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Nigerian researchers urged to harness grants

A professor at the North Dakota State University, Charles Okigbo, has urged Nigerian scholars to think outside the box and begin to harness the enormous…

A professor at the North Dakota State University, Charles Okigbo, has urged Nigerian scholars to think outside the box and begin to harness the enormous grant opportunities and funds available in the country. 

He made the call at a webinar hosted by the Jacksonites Professional Development Series (JPDS) powered by Knowledge Hub.

 He said: “Nigeria has a lot of funds that are in circulation, but requires the ingenuity of smart scholars to tap into it and contribute in solving real-life problems in the Nigerian society.” 

According to him, grantors are only looking for diligent researchers who must be ready to account for whatever resources entrusted in them and deliver good results.

He asked researchers to be strategic in approaching a grantor and more realistic in their requests. 

Earlier, Dr Marcel Mbamalu, an alumnus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said: “This programme couldn’t have come at a better time to align actions between the town and gown in solving societal problems.”