The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Obong University in Etim Ekpo, Akwa Ibom State, Prof Udoudo Ekanemesang, has urged members of academia to renew their commitment to intensive research in order to engender innovative and homegrown solutions to problems bedevilling the country.

Ekanemesang made the call at a seminar organised by the institution’s Directorate of Research for lecturers, and other staff.

The VC said research, teaching and community service should be cardinal focus of every university, lamenting that many schools have failed in service to their communities. He said there was a need for tertiary institutions to create platforms to achieve these objectives in order to make significant impacts on their immediate communities and the nation.

He said: “Universities are meant to drive technological, social and environmental change in a world facing increasing challenges. Research is a systematic way of inquiry with the view to arriving at new facts that could be useful in understanding a phenomenon or altering it.

‘’Some two years ago, our Departments of Microbiology and Biochemistry recorded some feats in research and innovation through the use of herbs to produce highly medicinal tea and soap. Plans are underway to obtain patent rights for the two products from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). So we encourage other departments to take up innovative research as a serious enterprise. We need to pioneer more innovations in various fields.”

The Registrar, Mr Imo Akpanudo, hailed the Directorate of Research for the seminar, while expressing optimism that it would bring out new thinking among members of the university to devote ample time for researches that would provide practical solutions to real life problems.


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