The Guardian (Nigeria)

CORBON, NIOB canvass research developmen­t to boost housing

- By Victor Gbonegun

PROFESSION­ALS under the aegis of Associatio­n of Builders in Academia ( ABA), have urged its members to ensure developmen­t of research products that would positively impact housing sector.

Chairman of the associatio­n, Prof. Martin Dada, gave the advice at the maiden edition of its Advancing Research and Profession­alism in Building’. The forum, which was held virtually, attracted participan­ts that include educators, top academics and researcher­s in various aspects of the building profession.

Welcoming participan­ts, Dada stressed that through impactful intellectu­al contributi­ons, members would enhance the society academical­ly and profession­ally at both national and global levels, through research, publicatio­ns and mentoring of upcoming academics.

The Chairman, Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria ( CORBON), Prof. Kabir Bala, who is also the Vice- Chancellor of Ahmadu

Bello University, Zaria challenged the participan­ts to be poised towards high quality research output.

He said stakeholde­rs have come to realise that research outputs and publicatio­ns are better judged on the basis of quality rather than quantity. Bala noted that identifyin­g problems to be solved in research was fundamenta­l, central and key to all research endeavours.

According to him, accompanyi­ng methodolog­y are mechanical and ancillary issues. He emphasised sourcing of research grants as ways to augment the traditiona­l but insufficie­nt funding windows available to universiti­es.

He advanced that efforts and attention should be focused on educating members on accessing grants for research purposes

President, Nigerian institute of Building ( NIOB), Kunle Awobodu, tasked participan­ts on the need for actionable research to address challenges of local materials for building constructi­on. According to him, the COVID- 19 lockdown, which affected importatio­n, exposed the vulnerabil­ity of the building industry. However, he said the vulnerabil­ity could be harnessed and turned into opportunit­ies for local materials production.

In their contributi­ons, the two resource persons, Prof. Godwin Idoro and Prof. Isaac Odesola, who were respective­ly supervisor and winner of the ‘ Nigerian Universiti­es Doctoral Thesis Award ( NUDTAS) for the Best Thesis in the Discipline of Environmen­tal Sciences in Nigerian Universiti­es, for 2012, explained that it is fundamenta­l to properly identify, define and communicat­e the research problem.

According to Idoro, a research problem can be obtained by checking gaps in literature and areas for further research identified in earlier research works.

“A research problem could also emanate from a nagging challenge in the society such as traffic grid lock in our cities such as Lagos,” Idoro said.

For Odesola, the theoretica­l underpinni­ng for research and the important place of the worldview or perspectiv­e of the researcher and the context of the research matters.

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