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Soils Beyond Agriculture: A case for the review of soil science curriculum in tertiary institutions in Nigeria

Professor Peter Ikor Ogban

Department of Soil Science, University of Calabar, Nigeria

General Secretary, Soil Science Society of Nigeria

Peter Ikor Ogban was born on Monday, August 15, 1955 in Abanwan-Erei, Biase LGA of Cross River State.He obtained the First School Leaving Certificate at Merit Level from Saint Patrick Primary School, Abanwan-Erei in 1965;the West African School Certificate (WAEC) with Grade 1 fromCommunity Secondary Grammar School (COSGRAMs), Ugepin 1975;Bachelor of Agriculture (B Agric.) degree Second Class Honours, Upper Division, in Soil Science fromthe University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1983;National Youths Service Corpsat the School of Agriculture, Zuru, Sokoto State, now Kebbi State, from 1983 to 1984;MSc (Agronomy; Soil Science) degree from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan in 1988; and the PhD (Agronomy, Soil Physics & Conservation) from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan in 1999.He joined the University of Cross River State, Uyo now University of Uyoin January 1986 to April 2019.

He was the Acting Head, Department of Soil Science and Land Resources Management, University of Uyo, Uyofrom 2010-2012.He was the South-South Regional Coordinator for soil research in Nigeria, by the Institute of Agricultural Research & Training (IAR&T), Moor Plantation, Ibadan, under the Federal Government mandate for soil research in Nigeria from 2016-2017.He was also the Coordinator, South-south zonofNigeria Soil Health Consortium (NgSHC)from 2016-2017 and Member, Coordinating Committee of the Nigerian Soil Health Consortium (NgSHC)-South.He is a member,and currently Secretary General (2018-2020) and a Fellow of theSoil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN); member International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS); Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS); International Soil Tillage Research Organization (ISTRO); and Nigerian Society for Biological Conservation (NSBC). Prof. Ogban is married and the marriage has produced four children.

 Date:Thursday 19th March 2020

Venue:  ESUT Business School Arena, Okpara Avenue Enugu opposite Access    Bank Okpara Avenue Enugu

Time:2.00 pm– 3.00 pm 

Prof. Dr. Victor Chude

Prof. Victor Okechukwu Chude holds a doctoral and Master of Science degrees in Soil Science from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan and a B.Sc in Plant/Soil Science from the University of Nigeria. His specialization area is soil fertility and plant nutrition with a strong affinity for integrated soil fertility management of tropical soils having attended several short courses and training in that field.

He has served as a Senior Research Fellow in Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Professor at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Consultant to NPFS/FAO over the last 35 years. He has published numerous papers in many scientific journals, proceedings and chapters in books of international standing many of which are in the areas of soil fertility, plant nutrition, fertilizer formulation and assessment. He is a council member of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS), and International Society of Plant Nutrition.

He has served as a Research Consultant to several government and non-governmental agencies (Federal and State-NALDA, FME, FMARD, World Bank, FAO) in a number of soil fertility, fertilizer formulation and fertilizer testing projects. He is a Life member and Fellow of the Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and  the President of the Society  2003-2017. He is currently the Registrar and CEO, Nigeria Institute of Soil Science

One Hour Round Table Discussion on:

Soil Quality Assessment and management

Prof. Martin. A. N Anikwe FSSN.

(Professor of Soil Physics and Conservation)

Martin Atu Ngozika Anikwe completed his Master’s Degree programme in the then Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources Management, ESUT in 1993. He was subsequently employed as an Assistant Lecturer in the same Department in September 1994. He later obtained a Ph.D. in Soil Physics and Conservation from Department of Soil Science, the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 2000. In 2007, Martin rose through the ranks to the position of a Professor of Soil Science of Enugu State University of Science and Technology.

Professor Anikwe has served meritoriously in many capacities as an energetic and industrious teacher and a researcher. He served as Head of Department of Agronomy and Ecological Management from 2000-2006, Director of Consultancy Services of this University from 2007-2011, Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Enugu State from 2011-2013. Executive Director, ESUT TRUST FUND. Financial Secretary, Soil Science Society of Nigeria. He is currently serving as Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, ESUT.

At the Faculty and Senate of this University, he has at various times served as a Member or Chairman of various Committees. Prof. Martin Atu Ngozika Anikwe was the 20th inaugural lecturer of Enugu State University of Science and Technology and is a distinguished soil scientist and professional member of many professional association/bodies both at national and international levels. He is currently the youngest Fellow of Soil Science Society of Nigeria, where he served as National Financial Secretary for many years. He is currently serving the SSSN as the Editor-in-Chief of its flagship journal (The Nigerian Journal of Soil Science). He is also a member of the International Union of Soil Science and International Erosion Control Association.

Prof. Anikwe has won many academic awards, fellowships, and Scholarships. He was the second prize winner, International contest on rural peoples’ biotechnology, organized by Netherlands Ministry of Dev. Co-op., Free University of Amsterdam and Information Exchange for Low External Input Agriculture in 1990. He was also the winner, distinguished individual research presentation award at the 2nd Nigerian Universities Research and Development Fair organized by National Universities Commission of Nigeria Dec., 6-8, 2005 Eagles Square Abuja, Nigeria. He was awarded the fellowship to attend 2007 College on Soil Physics at Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics at ICTP Trieste Italy Oct. 22nd to 9th Nov 2007. He was also awarded Fellowship to attend 2016 International workshop on research and development organized and funded by TETFUND from 30th August to 11th September in Dayton, Ohio USA and awarded another fellowship to attend 2018 OKP/NFP-fellowship for the ICRA course on: Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security that will be held from12 March – 30 March 2018  in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Prof. Anikwe was enlisted in Who is Who in Science and Engineering, Eighth Edition, 2005.

Prof. M.A.N.Anikwe is an outstanding member of the academia who has distinguished himself in the field of Soil Science as a teacher and researcher par excellence. He has made contributions that will be useful for agronomists, practicing soil scientists, students, environmentalists, and other professionals working with soils to enable them contribute, using standard procedures, to the development of framework or indexing procedure that can be easily modified for different soils and used to enumerate dynamic soil quality ratings, determine trends in those ratings, and thus be used to quantify the effect of soil and crop management decisions.

Date: Thursday 19th March 2021

Venue:  ESUT Business School Arena, Okpara Avenue Enugu opposite Access    Bank Okpara Avenue Enugu

Time: 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm