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Revert NIMR to research council — Salako tells FG

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The Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Professor Babatunde Salako, on Wednesday, called on the Federal Government to revert the institute to a Research Council, so as to enhance medical research in the country.

He made the appeal in Lagos at the sideline of the ongoing retreat organised by NIMR, noting that the institute acted as a research council in the 70’s.

According to Salako, efforts to attract adequate funding for health research in the country were yet to yield significant results, hence the need to have a research council like other advanced countries.

He said, “Presently, the government is saddled with issues like security and the economy but in all of these, for a nation to develop, it must fund research because it is one of the major contributors to human development and economic prosperity.

“The establishment of a medical research council will serve as a funding agency for research and come as direct funding from the government.

“We are not asking the government to establish a new agency, we are asking that NIMR, which has acted as a council before and funded research in the 70’s should be reverted to that position.

“This will enable researchers in the university and research institutes to have an agency they can approach to fund research in areas of national priorities and policies to address the nation’s poor health indices,” he said.

According to the NIMR DG, there is currently a bill regarding the research council establishment in the senate, adding that he is hopeful for a positive outcome.

” The bill on the establishment of the council has passed the house and is currently in the senate and we are hopeful that it will be an important milestone for this present government to ensure the establishment,” he added.




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