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Researchers Accuse Buhari Of Bias, Want TETFUND Act Reviewed

Posted: Mar 5, 2016 at 5:45 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Innocent Oweh, Abuja
Research experts, under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI), have accused President Muhammadu Buhari of bias against funding of research institutions.
The protesters, who took to the streets of Abuja on Friday, said that despite campaigns for diversification of the economy, the government has not deemed it necessary to fund the industrial sector.
Led by Nnamdi Onunka and Theophilus Ndubuaku, Vice President and General Secretary of ASURI respectively, the protesters also called for an immediate review of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) Act to extend the scope of distribution of the overflowing funds to research institutes.
Onunka attributed the prevailing poverty in the country to the neglect of research institutions, particularly, the colleges, researchers and lecturers.
He said that there was no justifiable basis for the exclusion of research institutes in the country from benefiting from TETfund’s interventions.
The protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as “What is Needful is to put Nigeria Back to Work by Paying Attention to Research Institutes,” “No TETfund Research No Budget for Research Which Way Nigeria?”
“Zero budget for research ?in 2016 is death sentence on Nigeria development, research is key to development and wealth of any nation,” and ?”Nigeria is in danger, neglect of research; a coup against our future.”
According to ASURI, all that government needed to do was to muster the political will to confront any opposition and do what was fair, just and exigent regarding research funding, which he said ws sine qua non to averting the economic collapse of the country.
“The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) has become one of the most controversial issues in the Nigerian media today… We decry and condemn the exclusion of research institutes, Colleges of Agriculture and Colleges of Forestry from TETfund that the public universities and polytechnics are enjoying.
“Given that the determination of most research projects in the universities are individual interests and not based on institutional mandate, it can only be described as a crazy policy for a country with such abundant natural resources and large population to concentrate almost all available research and extension fund to universities and none for research institutes. This is the bane of Nigeria’s technological development,” he said.