Conference Title: A Code for Geoscientific Fieldwork in Nigeria and Africa: Guidelines on Health and Safety Issues in Mapping, Mineral Exploration, Geoecological Research and Geotourism


The need to reinforce health and safety management issues in geoscientific and geoecological fieldwork in Africa is urgent. This is exemplified from the recurrent reports of missing participants, unsavory accounts of encounters with village heads, municipal authorities or section chiefs, motor vehicle accidents, hunting accidents, kidnappings, armed robberies, attacks by herdsmen, ‘vigilante groups’ or wild animals, unethical field procedures, common law duty of care, litigation, insurance considerations, and so on. It is surely not good publicity for any university if a student undertaking fieldwork is attacked, killed by wild animals, hijacked, injured by landmine, catches malaria, or, worst, shot by a hunter and dies in the field.

The theme of the Conference: ‘A Code for geoscientific fieldwork in Africa’ could never have been more apposite at this time, as we continue to record more and more of these tragic incidents. The aim is to demonstrate unequivocally that most of the risk encountered during geoscientific and geoecological fieldwork in Africa can be reduced, or, in some instances, be obviated altogether, by knowledge, experience, adequate preparation and strict observance of appropriate health and safety precautions.

The Conference will bring to light the virtual absence of regulatory guidelines in conducting geological fieldwork by many geoscience departments in Africa and some mineral exploration and mining establishments, and would highlight the importance of mitigating health and safety challenges identified from the ethical, legal, economic and other dimensions.

Invited veterans in African field geology would incorporate in their keynote addresses, a rich and diverse set of fieldwork experiences, insights and reflections on conducting geoscientific   fieldwork in Africa, the problems that emerge, the solutions that were developed, and the realities of being ‘in the field’. The focus will be on provision of hands-on approaches to conducting geoscientific fieldwork safely in a range of African settings, exploring the methodological considerations that engender risks and safety aspects, offering strategies to mitigate these, and provide guidelines for maintaining geodiversity and geoheritage.

The Conference is a “must attend”, for it will provide an essential guide to health and safety for geology undergraduates and postgraduate students in tertiary geoscience institutions, academics, mineral explorationists, geoecological researchers, nature conservationists and geotourists in Africa and from abroad. The Project can be considered from a more generic perspective as well, as many African fieldwork experiences in the geosciences can be compared with those encountered in other scientific fieldwork endeavours, such as in the life sciences and in ecology.

Supporting roles on articulating health and safety policy guidelines and ergonomics would be provided by invited professionals in the medical, legal, insurance and geological hardware and equipment supply fields.

A number of short training courses will be organised on topics related to the Conference theme, such as: “Medical Geology Curriculum and Appropriate Field Project Selection”, ‘Safety Requirements in Well Logging’ and “Administering First Aid and Emergency Care in the Field”.


It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join this International Fieldwork Conference at the University of Nigeria from 06 – 09 November, 2018 on the Theme: ‘A Code for Geoscientific Fieldwork in Nigeria and Africa: Guidelines on Health and Safety Issues in Mapping, Mineral Exploration, Geoecological Research and Geotourism’.
The scientific committee is preparing the programme with great care to provide a world-class scientific and interactive programme of lectures and tutorials to make this event an educative and memorable one by complementing up-to-date knowledge and research on the safe conduct of geoscientific and geoecological fieldwork; with exciting workshops presented by a galaxy of eminent national and international speakers. We have collaborations and partnerships with various geoscientific and ecological institutions.

In addition to practical aspects of routine health and safety measures in field campaigns, it is also very important to remain in touch with the latest advances in ergonomics and innovations in design of fieldwork safety gear, and exchange ideas with the assembled national and international eminent speakers and researchers on environmental risk assessment.

Dr Kayode


Dr. John Kayode Fayemi was Governor of Ekiti State from October 2010 to October 2014. Prior to assuming the office of Governor in Ekiti State, Dr Fayemi was Director of the Centre for Democracy & Development, a research and training institution dedicated to the study and promotion of democratic development, peace-building and human security in Africa. Dr Fayemi attended Christ’s School, Ado Ekiti for his secondary education, Federal School of Arts and Science, Ondo for his Higher School Certificate and received degrees in History, Politics and International Relations from the Universities of Lagos and Ife in Nigeria and his Doctorate in War Studies from King’s College, University of London, England, specializing in civil-military relations.

