Acknowledge that the council does not receive enough funding

The Senate Committee on Education, on Friday advised the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to strengthen its activities in order to generate revenue.

Chairman of the committee, Uche Chukwumerije, gave the advice during an oversight visit to the council.

He also suggested that the council design a website through which its curriculum and other materials could be accessed by schools upon payment.

The chairman expressed satisfaction with the “wealth of creative ideas” at the NERDC in spite of the inadequacy of funds with which to carry out its full mandate.

“Our duties are very limited; we can only help to see what we can do to appropriate more funds for the council because they require more money than what they are getting now,” he said.

“NERDC is one of those agencies dealing with the foundational aspects of our education and it ought to get priority attention in terms of government support, especially funding.”

Prof. Godswill Obioma, the Executive Secretary of the council, said the target of the management was to make NERDC a centre of excellence.

Obioma said the council was a knowledge management organisation that required proper communication.

He assured the senators that the council would soon launch a website to make it more visible and accessible to stakeholders.

“We have created our website because we are aware that if we fail to communicate properly we will be isolated completely,” he said.

“So, part of what we intend to do and we are pursuing it vigorously is to see that our activities, achievements and projections are on the web.”

Obioma called for more funding to enable the council meet its target of becoming a world class educational research centre.

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