Late Professor Celestine O. E. Onwuliri


Last Role & Interests:
Just before he died, Professor C.O.E Onwuliri was a visiting professor at the National Universities Commision, Abuja where he was Chairman Standing Commitee on Private Universities (SCOPU). He was the current National President (Major General and Supreme Subordinate President) of the Knights of St. John International, Nigeria.

Previous Roles/Appointments:

Prof. Celestine Onwuliri  had over 32 yrs of teaching, research, administrative and community service experience in over 6 universities in Nigeria and many others abroad. He was twice Head, Dept of Zoology, 3 times Dean, Faculty of natural sciences, Sub-Dean, School of Post gradraduate studies, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Acting  Vice-Chancellor, all at the University of Jos (1988-2006), Director Academic Planning, Imo State
University Owerri (1992-1994), and Immediate past Vice-Chancellor  2006-2011. As Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Prof. Celestine Onwuliri transformed the institution by completing over fifty infrastructural projects which included the erection of structures for faculties, departments, the tarring of roads to aid accessibility and the development of a staff quarters for the lecturers of the University.

Key Accomplishments

Professor Celestine Onwuliri was an accomplished leader in helminthic parasitological research, Prof Celestine Onwuliri  had made outstanding contributions on the ecology and epidemiology of parasitic helminthes responsible for many debilitating communicable diseases of significant public health and socio economic importance such as Dracunculiasis
(Guinea worm disease), Onchocerciasis (River blindness), Filariasis, schistomiasis and other intestinal helminthosis. Through this endeavor he had successfully supervised 25 doctor of philosophy (PhD) candidates and more than 160 candidates at MSc. and Bsc. levels for the advancement of science and technology education in Nigeria and overseas many of whom today are distinguished professors, administrators, politicians, businessmen and women.

Professor C.O.E Onwuliri had published over 200 well researched articles in peer reviewed journals and delivered several invited papers nationally and internationally. He had served the larger society in various capacities such as National President Nigerian Society of Parasitology (now Parasitology and Public Health Society of Nigeria) 1993-1997, Honorable commissioner for Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Imo state 1997-99; Honorable commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources 1998, Member Board of Governors University of Jos, Demonstration Secondary school (1983-97), Member University Press (1993-2001, Chairman Board of Directors University of Jos Bookstore,  Chairman board of director NYSC Imo state 1997-99, Chairman Imo Broadcasting Cooperation 1997-1999, Chairman Imo Sports Council 1997-99. During his tenure as Commissioner in the Youth & Sports Ministry, he hosted the 11th National Sports Festival, tagged, “Imo 98” the most successful National Sports event (1998-99), Member of Council University of Jos 1996-2006, was first Vice President, Supreme Subordinate Commandery Nigeria, KSJ international 2003-09, Member Committee of Assessors, Nigeria National Merit Award 2002-08, Member Federal Government  official delegation 2005 Christian pilgrimage to the holy land (appointed by President Olusegun Obasanjo, member of council  Federal University of Technology Owerri (2006-2011).

He had received several fellowships, honors and awards including; Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences (FAS), Fellow Nigerian Society for Parasitology (FNSP- now Parasitology and Public Health Society of Nigeria), Fellow Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (FBSN), Fellow Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (FCIDA), Fellow, Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FNSBMB), Fellow the Association  of Aquatic Sciences (FAAS), Honorary Fellow Nigerian Institute of Biomedical Engineering (HonFNIBE), Fellow, Society for Environmental Health (FSEH), Fellow African Scientific Institute (ASIF), Fellow Solar Energy Society of Nigeria (FSESN). Distinguished Academic Leadership Award (DALA) by COFICON. He had served as consultant to several national and international  agencies including World Health Organization, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Carter Center/Global 2000, Federal Ministry of Health, African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC).

He was an Alumni of High Achievement (ALOHA) of the University of Nigeria Alumni Association, a coveted award which is given to members of the University for outstanding achievements and contributions to the society. He enjoyed reading, writing, analytical discussions, table tennis, soccer and boxing.


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