Researchers implore government to stop PhD Programmes funding abroad
17 April 2022 | 2:49 am
Participants at the second international conference, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, themed: ‘Achieving Sustainable Development Through Scientific Interventions
Participants at the second international conference, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, themed: ‘Achieving Sustainable Development Through Scientific Interventions,’ have asked government to stop huge funding of PhD programmes outside the country.
They suggested that government should rather provide funding for modern laboratory equipment, review the university curriculum, while researchers should engage in impactful research and publish the output in standard and accessible journals.
The participants canvassed for increased funding and access to infrastructure to advance research that can improve the state of the country’s economy.
In a conference communiqué jointly signed by the Local Organising Committee Chairperson, Dr. R. A. Isibor and the Conference Chairperson, Dr. A. A. Olanbiwoninu, they emphasised the need for modern laboratories equipment, revised undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, and impactful publications, while reviewing the National Universities Commission (NUC) Benchmark on Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS), which is based on western universities.
The participants implored researchers to change the focus of their research to advanced researches that can contribute to the development and diversification of Nigeria’s economy, commercially profitable and marketable both locally and internationally, to address immediate problems and encourage positive reports about the country.
“Moreover, harnessing and integrating the power of Information Communication Technology (ICT) policies is important and should be encouraged by policymakers in different dimensions of sustainability if each of the 17 interlinked sustainable global development goals would be achieved as projected in 2030, to address the economic, social, and security situation in Nigeria.”
The participants recommended that Nigerian scientists should form an alliance to produce a white paper for government and industries to fund 1,000 start-ups of impactful research output from universities and research institutes.
“Scientists in a wide range of disciplines should collaborate to carry out marketable rather than theoretical research to improve the quality, quantity, and availability of our own indigenous fermented foods production and improvement.”