The management of Yaba College of Technology, YABATECH, has said that the N4.5million Lagos State Scientific Research Innovation Council, LASRIC, a grant awarded to the institution will help it find a lasting solution to pollution problems. for plastic waste in the state.
Joe Ejiofor, the Deputy Secretary and Head of the Institution’s Public Relations unit, told the Nigerian News Agency on Friday in Lagos that two of his professors, Dr. Funmilayo Doherty and Dr. Eyitayo Ajagbe, won the grant.
He explained that the award followed a call for applications for grants from LASRIC in the field of Research and Innovation with a special focus on circular economy and cloud computing.
He said the research findings would go a long way in assisting policymakers in managing plastic waste pollution in Lagos and other parts of the country.
Furthermore, it will further help raise awareness in the university community about the public health issues associated with microplastic contamination, the findings will lead to a lot of good things.
“The YABATECH researchers are also contributing to the knowledge and search for a lasting solution to the problem of plastic waste, so this grant is a form of encouragement and we are delighted to win it,” he added.
Ejiofor also described the achievements of Dr. Doherty, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences and of Dr. Ajagbe, (Professor III) in the Department of Biological Sciences as “a wonderful development and a boost to the image of the institution.”
According to him, Doherty received N2million for his project entitled “Developing a Framework for Plastic Pollution Management and Capacity Building for Women and Youth in Lagos State.”
Ejiofor expressed his satisfaction with the development.
He added that since YABATECH is the cradle of higher education in the country, it will continue to contribute its share and have significant impacts on the socioeconomic development of the state.
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