(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – On Thursday, November 18, 2021, Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers State appointed Professor Okechukwu Onuchukwu as the Acting Vice- Chancellor at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, IAUE, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt following the end of the impressive administration of Prof. Ozo Mercury Ndimele.
Although Prof. Onuchukwu, who hails from Rumuohia in the Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, is a known person in the state but not many people are aware of the considerations that informed his appointment as the Acting Vice Chancellor at IAUOE on Thursday by the Visitor to that institution.
The reasons are verifiable. One of them is that Prof. Onuchukwu is a highly distinguished scholar. He rose to the rank of Professor of Economics at the reputable University of Port Harcourt in 2010. His area of specialty is Econometrics.
He was favoured for the appointment because he has demonstrated ability to provide academic and administrative leadership to the university community. Prof. Okey Onuchukwu had, at different times, creditably served as Head of Economics Department, Dean of faculty of Social Sciences and Director of UNIPORT Busies School, among others assignments. He had also served as external examiner to many institutions, member of committees and bodies as well as consultant to states, national and international agencies.
Besides, having been born in April 1965, it means that he is very far away from the maximum age of 65 that is considered the limit for any prospective occupant to that office, in some places. The distinguished scholar is an alumnus of University of Port Harcourt where he obtained his first, second and terminal degrees in 1990, 1994 and 1998 respectively in Economics.
He has written and edited about 23 books , published about 91 journal articles . He is a life member of Nigerian Economic Society and belongs to other organizations and institutes. He won Gold Medal in Goal Keeping during Nigerian University Games in 1988, and another as Football Team Manager, in 2004 all at University Games, UNIPORT.
Prof. Onuchukwu also belongs to Academic Staff Union of Universities ,ASUU, at the University of Port Harcourt University and is married to Mrs. Joy Chika OKey Onuchukwu, and the union is blessed with four children.