The Tertiary Education Trust Fund as part of its culture of restoring research and high quality academic publishing within the higher Education sub sector, has approved the sum of 4.95 Billion for the adequate production and supply of locally developed academic texts.
The Executive Secretary of TETFUND, Professor Elias Bogoro made the disclosure at the inauguration of the Technical Advisory Group(TAG) on Book Development Fund in Abuja.
Bogoro bemoaned the fact that the quality of most academic publication in the country is quite low.
“We are all aware that there is critical paucity of indigenously produced Tertiary level textbooks and related academic publications in the Nation’s Tertiary Education institutions. It is quite worrisome that the quality of most academic publications in the country leaves much to be desired”.
He further harped on the need to provide opportunities for indigenous writers, thinkers and artists I the country.
“It is true that foreign books are helpful, an indigenous book industry is necessary to safeguard national pride. It will also ensure the availability of relevant books in diverse areas that take cognisance of the local environment and sensitivities”,
According to the Executive Secretary, the Book Development Fund will intervene in three interrelated areas, which are Development and Publication of Academic Books, Support for Professional Associations Journal, and establishment and sustainability of Academic Publishing Centres.
Bogoro added that the Technical Advisory Group(TAG) will facilitate the effective implementation of the Higher Education Book Development Programme.
“TAG has the daunting task of turning things around by ensuring the harvest and publication of high quality tertiary level texts, especially for Tertiary Education Institutions.
The Expectation of the Fund is that senior academics will be able to produce exceptional quality manuscripts for the Academia”.
Professor Charles Awo, the Chairman of the TAG Committee while responding said the members will give its best shot in carrying out the activities.