1st LSF-National Conference on Environment and Health
Organized by the LivingScience Foundation, Ile-Ife
Conference Secretariat: 234, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Date: May 17-18, 2016 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Venue: Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State
Theme: Prevention is better than Cure
The superior doctor prevents illness;
The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness;
While the inferior doctor treats actual illness.
Ancient Chinese proverb.
The main purpose of the National Conference on Environment and Health is to promote, from a distinctly Nigerian perspective, evaluation of the peculiar hazards in the Nigerian environment and their impacts on the health of vulnerable populations in the country. This would then lead naturally to identification of priority areas for intervention, and search for innovative cost-effective solutions customized for our peculiar situation. For too long, Nigeria’s health policies and government interventions have been disjointed, and driven largely by suggestions from global authorities. It is time this situation was changed such that our peculiar strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats determine our programme of actions in managing the environment in a comprehensive and holistic manner, for optimum health of all residents of Nigeria.
The ancient city of Ede is situated in serene environment. It lies along the Osun River at a point on the railroad from Lagos, 180 km southwest, and at the intersection of roads from Oshogbo, Ogbomosho, and Ile-Ife. Ede is one of the older towns of the Yoruba people. It is traditionally said to have been founded about 1500 by Timi Agbale, a hunter and warlord sent by Alaafin (King) Kori of Old Oyo (Katunga), capital of the Oyo empire, to establish a settlement to protect the Oyo caravan route to Benin (204 km to the southeast). Some 15 minutes drive to Osogbo, the capital city of Osun State, and 30 minutes from the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Ede is home to two privately-owned universities: Adeleke University, and Redeemer’s University, hosting this Conference.
- Lead and Mercury in Nigeria
- Other toxic elements in Nigeria
- Microwave radiation and Health
- Cancers and the environment
- Pesticides and health
- Radioactivity in the Nigerian environment
- Air Pollution in Nigeria
- Urban Planning, Downstream petroleum industry, and health
- Occupational and Workplace exposure
- Energy Use, Environmental Pollution and Health Challenges
- Environmental Accounting and Economics
- Environmental Health Risk Assessment
Chairman: Prof A.F. Oluwole (retired Professor, Obafemi Awolowo University and MD, SEEMS (Nig) Ltd, Ikeja
Special Guest of Honour: Prof Z.D. Adeyewa, Vice Chancellor, Redeemer’s University, Ede
Mrs Amina Mohammed, The Honourable Minister of Environment, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Professor Isaac Adewole Folorunsho, The Honourable Minister of Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Pastor Ezekiel A. Odeyemi, Chairman Board of Trustees, LivingScience Foundation, Ile-Ife
Dr Lawrence Anukam, DG, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) – Setting and Enforcement of standards and regulations for the Nigerian environment
Lead Speakers (titles of talks not yet finalized):
1.Ambassador Ayo Olukanni: Think Global, Act Local: Overview of Cogent Environment issues today
Ambassador Olukanni recently retired from Nigeria’s Foreign Service as the country’s High Commissioner to Australia with con-current accreditation to New Zealand, Fiji Papua New-Guinea and Pacific Island of Vanuatu (July 2011 – March 2015),
A passionate environmentalist, Ambassador Ayo Olukanni has been involved with environment issues (on the diplomatic and academic levels,) since 1988 while serving in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations
2.Prof F.O.I. Asubiojo: Top peculiar health hazards in the Nigerian environment
Prof Asubiojo is one of the top and pioneering scientists involved in study of the environment in Nigeria. He currently teaches Chemistry and Environmental Sciences at the Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, Ile-Ife, as well as at the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti. He will enumerate the top peculiar hazards in our environment and their pathways into man. It is hoped this will be an eye-opener into areas where actions should be prioritized
3.Rev. Tony Akinyemi: Recommended Lifestyle and nutritional habits to counter peculiar stressors in the Nigerian environment
Rev Akinyemi is Nigeria’s, indeed Africa’s, leading advocate on nutrition and holistic living for optimized health. He has syndicated radio and TV progammes all across Africa and is in high demand as a Conference speaker
4.Prof D.J. Oyedele: Proscribed Elsewhere, Dangerous Chemicals that are still widely used in Nigeria’s Agro Business.
Prof Duro Oyedele is a distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture at OAU, Ile-Ife. He currently leads a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, multi-million dollar research project promoting indigenous vegetables and organic farming in Nigeria.
Special Symposium on Environment Health in Nigeria
Chairman: Prof Adeyinka Adesina, Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
1.Prof Olayinka Ogunkoya, Department of Geography, OAU, Ile-Ife
2.Prof A.A. Onayade, Department of Community Medicine, OAU, Ile-Ife
3.Prof Fatai Balogun, Former Director, National Institute of Radiation Protection and Research, UI, Ibadan; and Research Professor, Centre for Energy Research and Development, OAU, Ile-Ife
4. Mr. A.A. Adegboye, South-West Zonal Coordinator, Industrial Development Centre, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Osogbo.
5. Representative, Gold Edge Industry, Lagos (a leading paint industry in Nigeria)
LivingScience Foundation, Ile-Ife.
Redeemer’s University, Ede.
Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP), Abuja.
NTA Osogbo – official Media partner (TV).
For Sponsorship Opportunities/Exhibitions of Scientific Products, please call: Dr F.Agunbiade (08055136498), Dr Niyi Oginni (08033841224) or Dr John Ayoola (09050908331)
Prof Joshua Ojo (Dept of Physics and Engineering Physics, OAU, Ile-Ife/Dept of Physical Sciences, RUN, Ede – 0805 710 6482) – Chairman:
Mr Stephen Olukotun ( Dept of Physics and Engineering Physics, OAU, Ife – 08033955996) – Secretary:
Technical Sub Committee:
Dr Omolaja Osoniyi (Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, OAU, Ife)
Mr Yinka Akinyemi (Dept of Physics and Engineering Physics, OAU, Ile-Ife)
Dr E.I Unuabonah (Dept of Chemical Sciences, RUN, Ede)
Prof Diipo Aboderin (Dept of Medical Microbiology, OAU, Ife)
Dr (Mrs) Bukola Ogunba (Dept of Family, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, OAU, Ife)
Prof Folorunso Ogundare (Dept of Physics, University of Ibadan, Ibadan)
Exhibition and Sponsorships Sub Committee
Dr F.Agunbiade (Dept of Chemical Sciences, RUN, Ede)
Dr Niyi Oginni (Osun State Ministry of Health, Osogbo)
Dr John Ayoola (Environmental Accountant, Dept of Management and Accounting, OAU, Ile-Ife)
Accommodation Sub Committee
Mr F. Dairo (Dept of Physical Sciences, RUN, Ede)
Dr Callistus Akinyemi (LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo)
Publicity and Press Sub Committee
Dr Lekan Jesuleye (Dept of Project Management, FUT, Akure)
Dr Obinna Ogbonna (Dept of Dietetics, OAUTHC, Ile-Ife)
Dr Olumuyiwa Falade (Dept of Chemistry, OAU, Ile-Ife)
Mr Bola Akinwale (Dept of Physics, Adeyemi University of Education, Ondo)
Dr Oladipo Adejumo (Dept of Physics, Bowen University, Iwo)
Dr Dele Oketayo (Dept of Physics, Federal University, Oye Ekiti)
Dr Kanoma Bashir (Zamfara State Ministry of Health, Gusau)
Dr (Mrs) Aderonke Okoya (Institute of Ecology, OAU, Ile-Ife)
Mr Emmanuel Modebei, (Chaplaincy/Communications, RUN, Ede)
Format for Presentations
Oral and Poster sessions will hold. Parallel sessions will hold to allow good interaction on each presentation.
All Abstracts submitted will be evaluated and accepted or rejected as determined by the Technical Committee. Accepted Abstracts will be classified as either for Oral or Poster presentation based on Author’s preference/recommendation of Technical Sub Committee. The Conference Programme and the Book of Abstracts will be printed together in a volume. At the end of the Conference, the Communique, and an executive summary of the Proceedings, together with the Abstracts will be published to serve mainly as Advocacy tool.
The Ife Journal of Science has accepted to publish as a special edition on Environment and Health in Nigeria, all papers presented at the Conference provided they scale through the Journal’s regular editorial protocols. Authors who wish their papers to be considered for publication in the special edition should make their full papers ready by Day 1 of the Conference. It is hoped the Journal will offer a discount from the regular page charges payable. This is still being negotiated.
Registration Fees (Including refreshments at tea breaks; but no meals):
Local Delegates – N2,500 (On or before May 10)
Local Delegates – N3,500 (After May 10)
Students – N1,000 (On or before May 10)
Students – N1,500 (After May 10)
Foreign Delegates – $100
All payments will be made at the registration desk
Decent accommodation facilities, from single rooms to executive suites are available in and around Ede. Prices range from N3,000 to N25,000 per night. To make bookings and arrange for pick-up to the hotel, please call any of these Protocol Officers of the Redeemer’s University, Ede:
Mr Adeleye – 0802 894 4433
Pastor Adie – 0803 478 4311
Limited bed spaces (two in a room) are available on first-come, first-served basis at the Male and Female Postgraduate Hostels of the Redeemer’s University. Priority will however be given to postgraduate students participating in the Conference.
Historic Places/Mining in Ede/Osogbo; or Mt Carmel, Ifewara; Artisanal gold mining sites in Ifewara/Igun/Iperindo
Kindly indicate if interested. Which, if any, of the trips is organized will depend on number of people indicating interest. Cost: N1,000 including refreshment.
1st Announcement and Call for Papers: February 22
2nd Announcement: March 22
Final Reminder on Submission of Abstracts: April 18
Close of Abstracts: April 29 (closed)
Notification of decision on abstract: April 24
Final Programme + Book of Abstracts + Conference Folder go to Press: April 25
Early bird registration closes: May 10
Conference Day 1: Opening Ceremonies. Technical Session: May 17
Conference Day 2: Technical Sessions and Departure: May 18
Phone: +2348057106482 (Prof. Ojo), +2348033955996 (Mr. Olukotun), +2348033841224 (Dr. Oginni), +2348080391720 (Dr. Bashir).