A. PERSONAL DATA
Name: OKOCHA, PETER IWUNOR
Marital Status: Married
Present Status: Professor
Department/Unit: Department of Agronomy, College of Crop andSoil Sciences
B. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
1. Educational Institutions Attended (with Dates):
(a) Preparatory Seminary, Ekpoma 1971
(b) St. Paul’s Seminary, Benin City 1972-1975
(c) Federal School of Arts & Science, Victoria Island, Lagos 1976-1978
(d) Methodist Boys High School, Lagos (Adult Education) 1978-1979
(e) Patrice Lumumba’s People’s Friendship University,
Moscow, Russia 1980-1989
2. Academic/Professional Qualifications (with Dates)
(a) Ph. D (Plant Breeding and Seed Production) 1989
(b) M. Sc. (Agronomy) 1986
(c) WASC (First Division) 1975
(d) GCE O/L Six papers 1975
(e) GCE A/L Two papers 1978
(f) GCE A/L Three papers 1979
ACADEMIC AND PROJECT WORK
(a) The Master’s Degree Project work titled “Investigation of wheat varieties of different ecological origin for use in breeding allocytoplasmic hybrids”, was carried out as a full time student of the Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding of the faculty of Agriculture, Patrice Lumumba’s Peoples’ Friendship University, Moscow. The project was successfully completed and defended with excellent grade. The University’s combined programme for the award of Master of Science degree was completed with distinction having given all examinations as follows:
* Grades Percentage
* Excellent (A) -80%
* Good (B) -20%
– Excellent (A) – 100%
(b) The Ph.D Degree project work, titled “Commercial and Biological Characters of Allocytoplasmic forms, hybrids and varieties of common wheat of different ecological and geographic origin” was basically a continuation of the master’s degree project workbut with deeper and muchwiderprogramme. It was carried out as a full time postgraduate research work in the same University. The experimental part of the research was carried out at the “All Union Institute of Genetics and Plant Breeding” Odessa, Ukraine and was part of the former Soviet Union Government’s registered research projects.
i. Production of reciprocal hybrids with the same nucleus but different cytoplasms
ii. Determination of the influence of different types of cytoplasm on plants’ ontogenesis.
iii. The study of the effects of vernalization and photoperiodism on plant’s growth and development.
iv. Peculiarities of leaf surface area formation and its relationship with the level of plant’s productivity.
v. Determination of the degree and character of the influence of cytoplasmic hereditary factors on the formation of quantitative characters.
vi. The study of the influence of plasmogenes on the immunity of plants to diseases and pests damages.
vii. Protein contents, starch and sugar contents, dynamics of filling and accumulation of green forage, bread quality.
viii. Statistical analysis of massive experimental data (20,000 plants with evaluation of 19 characters from each plant), variability of quantitative characters and correlation among characters with the aid of computer.
ix. Identification of hybrids and evaluation of wheat varieties through the method of electrophoresis.
(c) Ph.D candidacy (minimum) examinations in plant breeding and seed production, philosophy and Russian Language were given with excellent (A) grades.
(d) Lecture tutorials and laboratory classes for students were carried out in line with the University’s Programme.
3. Certificate Courses
1. Training workshop on cell and tissue culture techniques held at the Biotechnology laboratory, Department of Botany, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) 20th October to 2nd November, 1996.
2. Training course on Computer applications, organized by the NUNet Committee, MichaelOkpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State from 4th – 11th March, 1998.
Post-doctorate/Sabbatical Leave Position
1. Post Doctoral Fellowship: worked as a visiting fellow with the
West Africa Rice Development Association’s (WARDA) Rice Research
Programme based at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
(IITA), Ibadan in 1991.
2. Sabbatical Leave – Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Wildlife Resources Management, University of Calabar, from November 1, 2006 to October 31, 2007.
3. Sabbatical Leave – Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Uyo, Uyofrom June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014.
