6th Inaugural Lecture

Title:               Science: Towards a Clean, Sustainable and Developed Environment
Presented By: Dr. Adeleke Atanda Abiodun  FicconDr Abiodun
                      Chief Lecturer, Department of Chemical Science,
                      School of Science
                      Yaba College of Technology, Yaba Lagos, Nigeria
Date:              Wednesday, August 27, 2013

Brief of the Lecture

The title of the lecture was “Science: Towards a Clean, Sustainable and Developed Environment”. He started his lecture by defining key concepts on environment, Science and sustainable environment. He described the environment as an issue of the year internally in 1970’s which gain prominence in Nigeria in the year 1988 when Institutional, Legal and Policy aspect of the environment began to receive serious attention from the government. He identified three grave problems namely: population explosion, poverty and pollution as the present and coming generation would have to face if they want to survive.

He discussed extensively on air, soil and water pollution. Speaking on air pollution, he identified noise pollution as a differential form of pollution that is transient and once stops the environment become free from it unlike other pollutant like chemical, sewage etc. introduced to the air, water and soil.

Discussing his research work on assessment of the noise level in commercial and industrial centre in  Lagos metropolis, Nigeria, he found   that the major findings showed that the highest noise were recorded at specific periods in some areas and for others it was irregular which in some occasion exceeded the WHO specific noise level.

He spoke on the other research works which include Impact of Noise Pollution on the residents of Lagos metropolis; Monitoring and Evaluation of Liquid Effluent discharges of some manufacturing industries in Ikeja Industrial area of Lagos State; Comparative assessment of Cadmium ion Cd2+ concentration in borehole and well water in Lagos metropolis. He also described the result of bioremediation of environmental pollution by Petroleum Hydrocarbons by isolating microbes from the diesel polluted soil. He explained that Bioremediation is a biotechnological intervention for cleaning up the residential effects of previous human activities on a site.

Speaking on Global warming and climate change as an increase in average global temperature, he explained that human activities as well as natural events have contributed to the increase in average global temperatures. He went further to talk about renewable energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. He discussed his research work on production of biogas from kitchen waste as a   way to generate alternative fossil fuel that produces greenhouse gases and resulted in Global warning and climate change.

He concluded that there is need to improve  on human well-being which necessitates  the establishment of an ethic for commons which  allows for many non-consumptive and non-rival uses of the common as possible. He further stated that human well-being is enhanced when people succeed in two ways: firstly by minimizing damaging uses of common and secondly by maximizing the opportunities for non-competing uses for everyone to benefit from a clean and sustainable and developed environment.



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