The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola , SAN on Monday, 17th May, 2015, formally declared opened the first exhibition of the State Research and Development Grant (LRDG) project on which N142.3 million had already been disbursed by the council.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire at the event which took place at the banquet hall of the Lagos House, Ikeja added that the state has demonstrated that through research and development, it is possible to harness home grown innovative ideas whose implementation will forge the state closer to the achievement of the 2012-2015 Development Plan.
He added that when the journey started at the inauguration of the State Research and Development Council (LRDC) in September 2012, skeptics did not imagine that the State would get this far.
He gave an assurance that the funding of research would also be accorded a pride of place by the incoming administration of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode when he takes the mantle of leadership on May 29 this year.
The Secretary of the Council, who is also the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs Florence Oguntuashe while speaking, said out of the N142.3 Million approved by the State, a total sum of N126.3Million has been disbursed by the research council.
She explained that after the exhibition exercise, the state Governor would be presented with the detailed reports while the balance of N14.2 Million would also be disbursed.
Mrs Oguntuashe reiterated that the exhibition has been put together to be able to the give the research council an opportunity to showcase what it has been able to put together in terms of the e 31 research projects that were approved for funding.
The Chairman of the Research Council, Professor Femi Bamiro, in his address, said the results being exhibited by the research teams who have been funded and working over a period of five months is very significant and have shown that they have performed very excellently well.
He added that there are many results of the research that are ready for innovations, expressing the hope that the incoming administration of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode would also accord funding of research its pride of place when he comes on board.
Professor Bamiro also mentioned that it is not only institutions that are based in Lagos that have benefitted from the funds but have been widened to accommodate institutions outside the state.
He said the members of the research council also emphasized team work and that that could be seen when one takes a trip round the various exhibition stands as it is about a multi disciplinary approach to research.
He recalled that the state Governor initiated the council in September 2012 and challenged the members to look critically at the state 2012-2015 Development Plan because the Governor realized that there is no way anyone could talk about development without it being research based.
Professor Bamiro said the council also spent time looking at the critical areas as it came up with the thematic areas including education, infrastructure, power, ICT, health and transportation which were key areas that have been identified.
“We also identified specific problems in those areas that we want researchers to address and we advertised calling for research proposals in those areas and at the end of the day, we got 80 to 90 which we critically evaluated before we now approved 31 for funding,” he stated.
The Deputy Governor and the dignitaries who included members of the State Executive Council like the state Commissioners for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye; Tourism and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr Disun Holloway; Agriculture and Cooperatives, Prince Gbolahan Lawal; the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Lanre Babalola; and Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Raji; later went round the various exhibition points.