The Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, has stressed the need for tertiary institutions in the State to understand the roles Information Technology could play in deepening research and providing funding on continuous basis for development.
Mujota, who stated this while speaking with newsmen at the end of a 2- day workshop on African Universities Innovation Acceleration, held in Abeokuta, added that the objective of the workshop was to show those in authority at the State’s institutions of higher learning, areas of collaboration in their research efforts rather than operating individually.
‘’Our intention is to open the minds of the heads of tertiary institutions to what is possible instead of them operating as individual institution. It is my hope that we can get them to collaborate, work together to attract financing so that they can benefit from the learning experience,’’ the Commissioner said.
While applauding the State government for its support to the workshop, Mujota said such support would be extended to fund part of the institutions research efforts, particularly in the selection, identification and articulation of strategic document that would enable them to make their application.
‘’I have been to our institutions, they have some significant innovations undertaken with little or no backing, I imagine what they would do when they have financial backing which could make their innovations come to reality,’’ she added.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on ICT, Mr. Bunmi Adebayo, said the purpose of the workshop was to encourage higher institutions involved in more research activities to enable them perform the roles expected of them in the society through research.
In his remarks, the Provost, Tai Solarin College of Education, (TASCE) Omu-Ijebu, Dr. Adeola Kiadese, said the workshop was a career enhancing programme, meant to make participants learn about research activities and funding.