Dr. VANTSAWA PHILIP ANTHONY
Head of Department of Biological Science
Nigerian Defence Academy
The Degree programme of Biological Science in NDA commenced in October 1986 with a total of 31 cadets and academic staff. The Department started with Zoology and Botany. This was followed with the introduction of Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biological warfare and Biotechnology in 1988, to reflect the requirements of the Nigerian Armed Forces. In 1989, the academic programme in the Department was expanded with the emphasis on Applied Biology in such areas as Parasitology, Hydrobiology, Plant Physiology, Virology, Bacteriology, Applied Biochemistry, Animal Physiology and Genetic Engineering.
As part of the requirement for obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, the Cadets are expected to carry out a final year research project to be defended before an External Examiner according to the NUC guidelines and regulations.
The Department produced the first set of graduates’ in1990. In 2005, the department commenced Postgraduate training at the M.Sc. and PhD levels. Currently the Department has a total of 25 Academic staff, 5 Visiting Lecturers and 18 non- Academic staff.
The mission of the Academy is to provide each officer cadet with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to meet the requirements of a military officer through military, academic and character development. And at the Postgraduate level to provide and develop in the graduate students the in-depth analytic skills in enquiry, research and creativity to be able to tackle the inherent problems in security and development.
To achieve this objective, a well-equipped Military Biotechnology Research Centre is being established in the Department for the training of Cadets and for the conduct of cutting-edge research in DNA fingerprinting technology and Forensic Studies, Biosecurity and Biodefense.
The current visions of the Department of Biological Sciences are two-fold: the first is to produce well-trained officers in various applied aspects of Biological Sciences, such as Biodefense and Biosecurity which are driven by sound knowledge in Military Biotechnology. This is aimed at providing protective devices for officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces in combat fields in the areas of vaccine and drug developments, Biosensors, Nanobiotechnology, and Bio insulators. This is to meet the future challenges in the ever-evolving global biowarfare strategies.
The second vision is to develop unique and globally relevant postgraduate programs in various areas of Applied Biological Sciences. The aim of this focus is to produce M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduates for an effective contribution of the Academy’s quota towards realizing the nation’s goal of vision 20-20-20.
Provide qualitative training in Biological Sciences.
Provide officer cadets with an academic curriculum of study applicable to the operational needs of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
To produce officers who can explore and exploit indigenous natural resources through research and make meaningful contributions to society.
To produce officers who are knowledgeable in diverse areas of Biological Sciences e.g Biodefense, Biosecurity, Biotechnology and Nanobiotechnology.
The Department is headed by the Head of Department (HOD) who sees to the day to day running of the affairs of the Department. Members of the Academic Staff are in-charge of important functions, such as teaching cadets, conduct of examinations, registration of cadets, counselling, etc.
CHRONICLE OF HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
|1||Mr.||MC Emere||Oct 86||Apr 88|
|2||Dr.||BA Abdullahi||May 88||Sep 88|
|3||Mrs.||EOB Olagunju||Oct 88||Jun 89|
|4||Lt Col.||SA Safoluwe||Jul 89||Oct 89|
|5||Dr.||EA Obot||Oct 89||Sep 90|
|6||Dr.||GJ Ebuakson||Sep 90||Jul 92|
|7||Col.||SA Safoluwe||Jul 92||May 93|
|8||Flt Lt.||SN Suleiman||May 93||Dec 94|
|9||Sqd Ldr.||SN Suleiman||Jan 95||Oct 97|
|10||Prof.||GJ Ebuakson||Oct 97||Sep 98|
|11||Or.||EC Kemdirim||Oct 98||Oct 2000|
|12||Col( Dr).||O Akinbuwa||Oct 2000||Sep 2001|
|13||Dr.||BC Onusirika||Oct 2001||Oct 2002|
|14||Dr.||DB Maikaje||Oct 2002||Sep 2004|
|15||Dr.||BC Onusirika||Oct 2004||Sep 2007|
|16||Dr.||GA Ajibade||Oct 2007||Jan 2010|
|17||Dr.||DB Maikaje||Jan 2010||Dec 2011|
|18||Dr.||YA Umar||Dec 2011||Nov 2012|
|19||Dr.||MS Abdulsalam||Nov 2012||Sep 2014|
|20||Ass. Prof||MS Abdulsalam||Oct 2014||Nov 2017|
|21||Dr.||PA Vantsawa||Nov 17||Sep 2019|
|22||Dr.||PA Vantsawa||Oct 2019||Present|
|Mathew Chika Emere||Professor|
|Gabriel Adeboyega Ajibade||Professor|
|Yahaya Abdullahi Umar||Professor|
|Gb Onwumere||Associate Professor|
|Joseph Appah||Associate Professor|
|Dr. Mrs Victoria Moltong Yilwa Dan||Senior Lecturer|
|Dm Dibal||Senior Lecturer|
|Kb Dikwa||Senior Lecturer|
|Mal Y Rabe||Graduate Assistant|
|Isa Bashir Mato||Graduate Assistant|
|Aisha Hilal Galadanchi||Graduate Assistant|
|Rakiya Jafaru||Graduate Assistant|
|Abdulkarim Him Madu||Graduate Assistant|