By Samuel Ojo
The Professor Ayo Ogunye Chair in Chemical Engineering of the University of Lagos has presented the fourth beneficiary with a research grant award of #1.5m.
The grant is geared at facilitating the research project of its beneficiary.
In 2014, the Board of Trustees of the chair approved the establishment of an annual research grant of 1 million naira which was increased to 1.5m naira in 2018.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees, Engr. Anthony Shobo, the first chemical engineer in Nigeria, in his opening remarks said that there is dearth and scarcity of funds needed to drive research in Nigerian universities, prompting the establishment of the grant.
The donor of the grant, Professor Ayodele Francis Ogunye, who sacrificed his retirement benefits and his pension entitlements towards the endowment of the chair, said that his decision to fund the chair was not because he was financially buoyant at the time.
The beneficiary, Olumide Fagoroye who was admitted in 2017 for a PhD degree programme in the department of Chemical Engineering, University of Lagos was full of gratitude to the donor.
He said that the grant will go a long way in fast-tracking his research project which according to him is aimed at “solving one of Nigeria’s economic problems” by means of generating petrochemicals like Toluene, Xylene amongst others from recycled waste tyres.
The 11th Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Rahman Bello, amongst others, many of whom were former students of the donor, Professor Ayodele Ogunye, lauded his efforts saying he was a passionate teacher.
The Professor Ayo Ogunye chair in Chemical Engineering of the University of Lagos was endowed in 1990 to advance the frontiers of knowledge through extensive research in key areas of Chemical Engineering.