The Nigerian Geophysical Society (NGS) held her 6th annual international conference at the Power of Faith Building, Michael and Cecilia Ibru University. The conference kicked off on Tuesday, the 7th of May with the arrival of guests to the University campus. Our guests were treated to an executive dinner by the Co-Founder Dr. Cecilia Ibru, the dinner menu surmised fruits and other delicious delicacies.
On Wednesday, 8th May 2019, our guests were ushered into the Power of Faith Building for the opening ceremony. After the opening prayer and anthems, the Co-Founder, Michael, and Cecilia Ibru University, Dr. Cecilia Ibru, MFR, OFR, welcomed guests and participants from various Universities, and Institutions in Nigeria and Abroad to the University; during her welcome speech, she made known that the theme “Exploring The Diversity In Geophysical Sciences For National Development” strike a harmonious chord with the very essence of what Michael and Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU) stands for.
In her speech, Dr. Cecilia Ibru stated emphasized the need for sustainable development which focuses on environmental protection and encourages economic behaviour that is meant to preserve nature. To read full speech click here
Among the important guests who graced the occasion were Prof. Amos Agbe Utuama, SAN, Former Deputy Governor, Delta State and the Chairman of the Conference, Dr. E.O Falayi, President of the Nigerian Geophysical society (NGS), Keynote Speaker -Prof. A. B Rabiu, Executive Director, Center for Atmospheric Research, Dr. Adelola Adesida- Senior Earth Scientist, Shell Petroleum Development Company to mention a few.
During his opening remark, Prof. Amos Utuama emphasized on the critical roles of Geophysicists; he stressed that “like the geologists, the Geophysicists are very important professionals in the utilization and maintenance of all major resources under the earth, resources which are essential to the development of the country”. He pressed that the Nigerian economy has main stayed on oil and gas resource which has an infinite supply should make the level of reckless exploitation of these limited resources scare us, has it could ground the Nigeria economy if not diversified. This making the theme “Exploring the Diversity in Geophysical Sciences for National Development” an excellent choice has it goes in line with the national policy to diversify the Nigerian economy
In his keynote address, Professor A.B. Rabiu mentioned that the Nigerian economy needs to be diversified as Crude oil business is becoming less lucrative. “A day will come when crude oil will be infinite, the patronage of Geophysical science and ICT holds the key to solving our present security and economic crisis in Nigeria as public safety is of great economic concern when it comes to investment in any nation.” Professor Rabiu posits that the use of ICT would help in providing a better quality of life for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Nigeria. He mentioned that drones can solve the prevalent problem of food hijack in these camps as well as other difficult terrains. To read more ….
Guests at the conference were treated to musical interludes performed by Mr. Richard Isheke of MCIU and the Michael and Cecilia Foundation Demonstration Schools (MCFDS) Orchestra. Their performances which line from classic instrumentals to Opera impressed the audience.
The President of NGS, Professor E.O Falayi, expressed his sincere gratitude to the Co-Founder, Dr. Cecilia Ibru, MFR, OFR while emphasizing more on the importance of Geophysical sciences in Nigeria, on behalf of NGS.
Dr. E.O Falayi presented Award and Certificates of Outstanding Leadership to the Co-Founder Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Vice Chancellor Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Professor Ibiyinka Fuwape FNIP.
The NGS Vice President unveiled the NGS first annual journal “Journal of the Nigerian Geophysical Society” at the Power of Faith Building, Michael and Cecilia Ibru University. Dr. Falayi called on participants to use the knowledge acquired to develop the nation’s wealth. Papers were presented during the conference explaining more on the impact of Geophysical Sciences, the lead papers were presented by Prof. Adeleye Yekini Biodun Anifowose, a professor of Geological Remote Sensing and Dr. Adelola Adesida, Senior Earth Scientist, Shell Petroleum Development Company.
The members of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) were decorated by the Nigerian Geophysical Society for their effort towards making the conference a success. Vice Chancellor Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Prof. Ibiyinka Fuwape was invited for the vote of thanks, after which the closing prayers and anthem were recited to mark the end of the conference.