University of Ilorin


A doctoral student of Industrial Chemistry at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Mr. Abdullahi Rabiu, has announced the discovery of some agriculture-based materials and chemicals as anti-toxins.


The anti-toxins are capable of removing toxins deposited in rivers by industrial companies.


Rabiu, who is also a lecturer at the Bayero University, Kano, disclosed this penultimate Monday at the Faculty Board Room while defending his Ph.D. thesis, titled, “Preparation and Characterization of Mixed Iron Oxides Nanocomposites for Removal of Mordant Dye, Cr(VI) and Pb(II) from Aqueous Solution”.


His findings show that some effects of the toxins on humans are skin and respiratory problems, cancer, and killing of aqua life.


The student researcher stated that the benefit of his research work was to eradicate toxins from coming in contact with humans in order to avoid problems associated with them.


He also said that his research came to light as a result of a protest from Challawa, a community in Kano.


Rabiu recommended that proper treatments of industrial effluents before their disposal in the environment should be employed.


He also proposed that the present studies should be extended to a pilot scale for industrial application.


The researcher advised that the absorption capacities of different absorbents should be investigated for the removal of other pollutants in both aqueous and real tannery effluents.


In a related development, Mr. Lakunle Olarewaju, who is also a Ph.D student at the Department of Industrial Chemistry has recommended that there should be more interactions between the town and the gown, stating that the “town creates the problem and the gown provides solutions for the town”.


Olarewaju also implored the government to create a ministry that would be charged with the responsibilities of connecting the town with the gown.


He specifically advised the Ministries of Environment at state and federal levels to always be on their toes by discharging their duties as at when due and to the fullest.

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