The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) has said that the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will benefit from the commission’s education grants for tertiary institutions in the country.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta gave the assurance when a delegation from NOUN visited him in his office to explore ways of collaborating with the commission.
Mr. Ephraim Nwokenneya, Director, Research and Development, NCC, who represented the Executive Vice Chairman, said that the grants were part of the commission’s strategy to encourage Nigerian students in their studies.
He stated that about eleven universities from various parts of the country would benefit from the education research grants.
“Even though there are researchers in those universities who are conducting the research, the grants are given to the universities so that they can be able to moderate what happens.
“It underscores the current focus of NCC which is setting up a framework to collaborate with the academia and seeing how we can deepen growth in the industry.
“So, what we have done is to facilitate research with the academia. We have received a lot of proposals from the universities; we have evaluated and selected for grants those that are of paramount interest to our current focus.
“Each of those research proposals has got a prototype from which we can work to commercialize them for the benefit of the industry,” Danbatta stated.