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‘Research Negligence, Bane Of Innovation In Nigeria’s Economy’

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The Acting Vice Chancellor, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Prof. Okechukwu Onuchukwu has decried the growing spate of negligence of graduate researches across universities, an act that has impeded on innovations in the nation’s overall economy.
Onuchukwu disclosed this while declaring open the 5th Annual Conference of the Faculty of Vocational and Technical Education,(IAUE), with the theme, “Innovations in Vocational and Technical Education for Optimal Productivity and Sustainability in the COVID-19 Era In Nigeria, held at the University’s Post Graduate Hall, Main Campus, Port Harcourt, Thursday.
Onuchukwu noted that innovation was the brainchild of research explaining that result findings in researches serve as the key to unlock the bottlenecks and or obsoleteness in a given field and further create new ideas in the same.
The Economics expert maintained that a knowledge-based economy was such that emphasizes transformation of things for a better life regretting however that the Nigerian nation and by extension its institutions play levity to research thereby grounding the growth and development of the nation’s economy.
Onuchukwu said “I want to say that there is no innovation that can be without research. In knowledge- based economy, we are putting more emphasise on how the human factor of production can transform things for a better life”.
“Most countries are going higher and higher not because God Loves them more than us but because they are devoting their time to research. As they carryout research whatever results they get, they practice it. That is what happens in advance countries but in our case, if you go to our libraries, you see undergraduate projects, Masters degree and even PhD Projects Packed one side-What are the outcome of these?. When are we going to start using what we generate? Unfortunately, sometimes people come from out side and steal these ideas and then the things that are produced out of them are sent to us here for consumption’’, he said.
The Vice Chancellor stressed the need for the forefront practice of a triple chain research interaction with the universities and polytechnics research centres engaging in research work with results, the industries funding the results and the government regulating these results.
“ When you see this interaction working perfectly, then whatever we find out will be contributing to our development but a situation where we just do mere academic exercise, do research, get the results and at the end of the day put them in the bookshelves means, that we are going nowhere’’, Ontchukwu stated.
On his part, the key note speaker, Prof. Edmund Okpara Anaele of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN) said Nigeria has overgrown “Basic Scientific knowledge in terms of technology and advocated an Innovative-driven consciousness for an improved contemporary society.
Anaele who explained innovation as a substantial change in the way Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) was practiced in an economy, society and environment, averred that education was one the most innovative sectors of the society.
According to him,’’ education is one of the most Innovative sectors of society, especially for Innovation in knowledge and methods, and to remain relevant in the world of learning, innovative was needful.
Anaele challenged Nigerian institutions to give opportunities to faculties and students to prove their intellects and abilities in creating new ideas and practicing them in and out side the learning environment.

By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu

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Mob Kills College Female Student

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A female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, has been killed and her body set ablaze in a mob attack by students of the institution over alleged blasphemy.
A source who spoke with newsmen in the state confirmed that the deceased, named Deborah Yakubu, was alleged to have used blasphemous language.
According to the source, “she was having an argument with some of her schoolmates over their ongoing examination and when she was asked how she managed to pass her exams, she said it was Jesus.
“She was asked to withdraw the statement and apologise which she refused.
The school security intervened, and took her to their post but they were overpowered by students after which she was killed in the process.
“After killing her, her body was burnt on the school premises,” he added.
Meanwhile, authorities of the school have closed down the school and asked all the students to vacate the school premises immediately.

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ASUU Strike: Buhari Begs Lecturers To Consider Students

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the lingering strike.
Buhari urged ASUU to consider the plight of the students and call off the industrial action.
The President made the appeal at the 19th National Productivity Day celebration and Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award, held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.
He also urged the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to exercise patience as the government tries to resolve the crisis.
Buhari recalled his February 1 directive to His Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, the Ministers of Education and Labour and Employment, Adamu Adamu and Chris Ngige, respectively, to address the concerns of the striking aggrieved workers’ unions.
ASUU has been on strike since February 2022.
But ASUU last Monday extended its ongoing roll-over strike by another three months.
The body is demanding funding for the revitalisation of public universities, the Earned Academic Allowances, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.
Others include the renegotiation and implementation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

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IAUE Graduates First Set Of B SC Students As Over 3,000 Students Pass Out Of University

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Ignatius Ajuru University of Education has graduated its first set of Bachelor of Science degree students from the University, last Friday.
Speaking shortly after the ceremony in an interview with The Tide, a father, who is also a retired staff of The Tide, Newspaper, Mr Urang Job Ogotute stated that for the first time, the university has produced the first Bachelor of   Science Batch of Computer Science and other fields.
Ogotute, explained that before, it was only in Bachelor of Education, saying: “Today, the school has metamorphosed in other level of degrees, which is better.
He expressed joy to witness the son’s graduation as well as the rapid development that the IAUE has brought into the state, while thanking the Rivers State Government, and other leaders in the state including the governing council, the Senate, which have made it possible for other degrees like B.Sc and not only B.ED to be offered in an educational institution of this nature.
Also speaking in an interview with The Tide, Best Graduating Student In the Human Kinetic, Mrs Favour Chinonyorem Anosike , who hails from Abia State stated that the university does not play with hard working students, noting that the evidence is a cash of one million naira (N1,000.000) given to her today as the best graduating student in her department.
Anosike stressed the need for students to be hard working, saying: “Hard work pays a lot, my journey thus far was a rough and tough one, as a young lady, newly married to combine family affairs with rigorous studies, night and day was not really easy, but am happy today that my efforts were not a waste.
“As you can see, it pays me double my certificate plus an additional N1million in my name. To God alone I give all the praise, for grace, wisdom and knowledge granted me to emerge best in my department,” Anosike added.
In his reaction, one of the graduating students in Computer Science, Irionu Ogotute who graduated from the Faculty of Natural and Applied Science: Computer Science charged those that are contemplating to either further their education or not to believe in themselves as well as in God.
Ogotute stressed that help always comes from God if only they decide to pursue the academic endeavours, God will always make them achieve their dreams.

“I thank God for being alive to witnessed a day such as this. I thank God for making today a reality. I want to advice others, especially those who are confused about the way life is treating them to never give up but should believe in themselves and in God as with God you can achieve whatever you want to achieve in life.

“Hard work pays, so never give up on your dreams and aspirations, God will help you surmount those challenges of life and you will come out successful.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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