Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions, ASURI, Thursday, says that over 2,500 research findings in all spheres of life and sectors of the economy lie wasting away as federal government failed to commercialize them, Armada.ng was told on Friday.
ASURI is the umbrella body of academics in the country’s research institutions, colleges of Agriculture and Forestry.
The academic body in a rally on Friday in Abuja said that federal government has neglected the research institute for far too long to its own detriment.
ASURI were at the National Assembly, NASS to continually mount pressure on the lawmakers to pass the National Research and Innovation bill which seeks to create a National Research and Innovations Fund, NRIF, currently at the National Assembly, NASS.
Theo Ndubuaku, secretary general of ASURI, said that the current recession in the country was avoidable had federal government implemented and exploited many of its researches in agriculture. “Successful countries owe their success to researches,” said the ASURI scribe.
The union believes that for far too long too, government has neglected the research institution in favour of university.
“The universities took over everything excluding us,” explained Ndubuaku. He says that the move to pass the law creating fund at this time is long overdue after about 30 years of being in the drawing board.
Former president, Goodluck Jonathan created the National Research and Innovations Council without any enabling law. But a year ago, President Buhari inaugurated the council.
In march, a technical advisory council was created which then tabled a bill to the NASS to firmly legalize the body and create the NRIF.
The researchers union says that the move is in the right direction if the country is to end its economic recession.