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.

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.