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TETFund charges committee to fast track research process

The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Sonny Echono says Nigeria needs urgent steps to come out of its current situation.

Echon urged the Research and Development Standing Committee (RSDC) to design an agenda that can fast track the research process in Nigeria.

He stated this when he met with leadership of the Committee, led by its chairman, Prof. Anya O. Anya in Abuja on Tuesday.

The RDSC of TETFund is a large group of over 150 members with 13 thematic areas of focus, with the task to fast-track Nigeria’s global competitiveness in product development and service delivery by leveraging innovation systems.

The thematic Groups include Agriculture, Environment and Bioresources, Medicine, Energy, Infrastructural Development, Education Pharmaceuticals, and Digital Economy, Petroleum, Fossils Resources Solid Mineral and Mining; Defence and Military; Governance, Social Development, amongst others.

“We have reached an important milestone in our national development that requires us taking new bearings, changing course, exploring all the alternatives to see how we can lift this country from where we presently are’’.

“You heard about Dubai but even Qatar is showcasing to the world now, a very small country and the whole of the world is watching and attention is focused on them. We have seen the type of infrastructural development that they have been able to bring to their people’’. Echono stated.

Earlier, Anya said the importance of science and technology in reshaping the future of Nigeria cannot be overemphasised.

“Many years from now, maybe 10 to 20years, some will look at Nigeria and recognize this day as the day when Nigeria started taking science and technology seriously. “I believe in the intention, the vision in all of us sitting here to hope that the lost time will be recovered and Nigeria will join those who use science and technology for development,” he said.

Writing by Daniel Adejo