West African Participants at IYC 2011

Profiles of Some West African Scientists

Scientists from Sierra Leone and Nigeria are linking up in a networking breakfast meeting with scientists in Cambridge, UK, to celebrate the launch of the International Year of Chemistry 2011.

Mrs Comfort Uchendu

Mrs Comfort Uchendu

Mrs Comfort Uchendu, Chief Lecturer, Rivers State College of Arts and Science.

1. Botanical Society of Nigeria (BOSON).
2. Member, Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN).
3. Solar Energy Society of Nigeria (SESN).
4. National Association of Women in Science, Technology ad Mathematics (NAWSTEM).

5. Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria (FICAN).
6. Member, Board of Governors, Archdeacon Brown Education Center ABEC, PH. 2000-2004.

1. Still Single, Why Me? International Bible Society Press, Emene Enugu. 1995 (Author – Book)
2. Guide to Practical Biology Phils Publications, PH. 2004 (Co-Author, Book)
3. The Challenges of the Etche Adolescent and the way forward. Proceeding of Women Convention in Rivers State. 2001
4. How to cope with menopause. Nigerian Research Review, PH 1988 5. Journal, Author Detection and measurement of water pollution. Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN). 1998

1. Mosaic Disease of Pepper (B.SC, THESIS) 1980
2. Science and the Scientist from the mirror of children. 2001
3. Solid waste management in Nigeria: A Case study of Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers State (MPA THESIS) 2003

1. Proprietress, Cecilia Education Center, Rumuolumeni, PH – Nursery and Primary Education.
2. Proprietress, The Learners, PH – A Cambridge Ordinary and Advanced Level School under British Council, PH.

A. Founding President, The Voice, Etche Women Forum, Etche, Rivers State – A Women organization that promotes Girl-Child Education and other initiatives.

B. Ex-Officio, National Council for Women Society NCWS, Rivers State.
C. Ex-Officio, Academic Staff Union, RIVCAS, PH

D. Ex-Officio, RIVCAS Women Association (CASWA)

Project Presentation: Impact Of Organic Waste Disposal On Water Quality

Dr. Ronnie Frazer-Williams

Dr. Ronnie Frazer-Williams, is presently, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
Lectures the under mentioned physical and Inorganic courses at the various levels:

Level 4: Advanced Chemical Spectroscopy ( offered by Hons II students only)
Inorganic Reaction Mechanism, Metal Carbonyls, Sandwich compounds
Advanced descriptive Inorganic Chemistry & Thermodynamics applied to Inorganic Chemistry

Level 3: Transition Metal Chemistry
Metal Ligand Interactions

Level 2: Basic Inorganic Chemistry (I & II)
Mathematics for Chemists

Level 1: Introductory Inorganic Chemistry
Comparative Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry

In addition to the above, Dr R. Frazer-Williams, supervises students research at Final Honours 2 and Masters levels mainly in his research areas of interests – fate and biogeochemistry of metals in sediments and aquatic environment, constructed wetlands for pollution control and wastewater treatment, adsorbents for removing metals and phosphorous from wastewater, water resource management and waste management.
At present, Dr R. Frazer-Williams is working towards the publication of several scientific papers which he anticipates will be published in peer review journals.

The vast majority of Ronnie’s day to day activities all year round involves chemistry. These include teaching/lecturing, research.


Senior lecturer and Acting Head
Dept of Biological Sciences,
Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone

PUBLICATIONS The Current Biophysical Status of Nine Marine Protected Areas
in Sierra Leone-Report to World Bank and National Commission for the
Environment and Forestry, Sierra Leone, (2006)

Contraints to Vegetable Production in Urban and Peri-urban Regions of
Sierra Leone (Report to IITA/BCCA, Cotonou, Benin, (2004); Kaiwa et al;

Studies on Biology and Activity levels of Carboxylesterases as indicator of
Resistance in Plutella Xylostella on Cabbage(M’Phil Thesis, 2000);

