The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) reported spending N9 billion on research at public higher education institutions in Nigeria.
The government agency said the spending covered various disciplines and was distributed under the National Research Fund (NRF).
Executive Secretary Professor Suleiman Elias-Bogoro spoke on Monday at the 35th Conference of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) at Kano State University of Science and Technology (KUST ).
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NAN reports that Elias-Bogoro, represented by Hajiya Hadiza Abdullahi, explained that the fund awarded a total of 240 grants.
The head of TETFund described the NRF as an intervention to promote the conduct of applied research and innovation by academics.
He said the results will help boost the country’s socio-economic development in a highly competitive, knowledge-driven world.
UNAVC Acting President Professor Timothy Olagbemiro noted that universities around the world are required to explore creative solutions to societal challenges.
Olagbemiro said Nigeria’s higher education system is the largest in Africa with 197 universities.
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He lamented the attacks on undergraduates and revealed that a stakeholder meeting will be held soon on school safety and increased funding.