Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general election, has urged the Nigerian government to support teachers whose diligent research projects aid national growth and development.
Obi made the call in his congratulatory message via his Twitter handle @PeterObi while applauding Rufus Olusola Akinyemi, who emerged as the winner of the 2023 NAS Gold Medal Prize for Life Sciences for his research, over the last decade, on stroke, post-stroke vascular cognitive impairment, and dementia (PSVCID), and stroke bio-banking.
“I join other Nigerians in congratulating Akinyemi, a professor of Geriatric Neurology and Translational Neuroscience at the University of Ibadan, for this well-deserved award.
Through his painstaking research, he has not only added knowledge to our education system but has by this feat contributed significantly to the development of the health sector,” Obi said.
The former governor of Anambra State further highlighted how he had made a case for governmental support and incentives to teachers whose diligent research has contributed to national development.
“I have, over time, made a case for more governmental support and incentives to our teachers, especially those whose assiduous research projects greatly aid our growth and development, as a nation.
The government must prioritise supporting them, for the crucial roles they play in advancing knowledge and finding solutions to our ever-complex and constantly changing society,” he stated.
In addition, Obi said; “The new Nigeria we all strive to build will heavily fund research and development to generate innovative ideas that will not only aid our journey from consumption to production but will positively impact every aspect of our national existence.
This will result in improved healthcare, improved educational systems, and improved standard of living for Nigerians,” Obi said.