The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Prof Suleiman Elias Bogoro has expressed displeasure on the inability of most Nigerian professors, to write proposals. Therefore, N10million has been set aside to train them on proposal writing. He said the money will be made available to vice-chancellors and provosts to create a week-long training to improve the capacities of researchers in proposal writing.
He lamented that the senior academics can’t access global grants for impactful research due to poor quality of research proposal. He said in spite of the growing number of Nigerian professors to about 8000, he is worried that many have low capacity to write a fundable research proposal.
“We see some of the research proposals coming to TETFund and sometimes you wonder if some of the professors were actually the principal investigators in the proposal, at first reading about 80 percent are gone because they are poor,” he said.
Bogoro stated this yesterday at an interactive session with Directors of Research of Nigerian Universities in Abuja, organised by the National Universities Commission, tagged “Bolstering Research Impact and Relevance through Systematic Research Governance in Nigeria.
“I have been in some platforms oversees where some Nigerian professors have been invited and they were reluctant to climb the podium because they wanted to get PhD at that stage is the title that borders them not the knowledge.” “Now they have wangled their way to top professors, but give them the topmost platform in the world they won’t want to climb because they will misrepresent the title they are carrying, this is a challenge to us,” he said
Speaking the Executive Secretary of NUC Prof Abubakar Rasheed said the session is aimed at reviving a culture of rigorous and relevant research so as to ameliorate the situation of poor research governance and inadequate institutional mechanism for the learning of management of research activities in Nigerian universities.