Daily Trust (Abuja)

4 March 2008

Nigeria: Another Citizen Wins Nobel Prize

Jos — Another Nigerian, Dr. Anthony Okon Nyong of the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Jos, has been named a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Price.

The university don who is a member of the United Nations Scientists on Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, is to share the prize with former American vice president, Al Gore. The announcement came barely 22 years after Prof. Wole Soyinka won the Nobel prize for literature,

A statement from the UniJos signed by its Deputy Registrar, Information and Publicity, Steve Otowo, said the university don who is now on leave of absence at the International Development Research Centre of Canada, has become renowned for his expertise in climate change.

The statement indicated that Dr. Nyong has served on the board of distinguished scientists who worked at the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, IPCC, since 2002 as Head of the African Team as well as member of the 20 man global expert group, the task group on data and scenario support for impact and climate analysis, TGICA.

The mandate of the group is to facilitate wide availability of climate change related data and scenario to enable research and sharing of information across the three IPCC working as a group.

Dr. Nyong's work, according to the statement, has contributed to the considerable attention that is now being focused on climate change in Africa due to the continent's high vulnerability to the adverse impacts of climate variability and change.

The don is also said to have published extensively on the field of climate change while serving as a member of the International Board of the IPCC.

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