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UNILORIN, UNIBADAN Win Climate Risk Research Challenge 2023

The University of Ibadan and University of Ilorin have been named the winners of the Climate Risk Research Challenge 2023.

The University of Ibadan (UNIBADAN) and the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) were named winners in the Climate Risk Research Challenge—Nigeria 2023 Prize Event, honoring their significant contributions to climate risk research.

During the event hosted at the University of Ibadan, Vice Chancellor Professor Oyebode Adebowale, represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration Professor A.

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Olapegba, lauded the event as a celebration of groundbreaking research and dedication to tackling climate risk and resilience in agriculture.The DEWSClim Innovators from the University of Ibadan, led by Peace Aburime, won first place and a $5,000 prize.Second place went to UNILORIN TEAM A, led by Jimoh-Faari Abdulkabir, with a $3,500 prize.

The third-place APEX Team from the University of Ibadan, led by Olajire Aduragbemi, won $1,500.The Vice Chancellor emphasized that the event recognized the innovative work of student researchers and highlighted the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing climate challenges related to food security.“

Our students have shown remarkable ingenuity and resilience, reflecting the high standards of academic excellence at our institution,” he said.

Abubakar Shuaibu from Green Energy Mission Africa expressed his excitement about the event, noting the impressive and crucial innovative solutions to climate risk developed by the young scholars.

Azeez Abubakar of Sustainable Solutions for Green Growth provided an overview of the competition, stressing its role in promoting collaboration and open-source innovation among students. He noted that the insights gained would significantly help mitigate climate risks in various sectors in Nigeria.

Professor Adegbenga Adekoya emphasized the ongoing need for research and proactive measures to tackle climate challenges, praising the students’ research and solutions as vital contributions to the fight against climate change.

Presentations from the winning teams showcased their research and proposed solutions, and the event also marked the launch of ResilientScape Africa by Green Energy Mission Africa and Sustainable Solutions for Green Growth. This new initiative aims to enhance environmental sustainability and climate resilience across African communities.

Heather Ackenhusen, a sponsor and volunteer for the Climate Risk Research Challenge, commended the dedication of everyone involved, noting the event’s success due to the collective efforts of students, faculty, and supporters.

In an interview, Peace Aburime, leader of the winning team, expressed gratitude to the organizers and sponsors, stressing the importance of public concern over climate challenges in Nigeria.

She stated that the prize money would be used for further research to address the climate crisis’s impact on food security in Nigeria.

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SOURCES: ALLSCHOOL, TRIBUNE

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