ABUJA â€” Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, yesterday, said many universities were unable to access the Federal Governmentâ€™s N3 billion research grant because of poorly written proposals.
Okojie stated this in Abuja, while declaring open a workshop on research grants for universities in Nigeria, organised by NUC, in collaboration with Moorhouse College, Atlanta, USA, and the Gregory University, Uturu.
He said the Federal Government, through Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, about three years ago, launched the N3 billion Research Grant to aid tertiary institutions in conducting cutting-edge researches that could propel national development.
He regretted that till date, only N266 million of the amount had so far been disbursed to beneficiaries who submitted â€œgood proposals.â€
Prof. Okojie said that apart from the TETFund grant, there were lots of other research grants globally available that could be of tremendous help to researchers in Nigeria.
He said: â€œEveryday, we lose out in competition for grants. And as we sit here today, we are amazed at the poor draw-down of funds for research in the university system.
â€œI listened to one Pro-chancellor, not too long ago, from a university in North-Western Nigeria that a university could not spend N10 million for research because even the in-house research proposals are poorly written. This has implication for research and publication.â€
Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the event, Prof. Adebisi Balogun, said the workshop was organised to assist the system to build capacity of Nigerian academics for a sustainable research culture and rekindle the spirit of â€œgrantmanship.â€
He noted that World Development Report and indices of human development had indicated that Nigeria was gradually losing grip of that culture of research that brought glory and recognition to higher education institutions in the 1960?s and up to the early 1980?s.