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    Born in Okoroba Oyo-Ita village, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria, Emmanuel Ubene Oyo-Ita attended St. Thomas’ Demonstration Primary School. Bendel (Delta) State and Anglican Grammar School Ubulu-Uku, also in (Bendel) Delta State where he obtained his First School Leaving and WASC respectively. He also attended St. Patrick’s College, Asaba, (Bendel) Delta State for his Higher School Certificate and The College of Technology, Calabar, where he obtained an Ordinary National Diploma in Accountancy before proceeding to Kharkov State University, Kharkov, USSR and the Institute of Engineering – Economics also in Kharkov USSR for his Masters Degree (Distinction). He later attended the New Mexico State University, USA, for a Certificate in Computer Applications.

    Chief Oyo-Ita, a Certified Internal Auditor and a Chartered Economist, started his career as an Assistant Executive Officer (A.E.O) (Audit) in the office of the Auditor-General, South Eastern State. While on National Youth Service with the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, he was deployed as a Finance/Budget Officer. After his National Youth Service year, he joined the Cross River Agricultural Development Programme, a world assisted programme Calabar in 1986 as Auditor 1. He transferred his services to the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Calabar in 2004 as Deputy Director of Audit. He rose to the position of Director of Audit in 2011.

    A widely travelled man, Chief Oyo-Ita has attended many conferences and seminars both locally and internationally and he is a member of numerous local and international bodies. He is married with children.

    Dr. (Mrs.) Bojor Enamhe is a senior lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts and Technology, Faculty of Environmental Science. She holds a B.A (Hons.) in Arts History, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. M.A, Arts Management, PhD, Arts Administration University of Calabar, Calabar. She is currently writing her thesis for a PhD in Art History, University of Port-Harcourt. She lectures Art Appreciation, Arts Management, Art History.
    She has been Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Environment sciences at various times. She was the pioneer director of Quality Assurance unit and presently the Director of Academic Planning Unit. She is an astute believer in corporate development.
    She is a member of several professional associations, including Society of Nigeria Artists (SNA), National Association of women in Academics (NAWCSE), Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA).
    She has also published in many journals, articles and book chapters. Her research has focused on deregulated issues in Visual Arts, currently writing a book on the conceptualization of Moninkim Maiden Dance in Cross River state; safe-guarding the beauty of womanhood. Her recent research is on “The Emerging Art Market in Nigeria.”
    She is married with children.


    Hails from Ikot Eyo in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria.

    Charles Umo Efiom attended Sacred Heart Primary School and St. Patrick’s College, Ikot–Ansa in Calabar where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and O’Level Certicate (GCE) respectively.

    He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering from Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT), and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from University of Calabar. He has Oracle and CISCO certifications.

    Engr. Charles Efiom is registered with COREN and a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. (Former Vice Chairman) until his appointment as the Director of ICT, he was the Head of maintenance and Repairs, Directorate for Information and Communication Technology, CRUTECH.

    He is married to Barr. Josephine Efiom and blessed with children.

    Surv. Maurice O. Egbaji was born in Nkim, Mbube East in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State. He obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in St. Peter’s Primary School Ojerim in Mbube East and O’ Level Certificate (WAEC) in Mary Knoll College Okuku, in the present Yala Local Government Area. He holds Higher National Diploma (HND) in Quantity Surveying from the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
    He attended the University of Calabar and Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) where he obtained MBA in Business Administration and Post Graduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying respectively.
    Surv. Egbaji, a registered Quantity Surveyor and Member of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveying (MNIQS) started his Career as a Project Manager with Odongiri Investments, a Private firm in the State. He later joined the State Ministry of Lands and Housing in 1992 as Higher Technical Officer. In 1993, he joined the defunct Polytechnic, Calabar as a Lecturer and later became the Head of the Department of Building and Quantity Surveying.
    With the emergence of Cross River University of Technology and the scraping of all Polytechnic Programmes, Surveyor Egbaji was redeployed to the new Physical Planning Department as a Principal Quantity Surveyor. He was later appointed Ag. Deputy Director of Physical Planning in 2008 from where he rose to the rank of the Director in 2012.
    Surv. Egbaji is presently the University Desk Officer, TETFund Projects. He has wealth of experience in Building and Engineering Construction. He has many Building and Engineering Construction Journal Articles to his credit.
    Married with children, Surv. Egbaji is a Christian and has travelled far and wide.

    Engr. Odo J. Ukpata, MNSE, ITPE (France) is a native of Olachor, Okpoma – Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State. His primary education was obtained at Christ the King School, Okpoma: while his secondary education was Mary Knoll Secondary school, Okuku, Yala LGA. In 1977, he obtained University of Cambridge CBS/GCE (Advance Level) from the former College of Technology, Calabar, before proceeding to France on further studies.

    He studies the French language at Universite de CAEN and Institut Universitaire de Technologie in REIMS. 1983, he obtained an M. Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering from the prestigious Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’Etat (ENTPE) at Vaulx-en-Velin in France.

    Engr. Odo J. Ukpata is a Member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE), Ingenieur des  Travause Publics de L’Etat (ITPE) – France, and is registered with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

    His work experience covers a number of disciplines and geographical areas within Nigeria and in Burkina Faso. Between 1983 and 1991, he worked with the Multi-National Company – SPIBAT NIGERIA LIMITED – at Lower Usman Dam Water Supply Project, Abuja and rose to the position of Abuja Areas Representative. In 1989 he also worked briefly as Head of Quality Control Section training on soil investigations/soil quality control at Eleme Petro-chemicals Complex in Rivers State. He was appointed Board Member of Cross River State Water Board Limited between 1991 and 1993.

