Department of Chemistry

  • Head of Department Profile
  • Academic programs
  • Academic requirement
  • Academic Staff
  • Chronicle of HOD’s

OVERVIEW

The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) was established on 5th February 1964 as a Basic Military Institution to provide training for officer cadets of the Army, Navy, and Airforce Service. In 1985, NDA was upgraded to a degree-awarding institution and since then has awarded both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students in line with the benchmark minimum academic standards of the National Universities Commission. The NDA has been involved in high-profile researches with the Army, Navy, and Airforce services that are of benefit to the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the nation at large.

Chemistry is the bedrock of all industrial activities and development. The effort of man towards deeper understanding and improvement of his environment, synthesis of new materials essential to the enhancement of the quality of life, and the surge in the sustenance of economic and technological progress requires a broad knowledge of chemistry and its application. Modern warfare has shifted from the use of sheer force to the employment of high technology and information system to which chemistry plays a key and central role. The degree program in the Chemistry department is aimed at fostering an appreciation of the centrality of chemical science to the military, human wellbeing as well as its inevitable linkage to and interaction with other branches of science. Deep knowledge of modern chemistry being imparted on the cadets of the Academy is, therefore, sine-qua-non for continued reference and as a solid foundation.

HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of Chemistry started its degree programme in 1985 after all necessary laboratory facilities and equipment’s were properly positioned for the smooth take off. It is the expectation of the founding fathers that a cadet that has passed through the training programme in Chemistry shall be able to:

  1. Have a sustained interest and enthusiasm in Chemistry and also be able to apply the knowledge of Chemistry to the military profession.

  2. Cultivate and build a culture of continuous enquiry

  3. Have a broad and balanced base of chemical knowledge and practical skills

  4. Provide a range of skills applied in chemical and non-chemical areas that can provide confidence for jobs in the units after graduation.

  5. Develop a solid base of chemical knowledge and skills that are required for postgraduate studies and research.

  6. Inculcate an appreciation of chemistry in all human endeavours with particular reference to the military and its application.

  7. Provide and develop in-depth analytical skills in enquiry, research and creativity to be able to tackle the inherent problems in security and development, and;

  8. Provide the capacity and capability to blend theory and practical in order to breach the gap between the two.

VISION AND MISSION

   Vision Statement

Given the changing character of war, by land, sea, and air occasioned by a high level of technology, the Nigerian Defence Academy aims at producing officers with broad-based training, with military and academic components designed to serve as a foundation for their progressive development as officers in the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

          Mission Statement

The Academy shall 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.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

The Department of Chemistry has highly proficient lecturers who have contributed to the development of Chemistry and society at large. They are also members of local and international professional bodies. The Chemistry department of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna runs courses leading to the award of Bachelor of Science Honours degree. Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic, Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are also available in the following areas;

Material science with a specialization in Explosives,

Forensic Chemistry,

Physical and Inorganic Chemistry,

Organic and Natural Product Chemistry,

Analytical Chemistry,

Environmental Chemistry and;

Environmental Monitoring and Management.

ORGANOGRAM OF THE DEPARTMENT

ACADEMIC STAFF

CHRONICLE OF HOD

FROM 30TH SEPT 1985 TO DEC 2019

S/NO RANK NAME FROM TO
1 DR SK OKWUTE B.Sc, Ph.D 01 Oct 85 30 Sep 90
2 Dr WOS DOHERTY B.Sc M.Sc , Ph.D 01 Oct 95 30 JUN 90
3 DR II SADA B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D 01 JUL 91 31 DEC 92
4 DR JM NWAEDOZIE B.Sc, Ph.D 01 JAN 93 31 DEC 93
5 MAJ PE OHUNYO FSS B.Sc, Ph.D 20 JAN 94 27 FEB 95
6 DR II SADA B.Sc, M.Sc. Ph.D 20 FEB 95 30 SEP 98
7  COL   SK ONI FSS, MSS, B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D 01 OCT 98 29 NOV 98
8 DR JM NWANDOZIE B.Sc, Ph. D 30 NOV 98 30 SEP 2000
9 DR E KARU B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D 01 OCT 2000 30 SEP 2002
10 DR L SALIHU B.Sc, M.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D 01 OCT 2002 30 SEP 2004
11 ASSOC. PROF JM NWANDOZIE B.Sc, Ph.D, FCSN, FICCON 01 OCT 2004 30 SEP 2006
12 DR SO OKENIYI B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D, FCSN, FICCON 01 OCT 2006 01 OCT 2007
13 ASSOC. PROF SO OKENIYI B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D, FCSN, FICCON 01 OCT 2006 01 OCT 2007
14 DR  Y MOHAMMED B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D, MCSN, FICCON 01 OCT 2008 07 FEB 2011
 15 DR OA BABATUNDE B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D, MCSN, FICCON 08 FEB 2011 30 SEP 2011
16 ASSOC. PROF OA BABATUNDE B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D, MCSN, FICCON 08 FEB 2011 30 SEP 2013
17 COL SZ KAZAURE MSS, MCSN, Ph.D 01 OCT 2013 04 OCT 2014
18 BRIG GEN SZ KAZAURE DSS, MCSN, Ph.D 04 OCT 2014 JAN 2016
19 ASSOC. PROF MD FARURUWA MCSN, MICCON JAN 2016  
20 ASSOC. PROF AO ALIYU MCSN, MICCON OCT 2019 DEC 2019
21 ASSOC. PROF MM NAMADI MCSN, Ph.D DEC 2019