Chris Steven, Abuja
Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has advocated a stronger synergy between Nigerian universities and industries in order to foster rapid development in the country.
Ahmed, an alumnus of the University of Ilorin, canvassed this position while speaking at the 2nd Symposium of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Nigeria International Chemical Sciences Chapter, themed “Sustainable Chemistry: Industries and Gown Relationship Improvement for Research Excellence”.
The Governor, who spoke through the State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Alhaji Musa Yeketi, noted that there is a strong relationship between research findings, industries and the level of the development of a country.
While listing the characteristics of good governance to include participation, effectiveness and efficiency, budgeting and responsiveness, accountability, transparency, consensus, equity and following the rule of law, he stressed the need for good governance in all sectors of the country in order to promote the well-being of the people.
His words: “Only good governance executed by scientifically minded managers and adopted by government policies is capable of turning things around especially in the time of economic recession”. He stressed that good governance is an essential factor for economic growth and sustainable development, adding that, within all sectors of a society the endemic corruption and violence that characterize failed states are the
consequences of bad governance.
“As a Chemist, I believe the rigour of our training influences leadership quality. The application of science especially chemical sciences provide the necessary gathering for direct and indirect government investment programmes that can make an administration a smart, dynamic government. There is no doubt that only good governance executed by scientifically minded managers and adopt government policies capable of turning things around, especially in the time of economic recession.”
Earlier in his address, entitled “Personal Policy”, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, AbdulGaniyu Ambali , said that sustainability lies in bridging theory and practice or the cross-fertilisation of ideas between the industrialists in the field and the scholars in the universities.
Ambali, who spoke through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. N.Y.S. Ijaya, said, “When such healthy relationships are cultivated and sustained, not only will they improve academic excellence but they will also engender national development.”
According to him, “The needs of the society will be put into consideration in the training of chemists and the chemists will be able to tap from the new knowledge that the gown generates to benefit the town.” He said
Ambali noted that fostering good relationships, cultivating town and gown partnerships, deepening inter-group collaborations and exchanging ideas are good steps in the right direction, submitting that there is a world of difference between collecting the dots and connecting them.