The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has tasked polytechnics across the country to initiate quality research proposals that will lead to commercial and innovative usage.
The Executive Secretary, TETFund, Mr. Sonny Echono said this during an interactive meeting with Rectors and Directors of Research of Polytechnics on National Research Fund (NRF) grants in Abuja on Wednesday,
Echono decried the huge shortage of skills in critical sectors of the nation’s economy.
“We are not producing graduates that are fit for purpose, that meet the needs of the industry, that are ready to take up responsibility and contribute their quota upon engagement.”
According to him, TETFund wants to see polytechnics taking more active parts in solving society’s problems; in resolving the country’s developmental challenges and proffering solutions that will ease the various operations of the country.
“No research will be of benefit to a country like Nigeria if we are not translating that and applying the products of such research to affect our daily lives.
“If we are not transferring that knowledge, that creative spark into the production of goods and services that can create employment for our people, then we have a long way to go,
“We must improve our standard of living, grow our economy, and activate all segments of our economy.
“I believe you are aware that there is compelling need for a shift in focus. We are producing graduates in an economy that is underdeveloped yet they are unable to find employment,” he said.
TETFund boss said that the country was in a situation where foreign concerns, foreign companies, foreign businesses were relocating out of the country under the guise of not having the right manpower to carry out their operations.
“We are having a situation where side-by-side there is very high graduate unemployment. It’s a huge shortage of skills in critical sectors of our national economy.
“It means we are not producing graduates that are fit for purpose, that meet the needs of the industry, that are ready to take up responsibility and contribute their quota upon engagement,” he added.
He, therefore, said the country continued to produce manpower that the current structure of the economy could no longer absorb.
Earlier, the Director, Executive Secretary’s Office, Arc. Uchendu Wogu said the fund recognised the fact that research was not a one-man show but needed collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach.
He said the fund was also committed to ensuring the adoption of international best practices in delivering research mandate.
He, therefore, urged polytechnics to rise up to the challenge of producing quality research proposals.
“Indeed, the polytechnic sector has not shown too much of a good performance, not to say that they are not doing well in National Research Fund (NRF) angle particularly.
“In achieving the mandate of the fund, the NRF was established so that we address the paucity of funds for research, especially in Nigerian tertiary education Institutions geared towards contributing to national development efforts.
“The committee has been working and the intervention is open to universities, colleges of education and polytechnics.
“ The performance reports from 2012 to 2021, having spent N24 billion on NRF and having sponsored 727 research grants, only 28 of this 727 is domiciled in our polytechnics, representing about four per cent,” he said.
He said collaborative efforts were ongoing with a technology hub called Innovation hub aimed at transcending and moving the research outcomes into products through innovation.
The Executive Secretary, National Board For Technical Education (NBTE), Prof. Idris Bugaje stressed the need for synergy between polytechnics and universities on Innovative research.
Bugaje said research in Nigeria was not yielding desired results because those who were administering the researches had forgotten the role polytechnics played.
“Research and development is a topical issue. TETFund has created NRF to drive high level of research that can led innovation.
“Today in Nigeria, almost 99.9 per cent of these researches do not yield innovation. They end up as journal papers published in papers.
“Therefore, there must be synergy between universities and polytechnics if our research and development will lead to innovation,” he said.
We will continue to make land available to genuine investors — Gov. Abiodun
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has assured investors of land allocation in the state as long as their investments and intentions are genuine.
The Governor made this known last week at the distribution of Certificates of Occupancy (CofO) to 5,000 beneficiaries at the Oba’s Complex, Oke-Mosan Abeokuta.
Governor Abiodun represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, said in keeping with the plans of the present administration to make the state the investors hub not only in Nigeria, but the West African sub-region, the process of acquiring land in the state has been automated to speed up the process.
He noted that it is no longer business as usual, as the Lands Department has been transformed to perform optimally, saying the distribution of 5,000 CofO was a signpost that transparency is now the order of the day in the administration of land in the state.
The Governor, who attributed the non performance of the Lands Department in the past to ‘cabals’ said the office is now operating on a clean slate as the former staff have been moved to make room for higher performance.
He sympathised with those who went through severe ordeal in accessing their land documents, saying with the documents, it would bring peace of mind and signifies that the land has been allocated to them.
In their goodwill messages, Commissioner for Physical Planning, Hon. Tunji Odulami, said though the process started about six years ago through the Homeowner Charter put in place by the past administration, many people would not complete and access their land title documents.
He said the distribution of CofO to 5,000 people was an indication that the present administration, apart from taking the bull by the horns, was a promise keeping government, urging the beneficiaries to complete the process by obtaining their building plans as well.
Commissioner for Housing, Jagunmolu Jamiu Omoniyi, while congratulating the recipients, noted that the land documents given by the government would legitimise and prop up the value of their properties, calling on those yet to apply for theirs to do so without delay.
In his welcome address, Director General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Arch. Segun Fowora, noted that land plays an important part in human activities as no activity could take place with land.
He said the introduction of the Ogun State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLAMS), by the Governor Abiodun-led administration was to speed the process of land administration and make it seamless, maintaining that the Bureau of Lands would continue to implement the governor’s vision on land matters.
One of the recipients and former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ayilara Adedoyin, lauded the state government for the initiative, noting that it would help in legitimising their properties and give them peace of mind.
Abiodun mulls oil production in Tongeji Island, Olokola
The Ogun State Governor; Prince Dapo Abiodun has expressed optimism towards the exploration of oil in Tongeji Island and Olokola in Ipokia and Ogun Waterside local government areas of the state respectively.
The Governor noted that the state would soon be given frontier status and join the league of oil-producing states in the country.
Prince Abiodun stated this during the presentation of the year 2024 Appropriation Bill christiened “Budget of Sustained Growth and Development” at the Ogun State House of Assembly.
The Governor said, “Discussions are ongoing regarding the exploration of oil in Tongeji Island, Ipokia Local Government Area, and Olokola, in Ogun Water-Side Local Government Area, respectively. We are confident that very soon, we will be given frontier status and will soon join the league of oil-producing states.”
Abiodun also disclosed that his administration in preparation for its new status as an oil producing state has established the Ministry of Mineral Resources saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the general administration and operation of the natural resources that abound in the state.
He also disclosed that his administration has established the Ministry of Energy to take advantage of the constitutional amendment that allows sub-national governments to participate in the energy sector.
The Governor, who also disclosed that an Education Summit would be held in the first quarter of 2024, said that numerous challenges facing the sector would be considered with a view to repositioning education in the state.
IGP launches inaugural NPF Open National Mixed Martial Arts Championship in Abuja
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun has officially launched the groundbreaking 1st NPF Open National Mixed Martial Arts Championship that held on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2023 in Abuja at the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium, Abuja.
In his address during the inauguration on Saturday, December 2, 2023, the IGP underscored the significance of this championship in not only enhancing policing services but also contributing to the broader development of sports in Nigeria. The event was poised to foster collaboration and mutual respect among participating agencies, showcasing the commitment of law enforcement to community policing.
As part of the preparation for this championship, the Force conducted a comprehensive 2-day seminar titled “Sensitisation on the Rules and Regulations of Mixed Martial Arts.” The seminar brought together athletes and officials from the Police, Para-military, and other law enforcement agencies, along with representatives from the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Development.
The IGP called on all participating athletes and agencies to showcase their best performances while adhering to the rules and maintaining the spirit of sportsmanship.
The competition will feature various categories, including the Beginners Mixed Martial Arts events, highlighting a combination of grappling, striking, and ground fighting.
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