By Franklin Ekeanyanwu
Abuja (Precise Post) – The Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI) has raised a committee to compile a list of concluded research works which are lying idle on the shelves of Federal and Development Institutes (RDIs) in Nigeria.
Inaugurating the committee at ASURI Secretariat in Abuja today, the Secretary General of the Union, Dr. Theophilus Ndubuaku, charged the committee to interface with all the RDIs nationwide through every available medium in the course of carrying out its assignment.
He said the Federal Government has done well by establishing the RDIs as mandate think-tank agencies for the technological and socio-economic development of Nigeria, adding that unlike what obtains in the universities which conduct mere academic exercise in their researches, the work of RDIs are not designed or meant to end up on the shelves.
Dr. Ndubuaku added that ASURI, as a major stakeholder and pressure group, cannot afford to fold its arms while the efforts of researchers and the expenditure of government, funding agencies and others waste away without benefitting Nigeria and the global community.
He said a website would be dedicated to the report of the committee so that industrialists and other categories of businessmen would have a place to look out for market-worthy research outputs.
According to the ASURI Scribe, the nation has mandate research institutes for every area of national development.
He mentioned the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Abuja, as an example.
“If we search out the shelves of this Institute (IPCR), which is the think tank on conflicts and their management,” he said, “it may be discovered that the answers and solutions to all these issues of kidnapping, banditry, insurgency and terrorism are just lying fallow on the shelves of the institute, located in the Central Business District, which is just a stone’s throw from the Federal Secretariat and the Villa.”