Meet the 2 Nigerian scientists who won €25,000 from UNESCO for their climate-related projects

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Earlier this month, L’Oreal Foundation Y United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced the winners of the 2022 Sub-Saharan Africa Young Talent Awards for Women in Science.

According to UNESCO, the 20 award-winning scientists work in a wide range of research fields and are committed to improving the lives of millions of people in Africa.

Prize money will, among other things, help secure and increase agricultural yields to combat poverty and hunger, stop the spread of disease, improve management and conservation of vital natural resources, and ultimately improve security. of African countries in the midst of natural disasters.

The Young Talents Awards aim to support women scientists in the development of their careers. It will also promote and strengthen the role of women in science.

Two Nigerian winners: Of the 20 winners, two are Nigerian. One of them is Iveren Abiem, a postdoctoral fellow and environmental and life scientist. She was awarded for her work on ‘Carbon Storage in the Afromontane Forest.

The second winner is Oluwatosin Ogundolie Akinwale, a PhD student in Formal Sciences. She was awarded for her work on ‘Flood Forecasting in Nigeria’.

Abiem will receive €15,000 while Ogundolie will receive €10,000, so they can carry out their research projects.

Nigeria Needs Climate Innovation: In UNESCO’s 2021 scientific report, Nigeria was highlighted as an oil-dependent economy that should diversify its economy to improve income and address environmental challenges. The report also said that while Nigeria has devised various strategies to wean the economy off its overreliance on crude oil, they have met with little success.

For the record: The UNESCO Science report said Nigeria lags behind in science and innovation. The report highlighted the fact that the Nigerian federal government passed a National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in 2012.

  • The policy emphasized the development of human capital, intellectual property, technology transfer, and the commercialization of research results, as well as the need for the federal government to commit at least 1% of GDP to a National Research Fund. and Innovation.
  • However, to date the National Research and Innovation Fund has not yet been activated.

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