The Department of Geography, Ahmadu Bello University started on September 26th 1962 using the classrooms formerly used in teaching ‘A’ Level Geography at the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology. The first two lecturers were M.B. Thorp and M. Mortimore from Liverpool and Leeds respectively. Prof H.A. Moisley joined the Department as the first Professor of Geography in 1963 from the University of Glasgow and was later joined by P.N. Hore as a Senior Lecturer with a Ph.D from the University of London. By the time the first class of undergraduates moved into part III of the degree programme in October 1964, there were four academic staff in the department. The staff strength has grown to 26 academic staff, 6 technologists, 3 library staff, 7 secretarial staff and a driver.
Dr. A. K. Usman
Head of Department
Our vision of geography in this 21st century are to:
i) be a department of geography of international repute that will be recognized nationally and internationally as a center of excellence with superior educational programmes.
ii) build a department that is able to disseminate its research findings and learning activities through publications such as books, journals, conference and workshop proceedings, occasional papers and internet.
iii) have a department made up of high calibre and highly motivated staff and students
iv) have a department where collaborative research is highly encouraged.
v) produce highly skilled manpower that can contribute to the development of society at every level
vi) involvement in community and outreach services throughout Kaduna State, the nation and internationally
The mission of our department is to:
i) advance the frontier of knowledge in geography through teaching and research by employing the state-of-the-art technology in the process.
ii) produce highly skilled manpower that can contribute to development at every level of society for the present and future needs of the country through basic and applied research trials and findings in transport, agriculture, water resource management, weather etc
iii) demonstrate the relevance of geographical education and skills in the planning and management of global resources and environment establishing the purpose and relevance of geography department.
iv) be in a state of preparedness to render service to the community whenever called upon through applied geographical research confirming the reason for the existence of the department.
v) Consequently, the department will advance the frontier of knowledge for the benefits of students and society as a whole to combat present and future challenges be it natural or human.