The Federal Government has increased the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund research grants to universities and other tertiary institutions to 8.5 billion naira up from the 7.5 billion naira it gave out in 2020.
Minister of Education Adamu Adamu announced this while declaring open the first National Conference on Research, Training and Development in Zaria, noted that in 2019, the grants totalled five billion naira, with the theme: “Research, Training and Development in Nigeria’s educational system in the 21st century: challenges and way forward” was organized by the Institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU Zaria.
Adamu, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of TETFund Suleiman Bogoro commended President Muhammadu Buhari for doing a lot in the area of education.
He explained that the Federal Government had decided to raise its budgetary allocation to the education sector by 50 per cent in next year’s budget, with a view to addressing the funding shortfall for the sector.
Earlier, ABU Vice-Chancellor Kabiru Bala had stressed the importance of research in national development, saying that this was what promoted the Institute of Education to organise the annual national conference on research, training and development.