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FG sets to spend N3b on high impact research

The Federal Government, yesterday, 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, stated this while fielding questions from journalists, in Abuja, he 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 mandate of the fund, the fund is suppose 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 upto N10 million to academics in Polytechnics and Colleges of Education. These are research grants awarded to qualified scholars that participated in a regorous process of screening, after sending their proposals. 

“About N3 billion h‎as been earmarked to support the institutions research at the national 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 research 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 be given to private institutions. We don’t have any plan to extend the fund to private institutions"

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