Geology Department

School of Physical Sciences (SOPS)

HISTORY OF GEOLOGY DEPARTMENT

The Federal University of Technology, Owerri was established in 1980/81 academic year. The first School to be established as the School of Natural and Applied Science (now School of Physical Sciences) with two programme areas: the physical sciences programme area and the chemical sciences programme area. Each programme area was under a director who was responsible to the Dean of School. The Department of Geology was one of the programmes established on the Physical Sciences programme area directed by Prof. A. Nduka. The Director then served as the Co-ordinator of the programme because there was no Co-ordinator for Geology.

The first sets of students (21 in number) were admitted in the 1981-82 session. There was one staff member on the seat. Mr W. Grabs, an expatriate lecturer. In 1983, Dr S. E. Ananaba, a Geophysicist/Meteorologist joined the programme followed by Dr P. O. Okeke, a Geochemist and Geophysicist in 1984. Dr Okeke was the first geologist to serve as the Co-ordinator of the programme. Other staff who joined the department later were Dr Kas Ibe, Hydrogeologist (1984), Dr G. I. Nwankwor, Hydrogeologist (1985), Mr A. Nwanchukwu, Technologist (1985), Mr A. I. Selemo, Geophysicist (1986), Dr C. J. Iwuagwu, sedimentologist/petroleum Geologist (1988), Mr N. N. Onu, Geophysicist (1990), Mr A. G. Essien, Paleontologist/Stratigrapher (1992), Mr O. C. Okeke, Engineering Geologist (1994), Mr A.B. Ofulume, Mineralogist (1995), Mr A. A. Onunkwo, Hydrogeologist (1997), and Mr C. A. Ahiarakwem, Hydrogeologist (1998), amongst others. The department has graduated so many students who are doing well in their fields of endeavours. Some of its First Class graduates are Ibeneme Sabinus (2001/2002), Umahi Otuka (2002/2003), Ujowundu T.L. (2003/2004), Amaesi K. U. (2003/2004), Ezekiel Justin (2007/2008), Amadi Marcellinus (2008/2009), Okoli Austin (2010/2011), Ezeobi Eric (2011/2012), Ajaebili Philip (2011/2012), Mbagwu Esther (2012/2013), Usen Osahon (2013/2014), Ohenhen Leonard (2016/2017). The department produced its first PhD graduate in August 2007 when Dr C. A. Ahiarakwem successfully defended his Thesis. The department has produced over eight PhD graduates (two in Hydrogeology, two in Petroleum Geology and four in Geophysics).

The department now has seven technologists and two Laboratory Supervisors. Presently, the department has a student population of over 400 with 30 academic staff covering all areas of specialization in Geology.

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