Nigerian Universities Must Embark on Solution-driven Research


President Bola Tinubu has given Nigerian universities the mandate to come up with solution-driven research that will tackle the countless socio-economic problems afflicting the country.

Speaking during the eighth convocation ceremony of the Federal University at Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), president Tinubu who was represented by Deputy Senate President Barau Jibrin, stressed that universities were supposed to be fertile centres for scientific and technological innovation, and discoveries. He then said there was the need for the academics to come up with innovative researches that will give rise to sustainable development.

The President assured Nigerians that his administration is committed to tackling the challenges of funding for cutting-edge research and innovations; adding that he is aware of the importance of research to national development.

“Let me reiterate the urgent need for our universities to adjust to ever-changing demands of the 21st century where technology is upgrading the global, community, and individual intelligence from time to time.

“Institutions of higher learning must recognise the next possible disruption that technology may bring, and must be positioned to mitigate challenges, and must from time to time, take charge of innovations.

“Without education playing the catalytic role, development cannot be recorded in any nation in this century. Universities, in particular, should be in the vanguard for cutting-edge researches, teaching, and community service in line with tripartite mandate.

“Our universities must take the lead in championing demand-driven researches that would serve the society in improving the quality of human lives. We recognise the place of our intellectuals to undertake innovative researches that will address the nation’s development,” he added.

The climax of the ceremony was the conferment of honorary degrees on dignitaries like the Senate Leader Opeyemi Bamidele, Senator Solomon Adeola, and the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Navy, Yusuf Gadji by the university.

According to the president, education remains one of the crucial aspect of his administration’s Renewed Hope Agenda, and the government is working round the clock to ensure that education is accessible by all willing Nigerians through pragmatic funding and realistic policies.

He said: “One thing that should be known is that education is not cheap anywhere in the world. This government is not ready to endorse the education that will not advance this nation.

“Student loan schemes are not rocket science initiatives. They are designed to grant access to all who are willing, and who know the value of education in a way to take the burden off numerous individuals and communities who may have been intervening painfully in sending their wards to school.

“I expect that scholars would advise the government by calling our attention to how best this could be managed in their respective institutions, rather than cast aspersions on the idea.”

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