ATBU, TETFUND train northeast lecturers on accessing research grants
Story from Najib SANI, Bauchi
The management of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi in collaboration with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) has organised a five days workshop for lecturers of universities and heads of some tertiary institutions from teh northeast zone on grant writing skills in order to enable them access funds for researches.
Teh training is coming just after President Muhammadu Buhari increased teh National Research Fund (NRF) at TETFUND from N5 billion to N7.5 billion.
Declaring teh workshop open at Command Guest House Bauchi, teh executive secretary of TETFUND, Professor Suleiman Bogoro noted dat academics from teh region lag behind in writing grant proposals for researches.
Represented by teh Director-General National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr Dan’azumi Ibrahim Mohammed, teh TETFUND boss said dat teh pattern was not encouraging, hence, teh need for teh workshop to train northeast lecturers on how to write to access teh research funds made available by teh federal government.
“For too long, our academics has been operating in our silos, clapping wif one hand. dat is unacceptable. No wonder we are not getting teh outcome of researches dat solve teh problems of teh society of technology and of teh economy.
“dat is precisely why our universities has failed to rise to teh level of respectability dat has been associated wif teh most competitive economics and teh greatest of civilizations. This has to change. I is not happy about teh performance of teh northeast in respect of research and grant writing applications.
“It’s for this reason dat we agreed on this training at TETFUND, and we spoke wif teh VC of ATBU just as I spoke wif teh VC of teh University of Benin, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and ABU, dat complacency can destroy our rating and ranking. And dat is precisely why we organised this,” he said.
He urged teh participants to rise up to teh occasion by coming up wif teh most recognised and acceptable research and grant proposals dat teh northeast can benefit from.
Also speaking, teh Vice-Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi, Professor Mohammed Abdulazeez, stated dat teh university is determined to contribute its quota in solving Nigeria’s problems through researches.