C. WORK EXPERIENCE
1. Previous Work Experience outside MOUAU:
a) Nigerian Educational Research Council, Apapa, Lagos 1976
b) National Provident Fund, Lagos 1978-1980
c) National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI),Badeggi 1990-1994
Positions Held: Senior Research Office 1990-1994
Member,West Africa Rice Development Association’s
Lowland Rice Breeding Task Force 1992-1994
Member, West Africa Rice Development Association’s
Upland Rice Breeding Task Force 1993-1994
Member, Nationally Co-ordinated Rice Evaluation Trial 1991-1994
Chairman, Nationally Co-ordinated Rice EvaluationTrial
Report Writing Committee 1994
Work Experience in MOUAU:
a) Acting Dean, College of Crop and Soil Sciences from July, 1997 – May, 1999 and from October 2008 to November, 2012.
b) Acting Head of Department of Agronomy, from July, 1997 – October, 2000; and Oct. 2005 – August 31, 2006.
D. MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES/BODIES
i. Senate member, Michael Okpara Univ. of Agric. Umudike, Feb. 1995 – Oct. 2002, from Oct. 2005 – August,2006, and from Oct. 2008 to November, 2012 and from May 2013 to date.
ii. Member, University Ceremonials Committee, 1994 – 2000
iii. Chairman, Senate Welfare Committee, 1996 – 2005
iv. Acting Chairman, sub-committee on Research Grants Monitoring, Jan. 1997 – Nov. 1998.
v. Member, Committee of Deans and Directors, July 1997 – May 1999 and from October 2008 to November, 2012.
vi. Member, Farm Management Committee, July 1997 – May 1999.
vii. Member, Senate Business Committee, April 1997 – Oct. 2002 and April 2006 – Aug. 2006.
viii. Leader, Grains and Legumes Research Programme, Feb. 1998 – 2006
ix. Member, Board of Trustees for the Staff Pension and Gratuity Scheme under the Unified Pension/Gratuity Scheme, Nov. 1997 – Dec. 2002.
x. Chairman and Member of College Appraisals Committee, 1995 – 2004 and from October 2008 to November, 2012an from 2013 to date.
xi. Chairman, College Welfare Committee, 1994 – 1998
xii. Chairman, College Farm Committee, 1995 – 1998.
xiii. Member, Examination Malpractice Committee, April 2000 – July 2002.
xiv. Member, Postgraduate School Board, 1997 – 2002, Oct. 2005 – Aug. 2006, and Oct. 2008 to November, 2012.
xv. Member, Task Force to establish A Botanical Garden for Indigenous Food and Economic Crops.
xvi. Member, Senate Special Committee on Consideration of Results, 2010 to November, 2012.
E. MEMBERSHIP OF OUTSIDE BODIES/COMMITTEE
i. UNDP Consultant on the Amoba Community Poverty Alleviation programme, rice production component, Arochukwu, Abia State, 1997 – 1998.
ii. Collaborative research activity with Rivers State Agricultural Development Programme (RSADP), 1997.
iii. Collaborative research activity with Ebonyi State Agricultural Development Programme (ESADP), 1997, 2000 – 2001 and 2010-2011.
iv. Collaborative research withAnambra State College of Agriculture, Igbariam, 2000.
v. Collaborative research activity with National Cereals Research Institute, Uyo sub-station, 2000 – 2001 and 2010-2012.
vi. Extension of modern rice production technology to Bountiful Harvest farmers in Afikpo, Ebonyi State from 2000 to 2004.
vii. Collaboration with Agricultural Rejuvenation programme at Isuochi, Abia State, from 1996 – 2000.
viii. Extension of modern rice production technology to rice farmers at Isuochi, Abia State – 2003.
ix. More fish, More meat and More food. An NGO established to ensure adequate training, improved productivity and food security.
F. MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
i. Member, Genetics Society of Nigeria (GSN)
ii. Member, Agricultural Society of Nigeria (ASN)
iii. Member, Nigeria Society for Biological Conservation (NSBC)
iv. Member, Crop Science Society of Nigeria (CCSN)
i. Okocha, P. I. (1986).
