Professor Silas Dada - Member
Silas Sunday DADA is Professor of Applied Geology, pioneer Dean of College of Natural and Applied Sciences and former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Salem University. He possesses over 30 years of professional contributions including field and laboratory practice in mineral exploration, teaching, research, consultancy services and a strong background of high level exposure and training in applied sciences, curriculum development and administration. Professor Dada completed B.Sc. Geology from the University of Ibadan (1973) and while in the services of the Nigerian Mining Corporation, Jos, he obtained M.Sc. Applied Geology (Mineral Exploration option) in 1979 from the then University of Ife, Ile-Ife (Nigeria). He proceeded to France late 1984 where he obtained Diplome d’etude Approfondie (DEA) in Petrology-Geochemistry-Structural Geology and PhD Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology from University of Science and Technology, Montpellier (France).
He has been involved in petroleum and mineral exploration (clays, uranium, gold, lead/zinc, tin, tantalite etc.) covering practically all states of Nigeria. Since 1990, Professor Dada successfully developed and taught several geology courses at all levels and has also initiated research projects and established collaborative research teams across several institutions. His research output includes about 60 publications in learned journals and books besides several technical reports, conference papers, and seminar presentations - including award winning research presentations on the Precambrian evolution of the Nigerian continental crust. Recently, Professor Dada visited TOTAL operations and top universities offering high-level research in the geosciences in France with a focus on recent developments, roles and possible collaborations with African universities. He is currently in collaboration with the Geological Sciences Institute, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (Canada) working on Stable and Radiogenic Isotopes application to Precambrian (Banded Iron Formation) and Cretaceous (Agbaja oolitic/pisolitic ironstones), as well as Cretaceous hydrothermal sulphide deposits.
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor in Salem University, Professor Dada assisted the Vice-Chancellor in successfully steering the affairs of the University from a steady take-off in 2008. Apart from assigned administrative functions as a member of the Senior Management, he has administered the academic responsibility of the institution, leading several teams and committees through curriculum, college, laboratory, staff selection, appointments and other related developments - including internally generated (IGR) activities, as well as holding the fort in the absence of the Vice-Chancellor. Presently, he teaches at the Kwara State University, Malete. He is the Senate representative on the Governing Council