Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro, Executive Secretary of TETFund

Nigeria raises TETFund research grants to N7.5bn

*Fund sponsors some COVID-19 research proposals with N200million

*Set to uplift hostel accommodations in tertiary institutions to make learning environment more conducive

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an increase of research grants for the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) from existing N3billion to N7.5billion.

Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro, Executive Secretary of TETFund, who revealed this in Abuja, FCT, Wednesday, June 24 during the 2020 retreat of the TETFund Board of Trustees (BoT), said that the latest approval had made the agency the largest holder of research grants in Nigeria.

Sources said the Executive Secretary of TETFund stated that President Buhari likewise approved the establishment of six medical simulation research and clinical training facilities in six colleges of medicine in each geopolitical zone this year.

The approval, he added, has provided an opportunity for TETFund to provide 12 COVID-19 and related infectious disease molecular laboratories.

These are two in each geopolitical zone, making the agency the highest single provider of COVID-19 test centres in Nigeria, he explained.

According to Prof. Bogoro, the BoT of TETFund approved over N200 million to sponsor some COVID-19 research proposals mainly from universities and NAFDAC.

“In addition, the BOT also endorsed and was subsequently approved by the President, that six Medical Simulation Research and Clinical Training facilities in six Colleges of Medicine (one in each geopolitical zone) are to be established this year.

“Individually, this provided an opportunity for twelve COVID-19 and related infectious disease Molecular Laboratories to be provided (two in each geopolitical zone), thus making TETFund the highest single provider of COVID-19 test Centres in Nigeria,” said he.

According to the TETFund chief, “the BOT also approved that TETFund sponsors some COVID-19 research proposals to the tune of over N200 million, mainly from Universities and NAFDAC.

“This being one of the reasons TETFund has recently been made the Secretariat for the Nigeria COVID-19 Research Consortium R&D,” he added.

Bogoro indicated that approval has been made from the 2020 budget for TETFund to aggressively commit funds to reverse the embarrassing situation of hostel accommodation in tertiary institutions and make learning environment more attractive for local and foreign students.

He stated that only 15 per cent of Nigerian students were living in hostel accommodation in their institutions.

The BoT has also directed Management of the agency to make recommendations towards migration of e-learning consistent with global best practice, he said.

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