VICE CHANCELLOR


Ani Essien Nkang



Telephone: +234(0) 803 382 9629
Email: vc@arthurjarvisuniversity.edu.ng, profaninkang@yahoo.com; rankangani@yahoo.com

Prof. Ani Essien Nkang was appointed Acting Vice-Chancellor of Arthur Jarvis University on April 4, 2018. His career with Arthur Jarvis University started on April 11, 2017 when he was offered a Sabbatical Leave Appointment as Professor in the University’s Department of Biological Sciences. Until his new appointment, Prof. Nkang was the Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences in the University.

Prof. Nkang had his primary education at St. George’s Anglican School, Nbawsi (Abia State) before proceeding to Ngwa High School, Aba in 1967. His high school education was interrupted for a brief period due to the outbreak of the Nigerian civil war. He continued and completed his secondary school education in Itam Secondary School, Itu, in 1971, with Division 1. He gained admission into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in the 1973/74 academic year and in 1977 came out as the best graduating student in Botany Department. On completion of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme he taught for a brief period before proceeding to the University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia in August 1980 as a recipient of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) award. He subsequently obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Botany (Rainforest Biology) from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1985.

Prof. Nkang began his academic career in the University of Calabar in October 1985. He rose to the rank of Associate Professor in 2001 and Professor in 2003. He held many academic positions both within and outside the University of Calabar. Some of these positions include: Sub-Dean of Faculty of Science (1997-1999), Visiting Scholar at Central Queensland University, Australia (2000-2001), Head of Department (2003-2005) and Dean of Faculty of Science (2009-2014).

Prof. Nkang has been an External Assessor for M.Sc/PhD dissertations and professorial assessments to many institutions including Central Queensland University, Australia, University of Uyo, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, University of Maiduguri, University of Benin, College of Education Akamkpa and College of Education Afaha Nsit. He has been on the team or served as Chairman of several National Universities Commission Accreditation and Resource Verification Assignments. He has also served as Chairman or member of several Panel Review Teams for the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria.

Prof. Nkang has many scholastic publications in peer reviewed local and international journals with over sixty articles and six books and book chapters to his credit. He has participated in many Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Post Impact Assessment (PIA) and Environmental Evaluation (EES) studies, with over eighty technical papers in the biodiversity/sustainable forest management focal area. He has attended and presented papers in several conferences within the country and overseas including the XVIII International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia (2011), 4th International EcoSummit (Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services), Ohio, USA (2012), and the Conference of Vice-Chancellors and Deans of Science, Engineering and Technology (COVIDSET 2013), Gaborone, Botswana.

Prof. Nkang has won several research grants from local and international bodies such as The International Foundation for Science, Stockholm, Sweden (Three times), Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and a grant for his graduate students from The Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Abuja. In November 2013, Prof, Nkang was elected a Fellow of the Nigerian Environmental Society. Prof. Nkang is a Consultant to The World Bank in the Biodiversity/Sustainable Forest Management Focal Area on the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP). He has participated in the NEWMAP project in several States including Cross River, Abia, Imo, Enugu, Edo, Ebonyi and Anambra.

Professor Nkang is married with three children. He is a Ruling Elder of the Presbyterian Church and a Field Representative in the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International.


EDUCATION

1)   PhD. Rainforest Biology, Uni. of Queensland (Australia) 1986

2)   B. Sc. Botany, Second Upper (University of Nigeria, Nsukka) 1977


INTERNATIONAL AWARDS/DISTINCTIONS:

• Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship (CSFP) (1981-1985), Australia.

