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DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY

OVERVIEW

The Department of Geography is one of the pioneer departments that started the degree awarding programme in 1985. It is also one of the seven academic departments that form the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA). Thus, tremendous growth and development have been recorded by the Department of Geography over the years, especially in the areas of cadet enrolment, teaching, research and publications, general and specialized programmes and laboratory facilities, among others. It has equally excelled in community service. For instance, the Department is a renowned center of excellence for map update and map production nationwide especially for military training and operations. The Department has produced maps for various arms and services of the Nigerian Military, as well as sundry maps of Nigeria including street maps of Kaduna. Over the years it has functioned as a pillar in the Academy Consult. The Department is the first to fostered collaboration and partnership with Ministry, and Development Agencies (National Research Space Development Agency; Federal Fire Service and Defence Space Agency) in the Academy.

VISION OF THE DEPARTMENT

An academic department of excellence in research, teaching and service delivery, generating and imparting new geographical ideas and intellectual practices to meet the needs of its immediate community, the nation and world at large.

MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT

To sustain a community of scholars, and cadets in the discipline of geography cultivated not only in the rigors of theories, methods and applications in spatial and environmental contexts but also open to multi-disciplinary areas involving geography; to impart knowledge, skills and attitude to officer cadets through the study of geography at degree level.

PHILOSOPHY

The BSc Geography programme in the Nigerian Defence Academy is designed to respond to the needs for research and training in human and physical geography with particular reference to defence and security needs of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in areas of making and updating of maps for military
Training and operations and excellence in military geography. It is also designed to acquaint cadets with knowledge of military geography as both a supplement and reinforcement of what they are taught in the military branch. These are all meant to enhance the knowledge and skills of cadets in the security and development of the country.

ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION

The Head of Department (HOD) is at the apex of the administrative structure at the departmental level. The HOD assists the Dean in the administration of the Faculty and has overall responsibility in the Department for: research work; teaching and ensuring efficient standards; advice on curriculum development; assisting the Dean in respect of day-to-day discipline of members of staff and cadets; assigning responsibilities to members of staff of the Department and Supervising and coordinating their work: advising on the valuation of qualification and experiences of prospective members of staff for appointment to work in the Department; financial administration of departmental property; serving in standing and ad hoc administrative, policy and planning committees, etc. In Departmental Boards, Departmental Committees, Departmental officers, discussing matters of interest to cadets, staff, the Department, the Faculty and the Academic Branch. In this way, ideas are generated for overall development of the Department and the Faculty.

 

ORGANIZATION CHART OF THE DEPARTMENT

Apart from the Departmental Boards of Studies and Examiners, which meet regularly, there are standing committees headed by Departmental Coordinator (staff) Officers, Curriculum (CO), Field Course (FCC), Seminar (SO), Time Table (TTO), B.Sc Research Project (RPO), Welfare (WO), Examination Officer (EO), Liaison and Cadets Counseling (LCO), Cadets’ Course Registration (RO), Stores and Equipment (SEO), Departmental Research (DRO), Cadets Counselors (CC), Lobbying Team (LT), Fig. 1 depicts the details, which report regularly on issues of particular concern for discussion at regular departmental meetings. Decisions are taken by consensus and acted upon subject to the limits of the obtaining regulations and resources of the Academy. The table below shows the Chronicle of the Head of Department from 1985-2023.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to acceptable scores in UTME and passing AFSB  , candidates must have obtained five Senior School Certificate (SSC) credit passes which must include Mathematics, English Language and Geography and any two from science or social sciences or both, in not more than two (2) sittings, to be admitted into the programme.

ACADEMIC DEGREE PROGRAMMES

  1. The department prepares cadets for degree in B. Sc Geography

OBJECTIVES OF THE B.SC PROGRAMME

The specific objectives of the bachelor degree programme are:

  1. Acquisition of Useful Knowledge about: Man’s physical environment- what it consists of, how it changes and how it might be manipulated by man for his own ends. Knowledge acquired here would be useful in the evaluation and management of land and other environmental resources.
  2. Man’s socio-spatial organization – its element structure and dynamics and how it may be manipulated for the benefits of society. Knowledge gained here would be useful in the allocation of resources within the space economy and spatial organization of society.
  3. Areal studies – Man’s socio-spatial organization under particular regional settings. Knowledge gained here would enable cadets to analyse our national situation from a global perspective.
  4. Acquisition of Useful Skills: Cadets here are trained in the acquisition of useful skills, such as literacy, numeracy, graphicacy and articulacy through collection and analysis of environmental and socio-economic data, map compilation and interpretation, etc. These can be put to use in many areas of human endeavour, including military operations and planning, rural land use planning, town planning, census work, transport planning and market research.
  5. Acquisition of Useful Mental Abilities: Cadets are trained to make reasoned and critical judgments based on deductive and inductive reasoning so as to tackle problems not in isolation but in their total contexts.
  6. Training in Citizenship and Soldiery: Cadets here are trained to understand and appreciate the environmental and cultural circumstances of other people and to appreciate the interdependence of peoples and places on the earth’s surface.

THE STRUCTURE OF THE BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAMME

The Department of Geography offers a four – year course leading to an award of B.Sc. degree in Geography.

The first-year (100 Level) offers cadets foundation courses in geography as well as electives drawn from the Faculty and the Directorate of General Studies (DGS). The core courses include Introductions to elements of physical and human geography; practical geography; techniques of environmental analysis and local field studies.

