Annual Conferences

ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN GEOGRAPHERS (Southwest Zone) PRESENTS A SPECIAL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE ON COVID-19 THEME: ‘’Geographers and Post COVID-19’’ Date: 29th – 30th June 2020

Increasing spread of the corona virus disease (COVID-19) and infections worldwide has focused attention of the scientific community and the general public on the uncertainties surrounding the prevention and control of this novel pandemic.

Geography as a discipline, deals with the spatial and temporal analysis of phenomenon and their interactions with man on the earth surface, hence, the need for critical geographical research on the pattern and processes involved as well as the plausible impact of the pandemic, while answering the questions of where, when, how and why of COVID-19.

Aim: The conference especially purpose to explore opportunities of sharing geographical knowledge in curtailing the spread of the disease while building future preparedness against any other pandemic during this period of physical distancing.

Sub-Themes:

  1. Environment and Transmission Pathways of COVID-19
  2. Population Dynamics and Demographic Changes in Post COVID-19
  3. Transportation Systems in Post COVID-19
  4. Socio-economic and Political Impacts of COVID-19
  5. Sustainable Water Resources and Challenges of Sanitation Facilities in Post COVID-19
  6. Hospitality and Tourism Sector in Post COVID-19
  7. Agriculture and Food Security in Post COVID-19
  8. Educational System in Post COVID-19
  9. Urban Planning and Housing Design Challenges in Post COVID-19
  10. Gender and Vulnerabilities in Post COVID-19

Modalities for submission of papers: 

Registered Participants shall submit abstracts of not more than 250 words containing study goal; methodology; results; and, conclusion (in Times New Roman, 12 font size, single line-spaced and justified alignment) on or before 19th June 2020 to the conference Email address:  swang2020covid19conference@gmail.com (with proof of payment)

Registration fee: N 5,000              Account Details: First Bank 2022603685 Association of Nigerian Geographers    

Modalities for presentation of papers:  Oral (Maximum of 15 slides) and poster presentations shall be made Virtual on Zoom for 10 minutes. All Registered Participants who have indicated interest in making presentations would be pre-informed of programme schedule. Conference Organizers will issue Conference ID as well as entry key.

Important dates:

Registration & Abstract submission deadline: 19th June, 2020

Full revised presented papers submission deadline: 15th July, 2020

Online Publication of Conference Proceedings: 31st August, 2020

Hard Copy of Book of Proceedings: 15TH September, 2020

Special edition of NGJ Publication on COVID-19:  30th September, 2020

Special edited book on COVID-19: 31st October, 2020

 

Local Organizing Committee:

Conveners: Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin & Prof. Kayode Oyesiku

LOC Chairman:  Prof. Ayo Omotayo (08088784472)           

LOC Secretary: Dr. Kunle Ogundele (08033134404)

LOC Members & State Coordinators:

Dr. Olumide Onafeso (Ogun State Coordinators) Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye;

Dr. Hezekiah Olaniran (Oyo State Coordinators) University of Ibadan;

Dr. Kayode Samuel (Osun State Coordinators) Osun State University;

Mr. Temidayo Fapohunda (Ondo State Coordinators) Adeyemi College of Education;

Dr. Akin Akintuyi (Lagos State Coordinators) University of Lagos;

Mr. Igbalajobi Olusola (Ekiti State Coordinators)

Special members:

Dr. Deji Oyenuga – Lagos State University;

Mr. Abidemi Aina – Lagos State University;

Mr. Akinde Jubril Olatunbosun – Lagos State University;

Dr. N.O Adeoye – Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife;

Dr. M.O. Lawal – Lagos State University;

Dr. Folasade Oderinde – Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode;

Dr. Bashiru Olaniyi Raji – Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye;

Dr. Adesola Adediran – Lead City University, Ibadan;

Dr. Adejobi Samson Oladepo

THE 59TH ANG ANNUAL CONFERENCE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, 4TH – 9TH NOVEMBER 2018

1. Introduction

The Department of Geography, University of Ibadan secured the hosting right for the 59th Annual Conference the Association of Nigerian Geographers in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of University of Ibadan and especially the Department of Geography. Efforts were put in place to ensure a successful hosting especially to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the University of Ibadan and that of our department from November 4-9, 2018. This, in addition, afforded us the great opportunity to parade the icons of Geography in Nigeria. Let me quickly congratulate all members of staff of the Department for all the support that culminated in the successful hosting of the conference. I am deeply indebted to the immediate past President of our Association-Professor Olukayode Oyesiku, for being there all through. I am also, grateful to the management of the University of Ibadan, for all the support. Our donors and partners are appreciated greatly. We are also grateful to the keynote address speaker, Mallam Y. K. Yari, ably represented by Dr. Duro Ogunsesan and other lead paper presenters.

2. Attendance/Registration

You will agree with me that attendance at the conference was particularly impressive in spite of the initial fears created by ASUU and purported Nigerian LabourCongress strikes. A total of four hundred (400) participants were at the conference. This was made up of 329 (82.25%) members and 71 (17.75%) students. A total of 651 abstracts were received out of which 365 were accepted for presentation.

3. Logistics

In spite of the initial teething problem with transport and logistics, all went well as we were able to accommodate all participants including the iGeo Quiz students as well as their teachers.

4. iGeo Quiz

The iGeo Quiz was successful. Thanks to the organizers-Dr. KunleOgundele, the Zonal Representative and Mr. David Afolayan, the Coordinator.

5. Book of Proceedings

Efforts are being made to ensure the publication of proceedings of the conference. To this end, the LOC has advised participants to revise their papers and submit for possible inclusion in the proceedings of the conference by February 28, 2018.Two deadlines were set for authors(s) to review their papers for possible publication. Out of the 651 abstracts submitted for the conference, 365 were presented. Following the call for revised full length papers for inclusion in the conference proceedings, 68 papers were received and have been reviewed accordingly.

The Dean, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Ibadan, has candidly requested that the best 12 to 15 of these papers, be published as a special edition of the Ibadan Journal of Social Sciences (IJSS). It is expected that the proceedings will be available at the time of our conference in September, 2019.

6. Summary and Conclusion

Finally, I am grateful to ANG NEC and the community of geographers across the country for the support that ensured the successful hosting of the 59th Annual Conference of the Association of Nigerian Geographers, 2018 at the University of Ibadan. We are proud of you and will continue to support our association in all ramifications. I must stress, however, that great lessons have been learnt in the course of preparation and execution of this year’s conference. 31-07-2019 Dr. Dickson ‘D. Ajayi LOC Chairman

THE ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN GEOGRAPHER’S 60TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND GENERAL MEETING HELD AT KADUNA STATE UNIVERSITY BETWEEN 12TH AND 18TH OCTOBER 2019

Introduction:

The 60th annual Conference of the Association of Nigerian Geographers (ANG) was held between 12th and 18th October 2019 at Kaduna State University. The conference themed “Geography and Disaster Management” was attended by over 300 participants from about 59 institutions across the country, and witnessed the unprecedented participation of almost all Council members of the association. The conference was successfully hosted and featured opening ceremony; Council meeting; two plenary sessions; nine parallel sessions for three days; iGeo quiz competition for secondary schools; annual general meeting; networking; head of departments meeting; farewell dinner; and a press conference.

Below is the summary of activities and financial report of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) from preparation to date.

Hosting Right, Preparations and Formation of LOC

The ANG at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Tuesday 6th November 2018, reaffirmed the earlier approval given to the Department of Geography, Kaduna State University, Kaduna to host the 60th Annual National Conference of the Association in September 2019. The University officially received the letter of hosting right of the 14th January 2019. Immediately the LOC Central Working Committee was formed and began brainstorming and strategizing on how to successfully host the meeting. First, the management of the University was formally informed, and immediately contact with potential sponsors and donors was established. Both staff and students of the department of Geography were also mobilised.

Preliminary Meetings

The proposal for the conference tagged “KASU 2019” was presented by the LOC at the Council meeting held at BUK on the 8th of December 2018. Approval of theme, subthemes, and proposed date (20 – 25thSeptember), and other necessary corrections and inputs were made by Council Members. Immediately the first call for abstracts was released by the LOC.

In July 2019, the LOC hosts the Council meeting in Kaduna, where updates on the level of preparations was given, and a review of the preparation was made. The Council approve the change of date due the examinations exercise in KASU to 12th – 18th October, and also advises and directed the LOC on several issues towards a successful hosting.

Pre Conference Communications

The LOC received over 400 hundred abstract from members and non-members across the country. The LOC has managed intended participants with periodic information regarding the Conference mostly via email.

Arrival and Registration of Participants

The registration for the Conference kicked off in the early hours of Sunday morning of the 13th of October 2019. Participants were shuttled from both Kaduna train station and international airport to the Conference centre depending on their time of arrival. In general, a total of 321 participants were registered for the Conference.

iGEO Quiz Competition

Due to some communication gaps, the LOC could only confirm conducting the quiz lately, however it was carried out successfully. Zonal representatives, Quiz coordinators, Teachers and their respective Students arrived on Saturday the 12th, while the quiz profer was administered throughout Sunday. Finally, Zamani College, Kaduna emerged as the overall winner.

The Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony was conducted on Monday the 13th of October under the chairmanship of Prof J.A. Falola, with invited guests or their representatives in attendance. The ceremony features Remarks from invited guests; Keynote addresses; Presidential address; Goodwill messages from selected organisations; and Presentation of medals and certificates to secondary schools that participated in the iGeo quiz competition. Please refer to the published programme of event for details of the functionaries.

Plenary and Parallel Thematic Sessions

As a tradition, plenary sessions took place after the opening ceremony that featured renowned authorities in the field of geography as well as disaster management. Lead papers were presented the Dr. Halilu Shaba from NARSDA, and Prof. Ibrahim Jaro from the Centre of Disaster Risk and Development Studies, ABU Zaria. The parallel thematic sessions followed after the plenary which lasted to Thursday 17th October 2019 and was done accordingly with the various sub-themes of the conference.

The Poster Session

The Poster Session was one of the heights of the Conference, where postgraduate students displayed their respective researches to participants. Quality and valuable academic interactions were reported by many postgraduate students after the conference. The Session featured over 80 posters, and was generally reported successful.

The Annual General Meeting

The President – Prof. A.I Tanko chaired the AGM as per the conference schedule. This platform has given opportunity for members to interact with the Council members on matters related to the growth and progress of the association. Details of the meeting is documented with the national secretariat.

Heads of Department Meeting

The Vice President I – Prof. P.A.O Odjugo chaired the Heads of Department meeting as scheduled. The meeting was well attended by various institutions in the country. The meeting featured serious discussions, especially about the creation or resuscitation of ANG state chapters. Other important emerging issues, such as teaching and research in the field of geography were also deliberated. Details of the meeting was also documented at the national secretariat.

Closing Dinner/Cocktails

Council members, participants, students and some University officials were hosted to a dinner on the eve night of departure, despite the fact some participants have departed, the dinner was well attended, and members enjoyed the serenity and varieties of food and drinks provided by the LOC.

Aftermaths

The press conference couldn’t hold as scheduled, but LOC put down some reports and share with selected media organisation, which was widely reported.

Proceedings

One week after the conference,a call for articles that wants to be published in the Conference Proceedings was made. Despite shifting the deadline three time, as at today, the LOC received only about 100 articles. Currently, we’ve extended the deadline finally to the end of February. Currently, articles are under review and very soon the LOC will go to press.

Conclusion

Generally hosting of the conference was a success with some few challenges. At the end of the conference, the LOC was indebted, but as at this moment almost all debts are settled. The LOC sincerely thank the Council for this great opportunity of hosting Nigerian Geographers and for the support throughout. LOC 29th February 2020

THE 58TH ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN GEOGRAPHERS ANNUAL CONFERENCE TAGGED “ANG-NSUK 2017” WAS HELD AT KEFFI, 12TH – 17TH MARCH 2017

Introduction

First let me start by thanking all of you for the successful hosting of the 58th ANG ANNUAL CONFERENCE ANG-NSUK 2017 and for the support shown. On behalf of the Department of Geography NSUK, I thank the entire council members of ANG for their support in making the 58th ANG-NSUK 2017 a success.

May I also say that, hosting of this conference in Keffi has touched and injected monies into the local economy of the entire region within the period under review. This conference has also make the Department of Geography and Nasarawa State University, Keffi as well as the entire state more visible and a popular destination for future events based on the outcome of the 58th ANG-NSUK 2017 CONFERENCE of which, the Council President and other members of the council have confessed that in the history of NGA/ANG, this was the first time the conference has attracted more VIPs than ever before and it remains the most attended by participants.

Let me also say that, there were challenges during the hosting period but the success of the conference has outweighed the challenges observed. During the 58th ANG CONFERENCE NSUK 2017, we have accepted 522 abstracts, of which, they were all included in the 58th edition of the ANG Conference Book of Abstract. Currently the scientific committee is working on the post conference proceedings and we are hoping that, the book will be ready by this year as we have received 75 full papers from authors that registered, attended and presented their work. However, mails requesting for the full paper have already been sent out since to authors.

The Report from the 58th ANG-NSUK 2017 Programme of Event

The 58th ANG-NSUK 2017 kicked off with the Secondary School Quiz Competition which took place on Sunday 12th March, 2017 at the Faculty of Social Sciences while the results and the winner that will represent Nigeria at the iGeo 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia was announced during the opening ceremony on Monday 13th March, 2017.

