ACCE Conference Pursues Mainstreaming of Communication In Nigeria’s Science & Tech

The need for Science, Technology and Innovation, STI agencies of government at all levels and other stakeholders to accord communication its pivotal role in the nation’s development goals, formed the crux of discussions at the 23rd Annual International Conference of the African Council for Communication Education, ACCE.

The conference, held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, with the theme ‘Communicating Science, Technology and Innovation in times of economic distress, terror and pandemic’ attracted scholars from all over Nigeria.

In his speech, the National President of ACCE, Prof Nnamdi Ekeanyanwu observed that Nigeria continues to struggle in its development march because its science, technology and innovation agencies have not been able to mainstream communication in its growth process.

According to him, the conference seeks to explore how journalism, broadcasting, new media and public relations can effectively play their role in the nation’s development process.

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“Nigeria as a country of many paradoxical conditions being worsened by bouts of banditry and political mismanagement can find solution in science, technology and innovation of which the ACCE will lead in the discourse of its developmental role.

“The conference seeks to explore ways journalism, broadcasting, new media and public relations can effectively play their roles in the nation’s development process,” he added.

The Chair of the event and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Paul University, Prof Chinyere Okunna, said the theme of the conference is apt considering the challenges faced by the country across all spheres.

“The economy has collapsed, there is insecurity, terror and the nation is in distress.

“It is my hope that the scholars and discussions at this august event will speak to the theme and proffer solution to the teething challenges,” she said.

Okunna used the opportunity to encourage young scholars to recommit to research, writing and academic exercises that will boost their knowledge and empower them to contribute significantly to educational advancement in the country, reminding them that diligence still pays off in academic world despite various forms of examination malpractices and other short cuts to success.

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She said, “I hear that some of you are not writing or publishing any materials nor attending any conferences. Some are paying people to include their names in publications to gain recognition, when they have contributed nothing to the work. During our time, emphasis was on single author publication.

“Nowadays, I hear ten of you writing one paper. Some don’t even contribute any idea, yet their names are included. You are killing yourselves.

“I’m also aware of honest ones among you who are making us proud. Academic is a field where diligence is rewarded. I urge you to rise to your profession with honest diligence.”

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On his part, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Charles Esimone who spoke through the deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof Joseph Ikechebelu said the university will continue to provide the platform for gainful engagements that will better the lots of the citizenry.

He commended the leadership of African Communication Education for honouring the university with the hosting rights right of its 23rd Annual Conference.

According to him, “our quest to pilot Nnamdi Azikiwe University to national and global prominence leans heavily on research, particularly transitional research.

“We therefore encourage our departments, Faculties and Centres to hold and host conferences, workshops, and other academic discourses as avenues for disseminating research findings.

“You can therefore understand our appreciation of this hosting right.

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