NLNG awards $100,000 to three winners of 2017 Science Prize
The Advisory Board of the Nigeria Prize for Science and Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) announced three research works as joint winners for the 2017 edition of the prize after two years intensive search for innovations in the fight to end Malaria. The award comes with a cash prize of $100, 000.
The announcement was made by the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Science Prize, Professor Akpoveta Susu at a press conference in Lagos.
“Improving Home and Community Management of Malaria: Providing the Evidence Base” by Ikeoluwapo Ajayi, Ayodele Jegede and Bidemi Yusuf; “Multifaceted Efforts at Malaria Control in Research: Management of Malaria of Various Grades and Mapping Artemisinin Resistance” by Olugbenga Mokuolu; and “Novel lipid microparticles for effective delivery of Artemether antimalarial drug using a locally-sourced Irvingia fat from nuts of Irvingia gabonensis var excelsa (ogbono)” by Chukwuma Agubata were announced as the winning research works from 27 entries for this year’s edition of the prize.
Reacting to the verdict, the General Manager, External Relations at NLNG, Kudo Eresia-Eke, said
“This is not just a great milestone for the prize and NLNG. It is a great milestone for the people of Nigeria and Africa. Today’s result is two-pronged. First, we finally have a winner for the Science Prize and secondly, we have some commendable research works that have contributed significantly to the body of knowledge on the disease and even provide some interesting opportunities for local approach to defeating malaria. It is truly a day to celebrate. But the hard work must not stop. The winners will need support to translate this to real benefits for Nigerians. We are calling on the government and corporate Nigeria to support this initiate and bring it to life,” he said.
According to Professor Susu, “We acknowledge the difficulties associated with scientific research in developing countries including Nigeria, where infrastructure deficit could deal a debilitating challenge. Our hope is that the award of this prize would in its own little way, provide a spark that would reinvigorate the passion of our budding scientists in finding solutions to our everyday issues.
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