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The Nigerian scientific community: the colossus with feet of clay

Chatelin, Yvon; Gaillard, Jacques; Keller, Anne Sophie

Abstract:
This chapter begins with a brief account of the development of scientific institutions in the colonial and independence periods in Nigeria. It is followed by an analysis of the university system which has played a central role in the emergence of the Nigerian scientific community.  The authors discuss the expansion of the Nigerian university system and conclude that this has led to increased tensions between teaching, advanced postgraduate training and research.  The chapter also provides a brief overview of the twenty two federal research institutes as well as the qualifications required for its research staff.  The authors discuss the extent of Nigerian research output within the African landscape and mention the most productive countries in Sub-Saharan countries in this regard. The impact of Nigerian Science on the nation's economic and social development is analysed. It is concluded that the Nigerian scientific community is in crisis, yet it continues to occupy a place on the scientific stage of Africa.       

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Chapter Title: The Nigerian scientific community: the colossus with feet of clay
Book Title: Scientific communities in the developing world
Edited by: Jacques Gaillard, V.V.Krishna & Roland Waast
City: New Delhi, India
Publisher: Sage Publications india Pvt Ltd.
No. of Pages: 129-154


Date:1997
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:Nigeria
Keywords:Scientific Research, Nigeria, Federal Structures, Policy, Scientific Research, Universities, Databases


File Size:247 KB
Rights:Fee has been paid to Sage Publications for the reproduction of this chapter
Date Added:26 February 2008


Chatelin, Yvon; Gaillard, Jacques; Keller, Anne Sophie (1997). The Nigerian scientific community: the colossus with feet of clay, In Jacques Gaillard, V.V.Krishna & Roland Waast (eds), Scientific communities in the developing world New Delhi, Thousand Oaks, London: Sage Publications, 129-154