By Ahmad Tijjani Abdul, Kano.
HOTPEN – A Senior lecturer from Bayero University Kano, Dr. Sulaiman Sadi Ibrahim has a grant of £969,680 from Wellcome Trust Career Development.
Wellcome Trust Career Development is a charitable organization in London, United Kingdom Which funds researchers to take on important questions relating to life, health, and wellbeing, with creative approaches that push boundaries.
Dr Sulaiman Sadi Ibrahim who is from the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences hails from Getso town of Gwarzo Local Government Area in Kano state.
Hotpen gathered that, the funds which amount to about N500 million, will allow him and his research group to carry out a project that will span eight years to improve infrastructural capacity in Nigeria as well as support both undergraduates and postgraduate students.
Dr Sadi explained that, the research will focus on malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, their adaptation to climate change, genetic mechanisms and how the mechanisms can be utilized to control the mosquitoes towards reducing the burden of Malaria.
“The grant came on the heels of statistics that Nigeria alone has the highest rating of malaria in the world, accounting for 27% of all global cases, and 31% of all deaths due to malaria” he added.
The University Don noted that, despite the constant ASUU strike in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions, there is no doubt that lecturers of public universities are internationally competitive.
The University Don, who was a Wellcome Trust fellow between 2017-2019, became the first Nigerian to receive the award because of the comprehensive, functioning molecular biology laboratory he created in a public university in northern Nigeria.