Prior to heading the Centre for Democracy & Development, Dr. Fayemi   worked as a lecturer, journalist, researcher and Strategy Development adviser in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He was Strategy Development Adviser at London’s City Challenge; research fellow at the African Research & Information Bureau in London, UK, reporter with the newspapers, The Guardian and City Tempo, editor of the political monthly, Nigeria-Now, management consultant at Development and Management Consultants.  He did his national service as a lecturer at the Police College in Sokoto, Nigeria.





Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, former provost of the UNN medical school, attended Government College, Umuahia, before proceeding to the University of Lagos, UNILAG, where he studied medicine. After joining the services of the university, Ozumba rose rapidly and was elevated to the academic status of Professor after seven years of teaching. Apart from publishing more than 300 books, Prof. Ozumba, had training in different foreign universities, since after graduating from the University of Lagos and belongs to several local and international professional bodies. After serving as Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, UNN, Prof. Chukwuma Ozumba, was subsequently appointed Provost of the UNN College of Medicine in 2004 to 2008 and would be remembered for instituting the Prof. Chukwuedu Nwokolo annual lecture series for academic excellence, as well as founding the University of Nigeria College of Medicine Alumni Association, UNNCOMA.


MOSTOProf. K. Mosto Onuoha had his university education at the Lorànd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary where he obtained an MSc Degree (with Distinction) and the PhD Degree (summa cum laude) in Applied Geophysics. He later served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Geophysical Institute of Technical University of Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany from where he returned to Nigeria and joined the services of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) as Lecturer in 1980. He was the pioneer Professor at the Mobil Producing Nigeria’s Chair of Petroleum Geology, at the University of Calabar (1991-1992). Between 1996 and 2002, he was on leave of absence from the UNN and served as Technology Development Adviser (Subsurface Development Services) at the Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited, Port Harcourt. He served Shell/NNPC Chair Professor of Geology from 2003 to 2012. He also served concurrently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the University of Nigeria between 2005 and 2009. In January 2013, he was appointed to the PTDF Chair of Petroleum Geology at the UNN. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science and currently serves as the President of Academy.


Dr. Donatus Chinedu was born on the 8th of September 1969 at Enugu where he also had his primary and post-primary educations. He then proceeded to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka for his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Mathematics and graduated with a second class upper in 1994. After his Youth Service Corp, he secured an appointment with Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer science where he later rose to the rank of a Chief Lecturer. He obtained a Masters degree (M. tech) in Applied Geophysics from Federal University of Technology, Minna in 2001. He also obtained a PhD in Applied Geophysics from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 2011. He had also lectured in other Higher Institutions of learning including; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kogi State University, Anyigba as a sabbatical staff and presently transferred his services to the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He has published several research articles in applied geophysics, computer science, applied mathematics and programming languages in renowned Journals. He had been involved in many consulting services both for the Government and private organizations, amongst which is the Executive Governor’s team that visited Kwoi for an in-situ evaluation of several incidences of earth tremors in the area and around Kaduna state. He is a member of Nigerian Institute of Physics (NIP), Nigerian Minning and Geosciences Society (NMGS), Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN).


ANDRESDr Andreas Meissner serves as head of business development in the Security business unit at Germany’s Fraunhofer IOSB, the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation in Karlsruhe, Germany. He represents Fraunhofer IOSB at security research events in Europe and beyond, and along with his colleagues he helps companies innovate and capitalize on recent security research results. Previously he was division manager for Mobile Distributed Information Systems at Fraunhofer IPSI in Darmstadt, Germany. Andreas holds a combined Computer Science and Business Administration diploma degree of Mannheim University (Germany) as well as a U.S. MBA degree; he earned his doctoral degree in engineering at Braunschweig Technical University. During his leisure time Andreas is a seasoned world traveler, with a special interest in Africa. In continental Africa his travels have taken him to all but three countries.


JOSHUA Professor Joshua E. Umeifekwem  graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree 2nd Class Upper Division in 1991. Shortly after his National youth Service, he joined as a Graduate Assistant in 1995 the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education then, Health and Physical Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Joshua Emeka Umeifekwem had his master’s degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Nigeria and his Doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. In addition to being a member of the University Senate, a one time Associate Dean of Education, University of Nigeria and Coordinator of Affiliate programmes for the Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria, he is presently the University Mace Bearer and Head, Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, University of Nigeria. His Specializations are in the area of Sport Psychology and Exercise Physiology. He has published widely both internationally and locally. His special areas of interest are in Sports safety and Promotion of physical activity for diverse population; Currently he is profiling Physical activity behaviour of workers in government academic institutions in Nigeria. He belongs to many professional bodies including International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE); International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation Sports and Dance (ICHPER.SD).


