As foundation offers scholarship to six first class science
A former President of Chemical Society of Nigeria, CSN, Prof
Oladele Osibanjo, has blamed the increased cases of cancer
and other harmful diseases on the abuse of chemicals.
The university teacher who was the guest lecturer at the
22nd Annual lecture, award of honours and postgraduate
scholarships of Stephen Oluwole Awokoya Foundation for
Science Education (SOAFSE) said major global
environmental problems are caused by chemicals.
The erudite professor of Analytical and Environmental
Chemistry said although chemicals are important in our
daily lives as we are exposed to it, he however lamented
that a lot of people are exposed to danger through abuse
“Chemicals are important in our daily lives, it has both
good and bad sides; for instance, we have chemicals in
cosmetics, food and water as well as communication gadgets
like mobile phones and comp“We lack management structure for chemical safety,
government must put in place a regulation to protect the
public, Prof Osibanjo added.
At the event, which took place at the MUSON Centre were
eminent personalities including Sir Steve Omojafor who
chaired the occasion, Bashorun J. K. Randle who was the
special guest of honour, Dr. Sunny Kuku, Prof. Ayo Ogunye,
Chief Nike Akande and Chief Dele Onabule.
The occasion also provided an avenue to honour two
distinguished Nigerians for their exemplary service to
These are the Chairman/Publisher of The Guardian, Lady
Maiden Alex-Ibru and Chairman, Continental Reinsurance
Company, Chief Ajibola Ogunshola.
According to Dr. Omolaraeni Awokoya-Adadevoh, who is
the executive director of the foundation, eminent Nigerians,
who had made remarkable achievements in their various
fields and impacted lives, are annually honoured by the
An elated Mrs. Alex Ibru, who commended the foundation
for its lofty objectives said although her background is
largely art-based, everything in the society revolves around
She said, “I am more of a literary person. But I later
developed interest in science, particularly human anatomy.
Everything is about science. Science derives from nature.”
On his part, Chief Ogunshola, who was accompanied by his
wife, Chief Iyabo Ogunshola, expressed appreciation to the
foundation for the honour.
Ogunshola extolled the virtues of the late Awokoya
particularly his contribution to the development of
education in the western region as well as the nation at
Another highpoint of the event was the award of
postgraduate scholarships to six candidates who have
excelled in their academic pursuits.
A member of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Folarin Awokoya
said 120 postgraduate students from 31 universities applied
for the 2017 scholarship scheme, which covers primarily
tuition and board, out of which six candidates were picked.
The six, who are first class science graduates include Olajide
Ezekiel Bamidele who studied Chemical Engineering at
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ife, Eziolu Stella
Ilozuma a Civil Engineering graduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe
University (NAU), Nkenna Ozofor Henry, a Chemical
Engineering graduate also from NAU, Oyindamola Badejo, a
Biomedical Engineering from Bells University, Mololuwa
Josiah, a Computer Science graduate from Ajayi Crowther
University, Oyo and Mariam Orhierhor, a graduate of
Animal and Environmental Biology from the University of
[08:43, 3/30/2017] Gubi is the b name: Orhierhor, who spoke on behalf of her colleagues lauded the
foundation for the initiative and assured that they would be
role models to their generation.
Omojafor commended the foundation for its objectives and
contribution to the development of science education in the
He disclosed that he is a beneficiary of the free education
that the likes of Awokoya and the late sage, Chief Obafemi
Awolowo introduced in the defunct western region.
While restating the importance of science to the
development of any nation, Omojafor noted that
technological development in all aspects is derived from
On his part, Randle, who commended the foundation for
keeping the memory of Awokoya alive lamented that
science is not being given priority attention and blamed this
Other members of the Board of Trustees of the foundation
are Prof. Ogunye, Dr. Kuku, Mrs. Modupe Ogunwale, Dr.
Folarin Awokoya, Chief Joe Anyigbo, Dr. Olutayo Martins
and Miss Similola Awokoya.