In its aim to address national development challenge, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has selected Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, UNILAG and 10 other universities as the “Pioneer Centres for Excellence” in which the sum of N12b grant was approved.
This was made known by the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Suleiman Bogoro, at the inauguration of the 12 maiden Centres of Excellence (TCoEs).
While disclosing the purpose of the selection, Bogoro noted that the selection is to solve a specific national challenge in terms of development.
“The aim of selection is to address a specific national development challenge through the preparation of professionals, applied research and associated outreach activities to partners, especially community services,” he said.
Speaking further, he assured the board will fund the 12 centres with One Billion Naira, each, for the period of five years to achieve their aims and expectations, noting that two institutions were selected across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
“Two selected centres in each of the six geopolitical zones of the country were expected to ensure the strengthening and sustainability of the Centres beyond the year 2025. In North-central, the University of Abuja and University of Jos have been selected as Centres of Excellence in Public Governance and Leadership and Food security respectively.”
In his words, ”The North-east has Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi TETFund Centre of Excellence in food security and the University of Maiduguri has the Centre of Excellence in Arid Zone Research and Development.”
“The North-west has Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Centre of Excellence in Urology and Nephrology and Bayero University, Kano, in Renewable Energy.”
”South-east has the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in Root Crop Research, Development and Agriculture Transitional Studies, respectively.”
“Moreso, in South-south, the University of Benin and the University of Uyo got Centres of Excellence in Aquaculture and Food Technology and Computational Intelligence and Multi-Disciplinary Studies respectively, while the South-west has the university of Ibadan and the University of Lagos in Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management,” he disclosed.
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