HONOURS, DISTINCTIONS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS:
1. Before my years at College of Medicine University of Lagos/Lagos University Teaching Hospital (CMUL/LUTH)
1.1 1956 – Passed First School Leaving Certificate with distinction.
1.2 1964 –
1.2.1 Gained admission into University of Ibadan to study Medicine.
1.2.2 Gained admission into University of Lagos Medical School to study Medicine.
1.2.3 Won Federal Government Scholarship Award to study Medicine.
1.2.4 Won Niger Delta Special Area Scholarship Award to study Medicine.
1.2.5 Won Eastern Nigeria Scholarship Award to study Medicine.
2. During my years at CMUL/LUTH:
2.1 1969 –
2.1.1 I was top of my class in the mock final MB, BS examination in Surgery.
2.1.2 Passed final MB, BS examination with distinction in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Won the University of Lagos Prize for the best student in Paediatrics – Gold medal.
2.1.4 Won the University of Lagos prize for the best student in Obstetrics and Gynaecology – cash prize.
2.2 1972 –
2.2.1 Won Federal Nigerian Government Postgraduate Scholarship Award to specialise in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the United Kingdom.
2.2.2 Won the British Commonwealth Scholarship award to specialise in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the United Kingdom.
3. After my years at CMUL/LUTH:
3.1 1979 – Won British Council Grant-in-aid to enable me conclude research for my doctorate thesis at the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of London.
3.2 1981 – Had financial support from Pathfinder organisation to participate in a course on Supervision and Evaluation at Washington D.C., USA.
3.3 1984 – By invitation, attended a course for academic staff of medical schools at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution in Baltimore, USA.
3.4 1985 – Won a six- month British Council Fellowship in Gynaecological Oncology tenable at the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of London; the Royal Marsden Hospital, Fulham Road, London and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.
3.5 1987 – Had financial support from Pathfinder to attend a six week course on Microcomputer Based Information Systems at the Management Sciences for Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
3.6 1988 –
3.6.1 Won Glaxo Nigeria Ltd. Travel Fellowship to attend the XIIth World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
3.6.2 Elected Secretary – General of the Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON); affiliated to the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
3.7 1989 – By invitation, attended a four week course in Nairobi, Kenya under the auspices of Family Planning Association of Kenya and Association for Voluntary Surgical Contraception in order to gain experience in mini-laparotomy technique under local anaesthesia.
3.8 1991- Won Pfizer Travel Award Fellowship to attend the 1992 XIII World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Singapore.
3.9 1992 – By invitation and sponsorship from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, attended the 1992 Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists at Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, April 26-30.
3.10.1 University of Lagos Alumni Association (Rivers State Chapter) Distinguished Merit Award Winner.
3.10.2 Appointed International Adviser to Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology published by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Member- The New York Academy of Sciences.
3.11.2 Won Association of Commonwealth Universities/Carnegie Corporation’s. Senior Fellowship tenable at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, Tooting, London and Louisiana State University Medical Centre, New-Orleans, Louisiana – USA.
3.11.3 Won Smithklime Beecham Travel Fellowship to attend the XIV World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) at Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
3.12 1995 Horatio Oritshejolomi Lectureship Award. Literacy and Reproductive Performance. Bassir-Thomas Foundation. University of Ibadan.
3.13.1 Won Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (London) Travel Fellowship to attend the second International meeting of the College at New Delhi, India.
3.13.2 Appointed Justice of the Peace (JP), Rivers State of Nigeria
Elected Chairman, Faculty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria and Member of its Governing Board.
3.14.1 Won the Department for International Development (DFID) London sponsorship to attend the third International meeting of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, in Cape Town, South Africa.
3.14.2 Was part of a delegation by the Rivers State Government of Nigeria that visited Kansas City Missouri, USA, to sign an agreement on Port Harcourt/Kansas City Missouri, Sister City relationship.
