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Communication experts call for increased research and documentation of social challenges in Nigeria

By Uche Peter

Lagos, Nigeria; June 15, 2013. Communication scholars and practitioners have called for a more focused effort at research and documentation of socio-economic and behavioural issues in communication and other social sciences as they began a three-day “Dialogue on Media and Communication” at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Prof Robert White, a renowned communication scholar at the Institute of Peace Studies and International Research, Hekima College, Nairobi, Kenya led the charge as he called on Nigerian scholars to use their enormous research potentials to solve the country's problems. White stressed that the position of Nigerian universities would also improve as scholars publish their research results in the highly rated Impact Factor journals.

Speaking on the theme “Research Methods”, Prof White urged researchers to mould their researches to solve pertinent policy problems in the country.

Community Relations Manager of Nigeria LNG Limited Mr Ifeanyi Mbanefo urged academics to tailor their researches to solve industrial and social problems in the Nigerian society. He maintained that every meaningful research exercise should offer solutions to particular challenges without which such exercise would not attract support or sponsorship from industry.

Mr Mbanefo challenged academics to make themselves relevant to Nigerian industries instead of confining their activities to Ivory towers.

The three day 2nd UNN Dialogue on Media and Communications would feature presentations by leading academics and practitioners interacting with graduate and undergraduate students of mass communication and the Faculty of Arts of the university as well as practitioners from neighbouring towns. Airtel Nigeria is lead sponsor of the workshop attended by a hall full of students.

Speakers expected at the Conference include Prof Kate Omenugha of the department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof Charles Okigbo, first Registrar of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria and currently professor of mass communication at North Dakota State University as well as Mr Chido Nwakanma, president of the Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN).

The Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof Uchenna Anyanwu, who represented the Vice Chancellor at the occasion, said that the topic of the Dialogue-Research Methods- was apt and relevant to the present Nigerian situation where solutions to myriads of problems bedevilling the country must be unearthed through research. He urged participants of the workshop to use the medium to equip themselves with the relevant academic amour needed to confront the challenge.

Similarly the Head, Department of Mass Communication, Dr Nnanyelugo Okoro, said that as the first full-fledged department to offer academic and practical training in journalism in Africa, the Department of Mass Communication would continue to live up to its primordial responsibility to promote communication studies in the continent.

He thanked Airtel Nigeria and other good spirited individuals for sponsoring the Dialogue and said that the event has come to stay.

The “UNN Dialogue on Media and Communication” is an annual event that offers a platform for communication scholars and students to discuss existing issues in media and communication. Hitherto known as the Jackson College of Journalism, the department of Mass Communication at the University of Nigeria was one of the pioneering departments established by the University's founder, journalist and politician the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe to groom high level manpower in journalism and mass communication.

The Department of Mass Communication initiated the Dialogue in 2012, and it has begun to attract attention of mass communication scholars and experts from across the globe.

