FG earmarks N100b for research-Provost
From Sade Adewale, Ondo
The Provost, Adeyemi College of Education Ondo, Dr. Samuel Akintunde, has stated that the Federal Government has allocated the sum of N100billion to boost research activities in tertiary institutions across the country.
Akintunde made the disclosure at a seminar tagged ” Proposal Writing”, which held at Obongawan Grace Ekong Lecture theatre in the College.
According to him, the fund under the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and dedicated as National Research Fund (NRF), aimed at boosting academic development and enhancing people’s skills in project proposal writing and research activities.
He said: ” The Federal Government is interested in boosting research activities in tertiary institutions in the country and has joined the rest of the world to acknowledge the fact that you cannot improve your society without research”
” So, a lot of money is now being pumped into research work, over N100billion have been earmarked now by the Federal Government under TETFUND as National Research Fund” he stated.
While urging teaching and non-teaching staff of the College, to seek constantly for self-improvement, through acquisition of more knowledge, the College Administrator, stated that the provision of money by the Federal Government for research, could be used as another avenue by them to improve their skills on research proposal writing.
He lauded the Directorate of Gender and Sustainable Development Studies in the College, for organising the seminar, and thanked the presenter, Prof. Bridget Teboh, from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA, for coming to the institution and identifying with its growth and development.
Describing Prof. Teboh as erudite and international scholar, the College Administrator, expressed optimism that participants would benefit from her wealth of experience, and would become more knowledgeable on good proposal writing skill at the end of the seminar.
While speaking on the importance of a good project proposal in the society, she stated that “a project doesn’t exist until it has been proposed and got the go-ahead” for its approval.
She stressed the necessity of project proposal writing and explained the rationale for its organisation in the College, stating that the seminar aimed at boosting the proficiency of ” those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills, as well as beginners, who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals to various funding agencies”.
She stated that the use of the word which she abbreviated as SMART, would serve as guide, add value to the proposal and convinced it’s recepients ” that your project is not just SMART, but also in good hands.
She equally spoke on the importance of the use of cover letter saying It’s contents, should convey professional message and have heading, introduction, argument and closing.
Earlier in her address of welcome, the Director, Directorate of Gender and Sustainable Development Studies in the institution, Dr. Martina Chinelo, stated the seminar was organised with the aim of sharpening the skill of workers in the area of project proposal writing, in order to improve their efficiency and make them globally competitive.