Thursday, November 15, 2012
5th Nigerian Universities Research and Development Fair (NURESDEF): UNN Clenches 2nd Position Overall
Chime Chinonso Simon
(including three from the Southeast zone which are Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike; The University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt). The host University, FUT, Minna, took first position in overall performance, while five universities took the third position in overall performance. They include Federal University, Lafia; University of Benin, Benin; University of Ilorin, Ilorin; University of Port Harcourt, and, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
In his keynote address during the occasion, the Director General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Umar Bubar Bindir, stressed the need for individual innovation, development and profound and tireless optimism in research as road map to National Transformation and Economic Prosperity.
The University of Nigeria also took first position in Arts/ Humanities and second position in agriculture. This was made possible by the individual performances of the following members of staff of the University: Professor Michael Uguru of Crop Science Department, who took first position individual award in Agriculture (Development Category) for his work, “Phyto-feed Technology, organic waste management and production of high premium crops in Southern Nigeria”; Mr. Greg Mbajiorgu of Theatre and Film Studies Department took first position overall in the Arts/ Humanities (Research Category) for his book, “Wake Up Everyone” a dramatic discourse of the ecological crises resulting from climate change in our world; Mr. Jeff Unaegbu of the Institute of African Studies who took second position overall in Arts/ Humanities (Research Category) for his book, Ode on Lagos, adjudged the longest poem in Nigeria (700 lines long); and, Pharmacist Justus Nwaoga of the Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry took second position overall in Science and Technology (Research category) for his work, “Synergy activities of black silicon, Chlorophyll and Thiosulphite composite in Mimosa Pudica Leaf isolates for thin film solar cell development”.
These individual performances enabled the University of Nigeria to emerge second in overall performance in Research and Development out of over one hundred universities in Nigeria. In the history of the Fair so far, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka took second position in the 2008 (3rd Edition) and first position in the 2010 (4th Edition of the) Fair.
The NURESDEF is meant to showcase revolutionary research and development which is going on in our universities to the Nigerian public. It is held biennially. This year’s theme was Research and Development: A Road Map to National Transformation and Economic Prosperity.