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Evboren Oyinkansola | 12/9/2013 8:53:00 PM
Research involves data gathering, observation, experimentation, content analysis and survey. It is important for proper and effective research to be carried out and documentation of socio-economic and behavioural issues in communication and other social sciences. Carrying out proper research about these issues would bring out several solutions to the problems identified. EVBOREN OYINKANSOLA, 300LEVEL, CALEB UNIVERSITY, IMOTA, LAGOS.
AJAYI PAUL | 12/31/2014 11:37:00 PM
It is obvious a country like Nigeria require research to attain heights beyond comparation. We could blame it on our leaders but we as citizens or individuals have to carry out research and bring up solutions to fix whatever is keeping this country from development. Carrying out proper research about these issues would bring out several solutions to the problems identified. MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT, CALEB UNIVERSITY, IMOTA, LAGOS.
ZAINAB FASHOLA | 12/31/2014 11:49:00 PM
Research is a systematic way of investigating a phenomenon. it is a series of organized activities. Research involves data gathering, observation, experimentation, content analysis and survey. It is important for proper and effective research to be carried out and documentation of socio-economic and behavioural issues in communication and other social sciences. We really need to carry out solution bringing research to problems in the Nigerian economy. MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT, CALEB UNIVERSITY, IMOTA, LAGOS.
ENIOLA OSIDEIN | 1/5/2015 2:15:00 PM
Nigerian students have got the researching potentials to solve issues pertaining to the Nigerian economy in the aspect of bringing up solutions to problems draining the resource of its economy. Basic research which is the type of research that is carried out to add to our fundamental understanding and knowledge of the social world regardless of practical or immediate implications; this i am sure would take our economy beyond our expectations. MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT, CALEB UNIVERSITY, IMOTA, LAGOS.
BUARI TOSIN | 1/21/2015 2:02:00 PM
The use of research is a very important key to use when gathering information's it is very important for any company or country to have made some research's to get better answers to problem.It is also very clear to all Nigerian that we need to do much more researchs to make Nigeria a better place because without a research we will not move forward but with this generation of researcher in Nigeria and the help of courses like communication research Nigeria will be a better place.BUARI TOSIN,MASS COMMUNICATION, CALEB UNIVERSITY, IMOTA ,LAGOS
Mustapha Aishart | 1/21/2015 4:35:00 PM
In solving a problem,research is a key factor. However, in Nigeria, there isn't lot of research going on which is why it is still a developing country and as far as I'm concerned, Nigerians are too blind to see that we have lots of resources that can help develop the country if only we would do a proper research to solve industrial and social problems. This does not only apply to the government but also citizens, we should carry out research more often because it doesn't only make us aware of things but is also a medium for solving both trivial and critical issues. I'll suggest that communication research should be a relevant course in higher institutions, not only in mass communication department because if we are observant enough,almost everybody needs research. In a nutshell,Every meaningful research carried out should offer solutions to particular challenges. MUSTAPHA AISHART MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT CALEB UNIVERSITY, IMOTA, LAGOS.
Peace Effiom | 1/24/2015 10:52:00 AM
Research which can be said to be a systematic way of investigating a certain phenomenon, is very important everywhere especially in Nigeria being a developed country. Even IF we have good research potentials in Nigeria, what we lack are proper research equipments, which is an issue the government has to look into soonest. Research involves data gathering methods and techniques which includes observation, experimentation, content analysis and survey. Nigerians should try to be focused and put efforts at research and documentation of socio-economic and behavioural issues in communication and other social sciences. Research is also essential for the purpose of discovering new grounds, clearing parts that seem to be hidden and generally for knowledge and development. In discovering new grounds, a kind of research known as exploratory research could be used, other kinds include descriptive, explanatory, and evaluation research which can also be used for other different purposes in research. In conclusion, if research is fully adopted in Nigeria, in the near future, I think Nigeria would be a better and developed country to be in. EFFIOM PEACE CHRIS, DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION, CALEB UNIVERSITY, LAGOS.
OLATUNJI .N. BUKOLA | 4/6/2015 11:13:00 AM
Hearing the word 'RESEARCH' the first thing that comes to mind is 'ENQUIRY' , finding out about a particular thing. Today the world is a global village, nobody has any excuse for being ignorant about happenings and information locally and internationally. Research IS PART OF HUMAN EXSISTENCE. Even when we have no knowledge of it we research everyday. Every question asked by the average man is research in a smaller way. Researchers are information seekers, they are informed with accurate information. It is of great importance that scholars and experts like these come together to discuss issues like this. According to the article, Prof Robert White rightly pointed out that enormous research can solve the country's problems. In Nigeria we can not deny the fact that we have problems to solve. Carrying out enormous researches as stated above the country would be able to find some relevant information to help them move forward. Cultivating the habit of research can go a long way in making the country better. OLATUNJI NURATU BUKOLA , MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT CALEB UNIVERSITY LAGOS STATE.
AROWOLAJU DEMILADE | 5/13/2015 1:35:00 PM
