Builders call for excellence in research
The Chairman of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria and Vice-chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Kabir Bala, has charged professional builders on the need for high quality research output.
he gave the charge in a virtual lecture attended by professional builders in higher institutions under the auspices of the Association of Builders in Academia.
The lecture, which was the association’s maiden edition was titled ‘Advancing research and professionalism in building’, drew participants including academics and researchers in various fields of the building profession.
In a statement, Bala explained that stakeholders had come to realise that research outputs and publications were better judged on the basis of quality than quantity.
he noted that identifying problems to be solved in research was fundamental to all research endeavours.
The professor spoke on the sourcing of research grants as a way to augment the traditional but insufficient funding windows available to universities.
While commending the initiative of the start of the lectures, he suggested that efforts and attention should also be focused on educating members on accessing grants for research purposes.
Chairman of ABA, Prof. Martin Dada, urged members to make a positive impact on the society academically and professionally at both national and global levels through research, publications and mentoring of upcoming academics.
President of the Nigerian Institute of Building, Kunle Awobodu, charged participants on the subsisting need for actionable research to address challenges of local materials for building construction.
Awobodu said the COVID-19 lockdown affected importation and exposed the vulnerability of the Nigerian building industry.
he, however, was optimistic that the vulnerability could be harnessed and turned into an opportunity for local materials production.
Participants interviewed expressed delight at the refreshing nature of the lectures and expressed high optimism regarding future editions.