The Acting Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Hon. Abubakar Bwari, said on Saturday that at least 11 universities in the country would share the Federal Government’s N84 million research grant.
The fund, spread amongst the tertiary institutions, is basically for geological mapping, mining engineering and materials and metallurgical engineering.
Bwari, who disclosed this while presenting letters of participation in research development to representatives of the universities, said the federal government has made data generation, retrieval and storage a priority and has continued to invest hugely in the area.
The institutions are – Obafemi Awolowo University (N9 million), Federal University of Technology Minna, (N9 million), University of Nigeria Nsukka, (N9 million), Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, (N9 million), University of Port Harcourt (N6.5 million) and University of Jos (N6.5 million).
Others are – University of Lagos (N6.5 million), University of Ibadan (N6.5million), Nasarawa State University, Keffi, (N6.5 million), Ebonyi State University, Abakiliki, (N6.5 million) and Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, (N9 million).
Bwari said: ”I am delighted to be here today to present Letters of Participation in Research Development to representatives of some of Nigeria’s foremost universities as part of our ministry‘s collaboration with tertiary institutions.
“I am told that this is the first time the ministry will be giving out such assistance to universities research purposes, but I can assure you that this will certainly not be the last.
“In the last two and half years, this ministry has established a consistent pattern of engaging and listening to stakeholders in order to secure their input into policy formulation and implementation.
“This administration has therefore made data generation, retrieval and storage a priority and has continued to invest hugely in this area. As our source of funding improves, we intend to continuously increase the amount of money we spend on this critical component of mining.
“The N84 million that is being shared by 11 universities today for research development in various areas relating to mapping and evaluation of particular mineral deposits will no doubt increase the fountain of geoscience data available to investors.”