Professor Suleiman Bogoro, the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), says the Fund would continue to support problem-solving research in universities and other related institutions in the country.
Bogoro stated this on Wednesday in Abuja while receiving the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria’s (ECAN) Award of Excellence for his uncommon passion for Research and Development (R&D) and other achievements so far recorded as TETFund boss.
Bogoro, who is fondly called Senior Advocate of Research, said Nigeria can overcome its challenges through the full embrace of R&D.
“One of the best ways to enhance our competitiveness is through prioritization of knowledge, and if there is any element of knowledge that gets to the nerve centre of the knowledge enterprise, it is research,” he said.
“For me to promote institutionalisation of R&D as a defining parameter for deepening research is not just undertaking research for promotion.”
“In Nigeria, people just jokingly referred to universities as intellectual enclaves with no relevance of application of knowledge to solve problems of nation or even the local community. I hate to hear that.
” It is for that reason, I said we must proceed to do problem-solving research and it is only through R&D, not just research but research for development.”
” A preacher said recently that Africa is sitting on the largest mineral deposits in the world yet Africa is the headquarters of poverty, there is something wrong. That is why I thought of undertaking research for value addition that is problem-solving.”
On why he was nicknamed Senior Advocate of Research, the TETFund boss said : “You made reference to the appellation granted to me recently as Senior Advocate of Research.”
“It is becoming increasingly popular by the day even at the convocation ceremony of ABUAD (Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti) where the first research centre of the university was named after me by the founder, Afe Babalola, it was mentioned copiously and indeed publicly about the reference (passion for institutionalisation of R&D), actually it is that particular reason he named the first research centre in that university after me.”
He commended ECAN for being a worthy partner in drumming support for the educational development of the country.
” You have been a very good partner to TETFund, you have kept faith even when we might not have met all your expectations but have also availed us the wisdom of advice on areas that we could improve on,” Bogoro said.
He expressed appreciation to ECAN for finding him worthy of the award even as he dedicated it to all TETFund’s staff for their support.
Earlier, the chairman of ECAN, Chuks Ukwuatu, said the Award of Excellence was initiated by the association 15 years ago to single out chief executives in the education sector that have performed greatly.
Ukwuatu said TETFund under Bogoro has witnessed massive infrastructural development in tertiary institutions, academic training, paradigm shift that has brought about institutionalisation of R&D, among others.
While saying the award is to encourage Bogoro to do more, the ECAN chairman said his association has thrown weight behind the calls for the renewal of the TETFund’s boss appointment in 2022, saying one good term deserves another.