Full forward speech of Prestige Sweetfeelings Electrifying Formula book launch.
Members of the high table,
All protocols acknowledged,
I will like to title this presentation as “teaching and learning is not enough”. This is because if teaching and learning was all we needed, Prestige would not have found electrifying formulas for Calculus.
Today, we found ourselves in an institution where more and more attention is paid to every aspect of our lives except for pure academic issues. Unfortunately, the institution is first and foremost an academic institution. In the Niger Delta University today, and by extension, in most Universities in Nigeria, attention is scarcely paid to pure academic findings.
Our undergraduate and post graduate works have been largely plagiarized to the extent that whatever we find is no longer electrifying like Prestige but mere resemblance of other’s thoughts. The need for originality of our project and all other academic research works has become overwhelmingly imperative. I will like to use the term “project” here because as it stands, it seems there are more undergraduates here than post graduate students.
In a typical academic institution, it is expected that immediately you gain admission, you begin to conceptualize ideas that you feel do not exist or there may be some kind of challenges in society, then, you formulate ideas on these issues which will later become the core assumption of your models, theories or findings.
The fact remains that there are numerous challenges in society. There are still lame persons. The blind have not seen the sun. Even in leadership, corruption has eaten up the very structure of our society and has placed us in great disdain. This and many other problems exist in society. So, as a student and researcher, what are you poised to do to change the narrative? These are the issues. You must identify local problems, research, find solutions and output them for the betterment of society.
I am very grateful that this is basically a students’ gathering even as I am a student of this great institution. Why am I glad you may want to ask? I am glad because as it stands, some of my postulates here may offend the sensibilities of the educating community. First and foremost, the lack of intellectual development among the Niger Delta University students after nearly a whooping two decades of academic search has been largely caused by the educating elite.
The lack of teacher quality is very disturbing. The lack of mentorship amongst our teachers is another issue that is of concern here. I remembered that as an undergraduate student, I submitted my research work with some elements of self-thought personally put together. The idea was taken down because according to me supervisor, research is not personalized. Surely, research is not personalized, however, the involvement of local content knowledge has been downplayed upon here.
What is the drive behind my speech? Originality of research work. You must develop your thoughts and subject them to resource persons who will make better sense out of them. You were here last night reading, for four to five years, you were/will be here studying, examining contents and doing all you can. What have/can you find? This is the challenge.
You must think, think and think again so that your name will be attached to something that changed the community permanently.
Thank you, thank you and God bless us all.