By Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
The Vice Chancellor, Bowen University, Iwo, Prof Joshua Olalekan Ogunwole, has advocated collaboration among public and private universities in Nigeria to achieve success in research.
He maintained that the best way to get a good result in research is to encourage those that have ideas work together with another persons with certain ideas.
He spoke at the hall of Bowen university, Iwo, during a ‘News Point’, a programme of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Osun state.
According to the university don, adequate structure must be on ground before embarking on research so as to get good results.
He said, “for research to serve Nigeria well, there must be a structure. There is need to be a collaboration among universities in Nigeria. No single person can do all. You must acknowledge that some people are good in one area and the others are good in another area and then you come together. By so doing and having a structure on ground while you also celebrate Nigeria scientists, of course, you are going to get results. You will definitely get result.”
Ogunwole also disclosed that Bowen university is partnering USAID, New Zealand and other International organizations for development of tomatoes, root crops, and other herbs.
“We are about signing an MoU with the maker of peakmilk and three crown milk. They have built a centre in the university. Bowen will be a center for milk collection. We have about 60 cows on ground and we are planning to make it 100,” he added.
Reacting to the proposal for the use of mother tongue to teach in universities, Ogunwole said those that are willing to use it should be allowed.
He recalled that English has been recognized as official lingual franca, warning that the use of mother tongue to teach should not be forced on all schools.
Reacting to the purported high school fees, the VC explained that Bowen has allowed part-payment to make it easy for the parents, noting that no amount is too much to be spent on education.
On compliance with COVID-19 protocols, Ogunwole said Bowen has complied with the protocols, saying that final year students are still receiving lectures from home.