The Vice-Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed, has said that the concept of globalisation and liberalisation has given rise to many problems and challenges that require a multidisciplinary solution.
Professor Suleiman made the assertion while declaring open the 6th Annual Research Fair and Exhibition organised by the Directorate of Research, Innovation, and Enterprise on Wednesday at the Assembly Hall of the University.
Professor Suleiman explained that Multidisciplinary Research and Transformation emphasises the value of human advancement through collaborative cross-fertilisation of ideas between different disciplines.
He added that through a multidisciplinary research approach, researchers can gain skills including but not limited to problem-solving, critical thinking, time management, teamwork, among others, which are easily transferable across work environments.
In his welcome remark, the Director, Research Innovation and Enterprise, Professor Yakubu Boyi Ngwai, said the theme of this year: “Multidisciplinary Research and Transformation of Nigeria”, was carefully chosen to herald the ever-increasing need to promote interdisciplinary, solution-focused research and innovation activities in Nigerian Universities.
Professor Ngwai added that the current management of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, has adopted the University as a research intensive institution for collaborative research and innovation activities to promote a Knowledge-Based Economy (KBE).
In his goodwill message, the Emir of Keffi, and Chancellor to the University His Royal Highness, Alh. Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa III called on the government to render financial support to lecturers of tertiary institutions to aid them to conduct practical researches that would address societal problems.
Dr. Yamusa decried the situation where 90% of lecturers use their salaries to conduct researches with the intent of career progression, noting that most research recommendations in Nigerian universities which could aid in policy formulation and implementations are not being utilised because the government is reluctant.
The royal father further appealed to political and management researchers to suggest mechanisms or ideas to solve the challenges of poverty in the country.
Highlights of the opening ceremony were the presentation of a plenary paper by the Executive Director of the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Dr. Maryam Muhammad, and the exhibition of research activities from institutions and directorates.