Prof. Oladele Osibanjo

Prof. Oladele Osibanjo

Prof. Oladele Osibanjo

Executive Chairman, | Jawura Environmental Services Ltd.

Professor Oladele Osibanjo was a Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Ibadan until 31st December 2015. He was also the Executive Director Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the African Region in Hazardous Waste Management also until 31st December 2015
He graduated BSc. Honours Chemistry (Second Class Upper Division) University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1970; MSc Analytical Chemistry 1973 and PhD Analytical Chemistry 1976 both from University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, United Kingdom. He was a Western State Government of Nigeria Scholar for his undergraduate degree programme at the University of Ibadan 1968-1970; and Federal Government of Nigeria Scholar at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom for his MSc and PhD degrees programme in Analytical Chemistry 1972-1976.
Prof Osibanjo was the first black man to win the Elwell Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Midlands Region, United Kingdom in 1976 for contribution to the development of Analytical Chemistry based on findings in his PhD thesis. He was the Regional Advisory Editor for Africa of THE ANALYST LONDON (International Journal of Applied Analytical Chemistry of the Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom) 1980-1996. He is an internationally renowned scholar and environmental consultant to some United Nations Agencies including UNEP and UNIDO. He had also consulted for the World Bank in the past.

He analysed for the Federal Government of Nigeria, the consignments of 3888 tons of toxic wastes in 12,000 drums from ltaly illegally dumped in Koko port in the defunct Bendel State in 1988. This incident led to the beginning of environmental governance in Nigeria with the establishment of Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA) by Decree 58 of 1988. FEPA later metamorphosed into the Federal Ministry of Environment in 1999 on the return of democratic governance in Nigeria.


Prof. Osibanjo was FEPA’s Resident Consultant from 1990 to 1992 during which period he assisted the young agency with capacity building, development of programmes, environmental protection guidelines and standards; including the preparation of the 1991 Guidelines and Standards for Environmental Pollution Control in Nigeria (FEPA Green Book). He was a Member of the National Committee on the Implementation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Nigeria. He was responsible for the preparation of the Draft 1995 EIA Guidelines for the Oil and Gas Industry projects in Nigeria; aswell as the 1995 Draft EIA Guidelines for the Mining of Solid Minerals, Beneficiation and Metallurgical Processes. He was the National Coordinator of Nigeria Stockholm Convention National Implementation Plan Project (NIP Report submitted to Stockholm Secretariat in 2008).


He is a past Chairman United Nations Joint Agencies Group of Experts on Scientific Aspects of Marine Pollution (GESAMP), a ‘’Think Tank’’ for the United Nations on marine pollution issues; and was the first black man to be GESAMP Chairman. Prof Osibanjo was one of the Recipients of the Zayed Prize awarded to the Authors of the “Millennium Ecosystem Assessment “Report for Scientific and Technological Achievements in Environment in February 2006.  He is also a Lead Author, Chapter 6 on Chemicals and Wastes; UNEP Global Environmental Outlook Report 5 (UNEPGEO 5 Report)which was launched at the Rio+20 in Brazil in June 2012.. He was appointed Member UNEP Foresight Process on Emerging Global Environmental Issues in April 2011 which publication ‘’ 21 Emerging Global Environmental Issue in the 21stCentury’’ was also launched at Rio+20.  Prof Osibanjo was also a member of the Nigerian Official Government Delegation to Rio+20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  in June 2012..


Prof Osibanjo is a past National President, Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) 1991-1995; and the Pioneer President and Chairman of Governing Council, Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON) 2001 -2005 – the regulatory body for the chemistry profession in Nigeria. He is a past Head of Department of Chemistry, University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university.


Prof Osibanjo was rated the No 7 Scientist in all Nigerian Universities by Google Scholar Citation in February 2015. He was until December 31st 2015, the Executive Director, Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Training and Technological Transfer for the African Region (BCCC-Africa in Nigeria) on Hazardous Waste and Toxic Chemicals Management. BCCC-Africa in Nigeria is a Federal Ministry of Environment – University of Ibadan Linkage Centre on Cleaner Production Technology and Hazardous Waste Management; and Federal Ministry of Environment/ GEF/UNIDO designated Regional Geo-environmental Research Centre (GRC) for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) contaminated sites.


It was Prof Osibanjo through the Africa Core Group of Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) supported by PERU that proposed Electronic Waste, E-waste as an Emerging Global Environmental Issue which was adopted at the Second International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) of SAICM in Geneva in 2009.


He waspioneer Co-Chair, and the first black man to hold the position, of UNEP Basel Convention Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) from 2008-2015. Prof Osibanjo was Coordinator in Africa of the Secretariat of Basel Convention (SBC) E-Waste Africa Project sponsored mainly by European Union 2009 -2012. This study resulted in a Secretariat of Basel Convention publication ‘’Where are WEEE in Africa ‘’ with Prof Osibanjo as one of the authors. The European Union (EU) announced that the findings from this project would influence new EU Regulations on the export of E-waste to Africa. He was the Chair of the Steering Committee of the SBC E-waste Africa Project. Prof Osibanjo also chaired the first UNEP Pan African E-waste Forum held at UNEP Headquarters 14-16 March 2012. Prof Osibanjo was appointed a Member of the International Advisory Board of UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), Osaka, Japan in November 2012.


The Joint Secretariat of Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions of UNEP in Geneva, Switzerland, recently honoured him with a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, on 25 January 2016 , for his dedication, innovation and relentless effort in raising the agenda of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions high among the academia as well as to the populace . The Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) had earlier honoured him with LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN CHEMISTRY in 2013 at its Annual General Conference in Minna in September 2013.


He is a renowned Environmental Consultant to the Federal Ministry of Environment, National Environmental Standards Regulations and Enforcement Agency (NESREA), National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), and many State Ministries of Environment/Environmental Protection Agencies, as well as industry.


Prof Osibanjo is a Fellow, Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN), Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON), Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN) and not the least, Institute of Quality Assurance of Nigeria (IQAN). He is the current President, Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON). He was honoured by Ijebu Professionals as a Public Analyst in Ijebu Ode in 2015. He has graduated over 200 MSc students and 27 PhD students and has over 150 publications to his credit as international journal articles, chapters in books, and commissioned technical reports.


Prof Osibanjo is the Chairman, Jawura Environmental Services Limited, the first environmental consultancy company to be accredited in 1992 by the defunct Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA) which metamorphosed into Federal Ministry of Environment in 1999.