The Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies University of Abuja, Professor Ukertor Gabriel Moti has urged students to be creative and innovative in their researches to enhance Nigeria’s economic development.
He gave the advice at the university’s third undergraduate research day on Wednesday, called on students to find viable solutions to the nation’s predicament.
Prof Moti who delivered a paper on a themed, “Research and mentorship a pathway to economic growth,” as a guest speaker, noted that creativity and innovation are key to any research, adding that “students should be able to bring new solutions or methods of doing things in the society through their research”.
He said any student researcher willing to make impact should be able to discuss and put out their research findings.
“Your research must be able to be used by industries, businesses where it can lead to a change of attitude, so those in social sciences.
“Ensure you discus your research findings, put it on the web let others critique it, share with it other stakeholders and exhibit it everywhere you find opportunities. Don’t be ashamed whenever you’re being critique it enhances your knowledge,” he said.
The Director, Centre for Undergraduate Research (CUR) of the University, Dr Taibat Adebukola Atoyebi said the university has spent over 10 million naira as research grants for undergraduate students in three years.
she said the university’s aims is to key into the quadruple helix model of Academics, government, industry and society to foster growth the society by investing in undergraduate students, adding that students are more innovative as undergraduates.
“10 students got N3, 772,000 at the third edition. This is the first time we are having 10 researchers presenting their proposals and we have almost 50 people that indicated interest before we arrived at 10. Over 10,000,000 million for research grant s giving to undergraduate students.”
“We are calling on the private sectors to come into our activities so that they can help promote our research. This result will also be published in journals,” she said.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Abdul-Rasheed Na,Allah who was represented by the chairman of the university’s research council Prof Baba Yusuf Abubakar said the key of the programme was to expose the students to research and development early.
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