Updated 17 July 2017

Chapter Leader: Dr Femi Akinade Shadrach Olatunji, Dept of Geology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

The IMGA Local Chapter in Nigeria was established in 2015.

March 2018

Report from Local Chapter Leader Dr Akinade S. Olatunji for the past year:
  • IMGA-Nigeria had continued to be involved in introducing this strong message of Medical Geology to the Geoscience and medical communities in Nigeria. Advocacy visits to several Universities in the country were undertaken during the period under review led by Dr K. Nghargbu. The visits involved Talks to undergraduate and graduate students in the various Universities visited about research opportunities in the aspect of Medical Geology. These visits were to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; the University of Jos and the Nasarawa State University, Lafia. The visits also afforded opportunities to sensitize members on the Session on Medical Geology at the Annual Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society Conference.
  • IMGA-Nigeria was the Convener of the Medical Geology Session of the 53rd Annual International Conference and Exhibition held between Monday 27 March 2017 and Friday 31st March 2017. The Conference held at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja Nigeria. The theme for the Session was ‘Geosciences and Health: Synergy between the earth and man’ The session was over-subscribed with professionals and student participants in attendance. The session also featured a Talk from Prof Theo Davies on ‘Development of a Medical Geology Curriculum for Undergraduate Studies in African Universities’ The Technical Session presentations saw 12 Technical Papers presented on various Medical Geology related topics. At the Business meeting held after the Session, Dr Olatunji, the IMGA-Nigeria Leader, led participants how they can have their membership of the IMGA perfected using the IMGA website to demonstrate the very simple procedures. A challenge that was however observed had to do with payment as the Country was currently having some restrictions with paying in foreign currency on foreign transactions. Members were however urged that they could communicate with the IMGA Secretary to seek out other options of payment other than Credit Cards. The Nigeria IMGA-Leader also promised to assisted in whatever way possible and that he would discuss this challenges at the next IMGA Congress in Moscow.
  • IMGA-Nigeria now has a Social Media Platform on WhatsApp, where information is disseminated real time to members and currently there are 157 members on the platform including students.
  • IMGA-Nigeria agreed to work out the possibility of holding its own distinct meeting soon where the Local executives would be put in place.
  • IMGA-Nigeria had continued to witness enthusiastic response from members of the scientific community wherever the topics was discussed. As it stands now, IMGA-nigeria has been allowed to attend all Council meetings of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS), which has continually promoted IMGA-Nigeria amongst its over 6,000 members. The NMGS is a strong supporter of IMGA-Nigeria.
  • Dr Akinade Olatunji and Dr Kisto Nghargbu attended this year Medgeo Conference in Russia and participated actively in the Technical Sessions, Workshops and Social Events. The Nigerian delegate were able to discuss the various challenges encountered by prospective members in making payment as there was restrictions on credit card transaction from the country with the President and General Secretary of IMGA. The delegation was able to get approval for lump registration payment from would be members to sort out the challenges.
  • Currently, the chapter was finalizing plans for the next NMGS Conference scheduled for March, 2018 at the northern Nigerian city of Kano. The Chapter will be convening the session on the 6th sub-theme of the conference titled ‘Mineral Resources and Health: Benefit and Burden’. The sessions will be chaired by Prof. Theo Davies, Dr Akinade Olatunji and Dr Kisto Nghargbu. In addition to the various technical papers that would be presented at the session, short courses on relevant medical Geology topics will be facilitated by the trio. The Chapter would be forwarding the names and funds of new members from the Chapter in early January, 2018 as agreed in Russia.
  • The IMGA-Nigeria Social Media Platform on WhatsApp, where information is disseminated real time to members is still active and currently, there are 185 members on the platform including students.

June 2017

No update.

December 2016

The IMGA The IMGA Nigeria Chapter was the Convener of the Medical Geology and Session of the 26th Colloquium of African Geology held at the University of Ibadan International Conference Centre from November 23rd to 27th 2016. The Session had 45 people in attendance from ten countries in the African Continent. Ten research papers were presented on various topics. The sessions were chaired by Prof. Theo Davies, Dr. A. S. Olatunji, Dr. Veronica Ngure, O, and Dr. K. Nghargbu.

A Plenary Talk was delivered by Prof Theo Davies with the topic ‘Environmental and Health Impacts of Mining in Africa’.  The Colloquium of African Geology (CAG) is a major biennial meeting organized under the auspices of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf). Since the first colloquium in 1965, this Colloquium has been hosted by several European and African countries. The African countries that have organized this event include Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Mozambique, Tunisia, South Africa, Ethiopia and Tanzania. The 2016 CAG was held at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria with 408 participants comprising of students and practicing Geologists from all over Africa, Europe and the USA.

A follow-up meeting was held at the end of the session where far reaching decisions on collaborative work on Medical geology in the African Continent was discussed and agreed upon.

The IMGA Nigeria group will also be hosting the Session on Medical geology at the forthcoming International Conference of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society from 26th-31st March, 2017. The Technical Session will be held under the Sub-theme ‘Geosciences and Health; synergy between the earth and man’. The Conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja Nigeria.

Group photograph of participants at the medical geology session of the 26th CAG at Ibadan.

June 2016

6-month highlights summary:

The Nigeria Chapter was officially recognized in October 2015 at the IMGA Board meeting held at Geomed 2015 in Alveiro, Portugal and subsequently issued with a certificate.

The Chapter has been involved in mobilizing prospective members to sort out their registrations with IMGA by paying the necessary dues online.

The Chapter was a co-convener of the session on Medical and Environmental Geology with the sub-theme “Urbanization and Environmental Waste Management and Sustainability” at the 52nd International Conference of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) held in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria between 13-18 March, 2016.  At this session, 15 papers were presented with seventy (70) people in attendance.  The session was very educational and informative with sound academic interactions among the participants.

As a follow-up, a meeting of the Chapter was held after the session at the same venue to draw up a road map for the Nigeria IMGA Chapter.  Members were encouraged to complete their registration formalities online with the payment of all dues. It was also agreed that another meeting would be convened in June 2016 to further develop the strategy for the planned Session on Medical Geology in the forthcoming 26th Colloquium of African Geology (CAG26) of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf) being hosted in Nigeria in November 2016. 

As a fall-out from the meeting, a mailing list for all the members and intending members was created in order to follow-up on the registration status as well as exchange ideas in the field.  The Nigerian Chapter of IMGA will be working actively with colleagues from other parts of the continent in organising a very robust Medical Geology Session at the 26th CAG in November 2016 at Ibadan, Nigeria.

October 2015

The IMGA Local Chapter in Nigeria was established in 2015.