DONNATUSProf. Henry Akinsola is a public health specialist. He obtained his first degree and Ph.D. at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and Master’s degree at the University of Manchester, England. Prof. Akinsola has worked in several countries in different parts of Africa where he served in different capacities.  Between 2009 and 2015, Prof. Akinsola was the Head of the Dept. of Public Health at the University of Venda where he has been working since 2007. He retired in 2015 and he is currently a Professor Emeritus in Public Health at the University of Venda. He has published widely in several journals both locally and abroad and he is the author of four books which cover different aspects of public health. He has supervised and co-supervised scores of postgraduate students both at Honours, Master’s and Ph.D. levels.

ODODr Gregory Ejikeme Odo had his Primary and Secondary educations at Central School and Premier Secondary School, Ukehe respectively. Greg Ejikeme Odo holds B.Sc., PGDE, M.Sc., PhD degrees in Zoology and Environmental Biology and Diploma from the University of Nigeria in 1985, 1987, 1994 and 2004 respectively. Dr Greg started his academic career in 1991 at Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu as Lecturer 11and while he was there he rose to the rank of Principal lecturer and served in several administrative positions. Some these include Head of the Department of Biology and 2 times member of the Federal Governing Council of the College. Fourteen years later he was employed by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2005 as lecturer 11 in the Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology and was later promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer in 2011. He has researched in the areas of Aquaculture, Fisheries Biology, Hydrobiology and Aquatic Toxicology/Ecotoxicology, Insect ecology, Physiology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Epidemiology of Onchocerciasis, Aquatic Pollution and Aquatic Environment for 20 years. He has extensively undertaken pollution and limnological studies of some lentic and lotic bodies of water in Nigeria. Dr Greg Odo has strongly contributed to academic leadership and growth as well as stimulated superior and excellent research learning in the University. He is a postgraduate external examiner to National and International Universities. Greg is a committed apostle of the development of human capital and has travelled widely. He has supervised over 40 undergraduate projects, 15 M.Sc. theses and 6 PhD dissertations. He is a reviewer to several national and international journals. Relevant and distinguished in his field of study Dr Greg Odo belongs to several National and International learned societies including the Aquatic Sciences of Nigeria, Entomological Society of America, Fisheries Society of Nigeria and Zoological Society of Nigeria. Currently, he has to his credit 85 academic and professional publications/work made up of books chapters, books and articles in peer reviewed journals in Nigeria, United Kingdom, Japan, USA, Pakistan etc. Greg is the CEO/MD of GEOMACS FISHERIES WEST AFRICA Holdings Ltd, distributor of ice and dried fish in Nigeria. Greg is a fully packaged, lively and God –fearing person. He is a man with impeccable probity and integrity ;a man with very impressive biomedical ingenuity ,a man who cherries humility,transparency,honesty and due process; and he is a law-abiding citizen who respects constituted authorities and rule of law. Current research thematics include (1)Building capacities on low water management and adaptation to climate change in aquaculture management in North Central Rivers, Nigeria and (2) Morphological and molecular characterization of catfish in North Central Rivers, Nigeria.

Dr  Maria O. Nwosu is a Professor of Plant Taxonomy and Biosystematics at the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She had her University Education at the Ruprecht Karls- Universität, Heidelberg, Germany, where she studied Biology and specialized in Plant Taxonomy and Biosystematics. She attended Queens College, Lagos where she was awarded the “Best Science” student. Her current research interests focus on Ethnobotany, Ethnomedicine, Phytochemistry and Climate Change. Professor Nwosu belongs to several professional bodies some of which are: the Society for Economic Botany (SEB), the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT), the Botanical Society of Nigeria (BOSON), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)- Fellow, Heidelberg Alumni International (HAI) – Research Ambassador (HAI) for Africa, the Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), the Linnean Society of London, Association for the Taxonomic Study of Flora of Tropical Africa (AETFAT)., the Botanical Society of America (BSA) She has several peer-reviewed international  publications, which provide a deeper understanding of Ethnobotany and Ethnomedicinal plants of South-Eastern Nigeria. She has also participated in international scientific projects such as the United Nation’s University UN/INRA-Nairobi, (National Resources of Nigeria), African Development Foundation Washington DC. USA, the Committee on Trans- Disciplinary Climate Change Adaptation Capacity at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, which was funded by the Open Society Foundation (OSF) USA. Professor Nwosu has mentored over ten Ph.D students and twelve Masters and supervised over five hundred undergraduates at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.


