By Ijeoma Olorunfemi
Prof. Ibiyinka Fuwape, a Don, on Sunday called on African scientists and researchers to engage in research works that bring development in the society.
Fuwape, a Professor of Physics and Vice Chancellor, Michael and Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU), Ughelli, Delta, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
The professor made the call while reacting to her recent 2020 African Union Kwame Nkrumah Regional Award for Scientific Excellence (AUKNASE).
Fuwape had won the award in the West Africa regional selection on Basic Science, Technology and Innovation and resulting from her research contributions in the areas of climate change, air quality and biophysics.
She said that Nigeria was among 28 member states of the AU selected for the competition.
“The award recognises excellence in science and it is also in recognition of research that is relevant to the development of the country.
“The research was tailored to meet development needs of the country and African scientists, researchers should continue to do research that will translate to tangible products.
“Scientists shouldn’t feel that they are working on their own while nobody is recognising what they are doing because with time people will recognise it and you will be rewarded for it,’’ she said.
She added that there was satisfaction in one making little contributions to development of the country which was more gratifying.
Fuwape also said that the government should take investment in research and development seriously for tangible development.
Fuwape’s research interests included Theory of Chaos and Application of Non-Linear Dynamics in Coupled Oscillator System, Neuronal Systems, Lower and Upper Atmospheric Research, among others.
She also established the existence, implications and significance of dynamical complexes in atmospheric parameters
NAN reports that the award was established by the AU and targets to honour outstanding African scientists for their achievements and discoveries in science, technology and innovation.
The award also seeks to promote scientific development in Africa through recognition of excellence among African scientists, young researchers and encouraging them to persevere in their research, among other objectives.