Department of Geology Geology


About Department of Geology

BRIEF ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Geology was established in the 1979/80 academic session. The Department was initially situated in one room in Block II, North East College of Art and Science (NECAS) site. It was later moved to the Dilara Building in the 1980/81 academic session with three offices and two classrooms. In the 1983/84 session, the department was shifted to Essien Udom Complex (Science Complex). It moved to its new complex built by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) during the 2005/06 session. The complex has ten offices, 4 laboratories, 3 lecture rooms, an auditorium and a conference room. It also has its own library, computer room and a server room for internet services. The PTDF has also installed state-of-the-art equipment in the laboratories and a 200 KVA generator. Teaching aid and audio visual facilities have also been supplied.

The Department had a three year degree programme from its inception to the 1997/98 session, which was changed to a four year degree programme during the 1998/99 session. The Department’s programme leads to the award of a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Geology. The Department also offers service courses to Departments of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, Chemistry and Geography.

The University received PTDF Endowment Chair amounting to 10 million naira for the Department in 1999. The initial objectives of the fund were:

  1. Staff Development in areas of Petroleum Technology and
  2. Development of Centre for Basinal Studies

The money required for the above programmes would come from the annual interests accrued from the fund.

By the year 2002, the said money was reviewed upward to 60 million naira and a Chair occupant was appointed. Professor Solomon I. Abaa (FNMGS) assumed duty as the PTDF Chair Professor in 2004. The Chair’s research was focused on solid minerals applicable to oil industry such as bentonitic clays and zeolites. The tenure of Professor Solomon I. Abaa ended in 2009 and PTDF appointed Professor I. B. Goni (FNAH) as the second Chair Professor in 2012.

The Department also benefited from PTDF lecturers’ skill training programme by which young lecturers are trained in the United Kingdom to improve their teaching skills. Five lecturers have so far benefited. In 2011 the PTDF expanded the programme to include staff from other relevant Departments such as Engineering, Mathematics Physics, etc.

PTDF also introduced Local Scholarship Scheme (LLSS) in 2006 through the Department in which Undergraduate students of all relevant Departments in the University benefit. Successful candidates are selected annually after passing an aptitude test organized by PTDF and coordinated by the Department of Geology.


Philosophy
Geology for wealth creation and National Development

Objective

  • Providing a steady stream of undergraduates and postgraduates that are academically and professionally qualified for the development and sustainable exploitation of natural resources in Nigeria.
  • Providing academically and professionally qualified Geoscientists who will map and demarcate the nation’s mineral resources for development.
  • To provide professionals capable of estimating reserves of our mineral resources for sustainable exploitation.
  • Contributing to the development of Northern Nigeria, the Nation and Sub-Saharan Africa through the development and expansion programmes aimed at training and research tailored towards the needs of these areas.
  • To promote collaborative activities/exchange programmes aimed at establishing and fostering relationship with sister Universities and other bodies within and outside the country.
  • Providing extension and community based services such as project development, consultancy to government agencies, etc in the Northern zone and the nation at large.


Accreditation Status
The Department has full accreditation.

Programmes
The programmes available include the following:

  1. B.Sc. (Hons) Geology
  2. Postgraduate Diploma in:
    • Water Resources Development and Management
    • Mining and Mineral Economics
    • Field and Structural Geology
  3. M.Sc. Applied Geology with specialization in:
    • Structural Geology
    • Economic Geology/Mineral Exploration
    • Petroleum Geology/Sedimentology
    • Geophysics
  4. M.Sc. Hydrogeology
  5. Ph. D. Applied Geology with specialization in:
    • Hydrogeology
    • Economic Geology/Mineral Exploration
    • Petroleum Geology/Sedimentology
    • Geophysics

Physical Development
Physical structures include: staff offices (18), auditorium (01), lecture rooms (4), library (1), geochemistry laboratory 1 (01), geochemistry laboratory 2 (01), sedimentology/paleontology laboratory (01), petrology laboratory (01), geophysics laboratory (01), cartography laboratory (01) and geology main store (01).


