By Emmanuel Daudu, Abuja-Nigeria
The International Chartered World Learned Society, ICWLS, has honoured the Vice-Chancellor, Ambrose Alli University, Prof. Ignatius Akhakhia Onimawo with a golden award as the Most Notable and top Distinguished Vice-Chancellor of the 21st century.
The President, International Chartered World Learned Society, ICWLS, H. E, UNESCO Laureate, Prof Sir Bashiru Aremu (World Acclaimed Distinguished Professor Emeritus ratified by UNESCO top up by UNN Nigeria CSER Malaysia MPRH Institute Iran WCU USA ICERE Argentina South America and others worldwide) disclosed this to Africa Security Investigation News on Friday.
H. E. Prof. Bashiru stated that the global recognition of
Prof. Ignatius Akhakhia Onimawo was strictly based on merit going by his antecedents.
Giving a superficial profile about the Vice-Chancellor, Ambrose Alli University, he said, Prof. Ignatius Akhakhia Onimawo started his working career as a Lecturer III in the Science Technology Department of the Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State in 1983 and rose through the ranks to the position of Chief Lecturer in 1999 before he left to join the services of Ambrose Alli University as a Senior Lecturer in 1999. In 2001, he left to take up an appointment with Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, and rose to the rank of a Professor in that University in 2005.
“Professor Onimawo rejoined the services of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma as a Professor in 2005.
As an academia of very high repute, he has distinguished himself in areas of research and publications as follows:
“116 publications both nationally and internationally with 20 (twenty) in nutritional research to his credit;
“Has attended several conferences and seminars/symposia locally and internationally presenting academic papers especially in scientific meetings;
“Has attended numerous workshops and delivered Public Lectures globally in his chosen field”, he said.
Speaking further, he noted that Prof. I.A. Onimawo has received 27 (twenty-seven) Awards, Honours, and Recognitions at both local and international levels.
“Prof. I.A. Onimawo also has a veritable wealth of experience both in administrative and editorial matters. He was a one-time Dean, College of Applied Food Sciences and Tourism, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, 2006 – 2008; Head, Department of Biochemistry, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, 2009 – 2011; Director, Academic Planning, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, 2011 – 2012; National President, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, 2002 – 2006 and 2009 – 2012; Secretary General, Federation of African Nutrition Societies, International Organization of Nutritionist in Africa, 2011 – date; Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic, Idah from 1994 – 1998; Chairman, Senate Business Committee, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, 2008 – 2009; Editor-in-Chief, Nigerian Journal of Nutritional Sciences, 2006-2008; and Nigerian Annals of Sciences, 2000 – 2001 among others.
“Prof. Onimawo is a pace-setter with a knack for being the best. For example, he came out in Division One during his Secondary School days; he came out with a Second Class Upper Division in his first Degree University education besides others.
“He is a socialite and a good mixer who creates time in spite of his academic pursuits to engage in sports. He is a sprinter, footballer, Hockey player, Volley baller, Triple jumper, and Ludo player. He equally creates time to serve his creator, the Almighty God. He is a good Catholic”, he added.
However, the President, International Chartered World Learned Society, ICWLS, H. E, UNESCO Laureate, Prof Sir Bashiru Aremu (World Acclaimed Distinguished Professor Emeritus ratified by UNESCO top up by UNN Nigeria CSER Malaysia MPRH Institute Iran WCU USA ICERE Argentina South America and others worldwide) urged the award recipient, Prof. I.A. Onimawo to continue in his good work irrespective of the challenges.
Reacting to the honour, Prof. I.A. Onimawo applauded the International Chartered World Learned Society team for the award and assured the academic space of his resilience efforts in ensuring that his impact is felt in the sector.