Environmental Management and Toxicology

History of the Department
Man-made communities have long been replacing the communities of nature throughout the world. However, the principles that govern the life of natural communities must be observed if these man-made communities are to thrive. This is because the components of natural ecosystems work in harmony with one another in the absence of (or from minimal) human interference.

Contemporary trends in the natural sciences show emerging crosscutting specializations that seek out systematic ways to study our environment and our proper place in it for a sustainable future. Our innovative undergraduate degree programme in Environmental Management and Toxicology (EMT) is another of such hybrid model incorporating aspects of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Management.

The EMT programme like many other programmes in the School of Allied Health and Environmental Sciences (SAHES) was conceived by Dr. Henry Sawyerr who is currently the Dean of the school and director of CEERMs in Kwara State University (KWASU). It started with one student in in 200L in 2013/2014 academic session.

The unit became fully operational in 2014/2015 academic session with addition of 3 academic staffnamely:  Mr. Gabriel Salako, now Dr. Gabriel Salako and the current head of department, Miss T. Lasisi now Mrs. T. Lawrence and Mr. Bola Salami currently with the University of Ilorin.  These three academic staff with the support of Dr. H. Sawyerr worked assiduously towards the successful take off of the department/unit and in that year admitted 14 students into 100L and 3 students into 200L and one student in 300 level .  Since then the unit has been witnessing steady and consistent growth (currently with over 120 students) couple with the addition of new academic staff  including Professor S.O Adewoye who was on a one year sabbatical leave in the department and once head the department. The big goal of becoming an academic department of world repute has been set.

Mission/Vision
EMT aligns with KWASU’s vision ‘to be foremost in expanding the frontiers of knowledge and be most innovative and exploratory in disseminating knowledge towards advancing the cause of humanity’.
The rationale behind the programme is to provide a true hybrid model for incorporating fundamental knowledge of biogeochemistry with a sound understanding of the fates and effects of contaminants and toxicants as well as modes of remediation for sustainable development.
The programme is designed to provide the training needed for an understanding of the environment and to build upon this foundation by exploring in some depths, specific aspect such as resource depletion, recycling, re-use and the impact of Science and Technology on the environment.

Goals
We aim to produce graduates that would go on to make reckonable contributions towards achieving local (and even global) sustainable development agenda.
The programme will provide skilled manpower, trained specifically for environmental surveillance, monitoring and management as against the present practice where these tasks were performed by people broadly trained in Basic and Applied Sciences.

Objectives
•    To broadly educate students in fundamental concepts and principles of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Management.
•    To equip students with a range of technical skills that can be applied to manage the natural environment.
•    To enable students develop invaluable generic skills that will improve their employability and enterprise as well as personal and professional development.
•    To provide students with the opportunity to exercise, in a vocational environment, the skills and knowledge obtained during the programme and couple any current practical experience with the academic aspects of Environmental Management and Toxicology thus providing a strong link between academia and real life industrial application.

Programmes/Activities
The academic staff in the unit/department  is actively involved in the School research team and was part of the team that won 2 Tetfund IBR grant for 2014/15and 2015/16 academic sessions
SIWES Programme for 400 L students
Field work for 300L and 400L students
Other resarch and Consultancy services: Provide a technical service to the communitty in the  
area such as:
Environmental hazards vulnerability and risk mapping e.g. flooding, desertification, erosion, waste management.
Disease surveillances, prevalence rate mapping and forecasting.
Prepation of base map for landuse planning and comprehensive development plan.
Campus or commuinity visitors guide map
Basic training for secondary/high school and college students on the use of GIS hardware e.g GPS, prismatic compass, desktop computers to capture and store geospataial data for resources management at local level

Research
Environmental hazards vulnerability and risk mapping e.g. flooding, desertification, erosion, waste management.
Disease surveillances, prevalence rate mapping and forecasting.
Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation
Prepation of base map for landuse planning and comprehensive development plan.
Campus or commuinity visitors guide map

Programmes/Activities
The advisors in the unit successfully guided the students towards formation of their association and conduct of inaugural socio and academic week in 2015/2016 academic session
Hosting of inaugural symposium and lectures on 4th and 5th April 2016
Wining two Tetfund IBR grant in 2015/2016 academic year:
Successful mapping of waste dumps location/characterization in Ilorin Metropolis Ilorin Waste Web
*The first grant was on the Malaria vulnerability mapping in Malete Elemere Community. Field work has been completed while the final report of the study is ongoing. The research is expected to reveal the socio economic and ecological factors that influence the vulnerability of the identified communities to malaria infestation and recommend pragmatic approach to scale down the vulnerability index.
*The second grant was on determining the biodiversity status in KWASU Malete community and the change detection between pre and Post KWASU establishment (2003- 2015).  Several images of the study area have been acquired and image analysis cum ground truthingwereperformedfor data analysis and result. The result shows the biodiversity values across the study area and also  the land use land cover changes that has taken place between pre and post KWASU establishment and the attendant  implication on developmental planning See International Journal of Environment, Agriculture and Biotechnology (IJEAB)  Vol-2, Issue-4, July-Aug- 2017http://dx.doi.org/10.22161/ijeab/2.4.65

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