By McPhilips Nwachukwu
LAGOS-It was another sad moment for Nigeria and science, Monday, when the 2011 Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG $100,000 prize money for Science and Literature could not be won by any of the 25 entries submitted by researchers.
Announcing the heart- breaking news at a briefing in Lagos, the panel of judges for the Science Prize, comprising Professors Awele Maduemezia, Lateef Salako, Olabopo Osuntokun, Gabriel Ogunmola and Vincent Olunloyo, explained that after critical evaluation of the works submitted for the Science prize by the jury, “none of them attained the level of excellence required for the award.”
According to them, ”The panel of Judges for the Nigerian Prize for Science, 2011, painfully regretS to announce that after thorough examination and evaluation of all the entries, including both internal and external assessment, that it was unable to recommend any of the 25 candidates for the Nigerian Prize for Science.”
Commenting on the sad development, two prominent scholars and former Vice-Chancellors of universities of Ibadan and Lagos, Professors Ayo Banjo and Ibidapo- Obe attributed the poor performance in Science research to poor funding of science education by the Federal Government.
Prof. Banjo appealed to government to provide money for research in the universities, stressing that, “one doesn’t expect the scientist to use his own money to buy research materials.”
On the other hand, Prof Obe while supporting the appeal for proper funding, also cautioned that government would only be ignoring the development of the Sciences to the detriment of her own vision 2020 development plan.