• Visiting Scholar, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia, 2000- 2001

• World Bank (Nigeria) accredited consultant (Environmental Safeguards), 2009-

• Consultant, The World Bank, (Biodiversity/Sustainable Forest Management), Nigeria

• Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), 2011-

• Fellow of the Nigerian Environmental Society (FNES)


FIELDS OF RESEARCH

• Storage of recalcitrant seeds of the rainforest biomes

• Ecophysiological studies: Heavy metals phytotoxicity/stress associated with oil spills and gas flaring in the Niger Delta

• Lipid peroxidation and activities of phenol-metabolising enzymes in stored seeds (Research grant from International Foundation for Science, Stockholm, Sweden; 1990-1995)

• Seed acquisition of desiccation/chilling tolerance: dependence of fatty acids and sugars (Research grant from International Foundation for Science, Stockholm, Sweden; 1996-2000)

• Seed longevity and intra-species differences in seed oil fatty acid compositions, phenolics and peroxidase activity of Telfairia occidentalis (Research grant from International Foundation for Science, Stockholm, Sweden; 2002-2005).

• Germination stimulation in native seeds (-forest genetic resources) of Central Queensland, Australia (Funded by Queensland, Australia Bush Heritage Trust).

• Oxidative stress during storage of native seeds of Central Queensland (Australia) and South East Nigeria.

• Conservation of Biodiversity in Nigeria’s lowland rainforests.

• Watershed management in Nigeria’s forest zones.


SOME MAJOR PUBLICATIONS:

Over 55 (fifty five) peer- reviewed journal publications and 80 (eighty) technical papers in the area of Environmental impact assessment (EIA), post impact assessment (PIA), environmental evaluation report (EER).

Some Technical Reports on Completed Environmental Studies Projects (from 2012 only):

(a) Environmental Impact Assessment for Infrastructural Development of Federal University Lafia, Nasarawa State 2012.

(b) Post Impact Assessment of Spill behind OB OB Gas Plant (Biodiversity studies) (Nigeria Agip Oil Company, NAOC, 2013).

(c) Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for Atakpa erosion gully site Calabar, Cross River State (under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project NEWMAP, World Bank Assisted, 2013.

(d) Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for Ikot Ekpo erosion gully site Calabar, Cross River State (under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project NEWMAP), World Bank Assisted, 2013.

(e) Phase 1: Oil Spill Management and Environmental Remediation Training (OSMERT), Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Cross River State Centre, Sept 2013.

(f) Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for Ikot Anwatim erosion gully site Calabar, Cross River State (under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project NEWMAP), World Bank Assisted, 2014.

(g) Environmental Impact Assessment of Brentex Pipe Mill Project, CFTZ, Calabar, Nigeria, April 2014.

(h) Environmental Impact Assessment of New Crystal Power Plant Project In Tinapa, CFTZ, Calabar, Nigeria, July 2014.

(i) Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) (Biodiversity studies) For Exploratory Drilling in Nembe (Nigeria Agip Oil Company, NAOC, 2015).

(j) Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) (Biodiversity studies) For Additional Wells in Obama (Nigeria Agip Oil Company, NAOC, 2015).

(k) Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) (Biodiversity studies) Quantum Petrochemical Processing Plant Project, Eket, Akwa Ibom State, 2015.

(l) Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for Ikot Nkebre erosion gully site Calabar, Cross River State (under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project NEWMAP), World Bank Assisted, Nov. 2016.

(m) Phase 2: Oil Spill Management and Environmental Remediation Training (OSMERT), Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Cross River State Centre, December 2016.

(n) Post Impact Assessment (Biodiversity studies) (Shell Petroleum Dev. Company Facility, Kwale, Delta State, June, 2017).

(o) Environmental Evaluation Study (Biodiversity studies) (Shell Petroleum Dev. Company Facility, Benegu, Delta State, July, 2017).

(p) Environmental Impact Assessment (Biodiversity studies) (Shell Petroleum Dev. Company Facility, Okpai, Delta State, July, 2017).

(q) Environmental Evaluation Study (Biodiversity studies) (Shell Petroleum Dev. Company Facility, Ebocha, River State, August, 2017).

