Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has earmarked a budget of N252.2 million as research grant for higher institutions in Nigeria.
The development was revealed by the Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Ibrahim Danbatta on Thursday.
According to findings made available to schoolworld, the research grant is available for members of the academia who are conducting research on issues that relate to the development of the telecommunications industry.
NCC boss, who was represented by Dr. Haru Alhassan, Director, News Media and Information Security, disclosed this at a stakeholders’ forum with the academia in Abuja.
The forum was attended by Vice Chancellors of several public and private universities across the country.
“The Commission has reserch portfolio size of Two Hundred and Fifty-Two Million, Two Hundred and Seventy Four Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty-Six Naira (N252,274,2860).
“In year 2013, the Commission only awarded one Research Grant, and there have been minimal annual increase in subsequent years. However, last year under my watch, the total number of Research Grants given increased to 11 from the previous year of 7 awards in year 2017,” he stated.
According to him, the Commission’s funding for research and development was in accordance with global standards and the NCC has identified academia as ‘critical stakeholders’ in the telecoms sector.
“We intend to offer Research Fellowship positions for in-depth research and exploration of problems the industry is facing whilst improving the researchers’ experience of the industry,” the NCC Bos added.