Education minister identifies research as bedrock to national development

Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman
Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman

By JOHN ONAH, Abuja –

 

Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman has identified industry-linked research in the country’s Institutions of higher learning as key to national development.

 

The Minister made the observation today in his office in Abuja while receiving briefings from Chief Executives of Parastatals and Agencies under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education.

 

According to him, “the Federal Government is determined to support Research linked to industry so as to synchronize research and the industrial sector in order to accelerate National Development”.

 

In a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Ben Ben Goong, the Minister called on members of the academic community to see research beyond promotion and career advancement, adding that overall National Development must take priority over any other considerations.

 

Mamman promised to do everything humanly possible to ensure that industry based research is encouraged to accelerate National Development.

 

On his part, Minister of State for Education Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu expressed Government’s determination to support the TETFUND in its efforts at promoting industry based research, adding that the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will do everything humanly possible to clear any obstacle on the way of research funding.

 

Earlier in his briefing, Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Arc Sunny Echono told the Ministers that the fund has in the last two years sponsored over 65, 000 staff in Tertiary Institutions to National and International conferences, workshops and training Programmes.

 

Echono briefed the Ministers on critical investments being made by the Fund on high impact projects, disaster recovery & research grants.

 

He further informed the Ministers that investment in research in varsities led to the Production and Public presentations of over 60 books in 2022, adding that more books will be published at designated publishing houses across the six geopolitical zones in the coming years.

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