FG inaugurates TETFund’s research fiundation draft bill committee

The federal government has inaugurated the National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF) draft executive bill committee with a charge to propose a legislation that will ensure Nigeria embrace  knowledge economy.
Inaugurating the 11-man committee Tuesday in Abuja, Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, showered praises on the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro for coming up with the initiative.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, the minister said the committee would undertake one of the most important and meaningful assignments on behalf of the ministry and the country as a whole.
“The task of preparing a draft Executive Bill is not an ordinary job. It requires the best to do it and that is why some of our best and tested lawyers, academics and industry leaders have been called upon to do this assignment,” Adamu said.

While calling on members of the committee to live up to expectations in carrying out the assignment, the minister said  boosting efforts in research and development holds the key that will redefine the nation’s path to a knowledge economy. 
“The nation has high expectations from the outcome of your work because the Federal Ministry of Education has decided to demonstrate that we house the historically-acknowledged leaders of research, being the universities, who also, with our polytechnics and colleges of education, hold the task of redefining the path of Nigeria’s knowledge economy, without which we cannot be competitive at the global stage. 

“It is expected that your committee will fashion out the legal framework that will define the place of Research and Development (R&D) as the main parameter for measuring the strength and sustainability of our GDP, which size adds up to nothing without injection of knowledge through problem solving research.”The minister said the committee, which is chaired by Prof. Auwal Yadudu, has four weeks to complete its assignment and produce a report to be considered by the Ministry for transmission to the Federal Executive Council and expectedly, the National Assembly, that is to approve the Bill for presidential assent.

Earlier Prof. Bogoro, said the nation’s intellectuals must take up their responsibility by promoting ideas that would fast-track the development of Nigeria, particularly in the area of research and development. 
“While the military is fighting insecurity and while the politicians are addressing the larger issues through the constitutional amendment, we the intellectuals must do the right thing to remind them that we are there, that we can chart a path for this nation. That is why we asked you to join us in this exercise, Bogoro said.Bogoro expressed delight that the committee would churn out good draft proposals based on the experience and vast knowledge of its members.

Responding on behalf of the members of the committee, its chairman, Prof. Auwal Yadudu, promised that the assignment would be carried out with the utmost dedication and seriousness it deserves. 
He said, “We will work together and hope we will not disappoint based on the trust you have in us.”
The committee terms of reference include to study the masterplan document for the establishment of NRDF in Nigeria with a view to understanding its content vis-a-vis the committee tasks; to review the current enabling law ( if any) on research and development in Nigeria with a view to proposing a draft legislation to National Assembly on the establishment of NRDF. Others are to propose areas of cross-cutting and cross-sectoral collaboration with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the private sector and industry on the establishment of NRDF and to identify any other salient issue(s) which may be necessary for the overall success of NRDF in Nigeria. 
The committee members are drawn from different walks of life.