TETFund Executive Secretary, Suleiman Bogoro, does not like what he sees from most of Nigeria’s 8000 professors. After reading some research proposals coming to TEFFund, he was moved to crank: “make one to wonder if some of these professors in question are actually the principal investigators in the proposal.” Prof Bogoro has a big point – Nigeria university system needs to advance our knowledge base, but for that to happen, we have to deepen the capabilities of those that teach our students.
The reinstated Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Suleiman Bogoro, has said most Nigerian professors are not capable of getting global grants for research because of poor research proposals.
Despite the growing number of Nigerian professors, said to be about 8000, the TETfund boss is worried that many professors have low capacity to write quality research proposals.
According to Mr Bogoro, some of the proposals coming to TETFund “make one to wonder if some of these professors in question are actually the principal investigators in the proposal.”
He said about 80 per cent (proposals) are ‘condemned’ because they are poor.
“I have been in some platforms overseas where some Nigerian professors have been invited and they were reluctant to climb the podium because they wanted to get PhD at that stage. It is the title that bothers them not the knowledge,” he said.