Embark on research to boost economy, don tells states, FG 

A Professor of Solid-State Physics and Material Science, Tajudeen Oladele Ahmed, has called on the federal and state governments to invest in energy technology research to boost the nation’s dwindling economy.

Tajudeen who is the head of Department of Physics at the Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi state, made the call while delivering the 16th inaugural lecture titled: Solid-State Physics: Materials Development for Sustainable Energy Technologies ,held at Adankolo campus of the institution.

He said:  “Nigeria as a nation needs not to abandon this frontier of STI for advanced nations but invest in it as this would in the long run put the country in the forefront  as a contender for green technology in the new era of low-carbon economy.

“Federal University, Lokoja, can also play a critical role in the material development and sustainable energy technologies for inclusive economic development of the nation. This can be achieved by establishing and funding Solid State Physics Research Projects where in the long run, new high-tech enterprises would emanate from the research outputs.

“While there is a need to enhance capacity in FUL as a new university in Nigeria which is strategically positioned, the critical ingredients for FUL to adequately perform and contribute to STI development need to be provided by the government and other agencies. There is the need to follow up on the existing government funding agencies.”

In his speech, the vice chancellor of the university, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, described the lecturer, Professor Ahmed, as an esteemed speaker and a beacon in the field of Solid State Physics.

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