Research involves gathering of data which is carried out by either content analysis or survey.Research to my own understanding means thorough investigation of specific problems or topics. It is important for proper and effective research to be carried out and documentation of socio-economic and behavioural issues in communication and other social sciences. Carrying out proper research about these issues would bring out several solutions to the problems identified. Prof. Robert White stated that research can lead to the solutions of some of our country's problems.Therefore young scholars should rise up and carry out research on the mind troubling issues in this country through content analysis which involves studying past events relating to such issues or survey which involves giving out questionnaires to people of various walks of life to get their opinions.AROWOLAJU DEMILADE OLAMIDE, MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT.CALEB UNIVERSITY, IMOTA, LAGOS. Reply
ABDULLAH MARIAM | 5/14/2015 2:28:00 PM
Research which can be said to be a systematic way of investigating a certain phenomenon, is very important everywhere especially in Nigeria being a developed country. Even IF we have good research potentials in Nigeria, what we lack are proper research equipments, which is an issue the government has to look into soonest. Research involves data gathering methods and techniques which includes observation, experimentation, content analysis and survey. Nigerians should try to be focused and put efforts at research and documentation of socio-economic and behavioural issues in communication and other social sciences. Research is also essential for the purpose of discovering new grounds, clearing parts that seem to be hidden and generally for knowledge and development. In discovering new grounds, a kind of research known as exploratory research could be used, other kinds include descriptive, explanatory, and evaluation research which can also be used for other different purposes in research. In conclusion, if research is fully adopted in Nigeria, in the near future, I think Nigeria would be a better and developed country to be in. ABDULLAH MARIAM CALEB UNIVERSITY IMOTA LAGOS DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION
OLAFISOYE BOLUWATIFE | 5/14/2015 2:44:00 PM
Research involves data gathering, observation, experimentation, content analysis and survey. It is important for proper and effective research to be carried out and documentation of socio-economic and behavioural issues in communication and other social sciences. It is obvious a country like Nigeria require research to attain heights beyond comparation. We could blame it on our leaders but we as citizens or individuals have to carry out research and bring up solutions to fix whatever is keeping this country from development. Carrying out proper research about these issues would bring out several solutions to the problems identified. OLAFISOYE BOLUWATIFE ADENIKE CALEB UNIVERSITY LAGOS DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION
Cole Oyinkansola | 5/21/2015 5:36:00 PM
When you hear the word RESEARCH you know its all about findings. Research is the ability of enquiry into a probleem involving a systematic of another enquiry. Researchers are information seekers, they like to find more about a particular information. It is important for proper and effective research to be carried out and documentation of socio-economic and behavioural issues in comunication and other social sciences. Carrying out a research will bring proper solution to the problem. Prof Robert White said research can be the solution of our country Nigeria. The young people should please rise up and carry out research in the mind troubling issues in the country through content analysis by studing past events relating to sorvey which involves giving out quationnaires to the people. COLE OYINKANSOLA, CALEB UNIVERSITY, IMOTA, IKORODU, LAAGOS, NIGERIA.
ONWURAH UCHECHUKWU | 5/25/2015 1:54:00 AM
Research comprises creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge of humans, culture and society, and this use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications. Prof Robert white pointed out rightly research as a problem solver, researches seek information a lot in my opinion research is done carefully is not what you wake up one morning to do, you must do through research, Nigeria is a developed country but lack research equipments, effective and proper research should be carried out of socio- economic and behavioral issue in communication and other social sciences Effective research can help make a country be better. research is part of human existence. ONWURAH UCHECHUKWU, 200 LEVEL, CALEB UNIVERSITY IMOTA, LAGOS. MASS COMMUNICATION.
ONUH MARTHA | 5/25/2015 10:34:00 AM
Research is a planned systematic method of investigation of a given variable that is considered a solution of a situational problem and it consist of data gathering, observation, experimentation, content analysis and survey. Carrying out an effective on a problem will yield several solutions to the problem. Like prof Robert said research that reasearch can be the solution of our the problems facing our country Nigeria so a lot of people need to rise up and carry out research on the problems we have in our country and i believe good results will come from it. ONUH EBUBE MARTHA. CALEB UNIVERSITY, IMOTA LAGOS.
Nsofor Chinenye | 5/28/2015 7:45:00 AM
Research is the key in solving socio-economic and behavioral issues in communication and other social sciences because it involves data gathering, observation,experimentation and content analysis.This conference will educate students on different research methods as well as the importance of data documentation for reference and other purposes.Research will help in finding answers to Nigeria's problems because it is impartial, objective and logical. NSOFOR CHINENYE MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT CALEB UNIVERSITY LAGOS.
ALI FAITH OSALUESSE | 6/29/2017 5:55:00 PM
Research involves data gathering, observation, experimentation, content analysis and survey. A country like Nigeria requires research to attain great heights. Nigerian scholars need to rise up and participate in more research as this will help improve the country. Through research, problems arising in the country could be discovered and thereby dealt with in the appropriate way.