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12 Nigerians win regional awards on research, innovations

No fewer than 12 Nigerian researchers, innovators and budding scientists have won regional awards in a competition sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

The awards were based on innovations in four thematic areas, namely green materials, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and waste-to-energy.

Vice Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, Prof. Charles Eze, presented the award certificates to the laureates on Saturday at the British academy arm at the institution.

Mr. Eze said it was gratifying that the academy arm was housed in the institution’s Center for Innovation and Sustainable Development.

The vice-chancellor said that ESUT’s position as the leading science and technology university in Nigeria necessitated the location of the center at the school.

He said that ESUT, over the years, has pioneered innovations in the areas of science and technology.

“It is a courtesy of the Royal Academy of Engineering that we have an arm of the academy in ESUT,” he said.

The deputy foreign minister congratulated the winners of the awards, which, he said, are intended to produce technologies for sustainable rural development and community service.

“We are happy that the academy uses ESUT as a hub and we are here to witness the awards to those who have distinguished themselves as researchers in those four subject areas.

“The competition was conducted in such a transparent way that you cannot fail. The entire evaluation process was done online by the Royal Academy of Engineering,” he said.

Mr. Eze congratulated the awardees and urged them to do more, while asking unsuccessful competitors to learn from the process.

Earlier, the Director of the Center for Innovation and Sustainable Development, Prof. Paul Nnamchi, said the competition aimed to promote renewable energy technologies, green materials, waste-to-energy solutions and sustainable agriculture in rural communities.

Mr. Nnamchi said that these could be achieved through research, training and entrepreneurship.

He cited some of the benefits of the project to include economic growth, sustainable communities and healthy living for local people.

“On several levels, this project will impact a variety of stakeholders. For people, it will contribute to a cleaner environment, high-quality education and well-being.

“For organizations, it will initiate new research and development projects and investments in renewable energy, waste utilization and sustainable agriculture.

“For local economies, it will help contribute to the government’s policy of creating high-end living conditions in remote populated areas,” Mr. Nnamchi said.

NAN further reports that the winners of the competition in the four categories received N650,000 each, the first runners-up got N400,000, while the second runners-up received N200,000.

For their part, some speakers and corporate entities have also won awards in the four thematic areas of the Green Material Category, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Agriculture and Waste to Energy.

In the green material category, they included Simon Ikechukwu, third position, Professor Samuel Wara and the Afe Babalola University team in second position, Victor Ojiugo, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, first position.

Renewable energy: Advanced Engineering Innovation Research Group (corporate body) of Federal University of Technology, Minna, ranked 3rd, Chiagoziem Ugwu (Government Technical College, Enugu), 2nd.

Chinecherem Ozoude, UNN, and Chinwe Udeze (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka), jointly obtained the first position.

In sustainable agriculture: Dolapo Oladeji (University of Ibadan) was ranked third, Kingsley Obasi was ranked second, while the Advanced Engineering and Innovation Research Group, Minna, was ranked first.

Chukwuka Israel came in third place in the Waste to Energy category, IA Ayoade (University of Ibadan) came in second and Ifeanyi Aghaulo (Obafemi Awolowo University) came out the winner.

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