The Vice-Chancellor of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Professor Samuel Oye Bandele made the call at the opening of the 3rd EKSU International Conference and Research Fair held inside the 3000-seater lecture theater.
He said that like their counterparts in developed countries, researchers in Nigeria should not be detached from the society and that this would make industries and other enterprises including companies to rely on outcome of research for developmental growth.
The Vice Chancellor advised that researchers should start with ideas which must be followed by scientific inspiration to avoid plagiarism.
In his words, “this scientific inspiration will lead to innovation and invention which will make impact on the society particularly identifying with problems and means of resolving them”.
Prof Bandele challenged organizers and participants of the conference to make recommendations to government at the various levels for implementation.
In a keynote address, the former Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Peter Okebukola reeled out ways of connecting applied research to foster national development.
In his paper titled “Repositioning Nigerian Universities for Managing and Connecting Applied Research to Foster National Development”, Prof Okebukola who was represented by Professor Samson Ayalaja, former Vice-Chancellor of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State noted that universities need to frequently update the knowledge and skill of scholars in contemporary methods of conducting research and that researchers in Nigerian Universities should be encouraged to network their colleagues outside their countries and the African region.
He also spoke against fraud and plagiarism saying “there is too much fraud going on in the conduct of research in Nigeria”.
Professor Okebukola, therefore, recommended that all universities should have code of research ethics which will include punishment for transgressors.
The former NUC boss, however, recommended that scholars whose research are award-winning and published in high-impact journals should be encouraged with incentives and monetary awards.