FG urged to take advantage of scholars’ insight in resolving crisis
A group of eminent scholars, who converged on the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, has blamed the country’s woes on the widening gap between scholars and policy-makers/practitioners, which they said must be re-ordered to turn the country’s fortunes around.
The scholars led by Emeritus Professor John Adebunmi Ayoade of the University of Ibadan and Professor Cyril Obi, Programme Director, African Peace building Network (APN), of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), New York, noted that developed countries fully understood the strategic importance and relevance of researchers and always engage them during moment of national emergencies and challenges.
Other eminent scholars at the occasion, some drawn from the West African Region and the U.S, included, Professor Ishmael Rasheed; a Sierra-Leonean and Chairman APN Board, Dr Mathew Balakoli from the Governors Commission, Liberia, Professor Charles Ukeje of the Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and Professor Sola Omotola, formerly of The Guardian Editorial Board, now of FUOYE
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor FUOYE, Professor Kayode Soremekun said it was the need to re-activate the link between scholars and policy makers that made his institution to seek collaboration with SSRC, besides linking FUoYE with the global university community.
Speaking at forum, the Nigerian-born Chief Executive of the SSRC, Obi believed that all hope was not yet lost, as it was not too late for the country and policy makers and practitioners to retrace their steps, begin the process of critical linkage with the scholarship community in Nigeria and the Diaspora.
To ensure mutual interface between scholars and policy makers, not starved of quality researches, the SSRC chieftain disclosed that young scholars would be groomed as well as assisted on how to access funds and grants.
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