    He travelled to Burkina Faso in 1995 to participate in Federal Government Technical Aid Corps (TAC) Scheme. There, he worked in the Housing Authority (DGAHC) as Expert, supervising the construction of Government Buildings, among which were OUAGA 200 Presidential Villas (50 in number) project and Ouagadougou Municipal Stadium (STADE MUNICIPAL DE OUAGADOUGOU) Project. From 1998 to 2001, he worked with an Architectural-Consulting firm –AFRIQUE ARCHI – in Ouagadougou as engineering Consultant; he designed and supervised many building projects including Burkina Faso Ambassador’s Residence Project as Abuja.

    He was the last Director of Estates and Works of The Polytechnic, Calabar and the founding Director of Works of the Multi-Campus Cross River University of Technology. He was a Board Member of both PICSU (The Consultancy wing of the Polytechnic, Calabar) and CRUTECH CONSULT (The Consultancy wing of CRUTECH). He was one of the founding experts to kick-start CRUTECH CONSULT. He was also a Director as CRS Ministry of Works between 2009 and 2011 before resuming as Director of Works in CRUTECH.

    He has written the following books;

    1.       Marriage Encounter: 7-Point Agenda for Real Family Happiness

    2.       Yala Today – A Tourist Guide

    3.       Plumbing and Pipe fitting Book 1 (For CRS Govt. Technical Colleges)

    He has also edited the following books:

    1.       Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Books 2 and 3 (For CRS Govt. Technical Colleges)

  • Nelson Takon, PhD (London)

    Nelson holds a Ph.D in Development Economics from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, United Kingdom; and an MA (Econ) from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. The value of my scholarship and international work experiences has honed my analytical skills, strong evidence-based research and communication ability. My doctoral thesis interrogated a dominant explanatory perspective on the presence of oil resources in Developing Economies often described as the ‘resource curse thesis’, which associates petroleum and other minerals in Emerging Economies to negative development outcomes. Nelson has strong research interest in cultures of governance of oil resources and the impact of the oil industry on policy and governments.   

    Dr. Takon currently holds a Senior Lecturer position in the Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Management Sciences at the Cross River University of Technology, Calabar (Nigeria). His teaching primarily focuses on Global economic environment; Transnational Corporations and Strategic Management; and International Development and Governance. Also he is the Director of Entrepreneurship, International Relations and Development Centre, and hence co-ordinates inter-varsity collaborative linkage – local, national and international. He sits on the University Management and SENATE. Nelson is widely published. His works include: ‘Non-State Violence, State Responses, and Implications for Human Rights and Security in the Niger Delta’, Journal of Human Rights in the Commonwealth, Vol. 1, Issue 1 (Spring 2013); “The State-backed Oil Company in Nigeria’s Petroleum Economy: evolution, dilemmas and Paradoxes”, International Journal of Development and Sustainability, Vol.3, No.3, Pp. 418-430 (2014); and  “Distribution of Oil Revenue to Niger Delta of Nigeria in Post-2000: Is the debate how fairly the Federal Government has re-distributed oil revenue”, International Journal of Development  and Sustainability, Vol.3, No.4, Pp. 586-607, (2014). Others are ‘Environmental Damage Arising from Oil operations in Niger Delta of Nigeria: how not to continually live with their specific impact on population and ecology’, International Journal of Development and Sustainability, Volume 3, Number 9, pp. 1878-1893, (2014); and Nelson Takon and Francis Anoka Asinya (2014), ‘Exchange rate depreciation and government policy in Nigeria: an empirical evidence’, The Business and Management review, volume 4, Number 3. pp. 161-170. Dr. Takon has presented at numerous Conferences, such as “Dilemmas and Dialectics of the Oil Economy of Nigeria: human security issues in Niger Delta”, presented at the International Conference on Development and Human Security at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark; and “Ijaw politics and violence: how not to squander Niger Delta potential”, presented at Boston University (USA), African Studies Centre, 17th Annual Graduate Research Conference, 2009. Others are “Renewable Energy economy initiative…”; “Rethinking energy in business”, as well as contributed to the Energy Workshop and briefing document concerning Millennium Development Goals (a UN five year reviews) organised by the Stakeholder Forum in London, which stands me in good stead as an Energy consultant for MPGK Limited (Registered in England and Wales with Company Number 07301206). Nelson leads a team of Experts for MPGK, a motivated and focused company with a reputation for independent analysis. 

    Finally, Dr. Nelson Takon is a member of relevant organizations. They include but not limited to:

    - Member, Eminent Lecturers’ Series / Inaugural Lectures Committee (CRUTECH); 

    - Member, CRUTECH Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology – JOSET; 

    - Member, CRUTECH Endowment and Fund Raising Committee;

    - Member, International Advisory Board of an interdisciplinary Journal, which  

      covers a vast range of issues relating to the Commonwealth of Nations, such as 

      Development, Democracy, Poverty, Conflict, and Climate Change;. 

    - Member, Development Studies Association, United Kingdom;

    - Member, Institute of Directors – a premier, professional and knowledge-based  

      organisation, United Kingdom; 

    -Member, External Advisory Group – Fast Forward project (British Council)