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ELEAZAR UCHENNA IKONNE, a Professor of Optometry since 2006, is the 7th substantive Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University, Uturu. He assumed this ofﬁce on 1“ December, 2015.
Prior to this time, he held administrative offices as:
1. Ag. Rector, Abia State Polytechnic Aha, September 2014 — December, 2015
2. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) 2011 – 2014
3. Deputy Provost, College of Medicine & Health Sciences, ABSU
4. Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
5. Director Institute of Distance Studies
6. Head of Department, Department of Optometry, ABSU
His professional and academic qualiﬁcations are:
- O.D (Doctor of Optometry) degree from Manila Central University, Philippines, on scholarship by the Greater Imo State Government.
- F.N.C.O. (Fellow of the Nigerian College of Optometry) with Specialty in Primary Care Optometry (World Council of Optometry, USA)
- Ph.D in Environmental Health Sciences; ABSU
- Higher School Certiﬁcate from St. Augustine’s Grammar School, Nkwerre
- West African School Certificate from Ngwa High School, Aba
- He has over ﬁfty (50) scientiﬁc articles in peer- review national and international journals, two (2) reference Books on Clinical Application of Diagnostic procedure in Optometry.
- Delivered the 18″’ Inaugural lecture of Abia State University titled, “Seeing is Believing (Ahu-na-Anya Ekwe), the paradigm of the Child Development.”
As a doyen of Optometric Education in Nigeria, he has at various times served as:
- External Examiner to University of Benin, lmo State University, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Madona University Okija, University of Cape Coast Ghana etc.
- Member, National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation team to various universities.
- Chairman, National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation team to various universities.
- Member, National Research Fund-screaming Committee, TETFund.
He has served his Professional Body in various capacities:
- Registrar, Nigerian Post-graduate College of Optometrists.
- Member, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria (ODORBN)
- Vice-Chairman Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria.
He has numerous Awards of Excellence and recognition from notable Civil Societies, Churches, professional bodies and the Media houses.
Some of his eminent titles are:
- Okaa Omee I of Abia State University by Students’ Traditional Council.
- Ikemba I of Agburuezeukwu autonomous Community in Abia State.
- Ugonmuta of Abia State, by Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers.
The 8th child out of the 9 (nine) children of a Catechist in Anglican Communion, late Mr. & Mrs. William Ikonne, Professor E. Uche Ikonne has for the past twenty years, till date served the congregations as a Bible Study teacher, Lay Preacher and Pastor’s Warden at the Church oi‘ Good Shepherd, Ehimiri, Umuahia.
A worthy Knight of St. Christopher, he is happily married to Barrister (Lady) Uzoamaka G. Uche-Ikonne, a Permanent Secretary in the Abia State Government; A marriage blessed with two quality children
- Dr. Chikezie Uche-Ikonne, Department of Epidemology, Ministry of Health, Umuahia
- Okezie Uche-Ikonne, a PhD Medical Statistics student, University of Lancaster, United Kingdom.