Until the country prioritizes funding for research institutions, the education sector will remain in the forest, says Laudoka Akintole University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso Nanotechnology Research Group (NANO).
The NANO + group, LAUTECH, announced this in a statement in which it announced its 2nd annual nanotechnology seminar / conference with the title “LAUTECH NANO 2018”, scheduled for October 23-25 in Ogbomosho.
The theme of the conference “Nanotechnology for Sustainable Development: Perspectives for Africa” is expected to attract scientists, policy makers and participants from Nigeria and beyond to agriculture, life sciences, physical sciences, environmental sciences, engineering and medical fields to discuss research spawn development in Africa through the multidisciplinary area of nanotechnology.
The research team, led by Mr. Agbaye Latef, professor of microbiology at the Department of Pure and Applied Biology, LAUTECH, attracted scientists from the fields of physics, engineering, biochemistry, botany, microbiology and zoology.
At the first national workshop of the group on the synthesis, characterization and application of nanoparticles, which was held from 21 to 24 August 2017, African leaders were urged to invest in nanotechnology to promote development.
Latef said that the activities of the research group had led to a huge contribution to nanotechnology knowledge through journal publications and training.
The group was described as a focused and productive research cluster in Nigeria in the field of biomimetic nanotechnology by the first professor of nanotechnology in Nigeria, Enokom O. Dare from the Chemical Faculty of the Federal Agricultural University of Abeokuta, who delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the girl workshop in August 2017.