Two researchers from Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo, led by a Ph.D Student of Project Management, Blessing Nwatulegwu, have been awarded a five million naira (N5,000,000) research grant by the Lagos State Science, Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC) for their research proposal entitled “The Development and Production of Bio-Plastic from Sargassum Seaweed towards Circular Economy in Nigeria.”
Prof. Ibrahim Olateju, a professor of project management, oversaw the team, which included another Ph.D. student, Michael Fagbohun.
On what informed the research interest in Sargassum, Nwatulegwu noted that:” Nigeria is at risk with thousands of non-degradable waste plastics being dumped around yearly worsening land pollution, a problem we believed can be solved by producing plastics from Sargassum Seaweed, which is degradable, instead of from petroleum products. ” Nwatulegwu noted.
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Prof. Martin Anetekhai, a Distinguished Professor of the University and former Director, of the Centre of Excellence for Sargassum Research, presented a check for N5,000,000 to LASU Vice Chancellor Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello on behalf of the team on Wednesday.
He thanked the University Management for empowering and equipping the centre of excellence for sargassum research to support such a multidisciplinary research effort that won the grant. He disclosed that the Centre was also doing multidisciplinary studies on the sargassum value chain.
During the visit, the VC, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Administration, Professor Adenike Boyo, complimented the recipients for making the university proud. She reassured them that in the future, the administration would continue to offer the enabling climate and infrastructure for increased research and collaboration.
In attendance at the presentation meeting were members of the university administration.
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