Expert Reveals Relevance of Geophysics in Food Production, Others
If Nigeria has to maintain her sovereignty as a nation, she must, among other things, lay emphasis on food security, an area which experts say geophysics has significant role to play through the determination of soil fertility suitable for any particular crop leading to high yield, food exportation and foreign exchange earnings.
The Guest Speaker, Professor Elijah Ayolabi, made the submission while presenting a paper titled, “Relevance of Geophysics in Present Economic Dispensation,” on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at a Special Seminar Presentation organised by the Department of Physics, Covenant University, Ota.
Professor Ayolabi, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of Mountain Top University, highlighted the relevance of geophysics to the environment, road construction, transport, agriculture, search for hydrocarbon and solid minerals, water resources, housing, power generation, terrorism and security as well as anti-corruption fight among others.
“The economic impacts of geophysics technologies as well as latest success rates have not been adequately utilized for our economic development. In order to improve the economic relevance of geophysics, we must start engaging the capabilities of geophysics in our national development as well as economic evolution,” he explained.
The guest speaker noted that in the quest by the government to diversify the economy from oil base, geophysics would be relevant in locating the site for solid minerals in the sub-surface for exploration. “There is no state in this country that does not have a particular solid mineral. If well managed, each state would be able to stand on its own economically,” he added.
On the relevance of geophysics to Housing, Professor Ayolabi argued that the spate of building collapse in the country could be reduced if the sub-surface was taken into consideration. He noted that emphases were often laid on sub-standard building materials when structures collapse, but with geophysics, cavity on the sub-surface could be detected before structures are erected on the land.
Professor Ayolabi emphasised that if geophysics technologies were well utilized, it would provide job opportunities and avenue for training upcoming geophysicists in the country.
The Head, Department of Physics, Dr. Mojisola Usikalu, had earlier in her welcome remarks enjoined the participants to be in good disposition to gain maximally from Professor Ayolabi’s wealth of experience.
Professor Elijah Ayolabi also paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his office where they had discussions before the seminar.