Friday, 11 March 2016

Stakeholders Stress Importance of Research and Innovation as NAU hosts 6th Edition of NUC’s Research and Development Fair

Ahaneku and Minister of Education and his entourage while touring round the exhibition ground

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku has reiterated the need for a greater thrust to be given to applied research and development/innovation as it creating new knowledge/technologies which leads to discovering solutions to extant problems and promoting the global competitiveness of industries.

Ahaneku, who spoke at the 6th edition of Nigerian Universities Research and Development Fair recently held in the university under the theme Research and Innovation: A Panacea For National Industrial Development, explained that research and development holds benefits for the researcher, the university/research institute and the national economy because aside yielding materials for journal publication with the attendant professional advancement to the researcher, it holds the prospects of the ownership of a patent with accompanying recognition and economic benefits.
According to the VC, research and development could place the institution in national and international limelight, yield commercialised products and services and through linkage with industry boost the university income, as well as give in new technologies and products, generate solutions to existing challenges while boosting global competitiveness of its good and services.

He further maintained that his administration in NAU gives research focus to the university  as it founded for the first time, a Directorate of Research, Innovation and University-Industry Cooperation whose mandate is to boost research capability available in the university and to provide a platform through which the research output/intellectual properties generated could be transferred to industry, government and other stakeholders with a view to articulating their needs and passing on same to appropriate research persons/group in the university.
In an address, the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu represented by his counterpart, Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah called for a collaborative effort between the researchers and industrialists to achieving the change agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Earlier speaking, Chairman of the occasion and CEO, Juhel Nigeria LTD, Dr. Ifeanyi Okoye advised that industrialists should be invited to similar functions as that would avail them opportunity to exhibit along with students/researchers thereby helping to make inform decision on how to move our economy forward.

Other contributors, including Prof. Julius Okojie, the Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC); the Chairman, Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Prof Adebiyi Daramola called on industries to partner universities and researchers for optimum use of their research materials to advance the country’s economy.

Orient Daily reports that the exhibition which was attended by representatives of Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu; Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige; and Vice Chancellors across various universities in Nigeria, featured exhibition of locally constructed buses, security jets, tractors, cassava grinding machines, etc.



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