President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N8.5 billion for the conduct of ground-breaking research in medicine and other areas in 2021, under the National Research Fund, NRF, scheme funded by the Tertiary Education Trust, TETFUND.
The executive secretary of TETFUND, Suleiman Bogoro, disclosed this at a 3-day workshop for directors of research and development of public universities in Nigeria held at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, training institute, Maitama, Abuja.
Bogoro said the fund intends to put money in the Nigerian Medical Research Institute, NMIR to resuscitate their vaccine production.
He added that he has scheduled a meeting with the Director General of NMIR, Prof Babatunde Salako, to be joined by professors of medicine from some universities across the country for the purpose of achieving specific research objectives.
Bogoro however decried the failure of research institutes to have the appetite to establish a good relationship with universities for the purpose of promoting research and development, stating that universities are also guilty of disregarding them.
He stressed the need for collaboration between the universities and research institutes to know what the institutes are doing and offer assistance where necessary.