Prof. Ayonma Wilfred Mode obtained  BSc  (Geology) 1981,  MSc(Stratigraphy/micropaleontology) 1985, and PhD (Petroleum Geology) 2002, from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a COMEG registered Geoscientist. He began his career as an academician at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi (ATBU) (1986-1991) as Lecturer in Geology.  He is currently a Professor of Petroleum Geology at the University of Nigeria; Nsukka where he has been engaged in Teaching, research and mentoring since 1991.

He has had research tenures in the oil & Gas industry during which he served as Exploration Advisor (2003-2004) and Senior Research Advisor (2011-2012) respectively in the Shell Petroleum Development Company Ltd (SPDC). He was also Learning Consultant/visiting Lecturer (Geosciences) in the Shell Intensive Training Programme (SITP) Warri (2007-2010).

Under his academic and administrative leadership, the Department of Geology UNN signed an MOU for research and cooperation between University of Nigeria and the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) and the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DKPRI), Kyoto University, Japan in 2010. He was the Leader/focal Person for -UNN/IDSL-NNPC Anambra Basin mapping and stratigraphic sampling project between 2010 and 2012.  He has done   extensive fieldwork in the Northern and Central Benue Trough, Abakaliki Basin and the Anambra Basin, and parts of the Onshore Niger Delta Basin.

His research interests include interests include Reservoir Characterisation, Petroleum source rock evaluation and hydrocarbon charge modelling, Sequence Stratigraphy, Biostratigraphy, investigation of the origin of deep water oils of the Niger Delta using biomarkers, investigation of the impact of biodegradation on Niger Delta crude oils, ichnology and  impact of bioturbation on Niger delta reservoirs, unconventional hydrocarbon resources, and basin analysis. He has successfully supervised over 30 thirty postgraduate students at M.Sc and Ph.D levels; and published about 60 scientific articles in high impact international and local journals.

Prof. Mode is a COMEG registered Geoscientist and member of the following professional bodies: American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), and the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS).


Egodi Uchendu (MNAL, FHSN) is a Professor of History and International Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her researches revolve around gender—women’s history and masculinities studies, people and conflict situations and conversions to Islam in Eastern Nigeria. She has received several research grants from major funding bodies including the United States Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the A. G. Leventis Foundation, CODERSIA, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the National Universities Commission. She has served on Boards, grant-selection committees, and as transnational assessor for a variety of academic awards and non-academic matters. She is the recipient of “The Wangari Maathai Award for Innovative Scholarship and Leadership” by The University of Texas at Austin (2017), and UNN most punctual Lecturer award; a member of the Presidential Committee for the Review of Nigeria National Defence Policy (2015), two-term Vice President of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria (2010-2014), Vice President of the Historical Society of Nigeria (2013-2018), African Collaborative Member of the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge, UK (2014-2019), member, Gesellschaft zur Foerderung des ZMO e.V., a former Director of CODESRIA’s  Gender Institute, and current Editor of Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria (since 2014). She is currently leading the African Humanities Research and Development Circle (AHRDC), a University of Nigeria Institution-Based Research Group, and at the same time an advisory member of RESOLVE Network, a U.S.-based initiative for combatting violent extremism around the globe. Egodi Uchendu is married with children.


Dr Ani Casimir Kingston Chukwunonyelum

DIRECTOR, Directorate of Strategic Contacts, Ethics and Publications (STRACEP)

University of Nigeria

Senior Lecturer(Department of Philosophy)/Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies/Development Studies

Glob ethics, Geneva, Contact for Nigeria and West Africa

Phone: +234-07030634482

Email: casimir.ani@unn.edeu.ng/ cepperngo@gmail.com

Postal Address-P O Box 2050 Enugu, Enugu Sate, Nigeria

Country of Birth: Ezeagu local government, Enugu state Nigeria

Marital status-Married with Children


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Nigeria, Nigeria-2000

M.S., Philosophy, University of Nigeria, Nigeria-1987

B.S., Philosophy, University of Nigeria, Nigeria-1985

Diploma Certification course in Human values education, African Institute of Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (TAISSE),Ndola, Zambia.2005

Pgd Strategic Thinking/Management, Tilloston State University,USA,2001

CURRENT UNIVERSITY APOINTMENT: Director, Strategic Contacts, Ethics and Publications, University of Nigeria

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