Nigeria:

27-30 June 2017

Dr. Sojinu Olatunbosun Samuel Setonji

Led By: Dr. Sojinu Olatunbosun Samuel Setonji

Nigeria is the most populous black nation in the world with an estimated population of over 200 million which approximately double the population of both Ethiopia and Egypt, the next biggest African countries by population size. Demographically Nigeria is young and growing quickly, with 63 percent of the population under the age of 24 and a high average relative annual growth rate of 3.24 percent, a full half a percentage point higher than the African average. For the Nigerian education system this means incredible new challenges. Since 2005, the number of universities alone has grown from 51 to 153 (see http://nuc.edu.ng/) comprising of 40 Federal Universities, 44 state owned universities, 69 private universities and a number of other degree awarding institutions. With an estimated 40 percent of university positions and 60 percent of polytechnic positions currently unstaffed, STEM education in the country suffers a lot of setbacks.

NEF Ambassador:
Dr. Sojinu Olatunbosun Samuel specializes in petroleum and environmental geochemistry of oil basins. He works extensively on the pollution status and effects of gas flaring on the Niger Delta, Nigeria, and the potentials of higher plants as biomonitors and phytoremediators of organic pollutants, on forensic investigations of oil spills, and on passive sampling and emerging contaminants in environmental matrices. He has published over 35 scientific articles in internationally reputable journals. Samuel holds a PhD in Organic Geochemistry from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and has been collaborating with research groups in Uganda, South Africa, China, Germany and Canada. He has been invited for talks and also made presentations at scientific meetings in South Africa, China, Germany, Puerto Rico, USA, and Canada among others. He was recently involved in a joint project on Green Economy and Waste Management by the Inter Academy Partnership/Global Young Academy. He is also a member of the Global Young Academy.

Events

1. A day out with Secondary school students: This event is meant to allow students to explore nature, arouse their interest in STEM education, provide answers to their concern and for them to appreciate the beauty of Science
2. Environment and Health Talks with community engagement: Many of the rural dwellers are grasping with health issues which are as a result of their lack of awareness on health and their immediate environment, this event is meant to empower them on the necessary tips towards a healthy environment and good lifestyle.
3. Cancer/Hepatitis awareness walks: This even it meant to raise public awareness on cancer/Hepatitis among the populace
4. Science competition among select tertiary Institutions in Nigeria to be held in a popular media house: This event is meant to allow undergraduate students create competitive approach towards acknowledge acquisition and learning, it is expected to also further arouse their interests in STEM education, provide answers to their concern and for them to appreciate the beauty of science and likely career path
5. Innovation competition among students/public/Entrepreneurs: One of the banes of underdevelopment in Africa is the dearth of innovations and ability to transform knowledge acquired into tangible products that has immense benefits to the populace. This event is to launch would be innovators to the general public with the aim of turning such innovation into marketable product.

Dates:

Tuesday 27 June 2017
A day out with Secondary school students

Tuesday 28 June 2017
Environment and Health Talks with community engagement
Science competition among select tertiary Institutions in Nigeria

Thursday 29 June 2017
Cancer/Hepatitis awareness walks

Friday 30 June 2017
Innovation competition among students/public/Entrepreneurs

Venues

The main venue is the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library located at the heart of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state, Nigeria while the Cancer/Hepatitis awareness walk will be held at a IKeja/Maryland Road

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