Investigation ofwheat varieties of different ecological origin for use in breeding allocytoplasmic hybrids.M.Sc degree Thesis; Patrice Lumumba’s People’s Friendship University, Moscow, 126p.
ii. Okocha, P. I. (1989)
Commercial and biological characters ofallocytoplasmic forms, hybrids and varieties of common wheat of different ecological and geographic origin. Summary ofPh.D dissertation. 17p
iii. Okocha, P. I. (1989)
Commercial and biological characters of allocytoplasmic forms, hybrids and varieties of common wheat of different ecological and geographic origin, Ph.D dissertation, Patrice Lumumba’s Peoples’ Friendship University, Moscow, 201p
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
1. Okocha, P. I. and Amaugo, G. O. 1999. Rice production constraints of Iyi-Ocha-IyiUra-NgeleOkwo-Onuasu streamside Communities of Arochukwu with particular reference to Amoba Community. Report of study commissioned by UNDP.
2. Okorie, P. E., Okocha, P. I. and Asawalam, D. O. 2001. Accelerated dissemination of improved Agricultural Technologies in Nigeria: Multiplication and Distribution of rice seed of recommended variety to Target areas. Report of activity commissioned by USAID/IITA.
3. Okocha, P. I. and Asawalam, D. O. 2005. Continuing provision of inputs and extension support for rice farmers in Isuochi (Abia) and Afikpo (Ebonyi) States of Nigeria. Sponsored by Department of Planning, Research and Statistics, Federal Ministry of Environment, Abuja.
H. SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCES, SEMINARSAND WORKSHOPS
i. Okocha, P.I. (1987). The peculiarities of yield formation in varieties and allocytoplasmic hybrids of spring wheat. Seminar on the “Problems of Intensification of Agricultural Production”. People’s Friendship University, Moscow. P5.
ii. Okocha, P.I. (1988). The influence of cytoplasm on leaf surface area and grain yield in allocytoplasmic hybrids of spring wheat. Seminar on “Ways of increasing the effectiveness of agricultural production”. People’s Friendship University, Moscow. P 34-35.
iii. Okocha, P.I. and Semeonov, O.G. (1989). The study of reciprocal hybrids from crosses between varieties of common wheat (Triticumaestivum) with allocytoplasmic hybrids of wheat, 2nd Conference of Scientific-Teachers Centre on physical and chemical methods of research work. Moscow, 21-24 February 1989, p. 192.
iv. Okocha, P.I., Leefenko, S.F. and Semeonov, O.G. (1989). The reaction of allocytoplasmic forms of wheat to vernalization and photoperiodism. Scientific and theoretical Conference on the “Problems of intensification of Agricultural production”. Moscow. P. 51-52.
v. Okocha, P.I., and Ukwungwu, M.N. (1992). Rice production and breeding activities in Nigeria. A country report. Paper presented at IITA, Ibadan, 20-21 January.
vi. Ukwungwu, M.N., Immolehin, E.D., Nwaokoma, C.C., and Okocha, P.I. (1991). Rice production and Research in Nigeria. Paper presented at the International Network for Genetic Evaluation of Rice (INGER-Africa) Workshop, WARDA, Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire, 2-4 October.
vii. Okocha, P.I. (1992). Performance of some rice varieties and elite lines under on-station and on-farm research conditions. NCRI Seminar series, 15th October, 1992.
viii. Okocha, P.I. (1995). Segregation of some wheat crosses on the presence or absence of awns. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Genetics Society of Nigeria, Uyo. 14th-18th May.
ix. Okocha, P.I. (1996). The effect of foreign cytoplasm on the fertility of wheat breeding lines. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the Nigeria Society for Biological Conservation, MOUA, Umudike (6th-10th October 1996).
x. Okocha, P.I. (1996). The role of cytoplasm on the reaction of wheat to vernalization and photoperiodism. Paper presented at the sixth Annual Conference of the Nigeria Society for Biological Conservation, MOUA, Umudike (6th-10th October 1996).
xi. Okocha, P.I. (1997). The use of Gliadin Electrophoresis in wheat breeding programme. Paper presented at the International workshop on Biotechnology: Towards sustainable Agricultural Development in Africa. FUAU Umuahia, Nigeria. 10-15 August 1997.
