YABATECH Lecturers Win N4.5 Million Naira Grant from Lagos Government
The management of Yaba College of Technology says the N4.5 million Lagos State Science Research Innovation Council grant to the institution will help it find a lasting solution to plastic waste pollution problems in the State.
The deputy registrar and head of the institution’s public relations unit, Joe Ejiofor, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Friday that the scholarship had been won by two of its lecturers, Dr Funmilayo Doherty and Dr. Eyitayo Ajagbe.
He explained that the prize followed a call for applications from LASRIC in the field of research and innovation with a particular focus on the circular economy and cloud computing.
He said the research findings will go a long way in helping policy makers in dealing with plastic waste pollution in Lagos and other parts of the country.
He said: “This will further help raise awareness in the academic community about the public health issues associated with microplastic pollution, the results will spawn many good things.
“YABATECH researchers also contribute to the knowledge and search for a sustainable solution to the problem of plastic waste, so this grant is a form of encouragement and we are delighted to have won it,” he said. added.
Ejiofor also described the achievements of Dr. Doherty, Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Ajagbe (Lecturer III) in the Department of Biological Sciences as a “wonderful development and enhancement to the image of the institution”.
According to him, Doherty was awarded N2 million for his project titled “Developing a Framework for Plastic Pollution Management and Capacity Building for Women and Youth in Lagos State”.
He also said that Ajagbe had received N2.5 million for his project titled “Microplastic Pollution Indices of Bottled Water in Lagos State, Nigeria”.
Ejiofor, however, expressed his satisfaction with the development, adding that YABATECH, being the cradle of higher education in the country, would continue to contribute its quota and have significant impacts on the socio-economic development of the state.