The Deputy Vice- Chancellor, Academics and Research, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has said lack of equipment and poor funding are major challenges for researchers in Nigeria.
He said this at the public lecture and induction of fellows of the Nigeria Academy of Science.
He said, “This award comes with a huge responsibility and I hope to use this fellowship to ensure that science and technology is better communicated to the society beginning with secondary schools through various sensitisation programmes.
“Also, at the tertiary level, I will work at searching for and disseminating information to the scientific community about various sources of funding for scientific research and infrastructural developments beginning with the University of Lagos and extending this to other universities with time.
“A major drawback to research includes lack of equipment needed to execute such research, limited expertise in the subject area and inadequate funding. All these limit the efficiency of researchers as well as the quality of output produced at the end of the research work.
“The state of education in Nigeria at present is not up to international standards but this can be improved upon by the government and the private sector investing more in and collaborating with the education sector,’’ he said.
Other professors conferred as fellows of the academy are Effiom Anita, Joseph Balogun, Charles Esimone, Kamiyus Gamaniel, Folasade Ogunsola, Emiola Olapade-Olaopa, Martins Olorunfemi, and Mufutau Oyeneyin.