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FG Should Allocate 26% Of Annual Budget To Education – Prof. Bassey Okon

While speaking at a two-day workshop, Prof. Bassey Okon, the Director of Research and Development at the University of Calabar, urged the federal government to allocate 26% to the education sector in the annual budget to fund research in tertiary institutions.

The workshop which was organized by the Directorate of Research and Development in collaboration with the Centre for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) was themed; “Writing Fundable Research Proposal.”

In order to improve the standard of research and development in the nation, he requested that the government give priority to education by increasing the budgetary allocation to the sector.

Despite the government’s efforts to fund research in the nation through grants given to universities, according to him, these efforts fall short.

“Government needs to do the basic things of meeting the sustainable development goals of allocating 26% of the annual budget on education to cover lots of things, including research.”

“But to a large extent, the government is doing well in funding research but needs to do more.”

According to Prof. Okon, the goal of the workshop was to improve the academic staff’s ability to write proposals so that the university would be able to attract more grants.

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