The University of Ibadan and 11 other public universities have been given ₦1 billion each as grants to carry out projects on research in various feeds of their specialty. This totals the amount released by TETFund to ₦12 billion. This was announced by the Executive Secretary to the Fund, Suleiman Bogoro who presented the allocation letters and guidelines to Vice Chancellors of the Universities.
The research programmes which would be carried out by each of the twelve universities is expected to contribute to national growth, with the University of Ibadan focusing on multi-disciplinary research.
Other universities selected include, the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the University of Benin (UNIBEN), the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, the University of Jos (UNIJOS), the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) and Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto.
Each of the universities mentioned above are expected to have, in the space of five (5) years, excelled in their various areas of research focus, thereby contributing to national growth. The University of Lagos (UNILAG) is expected to have exceled in biodiversity conservation and eco-system management, UNIZIK in areas of agriculture and engineering, Michael Okpara University in the area of root crop research and development, the University of Benin in the areas of aquaculture and food technology, UNIUYO in computer intelligence, Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto in areas of urology and nephrology, UNIMAID in arid zone research, BUK in renewable energy, ATBU in food security research and finally UNIABUJA in public governance and leadership research.
These twelve universities are expected also, in working together, to bring complementary resources needed for technical development and industrial application. This includes bringing together, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and translational research competence in a bid to further the development of products, processes and services, by focusing on problems that demand larger efforts which smaller projects cannot provide. This should help bridge the gap between researchers and users of product, helping tertiary institutions focus more on industry-needs oriented research and not just research.