By Idris Khalid
Academias in Nigerian higher institutions have been challenged to engage in research that will change the lives of their immediate community and the country in general, so as to make an impact in the society.
A University Don Professor Saminu Abdulrahman Ibrahim made the call at a one-day capacity building workshop organized by the Nigeria Institute of Soil Sciences (NISS) on innovation and advances in soil science for registered soil scientists in North East held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi.
Ibrahim who is also the North East zonal coordinator of the institute, said it is high time for the members of academia to dismiss the notion that research is meant only for academic formalities but making an impact in the society as that is the tradition in developed countries.
He said the workshop is part of the mandates of the institute to equip its members with the recent technological know-how with a view to maintaining soil health and improving crop productivity.
Professor Saminu said that the papers presented at the workshop will go a long way in solving the current problems faced by farmers and will also simplify their farming business.
One of the participants, Professor Muhammad Sadiq from Modibbo Adama University Yola, expressed his delight for being part of the workshop which according to him is apt and has widened their knowledge and promised to put into practice what they have learned.
About twenty registered soil scientists from Northeastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe attended the workshop, and brainstormed on so many issues raised.