The secretary-general of the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, CVCNU, Professor Yakubu Ochefu has lamented how scholars in the country are missing out on the list for Nobel Prize.
Prof, who stated this in Abuja ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Committee said Scholars in Nigeria are missing out on the list due to lack of funding to embark and carry out comprehensive research.
In his word: “We do not have enough funding for research in this country and the benchmark is at least five present of your gross domestic products which should be set aside for research. We are not even investing one per cent.
“We do not have the facility to do cutting edge research over a sustained period of time to compete with researchers from other parts of the world and make the significant breakthroughs that qualify for a Nobel Prize nomination let alone winning. You now see why Nigerians and Africans hardly feature when the list is released.
“To win Nobel Prize is a product of sustained and rigorous research in the academic discipline, it’s not a one-off thing.
“The average age of Nobel prize winner is from 50 years, which means that the person would have been doing research for at least 10 years to make a major breakthrough in his area of specialisation.”
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