Daily Trust (Abuja)

28 August 2012

Nigeria: Professional Associations Get N230 Million to Publish Journals

Forty six professional associations have received N5 million each from federal government through intervention from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for the publication of professional journals to be distributed to public universities in Nigeria.

Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday at the public presentation of the second batch of TETFund-sponsored journals for professional associations.

Yakubu said this was to help address the problem of funding and patronage that had hindered the publication of journals in the country.

"The problem hindering publications of journals of internationally accepted standards is funding and patronage and TETFund is taking care of these two key issues by not only funding the publication, but also purchasing the published material," he said.

He noted that journals published in the country were either irregular or completely not available and this had become a stumbling block to the development of the education sector.

Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa'i, said there was an urgent need to encourage scholarly publications if the education sector was to move forward.

She said it was in view of this that the federal government in 2010 approved a seed grant of N2 billion to revive scholarly publications by professional bodies.

The minister said government had decided to "move from book procurement to book development" as a way of encouraging research and publications.

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