The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof.Abdul-Rasheed Na’allah, has called on the Federal Government to regularly assess Nigerian Professors so as to ascertain their contribution to industrial and national development.
Prof. Na’allah made the call at the University of Abuja and Abuja Chambers of Commerce and Industry Day celebration- a day set aside to foster academic-industry collaboration for nation-building on Tuesday, in Abuja.
The VC enjoined the federal government to institute a strategy to evaluate each professor in the country on a three-year basis.
He said, “Currently as it is, when people become professors, it is like a chieftaincy title and people may not do anything anymore. Government itself obviously should put in place a strategy to assess professors within three years and one of the areas to look at is their relationship with industries.
“All academic staff should have a day of industry where they can go out and liaise with the industries on how they can help the industry in the area of collaboration in research.
“If professors are assessed with the grant they bring in, in collaboration with industries, I’m telling you this nation will move forward with a rapid progression that everybody will be surprised because professors are at the highest level of development in this country as the nation has invested much in them and they have attained the level of maturity that this nation should benefit from,” he said.
The Director-General of Abuja Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Victoria Akai, in her remarks, said the chamber will partner with the university to boost capacity building in research, skill acquisition and knowledge transfer for national development.