A Professor of Surgery, Paediatrics and Obstetrics at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas, United State, Oluyinka Olutoye, has charged Nigerians to create an environment for innovative discovery.

He made the call while speaking at the 11th Annual Professor T.A.I. Grillo’s Memorial Lecture organised by College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, at Oduduwa Hall, on Thursday, in Ile-Ife.

Olutoye spoke on ‘Progress through Innovation & Discovery: Advances in Surgery Before Birth’.

According to him, “In Nigeria, we are very good at identifying problems, we can expound on the merits and demerits of solutions that others may offer, but we need to do better at actually solving the problems.

“We cannot wait on others to proffer solutions to our own problems and challenges, not someone else, not even government.

“Institutions should establish a review system based on meritocracy that will award limited resources to deserving individuals and to translate the innovative findings to usable advance and technology that would benefit the society at large.

“They should set up a framework and expectation that funds allocated will be used exclusively for the purpose it was dedicated for, with appreciable regular oversight to ensure severe enforcement penalties for deviant behaviour.”

The chairman of the occasion and vice chancellor of the university, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, said the programme was of key interest to the university.

The dean of the Faculty of Ophthalmology, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife, Professor Bernice Adegbehingbe, thanked Professor Olutoye and charged academics and students to always proffer solutions to problems in their fields.

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