Two scholars at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), have secured a research grant of N540 million.
NAN revealed that the grants were from the United Kingdom Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund and the duration of the research projects is three years which starts from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022.
According to reports, the scholars are Dr. Sunday Adebisi, Director, African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), Centre of Excellence in Unemployment and Skills Development and Prof. Timothy Nubi, Director, Centre for Urbanisation and Habitable Cities.
Dr. Adebisi secured the grant for Partnership, Research and Capacity Building for Youth Unemployment Solutions in Africa, while Prof. Nubi secured the grant for African Research Network for Urbanisation and Habitable Cities.
The grants are for the development of integrated solutions that will maximise employment opportunities and enhance the future of work in the African continent.
The researchers are to provide a strategic platform for developing research capacities in African institutions to address Sustainable Development Goals, using a hub and spoke models that will increase collaboration among African teams from diverse disciplines.
Adebisi, over the weeend, told newsmen in Lagos that the major aim of the grant was to tackle the challenges of youth unemployment, using a stakeholder network approach involving academic research institutes and non academic institutions with shared vision, interests, goals and objectives.
He added that the activities, under the ARUA Centre of Excellence, would be in collaboration with universities such as Coventry, Lancaster, University of Derby, University of Cape Town, University of Ghana and University of Nairobi.