RENOWNED PROFESSOR of Virology, Oyewale Tomori
has ended his tenure as President, Nigeria Academy of Science (NAS) and is succeeded by erstwhile Treasure of the Academy, Professor Kalu Mosto Onuoha a Petroleum Geologist.
Until his recent elevation, ‘Mosto’as he is fondly called by colleagues had served as Treasurer between 2013 and 2016.
In his acceptance speech, Prof Onuoha expressed his delight to serve as the President of Nigeria’s foremost science organization.
Prof. Onuoha had served as the pioneer Mobil Professor of Petroleum Geology at the Mobil Producing Nigeria’s Chair of Geology at the University of Calabar (1991-92).
He also served as Technology Development Adviser (Subsurface Development Services) at the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Port Harcourt (1996-2002), and Shell/NNPC Professor of Geology at the Shell Chair, University of Nigeria, Nsukka UNN, (2003-2012). Prof. Onuoha has additionally served the UNN in many capacities, including as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) between 2005 and 2009. Currently, he is the PTDF Chair of Petroleum Geology at the UNN.
The new president is a member of a handful of professional bodies including membership of the Editorial Board of several reputable local and international scientific journals, Member of the Governing Council of Abia State University, Uturu (2000-2006), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2005-2009), Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State (2015-2016), Visiting Professor to the African University of Science & Technology, Abuja (since 2010), and to the Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo, and Member of the Board of Assessors (Science), Nigerian National Order of Merit (2003-2008).
Prof. Onuoha promised to lead the Nigerian Academy of Science in the next four years to achieve an improved quality of life for the Nigerian society through the promotion and application of science and technology; as well as strengthen the nation’s ability to deliver the fruits of science to society by the acquisition, growth, and dissemination of sound scientific knowledge and facilitation of its use in the solution of major national problems.
The NAS was established in 1977 as the foremost independent scientific body in Nigeria dedicated to the development and advancement of science, technology, and innovation in Nigeria and brings scientific knowledge to positively guide policies/strategic direction of the country.