February 6, 2023.
Four researchers at the University of Ilorin have emerged part of the winners of the 2021 TETFund National Research Fund, amounting to N100 million grants.
Prof. Kolawole Wahab, the Director of the university’s Centre for Research Development and In-House Training, stated this in a memo to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Wahab Egbewole, made available to newsmen in Ilorin on Monday.
According to Wahab, one of the winners, Prof. Tella Clement, got N27 million for his research.
The research is entitled, “Development of a Handheld Device Using Functionalised Metal-Organic Frameworks for Applications in the Selective Detection of Nitro Aromatic Explosives”.
Also, Prof. Raji Ademola received over N30 million for his project, entitled, “Development of Soil Health Dataset for Upscaling Specialty Fertilizer/Soil Management in Kwara and Niger States”.
Prof. Abdullahi Arazeem, whose project, entitled, “Investigating State University Intervention and Gender Dynamics in Rice Value Chain in Nigeria”, attracted N20 million support.
Also, Prof. Tiamiyu Oloyede, got over N23 million support for his project, entitled, “Nutritional Programming: A Novel Approach for Tailoring Fish Performance with Sustainable Feed”.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Wahab Egbewole, described the grants as a welcome development and “another fascinating New Year gift to the university”.
Egbewole congratulated the awardees for being found worthy of the monumental support.
He expressed profound satisfaction that the proposals of four of the university’s distinguished researchers attracted such a huge support.
He noted that the grant would facilitate and accelerate the timely completion of the researches.
Egbewole also hoped that the grant would not only enhance the profiles and careers of the beneficiaries but boost the ratings of the university among its peers at the local and global levels.
Egbewole stated that he was convinced that the four scholars would make effective use of the grants in order to encourage TETFund and similar agencies to continue to support the university and research endeavours for the benefit of society. (www.naija247news.com).