ABUJA 2017

The 53rd Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) Annual International Conference/Annual General Meeting will be held in Abuja, between 26th – 31st March, 2017 under the sponsorship of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS), Oil and Mineral Resources Organizations, relevant Federal and State Governments Ministries and Private Sector Agencies as well as other well meaning individuals associated with the profession.

THEME: The Extractive Industry: Imperatives for Wealth Creation & Employment Generation.

The schedule of events is as follows:

 SUNDAY, 26TH MARCH 2017 Arrival and Registration, Welcome Cocktail Party.
 MONDAY, 27TH MARCH 2017 Registration continues, Panel Discussion
Annual General Meeting(AGM),
Educative Lecture Series,Specialist Group Meetings
Fellows & Institutional Members night.
 TUESDAY, 28TH MARCH 2017 Opening Ceremony, and Exhibitions, Plenary Season I, Keynote Lecture, Technical Sessions, Students’ Session, and Spouses Programme
 WEDNESDAY, 29TH MARCH 2017 Plenary Session II, Keynote Lecture, Technical Session, Students’ Session, Spouses Programme continues, and NMGS Awards Night
 THURSDAY, 30TH MARCH 2017 Plenary Session III, Technical Sessions, Students’ Session, Variety Show & Closing Ceremony
 FRIDAY, 31ST MARCH 2017  Field Excursions / Trips

Please find more details below;



  1. Creativity And Innovation in the  Mineral Value Chain – Rethinking the Exploration And Beneficiation Processes.
  2. Challenges And Prospects For Diversification in the Upstream And Downstream Oil and Gas Sector.
  3. Sustainable Development And Management of Nigerian’s Land And Water Resources.
  4. Geosciences And Health: Synergy between the Earth and Man.
  5. Development of Nigeria’s Renewable and Non-renewable Energy Sources.
  6. Geo-tourism Potentials Of Nigeria.
  7. Agro Minerals and Food Security.
  8. Geo-ethics, and Geo-Education


In 1977, Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) succeeded the Nigerian Mining, Geological and Metallurgical Society (NMGMS) which was founded on 15th January, 1961 and officially inaugurated on 17th December, 1962. The Society is an international, non-governmental and non-profit making professional organization.

Its objectives include:

  • Advancement and practice of Mining, Earth Sciences and Metallurgy;
  • Acquisition, preservation and dissemination of mining, geoscientific and metallurgical knowledge;
  • Publication of an interdisciplinary learned Journal of Mining and Geology (JMG), the CRUST, periodicals and specialized books including annual books of abstracts and programmes of the society’s Conferences and activities; and
  • Upholding the ethics and safeguarding the interests of professions covered by the society.

The Society also has statutory representation in the Council of the Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG) established by the Federal Republic of Nigeria Decree No. 40 of 1990. The categories of membership are Fellow, Corporate, Graduate, Students, Affiliate, Institutional and practitioners working or who have worked within the country.

In order to adequately cater for the interests of the various disciplines represented in the Society and its widely dispersed membership, the Society recognizes Local Chapters and Specialist Groups whose activities are directed at strengthening the NMGS in achieving its objectives.



The historic Abuja used to be the southwestern part of the ancient Zazzau (Zaria) kingdom. The name Abuja was reported to have been derived from the name, Abu Ja, a brother to Muhammadu Makau, the last Hausa ruler of Zaria who fled Zaria following his defeat by the Fulanis and settled in the area known as Abuja. Abu Ja succeeded his brother in 1825 as the 62nd King of Zaria and named his capital Abuja after himself.

Abuja became a major commercial center where long distance traders exchanged goods. The inhabitants successfully fought off the Fulanis and were not conquered as the neighbouring lands were. In 1902, Abuja was occupied by the British colonial army, which reorganized northern kingdoms into emirates.

The emergence of Abuja as the Capital City of Nigeria followed its successful choice out of possible thirty three sites in August 1975 by a panel of experts under the Chairmanship of Justice T. A. Aguda that was constituted by the Late General Murtala Muhammed’s military administration to study and advice on the desirability of retaining Lagos as the Federal Capital of Nigeria. Decree 6 of 1976, promulgated by the Federal Military Government, facilitated the carving out of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja out of Niger, Plateau and Kogi (formally Kwara) States.

Niger State contributed 80% of the FCT from then Abuja Emirate Council land. Plateau State (now Nasarawa State) contributed 16% while Kwara State (now Kogi State) contributed 4%. The then Abuja Emirate Council also gave up its Abuja name to the FCT and renamed the previous Abuja town, SULEIJA after the then Emir of Abuja, Suleiman Barau and “ Ja” from the last syllable of the former name of Emirate.

Abuja officially became Nigeria’s Capital City on 12th December 1991.

Abuja used to be inhabited by several tribes comprisingGbagyi (Gwari) that form the largest tribe followed by Koro.Others include Gade, Egbura, Gwandara, Bassa and the Ganagana.

The FCT is divided into six area councils namely, Abuja Municipal, Gwagwalada, Abaji, Kuje, Bwari and Kwali.

The Master Plan for Abuja defines the general structure and major design elements of the city. KenzoTange and Urtec Company accomplished the detailed design of the central areas of the capital, particularly the capital’s monumental core.


The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the 53rd Annual Conference/Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) on behalf of theAbuja Chapter of the Society, NMGS Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, other relevant Government Ministries and Private Sector Agencies has the honour and privilege of announcing and inviting you to participate in the 53rd Annual International Conference of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) from 26th – 31st March, 2017.


