The Federal University, Otuoke (FUO), in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, is one of nine new federal universities established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in February 2011. Located in the heart of the Nigerian oil-rich Niger-Delta region, the University, which is 21 kilometres south of the state capital of Yenagoa and 120 kilometres west of the famous seaport of Port Harcourt ( in neighbouring Rivers State ), occupies an expanse of 200 hectares ( 494 acres ) in the Ijaw town of Otuoke.
Proposed currently are two academic faculties (Humanities & Social Sciences; Science (Engineering & Technology)) with early aspiration to promote world-class and cutting-edge research in Energy & Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology; Marine Science, Engineering and Technology; Human & Social Dynamics; as well as Business Management & Entrepreneurial Studies. Its anticipated September 2011 starting student population of about 200-300 students is expected to grow gradually to a maximum size of 6,000 students over a 10-15 year period. Its inaugural Vice-Chancellor is Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, and Registrar is Mr. David Suowari.
Professor Mobolaji Aluko
Until he was appointed in February 2011 as the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr. Mobolaji E. Aluko was a professor of Chemical Engineering at Howard University,Washington, DC, and was Chair of its department from 1994-2002. With an BSc degree (1976) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ife (Nigeria; now Obafemi Awolowo University), he also attended Imperial College, University of London (MSc, DIC, 1978) ; University of California, Santa Barbara (PhD, 1983); and State University of New York, Buffalo (for graduate and post-doc studies). He has had sabbatical teaching and research stints at various times at the University of Washington, (Seattle; Materials Science Department); the University of Maryland (College Park; Chemical Engineering), and the University of Ado-Ekiti (Nigeria; Mechanical Engineering Department). He started teaching at Howard University in August 1984. His research interests are mathematical modeling, chemical reaction engineering, electronic materials processing, energy systems, information technology and education pedagogy. He is the owner of a USA patent (2000) in coal cleaning technology.
He is presently President/CEO of Alondex Applied Technologies, LLC: one-time Lead Consultant and International Coordinator of the LEAD Program at the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Nigeria; and Principal Academic Consultant and Member of the Board of AfriHUB (Nig.) Ltd., a ICT resource provider for universities in Nigeria.
An indigene of Ekiti State in Nigeria, he is an activist and frequent commentator on Nigerian and African affairs. His numerous essays are featured on many websites, but he maintains his own website http://www.nigerianmuse.com. He is married with children.