The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has gotten a N90 million grant from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for reseach and innovation.
Prof. Abdalla Adamu, Vice Chancellor of the university, disclosed this at the 14th Inaugural Lecture of the institution in Abuja.
According to the VC, part of the grant would be used to set up a language research centre.
The VC made it known that it was necessary to establish the research centre to assist the society in acquiring theories of language as it concerns communication disorder.
“I want us to establish a research centre for this in the Faculty of Arts; this is because we have about N90 million for institution-based research from TETFund, so money is not a problem.
“And if a centre like this is established, it will reach all the communities in the country because we are the only university that has a presence everywhere.
“I say this because I have a grandson who has a communication disorder but I have discovered that a lot of us also suffer from communication disorder, especially, the professors because we talk in jargon and nobody understands us.
“So, my plea is that the Dean of Faculty of Arts should consider the possibility of establishing a multi-disciplinary research centre because it involves education, language, child development, psychology, biology and other things,” Prof. Adamu stated.
According to the VC, the Inaugural lecture which was delivered by Prof. Shirley Ono Yul-Ifode, is an eye-opener to factors and stages necessary in normal language development of the child.
He described NOUN as the best university around the world and as such would ensure that the institution got the best of infrastructure and lectures for the benefit of the students.