  Early Registration opens until January 30th, 2017.
December 16th, 2016 Abstract submission closes
January 16th , 2017 Notification of authors of acceptance of abstracts.
January 30th, 2017 Submission of full text for Awards closes


National secretariat: Zawan, P.O.Box 6192, Anglo, Jos, Plateau State

Abuja Liaison Office: Plot 245, First Avenue, EFAB Estate Lokogoma, FCT, Abuja



The Technical events of the Conference will start with the plenary session dwelling on the theme of the Conference THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY- IMPERATIVES FOR WEALTH CREATION AND EMPLOYMENT GENERATION. Discussion will comprise of invited guest speakers from relevant fields with cognate experience who have made significant impact in their careers.

This will be followed briefly by oral and poster presentations’.


Those interested in presenting scientific papers during “Abuja 2017” Conference are kindly requested to submit abstracts, which should conform to the following guidelines:

  • Should not exceed 250 words
  • Abstract is limited to one A4 size page, text only without figures or Tables. Top, bottom, left and right margins at 25mm.
  • Title should be Upper and lower case, left justified, Times New Romans font, 14pt bold.
  • Contributors’ name should be Upper and lower case, left justified, first name first, surname last, Times font, 11pt.
  • Affiliation should be Upper and lower case, left justified, Times font, 10pt. Numbered superscripts should be used to indicate the affiliation of each contributor-mail address can be added in parentheses at the end of the corresponding contributor’s affiliation.
  • Main text should be single spaces text, Times font, 10pt, no section headings.

Please send your abstract(s) to:

abstract.nmgs2017@gmail.com, or abstract.nmgs2017@yahoo.com

Note: Oral presentations will be in MS Power Point and presenters are expected to arrange their points appropriately in USB flash. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts for the Conference.

Authors of successful abstracts will be required to send three hard copies of their papers and a soft copy addressed to:

abstract.nmgs2017@gmail.com, or abstract.nmgs2017@yahoo.com

Not later than 16th December, 2016.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be reached through SMS or through their E-mail addresses as soon as the review is completed.

Authors of accepted abstracts are required to submit the full text of their papers on or before 30th January, 2017 for consideration of the NMGS/ELF/TOTAL Award. They will be duly informed on the schedule of their presentation. The Council (NMGS) has directed that persons whose abstracts have been accepted must ensure that their papers are presented at the conference or would face possible sanctions for failure to do so.

Enquiries should be forwarded to:

Dr. Oluwole A. Oyedeji,- Chairman, Technical Sub-Committee

Nigerian Geological Survey Agency,

31, Shettima Munguno Crescent,

Utako, Abuja.





The LOC Abuja 2017 has made provisions for space for exhibition. The exhibition affords you the opportunity to portray your products, brands, equipment, and services of Geosciences, Mining, and allied Companies. It also allows you to interact and market your business profile to potential clientele. You may wish to explore this unique opportunity to attract attention, and interest with a decent amount of money. For details on the rates please contact Engr. M. S. Jibril +2348033140096, sanusijibril@gmail.com as limited spaces are available. NOTE: All payment must be in Bank Draft or Certified Cheque drawn in favour of: Account details:

Banker: Union Bank of Nigeria PLC, Victoria Island Branch.

Account Name: Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS)

Account Number: 0010554022

Sort Code:     032154607


Category Fee
Fellows N30,000
Corporate Members N20,000
Non- Members N30,000
Student Members N   5,000
Spouses N10,000
Foreigners $     300


Payment of registration fee and en bloc registration can be made before the Conference date, payable to NMGS bank details above, bank teller(s) should be presented during registration.


You are welcome to Abuja the beautiful and fastest growing city in Africa. The NMGS ABUJA 2017” L.O.C has planned a programme of activities for accompanying spouses during the upcoming NMGS Abuja Conference. We intend to take you around places in Abuja that are worth seeing. These include state of the Art structures and views of Abuja City. Courtesy visits are also being arranged to some important dignitaries. Other places to be visited include: Arts and crafts village, Usafa Pottery works, Cyprian Ekwensi Cultural Centre, Charity visit shall be paid to Orphanage homes etc. All participants are encouraged to come with their spouses to the conference. It is going to be refreshing and memorable.


Growing minds need inspiration, guidance and encouragement. Abuja 2017 provides extensive opportunities for students to have individual paper presentation, as well as interact with very senior colleagues from academia, industry, government, and private sector. Student session will run through Tuesday, March 28th to Thursday, March 30th 2017. Students are therefore encouraged to submit their abstracts for paper presentation as they stand a chance to win the prize for best presentation. List of participants from all institutions should be forwarded to Prof. B. S. Jatau +2348034529326, bsjatau@yahoo.co.uk, or sj.blason@gmail.com for proper coordination.


As part of the Conference, there shall be excursions to areas of geological interests. NMGS shall subsidize the excursion fee; meanwhile participants will be required to pay a token.


The LOC hereby invites members, and the general public to advertise their companies, businesses, services, and products in the Circular or Book of Abstracts. Sponsorship of specific items will also be welcomed. These include, Conference materials, excursions, and technical sessions.

Advertisement rates are as follows:

Inside front cover N250,000.00
Back cover full size N300,000.00
Inside back cover N250,000.00
Centre spread N200,000.00
Full page N 50,000.00
Half page N 30,000.00
Quarter page N 20,000.00
Ear piece (1/8 page) N 10,000.00


NOTE: All payments are to be made payable to NMGS account details above.


Prof. Gbenga Okunlola FNMGS, -President +2348033814070,gbengaokunlola@yahoo.co.uk

Prof. Charles O. Ofoegbu, FNMGS – Chairman LOC, +2347039699031,coofoegbu@yahoo.com

Engr. Umar A. Hassan, Secretary LOC, +2348035099058, unhassanm@yahoo.com

Lauretta Omoigberale Mrs, Protocol officer & Chairperson Publicity subcommittee +2348037232666, myetta4u@gmail.com