Research crucial to economic development, says Bogoro
Former executive secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro has described research as a key factor to the economic development and problem-solving instrument in the modern society.
Prof. Bogoro who disclosed this at the maiden convocation lecture of the Federal University Wukari, in Taraba State noted that researchers can solve local, national or global problem through deep inquisitive thinking, methodological investigation and creativity using research.
To make driving of knowledge effective, Bogoro who is also a professor of Animal Science lauded the conventional universities and other specialised institutions of learning which emerged to meet the needs of societies based on political expediency, professionalism and sector prioritisation.
According to him, “As a mandate, any community-based university must be effective to the extent of the quality of teaching and research, eliciting findings of relevant problem-solving studies and applying the studies to the needs of man and society other than being mere theatres of intellectual theories.
Specifically, the former TETFund chief said for the federal university Wukari to live up to its research policy of enhancing rapid socio-economic development, it must create and promote new programmes in science, technology, governance and public policy as well as seek interdisciplinary grants and contracts from funding agencies and corporate entities.
Internally, however, Prof. Bogoro enjoined the institution to promote and encourage inter-and-cross faculty activities, reward faculty who develop meaningful projects and offer them other interdisciplinary emoluments such as grants and internal research awards.
Bogoro also tasked the university to key into the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari by focusing its research interests on addressing the case of fairness and justice for the North-East region, challenges of marginalisation in the execution of development projects and rebuilding the North-Eastern communities to support recovery from effects of security challenges.
“The establishment of this university can only be justified if it is conflict-free, internationally competitive, intellectually focused, officials are treated with respect and actions from the university are used to heal wounds and build bridges as well as solve problems of society and economy”.
Meanwhile, the institution’s vice chancellor, Prof. Abubakar kundiri said the institution is building partnerships with different groups and individuals as a strategy to enhance development.
The Vice-Chancellor listed completed projects in the University within the first year of his administration to include the university ultra-modern library, ICT centre, 1000-seater and 600-seater capacity lecture theatre.
He listed his challenges as the second vice-chancellor of the university to include instilling a university culture in the system, addressing the lopsided staff recruitment as well as the National University Commission (NUC) accreditation of academic programmes.