Unilag has been getting a lot of positive buzz lately, the school which is more prominently known for being the hub of hip and cool young people is also known for churning out some of the brightest minds in Nigeria.
Engineering students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) are seeking ways to generate electricity outside the national grid for rural communities in a bid to promote research and growth.
The students are making the effort under the umbrella of University of Lagos Engineering Association. “We want to proffer a solution to poor electricity supply. We want to see how to give electricity in rural areas a boost. We want to generate electricity that will be independent of the national grid,’’ Mr. Mojolaoluwa Keshinro, a member of the association, said in Lagos yesterday.”
Keshinro, a mechanical engineering student, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said Nigeria was lagging behind in technology and needed to adequately fund research to encourage innovation.
“The world is moving fast in terms of technology.The last innovation in Nigeria was carried out by the late Prof. Ayodele Awojobi, one of the best brains produced by UNILAG” he said.
Keshinro called for sponsorship of competitions that would encourage innovation. The President of the association, Olarenwaju Adejumoriola, told NAN that Nigeria’s inadequate investment in research hindered it from tackling some challenges. Adejumoriola, a final year chemical engineering student of UNILAG, said adequate funding of research would provide solutions to many of Nigeria’s problems.
“The purpose of education is to mold minds and not to look for jobs. This country is blessed with intelligent scholars with highly creative minds and innovative thinking. Nigerians are some of the best brains found in many parts of the world,’’ Adejumoriola said. We, as engineering students, are concerned with how to think critically about issues that affect the society and work hard to proffer solutions. However, we are saddened by the fact that there is no adequate support from governments, especially in providing research materials and grants.”