A Professor of industrial chemistry at the Federal University Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State Prof. Cecilia Akintayo has urged the federal government to put up modern based chemical plants that would assist in producing bio-based chemicals.

Akintayo said this would serve as perfect alternative to petrochemical products which have been a threat to human existence and environment.

The university don made the disclosure in a maiden inaugural lecture delivered during the weekend at the large lecture theatre Hall, Faculty of Science, FUOYE entitled: ‘The place of plant oil derived products as sustainable replacement for petrochemical products in industries’.

She explained there is need for a paradigm shift from petrochemicals which constitute biological hazard to a sustainable alternative where environmental impact will be reduced...


She added application of natural products can provide sustainable alternative to petroleum based products through adequate and proper designing of bio-based products. Akintola opined a transition towards bio-based products will guarantee economic, social and environmental sustainability. She, however, urged the government to make a shift from monolithic oil- based economy to a diversify one based on systematic utilization of raw materials.

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