Unuabonah wins 2017 NAS Gold Medal Prize
An associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Science, Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, Dr. EmmanuelIyayi Unuabonah, has emerged the winner of the prestigious 2017 NAS Gold Medal Prize for Nigerian Scientists.
Announcing this at a press conference in Lagos, Chairman of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) Prize Committee, Professor Gabriel Ogunmola who is also a past President of NAS said Dr. Unuabonah emerged “after a due process of evaluation by a five member Physical Science Juryand the Council of the Nigerian Academy of Science.”
He noted that a Gold Medal Prize was instituted by the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) in 2016, to be awarded to deserving Nigerian Scientists who have made significant achievements in science of national relevance and global resonance, adding that “ the award is to be made annually, alternating between the life sciences and physical sciences”.
He said that Dr. Unuabonah was adjudged the winner for his numerous contributions in the physical science, adding that, “is innovations are readily transferable as it does not require the use of very expensive equipment and raw materials are readily available in our environment for its sustainable production”.
With him is the current President of NAS, Prof. Mosto Onuohah and the Chairman of the five Eminent Jury, Prof. OyeIbidapo-Obe, Prof. Ogunmola called on Federal and State Governments to set up an endowment fund that will support scientific research and ensure that Nigeria joined developed nations in scientific advancement.
“Our leaders should show more interest in the scientific development by teaching science right from the elementary level” he stated.