By Maryam Aminu, Abuja-Nigeria
The International Chartered World Learned Society, ICWLS, has bestowed an international award on
Professor Igene, Ugbesia as the Notable And Top Educator Of The 21st Century.
The President, H. E, UNESCO Laureate, Prof Sir Bashiru Aremu (World Acclaimed Distinguished Professor Emeritus ratified by UNESCO top up by UNN Nigeria CSER Malaysia MPRH Institute Iran WCU USA ICERE Argentina South America and others worldwide) who disclosed this to Africa Security Investigation News recently, said the achievements of Professor Igene, Ugbesia Fredrick are visibly seen and it was on that note he was figured out for the honour.
Responding to questions on how well he knows the recipient of the award, he disclosed that at the point he was shortlisted alongside others and forwarded to the global award committee for scrutiny, his profile was brought forward and a lot of achievements were revealed far beyond his contemporaries.
"And that's why we have honoured him", he added
Disclosing further, he said, Professor Igene, Ugbesia Fredrick obtained his higher education as follows; Bendel State University, Abraka Campus (BSc. Agriculture - Second Class Upper, 1991); Edo State University, Ekpoma (MSc. 1995 and Ph.D. 1999, Animal Science - Animal Nutrition and Biochemistry); Institute of Education, University of Benin (NCE Agriculture - 1983) and Certificate in the Basic Agriculture Study in the State of Israel (2017). Professor Igene started his working career as a Youth Corper at the Sokoto Agricultural Development Project (SADP), the foremost World Bank-financed ADP in the Country in 1983. He was a privileged Youth Corper, that at the completion of his service he was retained and offered an automatic contract appointment as a Technical Officer. He was honoured with this appointment for being the best behaved Corper in the ADP. However, for fear of job security, Professor Igene resigned from this exotic job to come home and take up an appointment with Bendel State Teaching Service Board in 1985 where he rose to the position of School Master 1 before joining the University in 1996 after obtaining his MSc. Degree.
"Until his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Professor Igene served the University in various capacities as follows; Director, Industrial Training Unit ( 2018 – 2020); A two-time elected Dean of Faculty of Agriculture (2014 - 2018); Acting Director of Part-time Degree Programme (2015 - 2016); Head, Department of Animal Science (2012 - 2014); Visiting Professor at the University of Calabar (2011 - 2012); Sub-Dean, Faculty of Agriculture (2010); and Acting HOD, Animal Science ( 2006 - 2008). Other services rendered are; Senate Representative in the University Council Committee on Finance and General Purpose Committee ( F&GPC) 2019 - 2020; Senate Representative in Council Committee on Tenders Board (2015-2019); Member – University Expanded Management Committee (2014 – Date); Senate Representative in University Development Committee (2018 - Date); Senate Representative in University Research and Publication Committee (2019 – Date); Senate Representative in the Selection Board for the Appointment of ViceChancellor (2016); Senate Representative in the Selection Board for the Appointment of University Librarian (2016); Member - AAU Committee on TETFUND Research Grant/Journal (2014 – 2016); Senate Representative in the Joint Council/Senate Committee on Honorary Award (2019 – Date); Member - Council Committee on University Farms (2015 – 2018); Member – AAU Committee on TETFUND Conferences (2014 – 2016); Member – University Committee on Printing Monitoring (2019 – Date); Member - University Admission Board (2014 – Date); Member - Senate Committee on University Laboratories (2015); Member - University Committee on Verification of School Fees Receipts (2006); Chairman, Faculty of Agriculture Students Practical Programme ( 2008 - 2009); Senate Representative in University Sports Committee (2005 - 2007); Chairman, Faculty of Agriculture Examination Committee (2004 - 2006); Coordinator and Member, University Predegree Programme (2003 - 2005); Staff Adviser, Agricultural Students Society of Nigeria (2003 - 2005), Chairman, Faculty of Agriculture Welfare Committee (2002-2004); Course Adviser (1999 - 2006); Member - Faculty of Agriculture Board of Studies (1996 - Date); Member - University Students Disciplinary Committee (2007 - 2010); Member - University Appraisal and Promotion Committee (2008 - Date) etc. He served also at different times as Chairman/Member of the University Ad-hoc committees. It is important to inform you that Professor Igene is the Chairman of the University Prayer Committee (“AAU PRAYS”), a prayer program put in place by the present Vice-Chancellor, Professor I. A. Onimawo, over 4 years ago when he came into office. Professor Igene has served as an external examiner in the following Universities to mention but a few; Federal University of Technology, Akure; Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike; Delta State University, Asaba Campus, etc. He has served as a professional consultant/resource person in the following companies; Animal Care, Lagos; Vital Feeds Ltd, Jos; Eartone Farms, Ibadan; Technical Advisory Board Member - Owel Farms Ltd, Uhiele-Ekpoma (2009), Edo State, etc. He served in the Editorial Board of many Learned Journals such as; The Nigerian Journal of Agriculture and Forestry ( Editor - in - Chief, 2014-2018), Learned Journal of Science, Agriculture and Engineering ( Assistant Editor), International Journal of Innovative Food, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture ( Editorial Board Member) etc. Professor Igene’s hard work, social and religious commitments have earned him awards and honours among which are; Dean of Faculty of Agriculture commendation for hard work (2004), Ambrose Alli University Governing Council commendation for research publication (2003), Man O War Patron Distinguished Award, Mary the Queen Catholic Church Christians Mothers Award, Ambrose Alli University Students Union Government of Award etc. Professor Igene is an author/co-author of 2 textbooks; Poultry Production: The Nigerian Industry and Pig Production in Nigeria. He has published extensively (over 70 papers) in many local and international journals and books of proceedings".
Reacting to the award, he thanked God for the recognition and the ICWLS for their kind gesture assuring them that he would do more to better the education system in the country.