EDUCATION Bachelor of Science with Honours in Zoology from University of
Sierra Leone (1992) M’PHil in Entomology from University of Ghana (2000)

Professor Sahr Gbamanja

Professor of Science Education and Curriculum Studies

Work experience: A)Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone (Sept.2008-date)
1. Dean, Postgraduate Studies
2. Assistant to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Fourah Bay College.
3. Member, University Senate, and Chairman of various Committees both ad hoc and Statutory.
B) I worked at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria as Lecturer on to the rank of full Professor (1980-2005.) In Nigeria I successfully occupied academic and administrative positions within the university and at Federal levels. This included Directorship of one of the university’s campuses for seven (7) good years, headship of various departments and units in the university, and chairmanship of several committees, both ad hoc and statutory. I enjoyed consultancy positions at the national level as well.
I taught in High Schools, and at the university level in the United States of America, and at the University of London where I was Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Education.
Work Experience C) – Njala university Aug.2005-Sept.30,2008
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Njala Campus, Njala University- 2006-2008.
Dean, Postgraduate Studies, Njala University – 2005-2008.
Director, Science Curriculum Development Centre (SCDC) Njala University –
Member, Njala University Court – 2005-2008.
Member, NCTVA Council – 2005 till date.
Member, Technical Committee – Micro Finance (NaCSA)
Chairman, several committees, statutory and ad hoc
I successfully supervised 31 Masters Degree level Theses in the 3 years I served at Njala University.

D) At National Level:
Chairman, Sierra Leone Library Board(2010 till date)
Chairman, National Board of Education, Sierra Leone (2006-to date)
Chairman, Presidential Committee to investigate disturbances at the Sierra Leone Muslim Congress Secondary School, 2008 (Completed, already presented to His Excellency the President)
Chairman, Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the mass failure of pupils in the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) and the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations(WASSCE) in 2008 in Sierra Leone. Work completed and Government White Pater accepting recommendations and making them law released.
Member, National Committee to review the entire 6-3-3-4 system of education in Sierra Leone, set up at the instance of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. 2008,( Completed)
Member, Committee to investigate disturbances at the St. Edwards Secondary School in Freetown, set up at the instance of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. 2008(Completed

External Examiner in: 20 Universities. This included assessing 9 senior academics for the position of full professor.

. Postgraduate Thesis Supervised
Ph.D. Dissertations successfully supervised: Have successfully supervised 9 doctoral (Ph.D.) Theses and over 320 Masters Level theses over the last 20 years.

Has published seven widely used textbooks in Science Education and Curriculum Studies and has published extensively in learned peer-reviewed journals.

Brief Statement on Science Education in Sierra Leone

by Prof S Gbamanja

Sierra Leone was once referred to as the Anthems of West Africa, when Fourah Bay College, established in the year 1827 became the Ivory Tower for most West Africans to receive quality education. That glory was sustained right through Independence in 1961 and beyond until when a brutal civil war which lasted in decade (1991-2002) took place.
However since the end of the war in 2002, the country has made remarkable recovery in terms of increased security, sustained economic growth and aggressive and effective restoration of public service including education.
Since independence in 1961, Science Education has always been a concern and Government has been committed to the growth of science and technological knowledge. The famous science education programme for Africa (SEPA) owes its origin and birth from the Njala University College in the mid 1960’s but the secretariat was moved to Accra Ghana.
Currently, the Government spends large sum of money every year to encourage youth pursue career in science. This is done by allocation more scholarships to science students at all levels of education. Government, through its’ Ministry of Education, Science and Technology organizes in-service courses and workshops for science teachers.
The Sierra Leone association of Mathematics and Science Teachers (SLAMAST) is also doing a great job in promoting Science Education. SLAMAST in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology very regularly organizes workshops to train and retrain Science teachers serving in the schools. SLAMAST does this with sponsorships from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) based in Freetown Sierra Leone. JICA has over the years promoted science teaching and learning in various parts of the country.

Prof. Sahr P. Thomas Gbamanja
(B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., MNAE, FSTAN, FRC.)

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