The conference registration was opened on Sunday 12th March, 2017 and the Executive Council Meeting of the ANG also took place on Sunday at Sawalino Hotel and Suite at 8:30pm. The opening ceremony of the 58th ANG-NSUK 2017 took place on Monday 13th March, 2017 at the Assembly Hall of Nasarawa State University, Keffi under the distinguished Chairmanship of the Honorable Minister of Water Resources and Rural Development, Engr. Suleiman Adamu at 10am. The keynote addresses during the opening ceremony were delivered by 3 serving Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria namely: the Honorable Minister of State for Environment, Honorable Ibrahim Usman Jibril with a paper titled “Environmental Issues in Nigeria: the Change Agenda and New Narrative, the Honorable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani with a paper titled “Appreciating Change in the Context of Globalization: A geographic Paradigm and the Honorable Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Honorable Mustapha Baba Shehuri with a paper titled “Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution in Nigeria.

There was a plenary sessions that took place after the opening ceremony which featured some important aspects of the conference from senior geographers namely: Professor Emeritus E. A. Olofin with a paper titled “Reversing Stepping On Environmental Toes To Achieve Sustainable Environmental Change”, Professor Sani Mashi, Director General, NIMET with a paper titled “Making the Best of Meteorological Services for Research and Development in Nigeria”, Professor Haruna K. Ayuba with a paper entitled “Nasarawa at 20: The way forward and Professor M. Rafee Majid with a paper titled “Inclusive Rural and Ecotourism Aspiration of a National Ecotourism Plan in Malaysia”.

The Parallel Thematic sessions followed immediately after the Plenary 1 and it ran until Thursday 16th March, 2017 and it followed the order of the sub-themes of the conference. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association came up on Tuesday in the evening. The AGM has provided platform for discussion and other issues among the participants and interaction with the Council Members.

The conference has also provided an avenue for all the Heads of Department of Geography in Nigerian tertiary institutions along side with the Presidents of all the Nigerian Association of Geography Students. This meeting has also provided a platform for discussion on the grey areas bordering the two parties on either Teaching and/or Research. The meeting took place on Tuesday 14th March, 2017 at 5pm.

The Vice-Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Keffi Professor Muhammad Akaro Mainoma organized a Cocktail that has replaced the Dinner initially proposed for Wednesday, 15th March, 2017. During the event, the Council of the Association of Nigerian Geographers presented ANG Award for National Development to five recipients namely: 1] Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, 2] Hon Ibrahim Usman Jibril, Minister of State for Environment, 3] Professor Muhammadu A. Mainoma, Vice-Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, 4] Late Dr. Akwa V. Labaris, Pioneer HOD, Department of Geography, NSUK and 5] Senator Muhammad Bindow U. Jibrilla, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State for their contributions and achievements towards Nation Building. Three of the recipients received the award in person and the family of Late Dr. Akwa V. Labaris received on his behalf while the Chairman of the 58 LOC 2017 has received the award on behalf of the 5th recipient, Senator Bindow U. Jibrilla. The Field Trip/Excursion to areas of geographical interest to complements the theories in paper presentations and the practical aspect into reality did not take place as no participant has registered.

Finally, I wish to appreciate the Vice-Chancellor of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Professor Muhammad Akaro Mainoma and his management team for all their support and encouragement since we started the preparation.

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 58th ANG, I once again say a big THANK YOU for the opportunity given to the Department of Geography for hosting the 58th edition of the ANG ANNUAL CONFERENCE. We hoped, you have enjoyed and had a good refreshing time in Keffi.

Conclusion/Recommendations

1. I have observed that, there were lack of proper communication on the issue of iGEO and lots of others between the Council and the Host.

2. The Host of 59th edition of ANG and others in the future should learn and work closely with the Council on some issues that are not clear to them at earliest possible time.

3. The burden of cost of accommodation for council member on the LOC should be review as, one day, LOC/Host cannot cope.

4. Abstract submissions should be closed 30 or 60 days prior to the conference date. This is to give ample time for the production of the Conference Book of Abstract.

5. LOC should be updating the Council every month on the conference progress and Council should delegate a member from time to time to visit the LOC and report back to Council.

6. The Head of Department/LOC Chairman should identify his friends and friends of ANG among the Departmental staff that he would work with. This is because to avoid sabotage.

7. The support of the Vice Chancellor, Dean of Faculty etc should be pursued.

8. The ANG Council should provide a token as mobilization for the LOC in every ANG Conference. This will boost and give confidence to LOC.

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