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The Director of Emerald Energy Institute for Petroleum, Energy Economics, Policy and Strategic Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Professor Chijioke Nwaozuzu, has received the Time Africa Magazine Personality of the Year Award.

The award was presented by Chidi Peters Okorie, Publisher of the magazine, who stated that the award was presented on the grounds of merit and competence. He explained how Professor Nwaozuzu was nominated in a social media voting process, emerging tops over and over again in 2019.

Okorie told the Professor on a lighter mood, “We would have been wondering if you solicited for those votes, had it not been that you were not even aware of the voting process.”

Continuing, he argued “We were impressed at the wave of votes in your favour, and particularly, by the comments made by some of these voters. One wondered why you won’t run for an elective position, in order to bring your wealth of knowledge, and experience to bear on National development. We are therefore presenting this award because of the records you have set and especially in the area of philanthropy and human capital development”.

In his response, the Professor expressed surprise about the voting, and was elated that he received the award.

His words, “I have worked hard to obtain essential qualifications related to the global Oil Industry. My general objective is to ascend to the commanding heights of the national and international petroleum industry. To do less will mean betraying the training I have spent a considerable length of time to obtain”.

Prof Nwaozuzu is a native of Mbieri in Imo State, Nigeria. He attended Government Secondary School, Owerri, Imo-State, (1973-78) with a First Division; Federal School of Arts & Science, Aba, Abia-State, (1978-79); and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (1979-83) with an Upper Second Class, 2.1.

Chijioke Nwaozuzu was appointed Professor of Petroleum Economics, Management & Policy in 2015. He was also conferred with the Degree of Doctor of Science (DSc), by Victoria Global University, Island of Turks & Caicos (UK Territory) in 2014.

He was awarded a Ph.D. in Downstream Petroleum Management & Policy by the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law & Policy (CEPMLP), the University of Dundee in 2009, and also an MBA in Oil & Gas from CEPMLP, the University of Dundee in 2003.

He also obtained an MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University in 2002.

He is a former British Chevening Scholar, and also a former PTDF (Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Nigeria) Ph.D. Scholar.

He has published several books, and has written, and published numerous articles in journals, petroleum industry magazines, and newspapers.

His first book is titled “The Regulation of Fuel Retailing & Rural Development Policy”. His second is titled, “A Contemporary Review of the Nigerian Petroleum Industry (2011-13): An Investor’s Guide”.

He is a Fellow of numerous Institutes and Associations, including the International Association of Research Scholars & Administrators (FIARSA), Institute of Management Specialists (FIMS); Certified Institute of Public Administrators (FCPA); Institute of Business Analysis & Customer Intelligence (FIBACI); Chartered Institute of Administrators (FCIA); Chartered Institute of Public Resources Management & Politics, Ghana (FCIPRMP); National Institute for Education and Research (FNIER), etc.

He has received numerous awards, notably Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe Leadership Award (2015), United Nations (POLAC) Ambassador for Peace Award (2015), African Leader of Integrity Award (2016), British High Commission Leadership Award (2016), Nigeria Humanitarian Icon Award (2017), NDIGBO Development & Leadership Award (2017), City Pride Award (2017), African Leader of Excellence Award (2017), African Prize for Transparency, Selfless Service and Accountability in Leadership (2018), Outstanding Personality Service Award for Distinguished Africans (2018) among others.

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