The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Mr Godknows Igali, has asserted that the institution was blessed with a crop of excellent scientists capable of holding their own on the global stage.
Igali made the remark while interacting with winners of the 2020 TETFUND National Research Foundation (NRF) from the university, at a reception for them on Friday in Akure.
In the 2020 results just released by the NRF, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, won the highest number of grants followed by the University of Lagos and FUTA which came third, leading other specialized universities in the country.
Igali said that it had now become incontestable that FUTA was indeed the country’s best University of Technology.
He said that out of 6,000 applicants for the grant, 500 were shortlisted and 218 picked as recipients with FUTA alone taking 14 of the entire slots.
The chairman said he was particularly elated that two of the areas of research concentration were concerned with diagnosis and containment of COVID-19.
He described this as an attestation of the current relevance of and usefulness of the research to society.
The pro-chancellor noted that the feat achieved by FUTA researchers and scientists was worthy of emulation and as such the awardees should be celebrated and encouraged to do more for the institution and the society.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor of FUTA, Prof. Joseph Fuwape, congratulated the recipients and reiterated that FUTA would not relent in its pursuit of cutting edge research that would add value to the country’s drive for technology and for self-reliance.
He tasked other scholars to put in more effort to keep the university’s flag flying and congratulated the pro chancellor for his tenure which, he added, would bring more wins for the institution.
Prof. Ganiyu Oboh, the Director of FUTA’s Centre for Research and Development, was one of the recipients of the grants.
In his remarks, Oboh said members of the various teams would, in the established tradition of the university, justify the confidence reposed in them by carrying out their assigned responsibilities painstakingly and in line with the global best practice in their various fields.
NRF was established by the Board of the Tertiary Education Fund (TETFund) to drive the resuscitation of research activities in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
The fund was one of the five special intervention areas introduced in order to realise the objective of addressing the critical need for high quality manpower to drive the nation’s economy and development aspirations to attain the nation’s Vision 20:2020 and beyond.
The sum of N7.5 billion for the current 2020 NRF Grants Cycle was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.