Prof. Francis Eze, Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) has said that poor funding of universities across the country is the cause of the slow pace of research.
The Vice Chancellor made this known yesterday while addressing newsmen on his third year anniversary as the seventh substansive VC of the institution in Owerri.
He pointed out that research projects require huge capital but regrets that universities in Nigeria are poorly funded.
The VC’s remark is coming after President Muhammad Buhari condemned the poor research projects by most Nigerian universities.
He appeals to the Federal Government to make funds readily available for institutions of higher learning.
“A laboratory cost about N3 billion, they have to invest in research; if you do, you reap the benefit which is a long term thing.
“They should help us have functional research laboratories. We have some of the best brains in school who have tried to power tricycles with solar energy and convert generator that runs on fuel to gas,” the VC lamented.
Prof. Eze further expalined that FUTO was presently partnering with some great institutions around the world to achieve more innovations.
“We have developed something on malaria prevention and we are currently partnering with Liverpool School of Medicine to see how that can be deployed,” Eze stated.