Professor Edeoga Hillary: A resourceful Agricultural Expert

Professor Edeoga Hillary Odo was born 28th November, 1960 at Amede, Eha- Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State. He attended St Patrick's Secondary School. (Emene High School) and Abakaliki High School, Presco respectively between 1974 and 1979. He later proceeded to University of Port Harcourt where he studied for Bachelor of Science in Botany (B.Sc Botany) and graduated in 1985. He also completed the postgraduate degree, Master of Social Science (M.Sc) in 1989.

He was the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Enugu State between 2007 and 2009. He was made the Senior Research Adviser, Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria Ltd, Port Harcourt from 2006 to 2007. The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike between 2001 to 2005. The Dean, Postgraduate School, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (2002-2003). The Dean, Postgraduate School, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (2002-2003). The Dean, College of Natural and Applied Science, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike 2009 to 2011. He became the Professor of Botany (Plant Taxonomy and Cytogenetics) from 2000 to date. Vice Chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike 2011. The Professor's teaching and researching experiences include the following: Taxonomy of Following Plants, Plants Systematic, Genetics and Biometry, Biology, Phycology, Mycology, Ecology, Plant anatomy, General Biology, Biological Techniques, Evolution Biology, Lower Plants (Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms) plant Morphology and Plant Morphogenesis , Plant Embryology, Reproductive Biology, Plant Science, General Studies, Economics Botany and so on. His research works also include agronomic and biological of different plants of agriculture and economic values: Agronomy, Taxonomy, Cytogenesis, Photochemistry, Histochemistry and Physiology of different plants of Agronomic and economic importance. Dissertation studies of effects of density, seed size and competition on the yield and overall performance of three varieties of cowpea and so on.

Mr. Hillary Odo, was Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Enugu State in 2007. His duties were diligently delivered and positively affected lives in Enugu State. He bagged several awards. These include: Award of honour by Nigerian Association of Agriculture Science Students, University of Nsukka in 2008. He was also awarded the Most Students Friendly Dean' by National Association of Biological Science Students, MOUAU Chapter, Michael Umudike Okpara University of Agriculture 2009. He also holds other distinctions and awards: Anambra State Government Award. 1982; Federal Government Bursary Award 1982-1983; Federal Government Post Graduate Bursary Award 1987, Students Union Government Umudike Award 2001/ 2002 session.

Professor Hillary's teaching and researches experiences are unquantifiable. He was at Edo State University, Ekpoma as an Assistant Lecturer between 30th October 1988 and 3rd March 1999 and rising to the position of Senior Lecturer in 1999. He was an associate professor, Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, 4th of March 1999. A seasoned professor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike from 9th November to date. He had authored and published several publications which include: Edeoga, H.O, Osuide, MO Obiazi, A.M.O and Obanewa, A.O (1994), History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Pon Publishers, Agbo, Edeoga, H.O and Izundi A.I (1993) Algae: Representative Member and their Biological and Economic Significance-in Foundation of Biology, PON Publisher, Agbor. He has written so many articles to his credit, he also has written several international journals and books.

 

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