ONWUDIKE, Prof. Ogbonnaya Chikwe

Date of Birth: Sunday (Afo) 12,hOctober, 1947 State of Origin: Abia Local Government Area: Bende Contact Address: Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike Contact Telephone: 234-8035043029/0806351 Email Address: [email protected] Professor Ogbonnaya C. Onvvudike is a top academic in the area of Poultry and Monogastric Animal Production and a seasoned as well as ebullient administrator. He is currently, the Vice Chancellor, the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike. He has put in a lot of intellectual and administrative effort to see the Universily take off on a solid international standard. Education • Methodist College Uzuakoli • University of Ife- (the present Obafemi Awolowo University) Ife Ile-Ife • Colorado University, PhD 1980 Jobs and Experiences in Employment • Graduate Assistant, University of Ife, Ile-Ife 1975 • Associate Professor 1987 • Associate Professor, Federal University of Technology Owerri, ( FUTO) 1991 1994 • Associate Professor, Michael Okpara Federal University ofAgriculture, 1995 • Professor till date • Vice Chancellor till date. Awards and Prizes • Eastern Regional Scholar for Secondary Schools, 1960 • Federal Government Scholarship for undergraduate studies, 1970 • University of Ife Scholar for Graduate Studies, 1974 • International Atomic Energy Agency Fellowship for training in Colorado State University USA on the Use ofNuclear techniques in Animal Production, 1980 • Matsumae International Foundation Fellowship for Research in Nagoya University, Japan • Beneficiary NARP Research Grant funded by World Bank 1996 • Joint Co-ordinator ofthe Grant in the South Eastern Zone of Nigeria for NARP Projects Membership of Professional and Academic Associations • Member, New York Academy of Sciences 1981 • Member, Association for the Advancement ofAgricultural Science in Africa • Member, World Poultry Science Association Publications Over 43 confirmed referred academic publications that are well researched and published. Among them are: • Agronomic Evaluation ofStylosathes guynensis and its use in diet of laying hens. Journal ofAgric. Science. (1978) • The Effect of prolonged feeding ofStylosanthes guyanensis meal on laying performance, egg quality and hatchability. (1979) • Evaluation of Stylosanthes guyanensis meal in the diets of growing chicken (1979) • The Utilization of Stylosanthes guyanensis meal by broiler chicks, (1979) • Observation on the use of biscuits crumbs by laying hens (1980) • Investigations of the treatment of sawdust for rabbit feeding : Effects of Sodium hydroxide treatment, (1981) Community Service and Efforts • Deeply involved in Community Development both in teaching in the university and also in the practical assistance to farmers at the rural communities • Has helped to boost the economy of the state through food production by helping and assisting local poultry and animal farmers. • Improvement of living standard of the rural and urban dwellers by making people live self-reliant lives. • Produced many local farmers through seminars and workshops • Supervised many postgraduate theses in the area ofanimal husbandry. • Attracted world grants to support rural fanners. • Served as Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources with commitment and really improved living standard of people. Produced enough food for the state during his tenure by encouraging new technological methods of agriculture. • Chairman, Imo State Agricultural and Development Project, • Chairman, Management Committee of the Local Government Agro-Industrial Development Fund • He touched the lives of people at the grassroots with positive policy fonnulation and implementation that granted loans, and offered grants to food production experts. • He encouraged massive production of food for the improvement of living standard of the people Professor O.C Onwudike is a great man who has used his intellectual gifts and administrative positions to help human beings and has been consistent in rendering selfless services to the community.
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