A Professor of hydrogeology at the Federal University Lokoja (FUL), Professor Abdullahi Emmanuel Bala has identified water as an important resources without which human beings can exist.
He made the assertion during the university’s 3rd Inaugural Lecture which held at the auditorium in Lokoja last week titled; “The Hydrogeologist and Sustainable Groundwater Supply.”
Water, the university don said, is the basic necessity and it is important to life, saying 78% of human blood is water and that the bones consists of 30% water.
Prof Bala stressed that water as a necessity for life applied to both plants and animals, adding that human settlements have often been influenced by the availability of fresh water, which occurs naturally on the earth surface and beneath it.
“Different professionals study water in the different domains related to their disciplines. For instance, the meteorologist studies water interfacing with the atmosphere. The hydrologist considers aspects of evaluation, forecasting,planning and storage of flood waters.
“The limnologists study lake water; groundwater hydrologist study the movement of groundwater through previous media and the agriculturist engineers and Hydrogeologist deal with surface water for the purposes they should serve in those fields,” he emphasised.
He described Inaugural Lectures as important to the academics and the academic environment because it serves as an opportunity for a professor to showcase his capabilities in his area of specialty and thanked the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Olayemi Akinwunmi and his colleagues for giving him the opportunity.
Earlier in his address, the Vice Chancellor had expressed pleasure at being able to have the opportunity of having such an event taking place within few months of his assumption of office in the institution and challenged the faculties that are yet to have scholars deliver such lectures to do so.
He expressed his commitment towards improving the academic of the university, and then noted that the institution would soon be a cynosure of all eyes.
Highlights of the event was the presentation of certificates by the VC of the university to all presenters of inaugural lectures, including Prof Bala.