Welcome Address

Professor photoEnvironmental pollution in Africa has assumed a critical dimension, threatening the ecological integrity of the continent. This has resulted to large scale environmental degradation with its attendant human health implications. Population increase, urbanization and industrialization, has increased anthropogenic activities responsible for degradation in the region.

The International Toxicology Symposium in Africa was initiated and nurtured by our Japanese partners (Professor Mayumi Ishizuka, Professor Yoshinori Ikenaka and all staff members of the Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University) with huge funding from the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS).

In the last eight years, discussions and advocacy on topical environmental issues in Africa were addressed by a consortium of African scientists under the platform of the International Toxicology Symposium. The annual symposium has successfully provided enormous funding opportunities for the exposure of young African researchers to current scientific knowledge and skills.

We are delighted to announce that the 9th International Toxicology Symposium will take place in Nigeria, co-hosted by the University of Benin, Nigeria and Hokkaido University, Japan. In a special way, we want to commend JSPS for funding provided and to formally welcome all participants from Japan and the different African countries to Nigeria.

On behalf of the Nigerian contingents, we wish you a memorable stay and fruitful deliberations that will proffer panacea to the problems of environmental and health hazards in Africa. Welcome to Nigeria.

Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, fnes, fsesn
Laboratory of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Forensics
Department of Animal and Environmental Biology
University of Benin, Benin City.
Edo State, Nigeria.
ezemslaw@uniben.edu