As a way of addressing technological challenges in military operations, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, is seeking to partner the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, and the defence and security sector through research. Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, made the call in Abuja on Thursday when he led the Fund’s R&D sub-committee on Defence and Security on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, Rtd.
Bogoro, who noted that defence operations are now digital, hi-tech and laser-guided, involving innovative technologies, also said NASENI was deliberately included in the defence and security subcommittee for obvious reasons. The TETFund boss, further stated that the R&D committee will expedite action to ensure that a bill for the proposed National Research and Development Foundation is drafted and forwarded to the National Assembly within the next nine months.
According to him, the emergence of the foundation will represent Nigeria both technologically going forward, stating that most developed countries have a foundation for supporting R & D so Nigeria cannot be left behind. “We are requesting that you support the case for the emergence of R & D Foundation. The most competitive technologies and economies in the world have something similar to this.
“Nigeria we don’t have it, we don’t have the larger basket there is an STI Fund but the bill has failed to come into effect and we are hoping sir, the National R&D Foundation it will be the largest funding but it is not just a funding the target application of the Fund is the areas that these subcommittees are identifying carefully that they will advise us leading to our interface with Arthoney General of the Federation when the bill is developed. “And to the National Assembly and to all of us we seek your support to encourage us. We are hoping that the Foundation should come perhaps much less than nine months from now,” he said.