Prof. Iwe Maduebibisi Ofo

Prof Iwe Maduebibisi Ofo

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Biography

Date Of Birth: 7th April, 1958
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
 

 

  • Educational Institutions attended with dates:
    • Boys’ High School Ihube, Okigwe – 1973 to 1977

    • Government College Afikpo - 1978

    • University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1978-1983

    • University of Ibadan, Ibadan, 1984-1985

    • University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 1989-1997 (Part time)

    • Wageningin Agricultural University, The Netherlands (PhD Research only) 1995.

  • Academic Qualifications with dates:
    • WASC - 1978

    • BSc. (Hons) Food Science and Technology University of Nigeria, Nsukka -  June, 1983

    • MSc. Food Technology (with emphasis in Processing) University of Ibadan -  September, 1985   

    • PhD. Food Science and Technology (with emphasis on Food Processing/Extrusion Technology) University of Nigeria, Nsukka-September, 1997

  • DISTINCTIONS AND AWARDS
    • World Bank Scholar (1993 to 1995).

    • Certificate of testimonial in recognition of immense personal contributions towards the growth of Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) by the President of NIFST (2006-2008), October, 2008.

    • Editor-in-Chief Nigerian Food Journal (NIFOJ), 2007 to 2010. Managed the processing of all submitted articles and also the printing/publishing of acceptable papers; as well as posting the articles on-line through AJOL in South Africa for visibility. Because of this, NIFOJ achieved the distinction of becoming one of Nigeria’s first on-line scientific journals published by Elsevier.

    • Published in the Igbo Icon, p309 (2006). Published by Divine Associates Global Services Ltd Lagos.

    • Published in the Achievers’ WHO’S WHO in Nigeria, p448 (2010). Published by Achievers Communications Ltd.    

    • Meritorious award (2003) in recognition of outstanding contribution to Christianity and humanity by Faith Bible College and Seminary, Isuochi External Campus of Faith University Columbia, USA.

    • Certificate of honour/meritorious service as a dedicated and committed Leader/Elder of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Umuahia Diocese (2007).

    • Certificate of honour/meritorious service as a dedicated and committed Leader/Elder of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Nneochi Diocese (2009).

    • Certificate of commendation as Senior Local Church Steward, Methodist Church Nigeria, South Bank Makurdi, Benue State (1999).

    • Certificate of commendation as Chairman Church Building Central Dedication Committee, Methodist Church Nigeria, South Bank Makurdi, Benue State (1999).

    • Commendation as a resource person at the 6th NIFST National Training Workshop on Research Methodology held at Rivers State University of Science and Technology Port Harcourt, May 2007.

    • Certificate of attendance at the 1st International Congress & Scientific Meeting on Building Network for Excellence in Food Science and Nutrition in West Africa organized by The West African Association of Food Science and Technology (WAAFoST), at Abuja Nigeria, 12-13th August, 2010.

  • MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES:           
    • Professional Member: Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Chicago, USA

    • Internationally Certified Food Scientist (CFS)

    • Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (FNIFST)

    • Member: West African Association of Food Science and Technology (WAAFoST)

    • Member: Nigerian Soybean Association

    • Professional Member: Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN)

    • Alumnus of the Haggai Institute, USA: Obtained Advanced Leadership Certificate from the Institute at Maui USA (2008)

  • TEACHING/COGNATE EXPERIENCE WITH DATES:                                 
  •  Thirty one years of University Teaching/Research. Have taught over twenty undergraduate courses in core Food Science and Technology areas; over five PGD courses, over ten each of MSc. and PhD Courses. Have worked in the following Universities:
    • University of Jos, Makurdi Campus, Makurdi, 29th October, 1985 Starting as an Assistant Lecturer in 1985. 

    • University of Agriculture, Makurdi, 1st January, 1988 to 30th July, 2000: Rising to a Senior Lecturer in 1997.

    • Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, 31st July 2000 to Date as an Associate Professor (August, 2000) and a Professor (October, 2003).

  • TEACHING/COGNATE EXPERIENCE WITH DATES
    • University of Jos, Makurdi Campus, Makurdi, 29th October, 1985 Starting as an Assistant Lecturer in 1985. 
    • University of Agriculture, Makurdi, 1st January, 1988 to 30th July, 2000: Rising to a Senior Lecturer in 1997.

    • Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, 31st July 2000 to Date as an Associate Professor (August, 2000) and a Professor (October, 2003).

    • RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT                                                       

    • 1985-1999: Soybean Research involving personal and national researches in soybean science, processing and utilization, facilitated by University and National Soybean Association funding. The research was among other things targeted at bridging the food and protein gaps that existed during the Structural Adjustment Program period through popularization of soybean utilization in the homes and health institutions. One of the emerging technologies adopted for achieving this and which is still being explored for other food processing is the EXTRUSION process.

    • AD 2000-to date: Cassava Processing Research involving personal, national and international researches on cassava. Within the period have worked with undergraduate and post graduate students to address the processing, handling and popularization of the lesser known shredded cassava product, Ighu or Abacha, as one of the household food security products in South Eastern Nigeria. To this end we have been able to fabricate and model the use of a motorized machine for the processing of cassava into the product, as well as establishing the age of cassava that should give optimum yield of the product.

    • AD 2012 to date: Rice processing involving national and international research funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) rice project on “Enhancing Food Security in Africa through the improvement of rice post-harvest handling, marketing and the development of new rice-based products”. The project has already produced two MSc graduates and has the potential to produce more.

    • AD 2013 to date: Cassava processing into High Quality Cassava bread on “Improving quality, nutrition and health impacts of inclusion of cassava flour in bread formulation in West Africa (Nigeria & Ghana)”. It is a multi-University research sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) awarded jointly through the McGill University Canada and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan. Four MSc graduates are expected from it before the end of 2015.

    • AD 2014 to date: Cassava processing research on “Enhancing the competitiveness of high quality cassava flour (HQCF) value chain in West and Central Africa”. This is another IFAD sponsored research through IITA, Ibadan.

    • Collaborative research with the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology sponsored at national level on “Development and performance of Active and Passive Solar Dryers primed with solar cells” led by Engr. Dr. A.B. Eke and Prof M.O. Iwe.

    • Collaborative research with the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology sponsored at national level on “Development of motorized cassava root shredding machine” led by Engr. Dr. Etoamaihe and Prof M.O. Iwe and sponsored by the Raw Materials Research Development Council in 2012