A University Professor, Ibrahim Katampe has attributed the slow pace of development in the country to lack of proper investment in home grown research and innovations.
Professor Katampe, said poor investment in research have led to poor technological advancement of Nigeria and turned the country into a dumping ground for innovations of other developing and developed countries.
Katampe, who is a Professor of Chemistry made this known during a capacity building workshop organized by the Faculty of Science, Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State in conjunction with Centre of Petroleum, Pollution control and Corrosion Studies (CEFPACS).
In his paper titled “Role of Research, Development and Innovation in National Development”, he noted that recent checks have shown that developed countries partner with university egg-heads in the area of research and innovations in order to solve biting problems inhibiting development.
“Instead of casting aspersions and dwelling of problems, Nigeria should focus on adopting home grown solutions to problems rather than waiting for outside help”, he said.
Also commenting on the issue, the Deputy Director, Research and Quality Assurance of the Federal University Otuoke, Dr. Eniyimini Agoro, noted that instead of mourning during the Covid-19 pandemic, innovative nations and organization turned the ugly situation to “dollar machine”, because of research and innovation.
“Nations and organizations that prioritize research and innovation are miles away from those that are adverse to it. The United States of America budgeted $106.6 billion for research in 2021 as against Nigeria $35 Billion capital and recurrent budget.
“Meaning USA budget on research is over three times that of Nigeria’s recurrent and capital budget. This is a clear pointer to the retrogression and induction of stone-age mentality we find ourselves as a people”.
Earlier in his speech, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Otuoke, Professor Teddy Charles Adias and the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Iheoma Adekunle agreed that the institution is open to partnership that will bring about researches to solve some fundamental challenges in the nation’s development.