(r) Environmental Impact Assessment (Biodiversity studies) (Shell Petroleum Dev. Company Facility, Edu, Bayelsa State, August 2017).

(s) Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for Ikot Uduak erosion gully site Calabar, Cross River State (under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project NEWMAP), World Bank Assisted (Dec. 2017).

(t) Environmental Management Plan for the 1074 MW Alaoji Power Plant, Aba, Abia State. Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd., ABUJA, Feb. 2018

(u) Environmental Management Plan for the 564 MW Calabar Power Plant, Cross River State. Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd. (NDPHC), ABUJA, Feb. 2018

(v) Post construction Impact Assessment (Biodiversity Studies), Bonny LNG Facility, February 2018.


MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

• Member, Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE).

• Fellow of the Nigerian Environmental Society (FNES)


SOME MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCES ATTENDED

(a) Australian Seeds Research Conference, Qld Agricultural College, Lawes, Australia, September 10-13, 1984.

(b) Second Annual Conference, Nigerian Society for Biological Conservation, 27-30 May, Calabar, 1990

(c) Fourth International Workshop on Seeds, Angers, France, July 1992.International Workshop on Desiccation Tolerance, Kruger National Park, South Africa, 1994.

(d) Workshop on “Tree Clearing and Salinity”, Emerald Agricultural College, Queensland, Australia, September 11, 2000.

(e) The Nigerian Academy of Science Quarterly Forum on “Disappearing forests, endangered species and lost crops: The challenge of sustainable development”, Calabar, October 2003.

(f) International conference on energy, environment and disasters (INCEED 2005), Charlotte, N. Carolina, USA, July 25-30, 2005 (contributed paper).

(g) “Priorities for sustainable development in Cross River National Park”, Science and Conservation Seminar Presentation, Wakehurst Place, Millennium Seed Bank Project, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom, October 2007, (http://www.kew.org/msbp/scitech/speakers_past.html).

(h) International Summit on the Environment, Cross River State Cultural Centre Complex, Calabar, June 2008.

(i) Climate Change and Environmental Realities; Nigerian Environmental Society, 18th Annual General Meeting/Conference, State Library Complex, Calabar, November 2008.

(j) 2nd Biodiversitas Open Conference (Biodiversity and Society: Understanding Connections, Adapting to Change), South Africa, 2009.

(k) 2nd Biennial Conference, Ecological Society of Nigeria, Calabar, 2009.

(l) XVIII International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia, July 2011.

(m) 4th International EcoSummit: Ecological Sustainability (Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services), Columbus, Ohio, USA, September 30- October 5, 2012.

(m) 4th International EcoSummit: Ecological Sustainability (Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services), Columbus, Ohio, USA, September 30- October 5, 2012.

(n) Intellectbase International Consortium Academic Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, October 18-22, 2012.

(o) Conference of Vice-Chancellors and Deans of Science, Engineering and Technology (COVIDSET 2013), African Network of Science and Technology Institutions (ANSTI) Gaborone, Botswana, November 7-8, 2013.

(p) Ani Nkang (2017). Improving Carbon Sequestration in Degraded Sub-Watershed of Modified Lowland Rainforest Ecozone in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. 3rd Annual Congress on Pollution and Global Warming, October 16-18, Atlanta, USA (contributed paper).


OTHER RELATED WORKHSOPS

• Principles of Project Management, Nov. 2000; Performance People Pty Ltd, Queensland, Australia.

• Bush defensive driving course, November 2000; Duncans Off Road Driver, Training, Queensland, Australia.

• Safety, Health and Environment (HSE) Training, Mobil Production Nigeria (MPN), 2007 (a) Water survival and Swing Rope Training (for work at Offshore Locations) (b) Fire Extinguisher Training.

• Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP): National Technical Workshop on Erosion and Watershed Management, Owerri (Nov. 9- 11, 2011).

• Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP): Workshop on Review of Engineering Designs and sub-watershed management in Nigeria, Calabar (January 2012).

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