institution.