Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Folasade Ogunsola has reaffirmed the commitment of the university to research collaborations that would proffer specific solutions to major challenges plaguing the country and the continent at large.
She made this known in her office on Monday, July 10, 2023, while receiving a team of researchers from Harvard University, Massachusetts, United States who are in Nigeria as part of ongoing research on the “Gulf of Guinea Climate Change Impact”.
Prof. Ogunsola who welcomed the team into the university, described their research as timely, especially when viewed against the backdrop of the rapid incursion along the coastal lines due to human activities and the landlocked nature of Lagos.
While expressing concerns over the impact of climate change ravaging different countries across the globe, the Vice-Chancellor also lamented the level of flooding affecting various cities and communities including the university environs.
Her words, “UNILAG is also big on climate and environmental studies hence its open arms to collaborations with willing partners to proffer solutions which would help save humanity”.
Prof. Ogunsola assured the research team of the university’s goodwill and support in any way necessary, stressing that the research collaboration will also go a long way in dispelling the wrong impressions about Nigeria as well as fostering a more robust relationship between ivory towers in Nigerian and their global counterparts.
In his remarks, Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong, who led the team explained that the choice of Lagos as one of the selected sites for the ongoing research was informed by its coastal nature and its peculiarities.
The Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Harvard University Centre for African Studies at Harvard University said the team will be examining the rising sea level and its impact on environmental vulnerabilities across Lagos, Accra and Abidjan.
As part of low hanging fruits from the research work, Prof. Akyeampong said the research will make room for 2 Post-doctoral studies across each of the participating universities.
The “Gulf of Guinea Climate Change Impact” research will run for 3 years with scholars from Nigeria, Ghana and Abidjan.
Professor Olatunji Adejumo and Dr. Mokolade Johnson of the Architecture and Urbanism Research Hub are representing the University of Lagos on the research team.