In line with the vision of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Oladipo Aina, to improve the research capacity and output of Ekiti State University, he (informed by the decision of the university senate) mandated the newly established Office of Research and Development in the university to hold a maiden edition of EKSU Research Fair.
The event which held between the Monday, 17th to Thursday, 20th September, 2012 provided:
- Opportunity for the research and creative activity community in the university to demonstrate the diversity of its scope.
- Helped EKSU staff members to develop new linkages with colleagues across different disciplines in the university.
- Provided a forum for academic members of staff and their students to showcase their significant research findings.
- Helped in the building necessary linkages between EKSU and relevant industries as well as show the larger society the innovations taking place on campus.
The event was declared open by the Vice –Chancellor represented by Prof. Gbenga Aribisala (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics).
In his welcome address, the Director, Office of Research and Development, Prof. Emmanuel Temitope Akintayo expressed that, it is the view of the university management that the first step in addressing the numerous problems facing research capacity of many Africa universities would be to attend to the problem of limited capacities of these universities to translate the little research taking place on their campuses into development outcomes. It was this intent that prompted the research fair which would serve as a stock taking exercise whereby academic and professional members of staff in the university were expected to demonstrate some of their research findings.
Four keynote speakers during the Fair included:
- Prof. I.R. Ajayi (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State) – “African Universities and the challenges of research capacity”.
- Prof. Olawummi Ajaja (Former Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti); “Roles of universities in undertaking better research for greater development of the society”.
- Prof. (Mrs.) A.A. Aganga (Director of Academic Planning, Federal University Oye, Oye – Ekiti) “Encouraging academic creativity in research”
- Prof. Patrick Oladipo Aina (Vice-Chancellor, Ekiti State University) “Building World Class University in Ekiti State”.
In his address, Professor Oladipo Aina clearly illustrated how he intends to raise the quality of staff in the Ekiti State University to the best in Nigeria and parade a student body that is recognised for its scholarship and integrity. He hopes that the university will lead Ekiti State to a dynamic knowledge economy and will transfer knowledge and ideas to solve the most challenging social, cultural, technical and health related problems to boost the state’s fortune. His strategic plan to achieve all the above include a dedicated pursuit of the following:
- Excellence in research
- Research capacities development
- Strategic research partnership
- Research incentive scheme
- Internal research funding scheme
- Marketing of research enterprise of the university.
- Development of adequate research support infrastructure
The participants at the research fair included Academics, Policy makers, Students, General public and Industrialists. Presentations were either in form of posters or prototypes.
The maiden EKSU research fair provoked deep discourse and some important suggestions were made on how to improve the research capacity of Ekiti State University. These include,
(i) Providing a significant amount of resources for research through the internal resource allocation system. This resource shall be used to fund Senate research Grant and EKSU Development Grant. The Development Grant shall be used to; motivate, encourage and sponsor breakthrough researches that are sellable and can probably be patented. It shall also be used to develop sellable research results into prototypes. These prototypes shall be kept at the EKSUORD exhibition rooms.
(ii) Pursuing external research funding vigorously to match and whenever possible outdo internal research funding.
(iii) Ensuring an improved research planning that will enable a steady increase in internal funding for full-time academic staff, research staff, post-doctoral fellows, research related support staff, staff research training and so forth. It will also be important to ensure that the necessary physical infrastructure and facilities for research (laboratories, research space, equipment, information technology etc) are in place. It is expected that the new research planning process will inform the University’s budget for capital expenditure.
A few of the many significant research results that were displayed during the exhibition included.:
The use of activated charcoal-sand filtration media for reduction of bacterial population of surface water: rural water sanitation project by Oluyege et al.; Design, construction and performance analysis of line focus solar concentrator by Fatigun A.T, Faweya E.B and Aduloju K.A; Production of Iru-pete using a known strain of bacillus subtillis group by Aderibigbe E.Y, Omodara T.R and Viessanguan W; Extradition in International law: The ibori’s case by Babatunde I.O; The effect of kolaviron on reproductive hormones in female wistar rats by Ajayi S.A; The social use of Yoruba personal names by Ikotun R.O; Studies of transformations of lipid components of cocoa butter and palm kernel oil under different temperature processing conditions by Adeyeye E.I. and Akinyeye R.O; Effect of land spacing on the the yield of Moringa by Aye P.O.; The one million dollar oldest unsolved mathematics problem and its application to an i-cell key holder by Enoch O.
On the recommendation of a screening committee, the presenters of adjudged nine best posters (one per Faculty) were given the best posters award by the Vice – Chancellor at the close of the ceremony.
The awards were received by the following:
NAME: DR. I.O. OLUWALEYE AND C.A KOMOLAFE
DEPT: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
TOPIC: DEVELOPMENT OF A CONVECTIVE FISH DRYER
NAME: DR. BABATUNDE ISAAC OLUTOYIN
DEPT: PRIVATE LAW
TOPIC: EXTRADITION IN INTERNATIONAL LAW: THE IBORIS CONUNDRUM (2010) 4 UNAD L.J.265.
NAME: DR. TOYIN ADEFOLAJU
TOPIC: WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP AND DECISION MAKING PROCESSES OF TRADE UNIONS IN NIGERIA: ISSUES AND PROSPECTS.
NAME: DR. S.A. AJAYI
TOPIC: THE EFFECTS OF KOLAVIRON (A METHANLOIC EXTRACT OF GARCIANIA KOLA SEEDS) ON THE HISTOARCHITECTURAL STUDIES OF THE HYPOTHALAMO-PITUITARY-GONADAL AXIS IN FEMALE WISTAR RATS.
NAME: DR. FALANA BERNARD AKINLABI
DEPT: GUIDIANCE & COUNSELLING
TOPIC: INFLUENCE OF GENDER AND RELIGION ON WILL DISTRIBUTION AMONG FAMILIES AND RELATIONS IN EKITI STATE NIGERIA.
NAME: DR. FASUYI AYODEJI OLUDARE
DEPT: ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND HEALTH
TOPIC: BIO-NUTRITIONAL EVALUATIONS OF THREE TROPICAL LEAF VEGETABLES (TELFAIRIA OCCIDENTALIS, AMARANTHUS CRUENTUS AND TALINUM TRIANGULARE) AS SOLE DIETARY PROTEIN SOUCESES IN RAT ASSAY.
NAME: DR. REUBEN O. IKO’TUN
DEPT LINGUISTICS AND NIGERIAN LANGUAGES
TOPIC: THE SOCIAL USE OF YORÙBÁ PERSONAL
NAME: PROF. E.I. ADEYEYE AND DR. R.O. AKINYEYE
TOPIC: STUDIES IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF LIPID COMPONENTS OF COCOA BUTTER AND PALM KERNEL OIL UNDER DIFFERENT PROCESSING CONDITIONS.
NAME: DR. AJAYI LAWERANCE. B
DEPT: BANKING AND FINANCE
TOPIC: THE IMPACT FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT AND FINANCIAL SECTOR DEVELOPMENT ON ECONOMIC GROWTH OF NIGERIA