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  • 2019-09-05 10:48:04

AKPAGU CALLS FOR MEANINGFUL RESEARCH

The Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar, Professor Zana Akpagu has charged participants at Nigeria Conference on physical Sciences to carry out meaningful research and contributions that will yield results and bring about the growth and development of the nation. Professor Akpagu represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Professor (Mrs) Lucy Udida gave the charge at the Maiden Edition of Nigeria Conference on physical Sciences organized by the faculty of physical sciences, University of Calabar. He said the administration is determined to encourage, support and create an enabling environment for scholars and researchers to carry out their researches that will provide solutions to societal problems. He noted that the gap between the academia and society can be bridged through effective researches by the academia, just as he described the conference as apt and timely. Also speaking, the Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences, Professor Ayi Ayi said the theme of the conference; ‘’Mingling of Physical Sciences Emerging Trends for sustainable Development’’ explains the inter-connectivity of the six departments that make up the faculty, adding that the aim of the conference is to showcase the best and innovative research findings which is in tandem with the vision and mission of the faculty. He maintained that the event will serve as a channel for exchange of ideas, sharing of experiences between colleagues and development of important materials for sustainable development as well as bridge the gap between the academia and industries. Prof. Anyam said the conference will become an annual event and thanked the vice chancellor for the meaningful development in the institution. In his remarks, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) Professor Simon Mallam, said Energy in the form of electricity is the most important contributor to human development, stressing that energy is the engine for the production of goods and services across all sectors of a nation’s life. He noted that the discrepancy between electricity demand and supply has been on the increase in the last three decades due to rapid population growth characterized by high rate of formation of new settlements, high demand from the industrial sector, aging infrastructures and the inability of the prevailing national energy sources to meet with electricity generation needs, among others. In his words ‘’we need research to fashion out solutions to these emerging problems and to design a new society to suit our existence in the planet earth. It is a general knowledge that some of the fundamental developmental concerns facing Nigeria in particular and the world at large borders on energy security, food security, human health, water resources, industry, environment and climate change’’. He stated that a physical science programme is essential for the safe operation of nuclear power plants because it ensures integrity, reliability and availability of the rain plant structures, systems and components important to safety, in accordance with the assumptions and intent of the design. According to him, “A physical science programme minimizes the harmful effects of chemical impurities and corrosion on plants structures, system and components. It supports the minimization of building up of radioactive material and occupational radiation exposure as well as limiting of the release of chemicals and radioactive material to the environment’’. In the same vein, the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Professor Samuel Inyang described the conference as a research banquet that every academic staff of the faculty must partake, even as he welcomed all the participants and enjoined them to make meaningful contributions in the conference.

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