Why brain drain, low research persist – Varsity teacher

A university teacher, Prof Sunny Iyuke, has identified lack of synergy amongst higher institutions of learning and various corporations in the country as the reason for the lack of research and slow pace of
development of the nation.

Iyuke said “unless this negative trend is reversed and the corporate organisations in the country are made to establish working relationship with higher institutions of learning to fund research and skills’ acquisition, the nation’s dream of being industrialised and creation of employment for its teeming graduates will be a mirage.”

He stated this at Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, while delivering a lecture entitled: “Wealth Creation Through Diversification and Transformation in The Education and Skills Development for the Petroleum and Petro-chemical Sector.”

Iyuke, a Professor of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of  Witwaterstrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, said “it is regrettable that what Nigerian tertiary institutions are churning out are graduates without skills, calling on the country to redirect its steps through partnership among all institutions of learning.”

He said the country had been witnessing brain-drain because of over-dependence on the government for everything, and urged private bodies to be alive to their social responsibilities for the country to become the pride of all.

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