A giant stride has been recorded by the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) through one of its lecturers, Dr Gideon Idowu of the Department of Industrial Chemistry who won two international grants for research projects on Covid-19.
The research seeks to understand the environmental impacts of disposal of medical face masks recommended for use by the generality of the population to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Orange FM’S Olumide Adeluwoye reports that with Dr. Gideon Idowu’s latest feat, young Nigerians have been challenged to be serious with their academic pursuit.
37 year old Dr. Gideon Idowu who hails from Abeokuta in Ogun State, bagged his Bachelors degree with First Class Honours in Industrial Chemistry from Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), where he emerged the overall Best Graduating Student of his set.
He then obtained an MSc degree in Analytical Chemistry from FUTA, before proceeding to UK to obtain MSc and PhD degrees from University of Strathclyde in 2012 and University of Warwick in 2017.
Idowu is a recipient of a number of International Scholarships and Awards, including the British Government’s Commonwealth Scholarship and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Academic Prize.
He is currently a lecturer in the department of Chemistry at FUTA, where his research focuses on the environmental chemistry of legacy and emerging contaminants.
Recently, Dr Idowu won two international grants for research projects seeking to investigate the ecological impact of medical face masks on soil ecosystem.
Reacting to Dr. Idowu’s accomplishment, the Dean of School of Science of FUTA, Professor Ademola Ayesanmi said the institution is excited, and charged young scholars to put in more effort in research and expand their tentacles towards breaking great grounds.
Professor Ayesanmi also sought government’s intervention to fund the research responsibilities of universities for growth and development of the country.
Similarly, the Head of Department of Chemistry in FUTA, Professor Elvis Okoronkwo said hardwork, discipline and a willingness to acquire knowledge will help the younger generation to fulfill their career desires.
Some of Dr Idowu’s post graduate students, Mr. Rotimi Ojo and Mrs. Bolanle Odunayo described him as a good mentor who is passionate about his work, loves to impart knowledge and whose teaching skill is excellent.
Other education stakeholders canvassed financial support for academic research towards making tertiary institutions occupy their rightful place in the nation’s development agenda