xii. Okocha, P.I. (1997). Peculiarities of nucleo-cytoplasmic interactions in allocytoplasmic forms of wheat. Paper presented at the FADIB International Conference on Biotechnology, Enugu. Feb. 9-13.
xiii. Okocha, P.I. (1998). Selection of drought tolerant rice breeding lines for the rainfed lowland ecology. Paper presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria, held at the Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu, Ebonyi State, 13th -16th September 1998.
xiv. Okocha, P.I. and A.C. Nwosu (2001). The possibility of breeding for low-input rice (Oryza sativa L.) varieties in south eastern Nigeria. Paper presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Genetics Society of Nigeria, held at the National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research, New Bussa, Niger State, 3rd – 7th September 2001.
xv. Okocha, P.I. (2004). Field screening of rice (Oryza sativa [L]) varieties and breeding lines for allelopathic effects against common weeds of rice in south eastern Nigeria. Paper presented at the 29th Annual Conference of the Genetics Society of Nigeria, held at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. October 11-14th.
a) External Examiner
Served as an External Examiner to the Postgraduate School of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka for the M. Sc. students of the Department of Crop Science fromthe 1999 – 2000Academic Sessions to date.
b) Sub-Editorship of Reputable Journals
Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences – from January 2000 to December 2003.
c) Professional Reviews of Papers for Reputable Journals
And manyothers too numerous to list here.
d) Supervision of Post Graduate Students
Project/Candidates Supervised Date Degree Awarded
1. Mr. N.P.Eleweanya 2000 M.Sc (Major Sup.)
2. Mr. J.C. Njoku 2001 M.Sc (Co-Sup.)
3. Mr. L.I. Chukwu 2002 M.Sc (Co-Sup.)
4. Dr. G.O. Amaugo 2003 Ph.D (Co-Sup.)
5. Mr. L.N. Chinatu 2004 M.Sc (Major Sup.)
6. Mr. N.C. Onwubiko 2004 M.Sc (Co-Sup.)
7. Dr. A.O.A. Meregini 2004 Ph.D (Co-Sup.)
8. Dr. G.E. Nwofia 2004 Ph.D (Co-Sup.)
9. Miss K.U. Agwatu 2005 M.Sc (Co-Sup.)
10. Mr. S.C. Okere 2005 M.Sc (Co-Sup.)
11. Dr. C.O. Amadi 2005 Ph.D (Co-Sup.)
12. Mr. C.D. Iroakazi 2005 M.Sc (Major Sup.)
13. Mr. S.O. Afuape 2007 M.Sc (Major Sup.)
14. Dr. J.C. Njoku 2008 Ph.D (Co-Sup.)
15. Dr. E.E. Bassey 2008 Ph.D (Major Sup.)
16. Dr. A.U. Akpan 2010 Ph. D (Co-Sup.)
17. Dr. E.S. Willie 2010 Ph. D (Co-Sup.)
18. Dr. I. I. M. Nwankwo 2014 Ph.D (Co-Sup)
19. Dr. L. N. Chinatu 2014 Ph.D (Major)
20. Dr. Joseph Ndukauba 2013 Ph.D (Co-sup)
21. Mrs. Josephine Korieocha 2014 M.Sc
22. Mrs. Jane ChizozirimEnyinnaya 2014 M.Sc
23. Keke, CallistusIfeanyi 2014 M.Sc
24. Obi-Joachim Perpetua 2014 M.Sc
25. Ekaette, Eunice Etim 2014 M. Sc
26. Ezenwaka, Lydia Chidinma 2014 M.Sc
27. Simon Peter Abah 2017 M.Sc
28. Stephen AhamefulaNwaogu 2017 M.Sc
J. EXTRA CURRICULAR:
Singing, Listening to good music, and reading.
NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THREE REFEREES
1. PROF. E.E. ENE-OBONG (FAS)
Department of Crop Science
Faculty of Science,
University of Calabar,
2. PROF. M. I. UGURU
Department of Crop Science
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN
3. PROF. C.O. MUONEKE
Department of Agronomy,
College of Crop and Soil Sciences,
Michael Okpara University of Agric.,
Prof. P. I. Okocha