3.14.3 Elected Treasurer, National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria.
3.15.1 Vice-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt
3.16.1 Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos
3.16.2 Commendation by the Governing Council of the University of Port Harcourt for the quality of service being provided as vice-chancellor of the university.
3.17.1 Won Shell Petroleum Development Company support to participate in 3rd World Education Market in Lisbon Portugal. 21-24 May 2002
Top Achievers Award. Alumni Association of the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos.
Ford Foundation support to attend workshop on Globalisation at University of Larval, Quebec – Canada.
Paul Harris Fellow. Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
3.18.1 Obtained financial support from Ford Foundation to visit Universities of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), Cape Town and Natal (Durban) in South Africa.
3.18.2 By invitation, was a participant at the Global Health Research Initiative in Toronto Canada under the auspices of the Canadian Institutes of Health. 3 – 6 June 2003.
3.19.1 By invitation, Represented Nigeria at 29th National Conference of Blacks in Higher Education at Washington D.C, USA,
March 3-6, 2004.
Knighthood of St. Christopher (Anglican Faith) 11 April 2004
Participated at 3rd International Consultation on Incontinence Paris, France 26-29 July 2004.
July 2004. Merit Award. National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.
Member of Council. Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
August 2004. Elected Chairman, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities (CVC).
August 2004. Elected Chairman, Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU).
14 December 2004. The Governing Council of the University of Port Harcourt of which I was vice-chancellor adjudged the best Governing Council by the National Universities Commission for the year 2003 in the Nigerian Universities System.
16 December 2004. Awarded the National Honours of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR.
Appointed Fellow, Institute of Petroleum Studies (FIPS)
Elected member of the Federal Government delegation to the National Political Reform Conference to represent academicians.
Appointed member of Working Group for Nigeria for the African Peer Review Mechanism for NEPAD.
3.30.1 Appointed Chairman by the World Bank to oversee a Rivers State Community Foundation established by it.
3.30.2 Appointed Chairman Rivers State Economic Advisory Council
3.30.3 Appointed Chairman Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission
3.31.1 Appointed Chairman, Project Implementation Committee, Proposed American University of Medical Sciences, Abuja.
3.31.2 Appointed Member of a Federal Ministry of Education Visitation Panel to the University of Benin to cover the period 2004-2009.
3.32.1 Appointed Board Member Treasure Energy Resources Ltd
3.33.1 Appointed member, National University Accreditation Committee to the University of Uyo.
3.33.2 Appointed Board Member TechDev Energy Ltd
3.33.3 Appointed Chairman of a National Universities Commission Institutional Accreditation Committee to the University of Ibadan.
3.34.1 Appointed Chairman Board of the Centre for Health and Development, University of Port Harcourt
3.34.2 Appointed Chairman, Board of the Centre for Malaria and Phytomedicine, University of Port Harcourt
3.34.3 Appointed Patron, Cambridge University Nigeria Society.
3.34.4 Appointed Trustee of Steve Sandie Foundation for the promotion of awareness on caesarean section.
3.34.5 Appointed Patron, Association of Nigerian Authors, Rivers State Branch.
3.35.1 Appointed Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Port Harcourt.
3.36.1 Member, University of Port Harcourt Foundation
3.37.1 Participated in Training Programme. Public Procurement Workshop, International Training Centre, International Labour organization, United Nations, Turin, Italy. 10 February 2014-21 February 2014.
3.37. 2 Rivers State Government names a 100 bed hospital after me.
3.37. 3 University of Port Harcourt names Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and Students Hostel of the Institute of Petroleum Studies after me.
3.38.1 Member, Court of Governors, College of Medicine, University of Lagos.
3.38.2 Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Lagos.
3.38.3 Distinguished Service Award, the Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) in commemoration of its 50th anniversary.
3.39.1 Prochancellor and Chairman of Council. Federal University, Lokoja.
3.39.2 Chairman, Staff House Ownership Committee, College of Medicine, University of Lagos.