Profile of Yakubu A. Ochefu
Professor Yakubu Aboki Ochefu is an academic, university administrator and entrepreneur. He holds a B.A and PhD degrees in History and Economic History from the University of Calabar, and an M.A in Political Economy from the University of Birmingham.
Ochefu began his academic career in 1985 at the University of Calabar and later transferred to the Benue State University Makurdi in 1993. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Professor of Economic History and Development Studies. At the Benue State University, he held various positions such as Head, Department of History, Dean Students Affairs, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and Director of Consultancy Services. From 2012 to 2017, he was Vice-Chancellor of Kwararafa University, Wukari in Taraba State. He was in 2019 appointed Secretary-General of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, and Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities.
Yakubu Ochefu is a specialist in Economic History and Development Studies and has over 85 publications to my credit. He is a Fellow and former National President of the Historical Society of Nigeria, and a Fellow of Nigeria Academy of Letters. He is currently the National President, University of Calabar Alumni Association Worldwide, and National Chairman, Conference of Alumni Associations of Nigerian Universities.
He has at various times, consulted for the World Bank, UNDP, DFID, and International Republican Institute on Social, economic and political issues. As an Information and Communications Consultant, he has been an IT team leader for the development of transaction portals for numerous institutions of higher learning in Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, and Uganda. As a part-time entrepreneur, he has promoted a number of businesses in Information Technology, Publishing, Renewable Energy and Waste-to-Wealth and seats on the Board of a number companies and non-governmental organisations.