Professor of Mycology and Mushroom Biology, University of Benin, Aroye Okhuoya, yesterday, said research in present day Nigeria university system is lacking.
Professor Okhuoya who was a lead speaker at a one day postgraduate summit organised by Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, noted that if the country must be better and progress, research must be made priority and key.
Okhuoya, speaking on the topic: ‘Research, Ethic, Attitude and Methodologies’, said Nigeria Universities must adopt a culture of research to foster development of the country, adding that research unveil hidden treasures of a system.
He said, “We need to establish a research culture in our university system that will foster meaningful innovation in our society. The culture of research and innovation is lacking in our university system. If our country is going to be better, research has the key; research unveils the hidden treasures of a system.”
He added that research programme must be students friendly hence lecturers must be friendly to their research students and see them as their academic children.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Vice Chancellor, Igbinedion University, Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, said the institution makes research a priority hence a thorough research for graduating students partucularly PGD must be thorough and must with industry supervisor.
Ezemonye challenged stakeholders to encourage incentive for startup in research.
He further encouraged a mutual and cordial interface between researchers and supervisors, stressing that research is mandatory requirement for academic success.
In her speech, Dean, School of Post Graduate and Research, Prof. Tonye Okorie, disclosed that the programme was organised to encourage research communication development and environmental advancement.
She noted that to establish trend and compliance with laws, regulations, research becomes necessary.