Why we sent delegates of all Nigerian public universities to Dubai

Recently, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund sponsored a one-week capacity building workshop in Dubai, United Arab Emirate. The Head of the Department of Research & Development, Salisu Diri, spoke to the Business & Economy Editor, Bassey Udo, and the Head, Investigations Desk, Mojeed Alabi in Abuja on the benefits of the trip to Nigerian universities. Excerpts:

PT: Last month, TETFUND sponsored Directors of Research of public universities to Dubai in the United Arab Emirate for a one-week capacity building workshop. Critics say the trip was in defiance of an existing public directive against foreign training by government agencies. What advantages were there that could not have been derived here in Nigeria?

DIRI: There is no research capacity in the country. Our national budget is so…

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