Researchers Charged to shun Academic Dishonesty
Covenant University faculty, staff and students have been charged to shun academic dishonesty to improve the quality of their research articles, making it authentic and original in order to promote teaching, learning, and national development.
This was the submission of the Keynote Speaker and immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo in his presentation titled, Pains and Gains of Quality Research: Combating the ‘Plagiarism Cancer’ and other Unethical Practices at the Anti-Plagiarism Workshop jointly organised by the Nigerian Young Academy (NYA) and the School of Postgraduate Studies, Covenant University, on Monday, February 5, 2018.
At the event, Professor Ayo highlighted the causes and consequences of plagiarism, as well as solutions aimed at dealing with the rapidly growing ‘cancer’ among young academia. “Taking the words, ideas, or data of others or yourself and reporting them without giving due credit is wrong,” he noted.
The Keynote Speaker also told the participants to always come up with articles that addresses different research questions and use relevant literatures as “Innovations and Research,” he noted, “are the crucibles through which sustainable development can be achieved”.
Earlier in his remarks, the Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Samuel Wara noted that the purpose of the workshop was to unveil the truths regarding plagiarism, as he hopes that the workshop would be helpful for effective and productive researches. He said, “What makes plagiarism a cancer is that you can do it knowingly or unknowingly.”
Professor Wara also charged the participants to be original, and should not create a data that does not exist. “It is foolishness to be shameful of what is gainful,” he added.
The NYA President, Dr Temitope Olomola, in his remark said membership of the academy is purely by merit and he looked forward to partnering with Covenant University to enrolling new members.
The facilitator added that the desire of any researcher is to make global impact and Covenant University, he said, has continued to pull her weight among the best in Africa by emerging first position globally in some research endeavours.
Other speakers at the event include the Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Science and Technology, Dr. Emmanuel Unuabonah, who spoke on “Effective Research Communications for Global Relevance” and the Head, E-Learning and Web- Support Unit, Covenant University, Mr Ademola Olopade. His paper was titled, “Engaging Anti-Plagiarism Tools for Quality Research – A Practical Approach”.
The NYA was inaugurated on the 30th of August, 2010 by the then President of Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe, with representation of other National Academies, at the close of an Inaugural Workshop held at the Redeemers University, Mowe, Ogun State, Nigeria.
The NYA is the unified platform for the exchange of ideas across disciplines and regions, nurturing outstanding and aspiring youthful academics and professionals towards improving the state of the nation. She has her core values entrenched in integrity and excellence in research, and fostering research collaborations among young researchers nationally and internationally.