Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’Allah
• NCC pledges to sustain research funding in varsities
Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, has challenged the academics to proffer solution to the socio-political, and economic challenges in Nigeria.
He made the call yesterday at Malete during a seminar organised for governorship candidates in the state, in the 2019 general elections.
The VC urged Nigerian universities to emulate their colleagues in other climes, who don’t engage in undue criticisms, but make analytical projections to boost their country’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP).
He enjoined the management of varsities to apologise to the nation for their inability to forecast the emergence of Boko Haram and herdsmen’s crises.
Na’Allah said the seminar is one of the numerous roles that Nigerian universities could play towards boosting the country’s status.
He said: “It is our tradition in KWASU to organise this type of event. We are to be the engineer of our society in every human endeavour. We have lost the visions of the founding fathers of Nigeria, where at independence, the hope was higher.
“In fact, the entire world then looked at us as a nation to beat, due to our immense human and natural resources, but something is wrong somewhere. From now till the general elections in 2019, we want to engage our politicians in robust debates, which is really the job of universities.”
Governorship candidates of the Labour Party in the state, Issa Aremu, and his counterpart in National Rescue Movement (NRM), Pastor Kehinde Popoola, attended the parley.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has pledged commitment to funding of academic research in higher institutions.
Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, made the pledge yesterday at the Bayero University, Kano, during its first roundtable discussion with academia, industry and other stakeholders.
Danbatta explained that the essence of the discussion was to create synergy between both sides to proffer solutions to the telecommunications industry, and harness innovation for economic viability.
The NCC boss lamented that there is a wide gap between the academia and operators in the telecommunication industry, especially in the areas of innovation and ideas.
He said funding well-researched academic work would attract economic value in the industry and reduce over dependence on import of technologies into the country.