The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has approved N12 billion to the University of Lagos, University of Abuja and 10 others as the “pioneer Centres of Excellence”.
The Executive Secretary, TETFund, Suleiman Bogoro, said this at the inauguration of the 12 maiden Centres of excellence (TCoEs).
He said the aim of the 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 also said the board would fund the 12 centres with a grant of one billion each for five years to enable them to attain national yearnings.
“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,” he said.
According to him, ”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,” he added.
He said the ”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 said.