The second-year (200 Level) courses aim to present general theories and methods of natural, ecological and spatial systems. The natural and ecological themes are encapsulated in environmental studies while themes in spatial interactions between areas and regions are taught in the study of spatial organization of societies. The practical components of this level emphasise on elementary statistics and cartographic techniques necessary in the capture and presentation of data. Non departmental courses are also offered as electives and general NDA requirements.

In the third-year (300 Level), emphasis is put on the provision of a wide range of approaches to problems which include spatial relationships where each course stresses the use of geographical tools of enquiry and explanation. At this level, cadets are also allowed to offer some elective courses in the Department in addition to borrowed courses from other Departments in the Faculty. The Departmental elective courses are meant to prepare cadets for the branch of geography they may wish to specialize on and undertake their mandatory B.Sc. projects. There is also the field studies component of the degree programme, carried out over a period of one week, somewhere far from NDA grounds. It teaches cadets techniques of data collection and analysis. Field course is usually examined in the field prior to departure back to base.

In the fourth-year (400 Level), emphasis is put on choice, application and specialization in a wide range of geographical areas. A wide range of courses are available at this final stage of cadets’ career at an advance level, all exclusively mounted by the Department.  Class work is intensive and involves field and library projects.  Ultimately, cadets are expected to submit original essays based on their study of a geographical problem under the supervision of at least a member of the academic staff.  This is deemed to be the culmination of a unique experience which started in the first year with an exposure to various methods of observation and measurement of spatial patterns and processes at local and regional scales, through programmes of field work and the study over the years of general principles, specialized theories, methods and techniques.

Cadets at this level participate in Cadets Industrial Work Experience Scheme (CIWES) programme to relevant organisations in Kaduna area. Cadets are also expected to present their researches in series of seminar presentations on chosen areas of research. The culmination of this level of study is the production of and submission of original essays called B.Sc. projects by the cadets based on their study of a geographical problem under the supervision of at least a member of the academic staff.  

POSTGRADUATE COURSES

The Ph.D., M.Sc., (Geography) degrees may be offered in any of the following areas:

  1. Military Geography
  2. Climatology/Meteorology
  3. Population Studies
  4. Environmental Resource Analysis
  5. GIS/Remote Sensing
  6. Urban Geography
  7. Geomorphology

THE POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA'S IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS

  1. Environmental Management
  2. Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMMES

MEM: Master in Environmental Management

MGIS: Master in Geographic Information System                   

 

STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT

1.       DR ALIYU DADAN GARBA

 

Senior Lecturer and HOD
2.       Professor James Kayode AREMU Professor
3.       PROFESSOR Bolanle Joel AJIBUAH

 

Professor
4.       Professor Taiye O ADEWUYI

 

Professor
5.       Professor Sadiq Abdullahi YELWA Professor
6.       Professor  Rafiu Olalekan Yusuf

 

Professor
7.       DR. E N GANDAPA

 

Senior Lecturer
8.       DR. OLUMIDE AKINWUMI OLUWOLE

 

Senior Lecturer
9.       Dr. Murtala Abubakar Gada                         

 

Senior Lecturer
10.                           

DR. SALAWU ONORUOIZA GANIYU

 

Senior Lecturer
11.                          Maj K.O Ezenwa Adjunct Lecturer
12.                          MR DANJUMA JISE

 

Lecturer II
13.                          MR ISAH SHUAIBU

 

Graduate Assistant
14.                          MISS OJO MARIAM TITILAYO

 

Graduate Assistant
15.                          DR EMMANUEL NDA ZUBAIRU

 

Graduate Assistant
16.                          DR SYLVANUS HELDA BERNARD

 

Chief Technologist
17.                          ALHAJI UMAR A IBRAHIM

 

Technologist

CHRONICLE OF HEADSHIP DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY

 
S/N RANK NAME YEAR
1 LECTURER J C IKERIONWU PhD OCT 1985 — NOV 195
2 LECTURER L O ENUKORA M.Sc. DEC 1985 — APR 1987
3 ASSOC PROF J UYANGA PhD MAY 1987 — JUL 1990
4 LT COL I O FALOWO PhD AUG 1990 — FEB 1992
5 SNR LECT 1 A IKHUORIA PhD FEB 1992 — SEP 1992
6 SNR LECT L O ENUKORA M.Sc. OCT 1992 — NOV 1993
7 CDR S O AYEPEKU PhD NOV 1993 — SEP 1995
8 ASSOC PROF L O ENUKORA M.Sc. SEP 1995 — SEP 2000
9 SNR LECT IIY MALLO PhD OCT 2000 — SEP 2002
10 SNR LECT S A SATI M.Sc. SEP 2002 — SEP 2004
11 ASSOC PROF BALA DOGO PhD OCT 2004 — SEP 2006
12 ASSOC PROF L O ENUKORA M.Sc. OCT 2006 — SEP 2008
13 SNR LECT J K AREMU PhD OCT 2008 — JAN 2010
14 SNR LECT M S JIBRIL PhD JAN 2010 — FEB 2011
15 ASSOC PROF L O ENUKORA M.Sc. FEB 2011 — NOV 2012
16 SNR LECT T O ADEWUYI PhD NOV 2012 — JUN 2013
17 ASSOC PROF T O ADEWUYI PhD JUN 2013 — NOV 2015
18 ASSOC PROF B J AJIBUAH PhD NOV 2015 — SEP 2017
19 ASSOC PROF B J AJIBUAH PhD SEP 2017 —- JAN 2022
20 SNR LECT A DADAN-GARBA PhD JAN 2022—– TILL DATE