21st LUCRID WEBINAR: PURSUE NEED-DRIVEN RESEARCH
The 21st Landmark University Centre for Research, Innovations, and Discoveries (LUCRID) webinar under the auspices of the Department of Biochemistry in collaboration with the University’s School of Postgraduate Studies advocated translational research as a key factor in community development and impact.
Professor Ganiyu Oboh, professor of Biochemistry and astute frontline translational researcher, in his presentation titled, “Innovative Research for Global Relevance” at the webinar challenged Nigerian researchers to pursue need-driven research that will bring about solutions to the numerous societal needs. According to him, the essence of research is to add value, solve problems and expand the frontiers of general knowledge. He noted, however, that Covid has reflected the state of research in Nigeria, saying that many Nigerian researchers could not cross the line from analytics to translational research. “Most research do not get to the commercial stage despite the volume of publications in high-impact journals across the globe. They are publications with little social relevance. Most research have no direct impact on society. No revolutionary products and processes. Many industries are collapsing now because of the dearth of quality research. We create problems and solve the problems, but leave the problems to persist in reality,” he added. Professor Oboh, therefore, beamed a light on the key areas that will enhance the work of Nigerian researchers. They include the purpose of research, the process of research, criteria for good research, journal selection for result publication and grant application among others. While speaking on the way forward, Professor Oboh noted that good research must be multidisciplinary, noting that problems are best solved with a multidisciplinary approach. He said further that the selection of research topics should be based on personal experience, feasibility, novelty, ethics and relevance which all have the propensity to sustain the interest of the researcher towards getting results. He challenged them to be erratic in their thinking, noting that rigidity will only kowtow innovations and solutions.
Earlier, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Landmark University, Professor Charity Aremu, had noted the University’s commitment to improving on its world-class status until it becomes a leading world-class institution. She emphasised the role of research in the evolving world, saying that innovation was the key factor. She said the university is forward-looking in leveraging research for innovation toward realizing its vision. She, therefore, harped on the privilege to host such a webinar of impact, noting what the facilitator, Professor Oboh stands for in research development. She enthused the postgraduate students and other participants to maximize the information from the erudite facilitator not only for their benefit but that of their nations.
Also, the Registrar, Miss Fola Oyinloye ably represented by the Head of Corporate and Public Affairs, Mr Joseph Olajide welcomed the participants both on-site and online to the webinar while congratulating the facilitators for the apt outing towards salvaging research engagement and productivity in Nigerian institutions. She expressed optimism in the deliverables of the webinar to all and sundry as she noted that it would further accelerate the vision quest of the University to realization.
Other University officials in attendance included the Dean of the College of Pure and Applied Sciences, the Director of LUCRID, HOD of Biochemistry, Professor Oluba, HOD of Microbiology, Dr James Ndako, and Professor Olasunkami Bamiro of Agric Economics.
Professor Ganiyu Oboh making his presentation at the 21st LUCRID webinar
The Ag. Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charity Aremu giving her opening remarks at the 21st LUCRID webinar
Representative of the Registrar, Miss Fola Oyinloye, the HCPA, Mr Joseph Olajide giving her remarks at the 21st LUCRID webinar
L-R: DCPAS, Professor A. Ayodele; HCPA, Mr J. Olajide; VC, Professor C. Aremu; Facilitator, Professor G. Oboh; DLCRID, Dr A. Adediran; and HOD, Biochemistry, Professor O. Oluba.
L-R: The HOD of Biochemistry, Professor O. Oluba and a researcher from FUTA at the 21st LUCRID webinar
Mrs Jubilee Apalowo reviewing Professor Oboh’s presentation at the 21st LUCRID webinar
Dr Fehintola Dada of the School of Postgraduate Studies giving the vote of thanks at the 21st LUCRID webinar
A cross-section of participants at the 21st LUCRID webinar
A group photograph of management, the facilitator and the postgraduate students of Landmark University at the 21st LUCRID webinar.