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Yabatech holds 2nd research fair

Pursuant to its avowed target to help proffer solutions to some of the society’s numerous problems, Yaba College of Technology recently held the second edition of its research fair which has exposed members of the public to some of the nation’s enormous wealth that had, all the while, lay in waste in diverse ways.
The  2015 edition of Yaba College of Technology (YTC) Research Fair with the  theme” Emerging Technology: Panacea For Societal Challenges”, show-cased products of intellectual findings that if promptly considered and given the necessary conducive environment for large scale adoption, will go a long way tackling the monsters of unemployment, hunger, malnutrition, epileptic power and much more.
Declaring the two-day exhibition open, the occasion’s chairman and Managing Director, Berger Paints Nigeria Plc.; Mr. Peter Folikwe, described the event as “an excellent setting to recognize, encourage and nurture the young talents across different spheres”
He noted that the fair could not have come at a better time than now when it had become increasingly clear that the nation needed to move very significantly from mere theoretical research papers which had added no value to innovations, particularly to the manufacturing sector towards industrial take off.
“The challenge for us is to encourage and empower our people, especially our next generation of youth and students, to take a multi-disciplinary approach towards knowledge creation and to pursue the many exciting new possibilities that could emerge as technologies converge”; Folikwe said; charging that students’ interest in scientific research and discovery should be aroused and maintained.
While frowning at the tag “Third World Nations” given to countries like Nigeria in view of their technological backwardness, the Berger Paints top notch sated that the nation depended on the current generation of youths and students to liberate her from the derogatory tag by launching the country into real industrial revolution which would put the nation at par with the developed world.
He, therefore, expressed the hope that lecturers and students of the college would take the lead in driving the pursuit while disclosing that Berger Paints which he leads, had a culture of being in the forefront of technological advancement in the industry and would always take pride in being the first paints manufacturers in the country.
Folikwe made particular reference to his company’s corporate social responsibility scheme tagged “Take a child to work”  in which youths from primary to tertiary institutions, are encouraged to enter the company’s factory in order to see the industrial process which would always stimulate their interest in scientific endaevour right from school.
Responding, the college rector, Dr. Margaret Kudirat Ladipo, stated that the fair was intended to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial development aimed at showcasing, exhibiting and marketing the research products of the college.
According to the academic cum administrative amazon, the research fair being spearheaded by the college was also to motivate investors into investing their funds on innovative researches and designs capable of improving national growth and development driven by local technology.
Also present at the opening of the exhibition was the managing director and chief executive of the Bank of Industry, Mr. Rasheed Olaoluwa, who delivered the key note address; tracing the evolution of human development from the Stone Age to the present day of increasingly globalised village and consistently evolving Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The banking top notch foresaw that there would be no hope of survival for the computer- illiterate and the unskilled liberal graduate in the next ten years.

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