Don harps on problem-solving research
A professor of Physics at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Olukayode Akinyemi has called on the academics in Nigeria to focus on demand-driven and problem-solving researches.
Akinyemi, the university’s Director, Centre for Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CADAE), made the call during a two-day leadership training for Audit Committee members of the university, in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The training themed: ‘Creative Leadership and Management Techniques for World Bank Project Team’, was anchored by Mr. Nelson Oruh of McOrnels Consult.
The professor said: “Academics should endure to carry out demand-driven research.
There are all kinds of research, but the one that will lead to national development, as it is being done in America and Europe is the one that will make an impact on the economy, research that will address a problem and solve it.
“The one that can change the narrative of the country is the one that is demand-driven. With that, we are solving problems. Allow students to look at particular problems and conduct research on them. With that, the students have solved the problem, and we communicate its results to the government and the end-users. That is the way to go”.
Stressing that leadership and training are essential for development, Oruh said everything rises and falls on leadership.
He added that one of the core goals of World Bank funding is to establish a social enterprise partnerships with institutions to transform society.
Opening the workshop, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Felix Kolawole Salako, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Prof. Clement Adeofun said the institution is committed to staff training and development.