The Federal Government has donated N20 million to four national academies for the publication of professional journals.

It said this was part of its efforts to boost research and innovation in the country.

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu enjoined the academies to integrate their knowledge, adding that “knowledge cannot be compartmentalised…”

Head of the ministry’s Press and Public Relations Abdul-Ganiyu Aminu spoke in a statement that the four academies are Nigeria Academy of Letters, Nigeria Academy of Science, Nigeria Academy of Social Science, and Nigerian Academy of Engineering.

He said Onu urged the academies to explore the benefits in social sciences to solve some societal problems and boost innovations.

“The Federal Government, on Monday, donated N20 million to four national academies for the publication of professional journals.

“Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who made the donation, enjoined the academies to strive to integrate their knowledge, especially as innovations are at the reach of everyone, adding that “knowledge cannot be compartmentalised in this fast-growing Internet age.”

“He commended them for their contribution to national development and charge them to continue to harness the potential in the country to make it greater.

“It will be easier to solve critical national problems when we bring together the best brains we have in the country because, according to him, in solving scientific problems one needs to relate to the environment.

“It is time we moved from just having potential but utilise them to move Nigeria forward,’’ Dr. Onu added. President of the Nigeria Academy of Science Prof Mosto Onuoha thanked the minister for his thoughtfulness and innovative ideas in considering the academics for cash donations.

He said the publication of journals by academies had suffered due to lack of finance.

Onuoha assured the minister the money would be well utilised to advance the frontiers of knowledge, research and innovations.

by Grace Obike, The Nation

1 COMMENT

  1. Noble and sincere as the intention may be, it is not correct for Federal Government to fund such publications. Such bodies thrive by the quality of their publication. Funding them with such grants will not task their publications and there would be artificial progress – one noncommensurate with their output.
    Instead, they should fund minority people whose topics of research were pointed at issues that addresses national problems. Such could be people with first degrees that are less than 1:0 and 2:1 but successfully handled quality research topics.
    We have felt-needs in:
    Power Generation;
    Economic Development; Productivity;
    Food Production, Process, and Storage;
    National Security;
    Transportation;
    Poverty Without Lack;
    etc.
    People with topics that address these issues should be given such concession.

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