Research and Development

In today’s increasingly knowledge-driven world, science and technology (S&T) are the inseparable twin keys to progress and industrial growth as against the resource endowment of the past. Apparently, without scientific knowledge and its application the economy of a nation or an organisation either remains stagnant or declines. Consequently, most countries of the world now devote an increasing proportion of their resources to S&T and associated research and development (R&D), in an attempt to build competitive advantage or to catch up with others who have already done so.

R&D, most especially in S&T, has become one of the most enduring and effective means of improving sustainable economic development and re-enforcing competitiveness in industries in a rapidly changing world. Productive R&D is expected to lead to new products or improvement of existing products, new process development or improvement of existing processes and generation/creation of new knowledge, patents, copyrights and publications.

Publications are an indicator of quality invention and research outputs while patents, copyrights, and funding from companies are an indicator that those inventions have market potential (Carneiro, 2000; Werner and Souder, 1997; in Numprasertchai and Igel, 2005). However, global experiences have shown that the conduct of scientific R&D does not robotically translate into development. For R&D to have any economic impact; R&D activities must be creative, innovative and exist within a strong national innovation system (NIS).

Adisa Ademola Bello

Engr. Adisa, Ademola Bello is a COREN registered mechanical engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He obtained the Master of Engineering (M. Eng) in Solid Mechanics and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Mechanical Engineering from the same institution. He took up appointment with the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi as a Graduate Assistant in 1991 and rose through the ranks to the present rank of Professor in 2010. He teaches subjects in the areas of mechanics and energy studies and he is passionate academic.

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3 Responses

  1. Najim says:

    This is quite enlightening. And very much needed especially in this part of the world where R and D has taken backstage in.national priorities

  2. IOB says:

    For any successful economy, particularly in today’s quest for knowledge based economies, science, technology and engineering are the basic requisites.
    If nations do not implement science and technology, then the chances of getting themselves developed becomes minimal and thus could be even rated as an undeveloped nation. Science and Technology is associated in all means with modernity and it is an essential tool for rapid development.
    May God help our leaders to think in the right direction, S&T and R&D

  3. Dr. Abdulkadir L. N. says:

    This is very informative. Unfortunately how government have not seen any reason to invest on research and technology because they are impatient of the long term benefit which they would have loved to milk before leaving service. However, a country’s might is only measured by its technological advancements. Even weapons are now biological as seen in this pandemic COVID-19.
    May our future be brighter than our present. Thanks Prof., mentor and amiable uncle. May your days be long.

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