Professor Chidiebere Onyia, Born on the 10th of April in the Eastern part of Nigeria, Enugu precisely is a renowned Nigerian academic and scholar, has made significant contributions to the fields of agriculture, education, and leadership.
Growing up in Eastern Nigeria, Professor Chidiebere Onyia received his early education in the region before pursuing a degree in Agriculture at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Building upon his passion for the agricultural sector, he obtained a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Ibadan.
Through his research, publications, and consultancy work, Professor Onyia has played a vital role in shaping agricultural policies and practices. With over 60 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals and several authored and co-authored books on Food Science and Technology, his impact on the field is undeniable.
He has held senior academic positions at renowned universities such as the University of Nigeria Nsukka, the University of Ibadan, and Imo State University.
Additionally, he has shared his expertise as a visiting scholar at institutions like the University of California, Davis, and Aberdeen University in Scotland. His contributions to the agricultural sector extend beyond academia.
Onyia has served as a consultant to esteemed organizations like the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Nigerian government, further amplifying his influence on the agricultural sector’s growth and development.
Professor Chidiebere Onyia’s accomplishments have garnered him numerous awards and accolades. In 2016, he received the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) from the Nigerian government, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the agricultural sector.
The Nigerian Academy of Science also honored him with the Distinguished Nigerian Scientist Award in 2018, underscoring his remarkable achievements.
He held the position of Managing Director for the United Kingdom Nigeria Infrastructure Facility and served as the Lead Strategy Advisor for the Federal Government of Nigeria and the World Bank Group Power Sector Recovery Programme.
His services to various international organizations and countries, including the United Nations, Germany, and Russia, attest to his global impact and recognition.
Recently, Mr Chidiebere Onyia was appointed as the Secretary to the State Government of Enugu State.