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Government to prioritise research- Minister

Prof Tahir Mamman also gave the assurance of his readiness to ensure that industry-based research is encouraged. Photo: Radio Nigeria Archives

The Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman says the Federal Government is determined to support research linked to the industry so as to synchronise research and the industrial sector to accelerate national development.

He made this known in Abuja on Monday while receiving briefings from Chief Executives of Parastatals and Agencies under the supervision of the ministry.

The minister called on members of the academic community to see research beyond promotion and career advancement, adding that the overall national development must take priority over any other considerations.

On his part, the Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu said the Tinubu-led administration was poised to support the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) in its efforts to promote industry-based research and research funding.

The Executive Secretary of TETFUND, Sonny Echono, explained that the fund had in the last two years sponsored over 65,000 staff members in tertiary institutions to national and international conferences, workshops, and training programmes.

While briefing on critical investments being made by the Fund on high-impact projects, disaster, recovery, and research grants, Echono said that investment in research in universities led to the production and public presentations of over 60 books in 2022.

He added that more books would be published at designated publishing houses across the six geopolitical zones in the coming years.

Reporting by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Muzha Kucha