By Olubusuyi Adenipekun, firstname.lastname@example.org
There is the need to step up the training of young academicians in order to bring about improvement of research works in tertiary institutions. This is necessary because a good research is a veritable vehicle of engendering societal development.
Unfortunately, quality research works carried out by post-graduate students of the nationâ€™s tertiary institutions are hard to come by these days.
At a pre-workshop meeting which held in Abuja recently, the Executive Secretary of Education Trust Fund (ETF), Prof Mahmood Yakubu lamented that it is no longer encouraging supervising theses written by post-graduate students in the country today because there is nothing new or challenging in their works.
Yakubu told the pre-workshop audience comprising of professors, researchers and stakeholders in the tertiary education sector that everyone of them should be worried about the low quality of research coming from that sector.
The ETF boss said that these young academicians are supposed to take over teaching activity in different tertiary institutions across the country, wondering what they will impact to their students when most of them are academically deficient.
According to him, â€œif we cannot research well, we cannot teach well because a teacher cannot give what he does not have. We will soon hold a zonal workshop to train the young academics because we are worried about their quality.
â€œWe should be worried about the quality of people who take over from us as lecturers in the tertiary institutions because very soon most of the old good ones will soon start leaving the system. What will happen to the system then?
â€œWe are not folding our arms, complainingÂ alone. We now have over 1,000 lecturers of tertiary institutions on training andÂ this is to enable them learn something outside their environment.â€
In his remarks, the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT), Dr. Musa Babayo said that the N3 billion Research Fund set up by ETF is a â€œcomplement to address the paucity of funds for conducting tertiary education research activities.
Babayo explained that the N3 billion research fund â€œwill be central and competitive, and are expected to facilitateÂ research activities that will impact positively on the competitiveness of the country, and build up the research capacity of Nigerian researchersâ€.
He said that operational guidelines and framework for accessing the Research Fund has been developed and that soon, invitation will be widely publicized to attract fundable and cutting edge research proposals for consideration.
Some of the considerations or criteria for the expected proposals include its ability to ensure that it will be â€œproblem-solving i.e. demand-driven multi disciplinary research with high value adding potential and promotion of great multiplier effect and synergy.â€
The proposal must also have ability to â€œembrace global best practices and ensure competitiveness; emphasize areas of comparative advantage that could fast-track growth and development; build critical infrastructure and human capital; environment friendly for sustainable socio-economic growth and developmentâ€ he added.
Membership of the meeting which is expected to develop curriculum, course content, modules as well as prepare and deliver the course materials for the proposed workshop were drawn from Bayero University, Kano (BUK), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), University of Benin (Uniben), University of Calabar (Unical), Imo State University (IMSU), University of Uyo (Uniuyo), River State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Niger Delta University, Federal College of Education, Gombe among others.