Staff Staff Details Interest/Specialization
Dr. A. A. Zarma -HOD
B. Sc (Maiduguri), M. Sc (Benin), PhD (A.T.B.U.), MNMGS, COMEG, NAPE, NAH.
Sedimentological investigations for Environmental diagnosis and Petroleum Systems Analyses
Prof. I. B. Goni
PhD Hydrogeology (2002) 22 years teaching and research experience
Investigation for Sustainable Groundwater Development and Management, Hydrogeochemistry and Isotope Studies.
Prof. S. Baba
PhD Geochemistry (2008) 27 years teaching and research experience
Geochemical Studies of Rocks
Dr. S. C. Alkali
PhD Applied Geophysics (2014) 26 years teaching and research experience
Geophysical Investigations of Basement and Sedimentary terrains for water and Mineral Resources
Dr. Jalo M. El-Nafaty
PhD Economic Geology (2014) 26 years teaching and research experience
Investigation of Mineral Deposit in North- East Nigeria (Economic Geology)
Dr. S. B. Ahmed
PhD Sedimentology/Petroleum Geology (2016) 12 years teaching and research experience
Sedimentological Studies and facies Analyses
U. A. Usman
M.Sc. Mineral Exploitation (2012), M. Sc. Petroleum Engineering (2015) 5 years teaching and research experience
Coal Geology and Environmental Geochemistry (Inorganic)
H. M. Sadiq
M. Sc Petroleum and Gas Engineering (2013) 4 years teaching and research experience
Petroleum System Modeling and Environmental Sustainability
Aishatu Sani
M. Sc. Hydrogeology (2006) 11 years teaching and research experience
Hydrogeochemistry, Water Quality Assessment
Dr. M. Bukar
PhD Petroleum Exploration/Reservoir Geology (2013) 18 years teaching, research & Industry experience
Reservoir Quality Analysis, Sandstone Diagnosis and Paleoenvironment of Deposition.
Dr. J. V. Millitus
PhD Mineral Exploration/Geochemistry (2016) 17 years teaching and research experience
Mineral Exploration/Geochemistry
Dr. M. A. Kyari
M. Sc. Basin Evolution & Dynamics (2007) PhD Petroleum Geoscience (2015) 10 years teaching and research experience
Evolution of Sedimentary Basins & Economic Resources with bias to hydrocarbon
Dr. N. S. Yusuf
PhD Applied Geophysics (2017) 9 years teaching and research experience
Applied Geophysics
Dr. S. Adamu
PhD Hydrogeology (2016) 23 years teaching and research experience
Hydrogeology and Water Transfer, Dam
Mal. Y. B. Mohammed
M. Sc. Applied Geology (2009) 8 years teaching and research experience
Basinal Studies/Petroleum Potentials
Mal. M. Aji
M. Sc. Hydrogeology (2007) 10 years teaching and research experience
Groundwater Hydrology and Hydrogeochemistry
Mr. M. M. Uba
M. Sc. Applied Geophysics(2012) 5 years teaching and research experience
Geophysical Investigation for Economic Mineral Resources, Hydrocarbon and Groundwater
Mal. M. W. Sidi
M. Sc. Petroleum & Environmental Technology (2014) 1 year teaching and research experience
Stratigraphy and Geology of Bornu Basin
Ms. A. Y. Kuku
M. Sc. Petroleum Geosciences (2005) 9 years teaching and research experience
Petroleum Geology and Sedimentology
Ms. A. K Gazali
M. Sc. Petroleum & Environmental Technology (2014) 1 year teaching and research experience
Stratigraphy and Geology of Bornu Basin
Ms. Y. Djauro
M. Sc. Petroleum and Environmental Technology (2015) 2 years teaching and research experience
Petroleum and Environmental Geology
Mr. M. G. Kodomi
M. Sc. Environmental and Petroleum Geochemistry (2014) 2 years teaching and research experience
Petroleum Geochemistry (Reservoir Geochemistry, Bioremediation of Organic Pollutants)
Mal. D. D. Mohammed
M. Sc. Petroleum and Gas Engineering (2015) 2 years teaching and research experience
Hydrocarbon Search and Production Principles
Mr. I. B. Wulo
M. Sc. (2015) 2 years teaching and research experience
Petroleum and Environmental Geology
H. I. Kamale
B. Sc. Geology (2009)
Exploration of Solid Mineral Deposits of Nigeria
Mr. Yusuf Ibrahim
B. Sc. Geology (2012)
Impact of Open sites on Groundwater Quality (Ongoing Research in Hydrogeology

This has been increasing steadily over the years since 2003/2004 to 2016/2017.

RESEARCHES
Various academic and technical staff are engaged in academic researches in collaboration with colleagues within and outside the Department.

The Department through the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Chair has also been involved in researches bordering mostly on the Stratigraphy and Petroleum Prospectivity of the Nigerian Sector of the Chad Basin. Several academic publications have been produced and community services provided from such researches.

GRANTS/LINKAGES/PARTNERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS
The Department has won some grants from various organizations and creditably utilized it for the advancement of Geosciences Research. Organizations worthy of note include the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), Yobe State Government, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Exxon Mobil Producing Ltd. and a host of others.