OAUIFE Geology fieldwork 2023 in pictures


  • The Vice Chancellor, Prof. A. S. Bamire and the University Administration for providing a conducive atmosphere and finances for the Fieldwork……And the Buses for transportation.
  • Emeritus Prof. O. S. Adegoke for the bus donation that ease the transporation to the Fieldwork.
  • Emeritus Prof. M. A. O. Rahaman for participating in the fieldwork and Staff Training.
  • Dr. O. O. Ocan for giving the Pre-Fieldwork Instructions
  • Prof. T. R. Ajayi for his guidance, support, advice and encouragement.
  • Numerous OAU Geology Alumni at home and abroad for their support, advice, monitoring and concern for the Department.
  • All on this platform. Thank you All.

Big thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the field trip. Of the Greatest Ife!

Alumni Refurbish Teaching Laboratories, Classrooms and Fieldwork Bus

A group of alumni by set and individual recently handed over refurbished teaching laboratories, classrooms and bus to the Department on 24th February 2022.

The Department is grateful to the following (1) GeoIfe set 1998 admission (2) GeoIfe Set 2001 admission and Mr. Salami Ibidapo (an alumnus of the Department). Together, they renovated and refurbished the Classrooms F5. F13 and F17 as well as replaced the chairs

The GeoIfe Set 1998 handed over renovated classrooms F5 and F13 while the GeoIfe Set 2001 handed over refurbished classroom F17. Mr. Salami Ibidapo replaced the old chairs with new ones in the three rooms.

Classroom F5 has a seating capacity of 60 persons; F13 has a seating capacity of 72 persons while F17 has a seating capacity of 36 persons. The wall of each room is painted and the floor is tiled. The rooms are fitted with functional projector, remote-controlled projector screen, air-conditioners and newly purchased fans. These rooms are now ready for lectures and practical classes.

The mini-handing over ceremony was attended by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Mrs. Olubola Babalola; the Dean of the Faculty of Science , Prof. Isaac Olusanjo Adewale, the Vice-Dean, Dr. Mrs. Adedeji, Prof. Olorufemi and other staff and students of the Department.

In similar vein, the Department is grateful to a group of alumni (1989 to 1991 admission) sets who bought a new engine worth over 2 million naira for our fieldwork vehicle (Toyota Hiace – Hummer model). The vehicle was donated as part of the University Partnering Programme by the Joint Venture of Esso, NNPC and Shell.

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Andora Technologies donates Internet Switch & V-Sat Router to the Department

On the right: Dr. Edmund Ayoola, representing the donor (Andora Technologies, Lagos). On the left: Dr. Dele Falebita, representing the Department of Geology Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife.

The Department of Geology, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife received a donation of Internet Switch and V-Sat Router on Tuesday 22nd February, 2022 from Andora Technologies based in Lagos. The company was represented by Dr. Edmund Ayoola (a seasoned explorationist of many years).

The equipment will be used to support networking of workstations and internet connectivity at the Department.

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Emerson Exploration & Production donates software to OAUIFE Geology

Emerson Exploration & Production Subsurface Software Solutions https://www.pdgm.com/ donates software for research and teaching purposes to the Department of Geology at no cost. The software has been installed on computers in the workstation rooms of the Department. The provided licenses include the following:

ED-11917 UE-4a (GOCAD™ Interpretation Modeling)
ED-11918 UE-4b (SKUA™ Interpretation Modeling)
RCP-16612 UE-14 (GeologGold)
ROX-16912 UE-21 (Roxar™ RMS)
ROX-16913 UE-22 (Roxar Tempest™)

Undergraduate and postgraduate students are to judiciously make use of this important donations. The Department is highly grateful to the Emerson for this support.

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Honourable Minister of Mines and Steel Developments visits OAUIFE Geology Dept

The honourable Minister of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD), Arc Olamilekan Adegbite visits the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and in particular the Department of Geology to give a career talk. The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development is an agency of the Federal Government that looks into unlocking the economic potentials of the solid minerals sub-sector in Nigeria.

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Our attention was drawn to the online newsreporting in the Punch Newspaper of today 31/10/2019 regarding the occurrence of earth tremors in Abia yesterday Wednesday 30/10/2019. We would like to put the record straight, and correct the mis-information that are contained in the report.
The general public should note that, this is a very Interesting story, and the observation calls for urgent action and concern by the Government, Local, State and Federal. The contents of the report is half-truth and not scientifically correct.
We have found out that the general Nigerian populace do not have proper understanding of what EARTH-TREMOR really is, and what it’s all about. They need education on this by the Nigerian Press.
We at OAUIFE have checked our Seismic records in all our Earthquake Monitoring Laboratory and Seismic Monitoring Centres at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and we want to report that,  *there is no record of earth tremor (natural or artificial) anywhere in Nigeria in the last one week or eight months..* The general public should not entertain any fear because the Federal Government of Nigeria,  and the following Agencies: Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), Centre for Geodynamics and Geodesy (CGG), Toro, Bauchi State, and the Obafemi Awolowo University have very sensitive earthquake and earth-tremor monitoring equipment that are  capable of detecting any anomalous seismic behaviour and pattern anywhere in Nigeria.
The said earth-tremor was first reported in Abia and Enugu on 20th September, 2019, and 30th October, 2019. All the Seismometer sensors at OAUIFE and other locations in Nigeria didn’t record the said events. Our group (OAUIFE) and the CGG Toro went to the affected areas in September and early October only to discover that it was a landslide and not earth-tremor as earlier reported in the news. Our findings suggest that, the landslide that was erroneously reported as “earth-tremor” was landslide induced by flooding and excessive rainfall in the affected area.
We at the Earthquake and Space Weather Laboratory at the Obafemi Awolowo University are proposing that a comprehensive study of the watershed in the area, geomorphology and composite geologic environment of the area need to be evaluated in respect to crustal instability and landslide that’s being experienced in the affected area vis-a-vis the social impacts of the natural and artificial phenomena has to be properly investigated.
Very soon, the appropriate authourity and all the relevant agencies would be embarking on a follow-up study to ascertain the remote causes and the causative factors of the events. Thereafter, the general public would be appropriately educated.
I am aware that, sometimes in May 2019, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved some fundings for the procurement of some very sensitive earth-movement and and earth monitoring sensors that would be deployed all over Nigeria very soon for effective earth monitoring. That was sequel to the report on the Abuja tremor of last year that was submitted by the Presidential-InterMinisterial Committee of which I was a member to the Presidency earlier this year. Thus, I would enjoin the general public not to entertain unneccessary panic and fear as appropriate mitigation measure are being taken by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Thank you.
Adepelumi. A. Adekunle 
Earthquake & Space Weather Laboratory,
Department of Geology, Obafemi Awolowo University,
Ile-Ife, Osun State
Phone: 08128181062.

Earthquake and Space Weather Laboratory, @ OAUIFE Geology Dept

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An earthquake and space weather laboratory has been established in the Department of Geology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. This was necessitated by the deployment of a multi-million Research and Development Space Weather and Earth’s Movement Monitoring Magnetometer by the Center for Atmospheric Research under the auspices of Ministry of Science and Technology, Abuja in the month of May 2019. This equipment measures the total field of the Earth’s magnetic field, monitors the space environment including satellite altitudes, and Earth’s movement on real time basis at 1-second interval and transmits same at near real time to dedicated server for global usage. This is sequel to the equipment research grant jointly by UNESCO and the World Academy of Science for Earthquake Monitoring in Nigeria given to the Department in 2007.

Since inception in May 2019,  the laboratory has recorded some events.