Prof Steve Azaiki
A former Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government (SSG) under the Alamieyeseigha administration, Prof Steve Azaiki, The founder of the Azaiki Public Library in Yenagoa, which houses the most modern museum in the Niger Delta and the Institute of Science and Technology, He is a visiting Professor/Fellow to a number of institutions, such as the Institute of Petroleum Studies, University of Port Harcourt and the Interregional Academy (University) of Personal Management (IAPM).He was elected president of the International Society of Comparative Education, Science and Technology. Azaiki is also the National Coordinator of Nigeria National Think-Tank, president of World Environment Foundation For Africa (WEFFA), whose progenitor, World Environmental Movement for Africa (WEMFA), was borne out of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Ukraine. He has contributed immensely to the establishment of the Niger Delta University, launch of a Development Fund to fast-track the pace of infrastructural development in Bayelsa shortly after its creation and was the pioneer commissioner for Agriculture. Azaiki was appointed into the Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology, Akure in 2009 and the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island by the Bayelsa State Government in 2014. A Professor of Agronomy, Institute of Potato Research, Ukrainian Agricultural Academy, now University of Life and Environmental Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine, with specialization in Psychopathology (Plant Protection), he attended National University of Life and Environmental Sciences for his first, post graduate and doctorate degrees, as well as the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (MBA in Project Management), University of Abidjan, Cocody (Certificate in French Language) and Ukrainian Agricultural University (Certificate in Russian Language. His only venture into active/competitive politics was in 1992 on his return home from the old Soviet Union after bagging his Ph.D., when, after networking with prominent chieftains of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), he announced his interest in vying for the Senate, even though his age was below 35 years in what he described as a strategic move aimed at giving his Epie-Atissa people a voice and consideration. Asked how he feels on his birthday and if he is fulfilled, Azaiki said: “I believe I have been able to make some positive contributions to my community and society at large, in terms of physical infrastructure, building of primary school, church, museum, public library, hotel, etc”. Regarding the country’s leap towards self-sufficiency in food production, the agriculturist said Nigeria has not done well in the area of agriculture, even though he acknowledged the current efforts of the Federal Government to make that a reality. “We need to change young peoples’ mindset on the way they see agriculture. We also need to create the enabling environment for rural dwellers on how to maximize their yields.” As the world marks the environment day next week, the environmentalist and activist lamented that degradation in the environment, especially in the Niger Delta, has not abated and offered some solutions. He bemoaned: “The Niger Delta is like a volcano waiting to erupt. The place is still devastated; the ecology/ecosystem of the region is completely gone. The whole of the area need remedial measures. “Gas flaring must stop and illegal bunkering must stop too. Destruction of pipelines must stop immediately. These are the challenges. Stopping gas flaring will be a big step. “Allowing the people that the oil is in their underbelly to participate is crucial.” With regards to vocational and comparative education in Nigeria, he said: “Nigeria has not done well in the area of budgeting for education and commitment. “The country’s education is below average and in areas of comparative and vocational education, we have not even started.” What would he do differently in these areas if he were in government? He said: “I, as a person, cannot do much, but my strength will be in selecting the right people into governance; people who do not see government as a source of getting mega rich. “We need to be united; we need to respect one another. We must see government as a place to serve and not to be served. We need to learn to graduate our ambitions; one person at a time.” According to a former President of South Africa, Mr. Thambo Mbeki: “Azaiki is a reflection of the ideal African; I have interacted with him for several years now. He is a man of great vision.” “I have met resourceful persons; yet, I cannot but note that this young Nigerian is an asset to our continent,” Mbeki wrote in his foreword to Azaiki’s authorized biography, Steve Azaiki: The Yenagoa Boy.
Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo
Samuel Gowon Edoumiekumo, a Professor of Economics, Banker, Financial Analyst, Public Affairs Commentator on the Economy and National Development, is the Vice Chancellor of the Niger Delta University. He brings to the office, a deep understanding of the university system and its politics having served as Acting Vice Chancellor; Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences; Acting Head, Department of Economics; Deputy Director, Directorate of Consultancy, Entreprenuership, Research and Development (DOCERAD). He has also served as a member of various University and ASUU Committees, including that of the University Governing Council and NUC accreditation teams. A good team player, he also has sound financial management practices and discipline, garnered from his brief stint as a banker and financial analyst at First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) where he started his career before moving to academics. Prof Edoumiekumo obtained B.Sc, M.Sc degrees in Economics from the University of Port Harcourt and double PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Port Harcourt and University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN); Nigeria Economic Society (NES) and Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). An erudite scholar, he has contributed widely to knowledge and scholarship through his numerous books, chapters in books, monographs; papers presented in conferences, seminars and workshops, and scholarly articles in reputable national and international journals.
Donbebe Wankasi is a Professor of Industrial Chemistry and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) of the Niger Delta University. A very active member of the university community, he had served as Dean, Faculty of Science; Head Dept of Chemical Sciences; member of several University Committees including that of the University's Governing Council. Prof Wankasi obtained his B.Sc, M.Sc and PhD degrees in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Port Harcourt, and did Post Doctoral Research at the Vaal University of Technology, South Africa. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Public Administration from the Obafemi Awolowo University. Ile-Ife. A very prolific writer and productive scholar, he has contributed immensely to the chemical sciences literature through his over 70 scholarly articles in reputable local and international journals, besides books and papers presented at conferences and workshops. A recipient of many honors and awards (International Scientist of the Year 2004, Leading Scientist of the Year 2005, and Achievement in Science Award 2005) by the International Biographic Centre, Cambridge, England; he was also listed in Marquis Who is Who in Science and Engineering, USA in 2004. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON); Polymer Institute of Nigeria (PIN); Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN); and the American Chemical Society (ACS) amongst others.
Effua E. Berepubo
Mrs. Effua E. Berepubo is the Ag. Registrar of the Niger Delta University. Other details coming soon.
Joyce Chinyere Oyadongha
Joyce Chinyere Oyadongha is the Acting Librarian of the Niger Delta University. Before her appointment, she had been head at various times of the Cataloguing and Collection Development Sections of the University Library. She had also served at senior positions in the library units at various tertiary institutions before joining the University in 2004. She was educated at the Abia State University, Uturu, where she obtained the B.Sc degree in Library Science (BLS) in 1996; the Master of Science degree in Library Science (MLS) in 2007 from the Imo State University, Owerri and later a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Uyo, Uyo. She is a member of the Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN); member Nigerian Library Association (NLA), amongst others. She is a member of several university committees; has attended various professional and management workshops and conferences and contributed widely to the field of library and information science through scholarly publications in reputable local and international journals.
Seth Woulf Tueridei
Seth Woulf Tueridei is a Deputy Bursar who is being appointed as the Acting Bursar, Niger Delta University. He has previously held several positions in Bursary Department. He was Head, Students' Accounts, Salaries & Wages and Final Accounts Sections. He was the Special Assistant on Accounting Matters to Former Accountant-General, Bayelsa State. Before joining the University in 2004, he was one time Business Development and Operations Manager in Omega Bank Plc. He had also worked in Modant Marine Ltd as an Accounting Executive and Accountant. Mr. Seth W. Tueridei is a part-time Lecturer in Niger Delta University and Lecturer at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) Study Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. He holds a B.Sc degree in Accountancy from Rivers State University of Science and Technology and a M.Sc degree in Accountancy from Imo State University. He is an associate of ICAN and a member, Nigerian Institute of Management. He has attended local and overseas workshops/conferences to broaden his professional and managerial skills. Had served on several committees and a member in some University Committees.