The Federal Government has spend over N15 billion to equip Federal and State Polytechnics nationwide as part of its commitment towards supporting research and innovation in Nigeria.
President Goodluck Johnathan who made this disclosure at the 2nd National Education Innovations Exhibihation held in Abuja recently also said that government has spent over N15 billion to equip Federal and State polytechnics nationwide with modern and well-equipped laboratories.
The President, represented by Wike Nyesom, the supervising Minister of Education said his administration’s is pledging its unwavering determination to increase access to education for all Nigerians and to improve existing infrastructure in all new and existing tertiary institutions. He identified that Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) sectors as particularly having a major role to play in that regard.
According to him, “the comprehensive rehabilitation of laboratories of our polytechnics is a major impetus to encouraging our leading technical and vocational institutions to get into the business of innovation” adding that “N15 billion had been expended on ensuring that all the 51 Federal and State Polytechnics have laboratories that meet modern technical and vocational education standards.”
Jonathan called for higher level of synergy between educational institutions and the private sector to ensure that research work by these institutions are tailored to the needs of society and also enhance the process of rapidly getting the products of such research and innovation into the wider society.
“I am also pleased to say that in the next few days, we shall be making the initial awards under the TETFund Research Scheme (with) an initial provision of N3 billion to support individuals in research across our educational institutions,” Wike added