The Federal Government has inaugurated the National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF) draft executive bill committee, with a charge on members to propose legislation that will ensure a robust knowledge economy.
Inaugurating the 11-man committee on Tuesday in Abuja, Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, commended the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for coming up with the NRDF initiative.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, the minister said the committee would undertake one of the most important and meaningful assignments on behalf of the ministry and the country as a whole.
“The task of preparing a draft Executive Bill is not an ordinary job. It requires the best to do it and that is why some of our best and tested lawyers, academics and industry leaders have been called upon to do this assignment.
While calling on members of the committee to live up to expectations in carrying out the assignment, the minister said boosting efforts in research and development holds the key that will redefine the nation’s path to a knowledge economy.
The minister said the committee, which is chaired by Prof. Auwal Yadudu, has four weeks to complete its assignment and produce a report to be considered by the Ministry for” transmission to the Federal Executive Council and expectedly, the National Assembly, that is to approve the Bill for presidential assent.”
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, said the nation’s intellectuals must take up its responsibility by promoting ideas that would fast-track the development of Nigeria, particularly in the area of Research and Development.
Bogoro, who doubles as convener of TETFund Research and Development Standing Committee (RDSC), expressed delight that the committee would churn out good draft proposals based on the experience and vast knowledge of its members.
Responding on behalf of the members of the committee, its chairman, Prof. Auwal Yadudu, promised that the assignment would be carried out with the utmost dedication and seriousness it deserves.
He commended the education ministry and TETFund for the confidence reposed in the committee, saying “we will work together and hope we will not disappoint based on the trust you have in us.”
The committee terms of reference include to study the masterplan document for the establishment of NRDF in Nigeria with a view to understanding its content vis-a-vis the committee tasks; To review the current enabling law ( if any) on Research and Development in Nigeria with a view to proposing a draft legislation to National Assembly on the establishment of NRDF.
The committee, whose membership is drawn from TETFund, Ministry of Education, National Universities Commission, office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation, among others, has as members; Prof C.K.C Dakas, Prof. Hadiza Galadanchi, Dr Segun Aina, Barr. Grace Ekanem, Pascal Eruagha, Emmanuel Akisa, Dr Mustapha Popoola, two representatives of the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, while Barr. Khalid Abdul will serve as Secretary.