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Our History

Five students pioneered the Earth Sciences Department On Monday, 31st January, 1983, when it University opened its doors to the first set of students who graduated in 1987.

The Department has since then been producing graduates, whose impact in the management of natural resources particularly, in the area of ‘Exploration and Mining’ could not be quantified.  Many of her products have found employment in the Oil Service and Producing, Federal and State Governments owned establishments including this humble Department.

It started as a small Department of six full-time and three part-time academic staff with expertise in diverse aspects of Geology.  By 2000/2001 session, the staff strength had increased, and presently there are eight (08) full-time, one (1) Adjunct Professor, Four (4) technical and two (2) administrative members of staff.  The Department had been headed by highly qualified academics since inception.

The names of Head of Department as listed below:


The Headship of the Department from inception till date

1 1983 – 1984 Mr. O.O. Kehinde-Phillips
2 1984 – 1987 Prof. E.A. Fayose
3 1987 – 1988 Mr. O.O. Kehinde-Phillips
4 1988 – 1990 Prof. A.A. Kayode
5 1991 – 1996 Dr. O.O. Kehinde-Phillips
6 1996 – 2000 Dr. G.O. Adeyemi
7 2001 – 2002 Dr. O. Olaniyan
8 2002 – 2003 Prof. O.O. Kehinde-Phillips
9 2004 – 2007 Prof. S.S. Dada
10 2007 –2012 Prof. O.O. Kehinde-Phillips
11 2012 –  2017 Dr. Niyi Olaonipekun Adebisi
12 2017 –  date Dr. Phillips R. Ikhane


Our Philosophy

The programme is designed for the award of degree at the end of the fourth year of study

The viewpoint of the department is to become a world-class Department of Earth Sciences. This is not undertaken lightly, the department is quite serious in its strive to achieving this vision. The objectives are derived largely from those of the founding fathers of the University, Faculty of Science and the Department itself.


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