Shehu Ado, Muhyideen Oyekunle, Others Win 2022 Nigeria Prize for Science

The Nigeria Prize for Science’s Advisory Board has named two outstanding works as winners of the $100,000 award for 2022: “Gains in Grain Yield of Released Maize (Zea Mays L.) Cultivars under Drought and Well-Watered Conditions” by Muhydideen Oyekunle and Shehu Ado; and “Development of Process Plant for Plantain Flour” by Sesan Peter Ayodeji and Emmanuel Olatunji Olatomilola.

At a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, the Prize’s Advisory Board, chaired by Professor Barth Nnaji, revealed the judges’ decision based on the 2022 theme of “Innovations in Sustainable Food Security.” This comes after the similarly themed 2021 cycle came to an undetermined conclusion.

NLNG’s General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Mr. Andy Odeh in his remarks on the verdict, said the Science Prize is growing in strength as the 2022 verdict depicts. He stated that the Advisory Board and NLNG are working behind the scenes to review the prize for bigger impact and inclusiveness for the good of society. He also noted that science can provide solutions to most of the country’s challenges and urged relevant stakeholders and the public to continue to support NLNG through the Nigeria Prize for Science to make scientific breakthroughs the biggest enabler of development in Nigeria, adding that industry and public investors should consider the commercial value of the winning works.

While commending the winners for the big feat, Odeh called on all past winners of the prize to synergize and become a think-tank that can generate and sustain the flow of ideas, innovation, and scientific advice to the public and private sectors. According to him, this will make scientific ideas and innovations beneficial to Nigerians, thereby helping to build a better Nigeria, in line with NLNG’s vision.

He stated further that the winning works have the potential to significantly impact the country’s food security positively, guaranteeing a stable, efficient, and sufficient system of food production.


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