Nigeria budgets N3bn for research in public Universities

Temitope Mustapha,Abuja

The Federal Government of Nigeria has revealed that it has sets aside over N3 billion for high impact research intervention fund for researchers in public tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

‎The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa‎, who stated this while fielding questions from journalists, in Abuja, said the government doesn’t have any plan to extend TETFUND intervention to private institutions in Nigeria.

According to Baffa, “Research is one of the core mandates of the fund; the fund is supposed to bridge the infrastructural gap in our public tertiary institutions”. 

We have been supporting research institutions, where we can allocate up to N15 million for academics in the Universities and up to N10 million to academics in Polytechnics and Colleges of Education. These are research grants awarded to qualified scholars that participated in a rigorous process of screening, after sending their proposals.

“About N3 billion has been earmarked to support the high impact research at the National Research Fund level.

“We also distribute research funds annually to universities to support degree research, where ‎staff of benefiting universities are conducting research and they are supported and individual or independent researches are also funded through the National Research Fund.

“Research is one of our focal point; we are determined to support cutting edge research that would lead to turn around the fortune of Nigeria”.

“Such research would increase our production and improve our efficiency and easing the lives of our citizens.
“The more we research the more we industrialise ‎our country. And the more we create more jobs”,
he said.

On inclusion of private tertiary institutions on TETFUND, intervention fund he said, “I won’t Suggest a public should be given to private institutions. We don’t have any plan to extend the fund to private institutions”.