The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost research and development in the country, so as to promote national development.
According to a statement to NATIONAL ACCORD, at the ceremony on Tuesday, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Elias Sulaiman Bogoro, said that the Federal Government released N5 billion last year to the agency to fund research.
He expressed hope that the grant will be increased to further enable the agency intensify on funding research.
He also said that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is the nerve center for developed nations and for Nigeria to achieve development, STEM subjects must be embraced by students and researchers.
In a response, the Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu said the signing of the memorandum of understanding was part of efforts to deepen a knowledge and innovation- driven economy, adding that research agencies will greatly benefit from the development.
Onu was also hopeful that the newly signed MOU will cement synergy between research agencies and academic institutions to the overall benefit of Nigeria.
He explained that research institutes will now avail their research equipments and findings to the universities so as to enhance academic excellence and outputs.
The Minister said increased funding for researchers in the agencies will discourage Nigerians from patronizing imported herbs as Nigerians have more than enough herbal resources that are lying fallow.