BRIEF HISTORY OF CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT
The Department of Chemistry was established at the inception of the University in 1992, under the pioneering headship of Mr. Stephen G. Yiase. From the initial staff strength of three in 1992, the Department has risen to an enviable staff mix and strength of twenty five tenure, one sabbatical, three visiting and three part time academics staff. The Department also has seven technologists, three laboratory assistants, and a laboratory attendant. The administrative offices on its staff list are also 6 administrative staff: higher executive officer, a senior typist, two computer operators, a clerical officer and a cleaner.
At inception, the department ran the chemistry component of t,he University’s Remedial (now preliminary science) programme and developed its curriculum. Her first set of undergraduates were enrolled in the 1993/1994 session. Most of the pioneer and subsequent students came from the preliminary science programme. Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) has continued to play a greater role in the undergraduate admission process.
The chemistry programme is a 4-year, 8-semester, full-time study that leads to the award of B.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry after successful completion. The first crop of students on the programme graduated in 1996/997 session.
The department is currently running five year Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Industrial chemistry programme and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Environmental Management and Toxicology which commenced from the 2013/2014 academic session with an impressive enrollment.
The department runs Master of Science and also Doctorate Degree programmes in four core areas of Chemistry; Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. It has designed and is supporting implementing of Postgraduate Diploma, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programmes for Centre of Food Technology and Research (CEFTER) in Teaching and Research Collaboration with partners from University of Agriculture Makurdi (UAM), NSPRI, NCRI, NRCRI and others. These programmes are:-
The design and implementation of the Chemistry programme has been guided by the overall objective of this university; the acquisition of knowledge for the liberation of mankind. The programme is designed to among other things, satisfy intellectual demands of the students and produce a steady flow of graduates, who are equipped with specialized knowledge of chemistry together with a broad knowledge of the Sciences. Students take compulsory general studies courses as well as core and elective courses drawn from the Faculty of Science.
The Department sends students on SIWES for the purpose of exposing them to practical application of Chemistry in industries and other relevant fields. Each student is required to spend a minimum of six months at a stretch on the programme.
Our undergraduate student have received various awards and scholarship both within and outside for example the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) scholarship and awards for outstanding undergraduate students in the Faculty. Also feedbacks from employers on graduates of the programme have been encouraging.
The department is currently housed in the Chemistry complex built by Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) with state of the Art equipments and facilities for teaching and research. The Department enjoyed the headship of competent and able Heads of department namely;
Mr. S.G. Yiase (1993-1994), Prof. J.O.I. Ayatse (1994-2000), Dr. T.O.E Ekpendu (2000-2004) Dr. S.G. Yiase (2004-2011), Dr. S.T. Ubwa (2011-2015), Dr.O.G. Igbum who is now the current head of department and a pioneer graduate of the department. The department has immensely benefited from staff training funded by the University through TETFUND which has boosted the huge numbers of staff with Ph.D.