The Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, being the first of its kind in Nigeria, was established in 1989 to provide skilled manpower, trained specifically for environmental surveillance, monitoring and management as against the present practice where these tasks were performed by people trained in basic and applied sciences.
The academic programme in the Department is designed to provide the training needed for an understanding of the environment and to build upon this foundation by exploring in some depths, specific aspects such as resource depletion, recycling, re-use and the impact of science and technology on the environment. The Department has trained about five hundred students to date. Many of the students are working in government establishments, industries and others have gone for their post graduate programmes.
The programme rank among the most sort-for in the University because of increased public awareness to environmental matters. There is also increased collaboration between the Department and environmental related agencies such as FEPA, OGEPA and other non-governmental organizations.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
The philosophy of the programme is the training of personnel from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, to the highest academic standards in the identification and resolution of environmental issues.
The objectives are:
(a) To train well-equipped personnel to meet the challenge of the environment.
(b) To produce highest quality research and teaching.
(c) To give sound advice on environmental matters.
The programme is designed such that a graduate of the department will be well equipped to meet the challenges of the environment and it is hoped that such graduates will constitute the work force for the government’s Environmental Protection Programme. The programme will run for duration of five years out of which the second semester of the fourth year will be spent in relevant Industrial/ Employment attachments.