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Dr. Dele Sanni’s 3-D-3-P Industrial Rotary Dryer Poised To Win The 2019 Africa Prize For Engineering Innovation

A multiple national innovation award winner from the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife is now ranked among the best innovators in Africa. The Royal Academy of Engineering, UK has shortlisted Dr. Dele Sanni as one of the 16 innovators from the African continent who stand a chance to win the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation (APEI) for the year 2019.

The 3-D-3-P rotary dryer is a unique drying technology developed by Dr. Sanni and his team in 2005/2006 as a response to a National call by the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Abuja – which challenged Nigerian Engineers to design equipment and plants for the production of high quality cassava flour. Dr. Sanni’s design of the dryer won the 2nd National Competition on Design of Process Equipment and Plant in 2008. With further funding support from RMRDC, and continuous R&D work, the dryer has been scaled up into an original made-in-Nigeria drying technology that provides a cheaper option for farmers and processors to dry a variety of agricultural and non-agricultural products. In terms of design, operational efficiency and energy utilization, the 3-D-3-P conductive rotary dryer is better than most imported dryers.

The “3-D-3-P Rotary Dryer” as popularly known has a Nigerian patent (No. NG/PT/NC/2018/2851) and Dr. Sanni was among the five Patentees/Inventors in Obafemi Awolowo University presented with a Patent Certificate No. 011493, by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede on 5th February 2019 at Floor ‘O’.

To prove the dryer’s commercial readiness, Dr. Sanni secured a partnership with a private company, PERICOM Nigeria Ltd. in 2017 and today two units of the dryer are installed in Sapele, Delta State and Agbowa, Lagos State.

Dr. Dele Sanni and three other innovators from Nigeria are among the 16 Africans currently being trained by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK on moving their innovations to higher business grounds. The 2019 APEI has attracted more partnerships from investors, industrialists and other International Organizations.



OAU Congratulates Olupona On Awards

The authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, have congratulated the convener of the Ife Institute of Advanced Studies, Professor Jacob Kehinde Olupona, on the well deserved 2018 Marty Award for Religious Understanding and the 2018 Scholar of the year award he was honoured with by the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society for Africans in the Diaspora (SAiD) respectively.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, who congratulated Professor Olupona on behalf of the Council, Senate, Staff and Students of the University said Professor Olupona’s erudition is noticeable in all his works on peace and understanding of the Nigerian civic, academic, religious and political spheres.

The Martin E. Marty Award for public understanding of religion, referred to as the Marty Award, which is in its 22nd year of existence, recognises extraordinary contributions to public understanding of religion by individuals whose works have relevance and speak to scholars and other publics.

The annual African Diaspora Awards of the SAiD, on the other hand, is in its 8th year.  It identifies and celebrates new breed of African Diaspora leaders, scholars, activists, artists, entrepreneurs and businesses.



IFEMED Alumni 2002 Set Give Back

The Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has expressed the appreciation of the University’s authorities to the Medical and Dental graduands of 2002 for giving back to their alma-mata.

He expressed this during the commissioning of a newly renovated multi-disciplinary Medical Pathology Demonstration Laboratory at the College of Health Sciences, noting that what the alumni have done solved a part of the challenges the college had.

Professor Ogunbodede who seized the opportunity to appeal to other sets to think of other things they can do for the college, charged the group to think of the academic development they can offer the university, promising that the University authority will always give the project the deserving maintenance, even as he appreciated the Provost of the College, Professor Kayode Ijadunola, for seeing to the completion and proper handling of the project.

Similarly, the Provost, Professor Ijadunola, expressed happiness to the 2002 alumni for renovating the laboratory, adding that with the completion and commissioning of the laboratory, there is no other laboratory unrefurbished in the College as other laboratories have been refurbished.

The leader of the class of 2002, Dr. Segun Badejoko thanked God for enabling them to fulfil their dream eighteen (18) years after graduating from the university, adding that about a year ago, the class reunited and renewed the bond among them which is their shared high esteem for Ife Medicine and its role in their careers.

He announced that the renovation of the laboratory, which gulped the sum of five (5) million naira, was the first phase as they intend to adopt the laboratory for the next three (3) years (2019 – 2021) for ongoing maintenance and upgrades, including investments in up to date technology.



Osun Baptist Conference Visits Ogunbodede, Ayansina

The leadership of the Osun Baptist Conference led by the President, Rev. Dr. Paul Kolawole, has paid a familiarization visit to the Bursar of the University, Mr. Samson Ayansina, a deacon in the church, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede.  The visit, which was meant to welcome Mr. Ayansina to the Osun Conference from the sister Conference at Oyo, was hosted by the Vice-Chancellor in honour of the Bursar, whom he described as very competent to the admiration of the Conference’s leaders.

While welcoming Rev. Dr. Kolawole and his entourage, Professor Ogunbodede, revealed his admiration of the orderliness and general organization of the Baptist Mission, particularly its outstanding record-keeping practice, dating back to several scores of past years.

He further described Mr. Ayansina as being on a divine mission to the University; and that other principal officers of the University have enjoyed a harmonious working relationship with him.

In his comment, the Osun Baptist Conference President, Rev. Dr. Kolawole, appreciated the Vice-Chancellor for the very kind testimonies about the Baptist Mission Worldwide, adding that he is pleased to also hear commendable testimonies about Mr. Ayansina.

He said the Conference is also happy that other Baptist members in the employ of the University, some of whom accompanied him on the visit, equally earned the commendation of the Vice-Chancellor, imploring them to keep it up.

Dr. Kolawole thereafter led other clerics to pray for God’s guidance, wisdom and grace for successful tenures for the Bursar and the Vice-Chancellor.


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