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Pof. Francis Fajemirokun obtained the B.Sc (Surveying) degree in 1966 at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He had his postgraduate training at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio where he obtained the M.Sc and Ph.D degrees in Geodetic Science in 1968 and 1971 respectively.

Prof. Fajemirokun lectured at the Department of Surveying & Geoinformatics, University of Lagos from 1973 until his retirement in 2008. He was a Visiting Professor at California State University, Fresuo 1981/1982. In 1982, he was appointed Professor of Surveying at the University of Lagos, where he held many administrative positions, including Dean of Engineering (1983 – 1987), Dean of Postgraduate Studies (1991 – 1995) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services) (2005 – 2006).

Prof. Fajemirokun’s areas of expertise include geodesy mathematical modeling, geodetic network observations and adjustment, structural and crustal deformation survey and analysis, gravity surveys, tidal analysis and datum determination, and datum transformation.

Prof. Fajemirokun is a Fellow and Past president of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors. He is the Past president of the Nigerian Union of Planetary and Radios Sciences (the I.U.G.G adhering body in Nigeria). He participated and presented papers in many learned conferences – national and international. He is married with children.

Prof. C.U. Ezeigbo holds B.Sc. (Maths), M.Sc. and Ph.D. (Surveying). He is a registered surveyor and member of many professional bodies. He was a Commonwealth Universities’ staff fellow to the University of Nottingham in 1982 and twice UNESCO fellow to the University of Nairobi, Kenya in 1991 and 2001.

Prof. Ezeigbo was the Ag Head of Surveying and Geoinformatics Department from 1992-1994. He became the substantive Head of the Department from 1997-2000. He is currently the national representative on the international Geoid Commission, national representative of International Association of Geodesy, the Chairman of Nigeria Association of Geodesy (NAG) and the President Nigerian Union of Planetary and Radios Sciences (the I.U.G.G adhering body in Nigeria).

Prof. C.U. Ezeigbo was the chairman of the Faculty of Engineering Research and Publication Committee (1995-1997), chairman of Hall of Residence Management Committee (1994-1995). He was the chairman of Faculty of Engineering Internet Facilities’ committee (2002-2006), and chairman of University of Lagos Bookshop management Board (2002-2005). He was also a member of University of Lagos Senate Honours Committee between 1997 and 1999. He was also a member of academic board of Federal Survey School Oyo (1993-1995). He worked for the Federal Surveys of Nigeria between 1972 – 1977, during which period he was involved in the survey of Lagos-West boundary and supervised the following projects: Establishment of geodetic controls and topographic mapping of the areas of the old Plateau, Bauchi, Gongola and Sokoto States. In 1977, he was appointed the officer-in-charge of the Gusau field headquarters, a post he held until he joined the University of Lagos in November 1977.

Prof. Ezeigbo has had over thirty-one years of university teaching and research experience before he retired at the mandatory retirement age of 65 in June 2007. His publications, over eighty in number, cover a wide range of areas. He is an expert in physical and satellite geodesy, mathematical modelling techniques, geodetic network design and management, and environmental impact studies. He is among a team of consultants currently involved in the adjustment and analysis of Nigerian Geodetic control networks and has been involved in the execution of a number of consultancy projects for many companies and survey organizations.

Prof Ezeigbo is married with children and grand children.

Prof. P.C. Nwilo is a Professor and former sub-dean of the school of post graduate studies and former Head of the Department of Surveying & Geoinformatics, University of Lagos, Lagos – Nigeria.. He was pioneer head of the department of research planning & enviroment. Lokoja. He is also the Coordinator of the Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem ( GCLME ) /UNILAG Regional Centre for Environmental Information Management System at the University of Lagos, Lagos.

Professor. Nwilo has a Ph.D. in Environmental Resources from the University of Salford, United Kingdom. He also has a Bachelor of Science and an Master of Science in Surveying from the University of Lagos. His Ph.D. Thesis is on Sea Level Variations and the Impacts along the Coastal Areas of Nigeria.

He is a registered surveyor, a member of the Nigeria Institution of Surveyors, an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Environment Education and Information, University of Salford, U.K., an Honorary Advisory Board Member of the Encyclopedia of Life Support System and an Editorial Board Member of the African Geodetic Journal. He is also the editor in Chief of the Nigerian journal of Surveying & Geoinformatics.

Professor. Nwilo had a fellowship Award of the European Community for his Ph.D.; and was a Federal Government of Nigeria scholar for his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees. Professor Nwilo has over 70 publications in journals and conferences in the areas of surveying, coastal management, oil spill, sea level variations, subsidence and environmental management. He has also co-edited 4 books. Professor Nwilo is married with children.

Juliet Ezechie has been working as a Space Geodesist for over 19 years. After an undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of Wales, she was introduced to the world of Geodesy at what was then the Civil Engineering Department at Nottingham University , now the internationally renowned Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy.

After completion of her M.Sc. she joined Racal Decca (now known as THALES NAVIGATION) where she contributed to the development and deployment of the first Global differential GPS system Skyfix™.

Not satisfied with the challenges of the offshore Oil and Gas industry, Juliet returned to academia for a Ph.D. programme at the University of London where she specialised in the development of techniques and algorithms for the exploitation of satellite positioning systems with particular emphasis on the effects of ionospheric scintillation.

Juliet then returned to industry, taking up a position with Leica Geosystems as the UK Global Navigation Satellite System Technical and Project Manager, working with colleagues across Europe, Asia and America in technical developments and innovations.

Ensuring she stayed up to date with Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Juliet was then seconded to the European Commission where she worked as a Project Manager with THALES Navigation and THALES Air Traffic Management on the development of the Ground Mission Segment for the forthcoming European Global Navigation Satellite System, Galileo.

Juliet Ezechie then returned to Leica Geosystems as Specialist Project Manager where she notably established their unique Educational Industrial collaborations and the development of the first national British Network RTK service.

She is married with children.

Surveyor Mohammed N. Yahaya obtained his Bachelor degree in Survey Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Frederiction, N.B Canada. He then proceeded to Purdue University, West Lafayette, IND., U.S.A., where he obtained a M.Sc. in Survey Engineering. He is also a graduate from the prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru.

Having a wealth of experience in Survey and Urban development, he has held several positions the Surveyor General of the Federation from October 1995 to August 1999, Managing Director Environmental Resource Surveys Limited between 1989 to 1995, he is also a principal partner at M.Yahaya and Associates, just to mention a few.

Surveyor Yahaya has been a member of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) since 1978, member Surveyors Registration Council of Nigeria (SURCON) and member National Land Use and Allocation Commitee (LUAC).

Some of his published works include:

  • Memo on the Need to the African Regional Spatial Data Infrastructure and the African Geographic Database, presented at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Committee of Information Development (CODI-2), UNECA Headquarters, Addis Ababa, September 2001.
  • The Development of Nigeria Geospatial Data Infrastructure and RE-inventing Surveying and Mapping, Presented to His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, November, 2001.
  • Financing the African Regional Geospatial Infrastructure, Presented to African and Development Partners Experts, March, 2002.
  • Implementing of the African Regional Geospatial Data Infrastructure, Presented on CODI-3 Group Discussion Website, May 2003.

He is married with children.


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