Five students of the Department of Fisheries at the Lagos State University (LASU) have emerged winners of the 2022 Millennium Oceans Global Prize worth $5,000.
The award winners: Adeyemi Michael Akanbi; Dawodu Fareed, Obadare Samuel Adenekan, Adebola Rasheedat Adewale and Precious Onyeka Nkwor were supervised by Dr Ayofe M. Hammed and Dr Kafayat A. Fakoya, both associate professors in the department of fisheries, at the university.
LASU’s application/campaign tagged, “Lagos Plastic Revolution (LPR),” emerged best among applications received from over 200 universities from 53 countries across the globe in the annual competition organised by Millennium Campus Network (MCN) and Remmer Family Foundation.
The LPR campaign, which won the prize is a students’ movement aimed at reducing the menace of plastic wastes ending up in Lagos waterways, starting with the three campuses of Lagos State University as case studies. Plastics collected were processed into paving stones for building constructions.
Sponsors of the prize, MCN, is a global students’ network advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, while Remmer Family Foundation, based in Jacksonville, USA is a private charitable foundation committed to providing opportunities to make differences in communities.
LASU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, congratulated the students and their supervisors on the prize.
She said the feat would further strengthen the university’s soaring global reputation and serve as a motivation for other students of the university.