President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the Establishment of Medical Research in Tertiary Institutions

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the Establishment of Medical Research in Tertiary Institutions

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of six medical simulation research and clinical training facilities in six colleges of drugs in each geopolitical zone within the country.

The Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, disclosed this at the 2020 TETFund Board of Trustees, BoT, Retreat in Abuja.

He said the approval provided a chance for TETFund to supply twelve COVID-19 and communicable disease molecular laboratories, two in each geopolitical zone, making the fund the very best single provider of COVID-19 test centers in Nigeria.

President Buhari also approved a rise of the Tertiary Education Fund, National Research Fund, NRF, to N7.5 billion for the year 2020 from an initial N3 billion. Prof Bogoro said the newest approval makes the agency the most important holder of research grants in Nigeria.

He also disclosed that the BoT of TETFund approved over N200 million, to sponsor some COVID-19 research proposals mainly from universities and NAFDAC.

Besides, the BOT also endorsed and was subsequently approved by the President that six Medical Simulation Research and Clinical Training facilities in six Colleges of drugs (one in each geopolitical zone) are to be established this year.

Individually, this provided a chance for twelve COVID-19 and related communicable disease Molecular Laboratories to be provided (two in each geopolitical zone), thus making TETFund the very best single provider of COVID-19 test Centres in Nigeria.

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While laying out the agenda of the fund, the TETFund boss noted that approval has been made up of 2020 allow TETFund to aggressively commit funds to reverse the embarrassing situation of hostel accommodation in tertiary institutions and make the training environment more attractive for local and foreign students.

According to him, only 15 percent of Nigerian students sleep in hostel accommodation in their institutions.

He said the BoT has also directed Management of the agency to form recommendations towards the migration to e-learning according to global best practices.

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