Dr Stephen Ufoaroh , UNIZIK ASUU chairman has been announced the chairman planning committee of the 3rd edition of Anambra Man of the Year Award event scheduled for 1st July 2023. Dr Ufoaroh who was recognised as Anambra Most Inspiring leader of the Year in 2021 was nominated to chair the planning committee based on his integrity, resourcefulness and the tremendous respect he enjoys across board. “Ufoaroh is one of the best brains we have in this State and has led the most performing ASUU Chapter in the country. Accepting to Chair the prestigious award event despite busy schedule confirms his love for Anambra State and the regard he has for the annual award event”. The group said
In his acceptance speech, Dr Ufoaroh praised the organisers for the inspiring event and pleaded with all men and women of goodwill from the state to support the event.
“My reasons for accepting to be the chairman of the planning committee, of the award, Anambra Man of the Year, 2022, cannot be over emphasised. Of a truth, as an illustrious son of the State, I am saddled with the responsibility of contributing my own quota towards the development of the state. Worthy of note is that, this award, amongst others within the state, is quite outstanding, as its recipients are well distinguished from the ‘usual’ crowd.
“For clarity sake, as one of the recipients of the 2021 award, I make bold to say, that the level of transparency at which the 2021 edition screening process was conducted, which further spur my need to keep encouraging excellence among Anambrarians, is highly commendable. Such attitudinal disposition will however, propel human capacity development, as the selective process was genuinely based on individual or collective achievements only, devoid of any form of favouritism or bias. Hence, the vision to encourage Anambrarians to think home and help in developing their different communities, local governments and the state generally, is seriously advised because they will be well recognised as their names will be plated in gold for generations unborn.
“Finally, I made a promise to support this exercise after receiving my award 2021. I shall uphold my promise for the good of the state, as I also encourage all well-meaning Anambrarians to do same”.
Ufoaroh Stephen Uchenna, hails from Ifitedunu, Dunukofia LGA, of Anambra state, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electronic & computer Engineering, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. He holds a masters degree in Communications Engineering and a doctorate degree in Control Engineering. He is a registered Engineer with the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and a professional member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE),Associate Member Nigerian Institute of Biomedical Engineering(AMNIBE), member Renewable and Alternative Energy Society of Nigeria(RAESON) and Member International Association of Engineers and computer Scientists (IAENG).
His research interest cuts across the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and bio-medical Engineering. He has published over 40 peer reviewed research journals that cuts across these fields of study. His research works has attracted three (3) institutional based research grants from TETFUND. He supervised the research team that developed an online platform for the coordination of Student Union Government (SUG) elections, which is currently being used in the Unizik. He has chaired and served as member in numerous committees within and outside Unizik.
He currently leads a research team that is centered on developing real life solutions in bio-medical Engineering. Research outputs from this team include a remote patient monitoring system to aid medical personnel’s in effectively monitoring patients with contagious diseases. During the first wave of the COVID-19 lockdown, his research team developed an artificial intelligence based COVID-19 safe protocol adherence system that helps to ensure that all the safety measures developed for COVID-19 are adhered to. In 2021, his research output on COVID-19 safety protocol adherence system, was selected as one among the top 25 best research output from the region. This decision was based on the blind evaluation of a panel of distinguished experts from DELL Technologies USA, who reviewed over 230 project abstracts that were received from more than 100 universities, representing 19 countries among from the region.
His selfless service to humanity spans across both the religious setting and the society at large. From 2007 to 2016, he served as National Director EFAC in higher institutions Nigeria. He has also chaired several units and committee under the same body. He has also served Nnamdi Azikiwe University in various capacities, he is currently the Deputy Director Centre for Solar and Alternative Energy Research. He is the Branch Chairperson of the Academic Staff Union Universities NAU. Under his leadership, the union has known laudable progress and milestones. Notable among them is the completion of the Ultra modern Secretariat of the union which is believed to be one of the best Secretariats of the union in the country, award of scholarship to over 90 indigent students of Unizik in 2020 and 2021,. His astute judgment and doggedness in previously held leadership position led to his unopposed election as ASUU chairperson for a second tenure in July 2021. He is the chairman Ifitedunu town Union Education Committee, and is currently a member of cabinet Eze Dunu as special adviser on tertiary education matters. He has well over fifteen awards to his credit and capacity in leadership, which includes Anambra state Inspiring Leader of the year, 2021, Award for Diligence in Service and Administration by Faculty of Physical Science, Unizik, Award of excellence by the young Surveyors network of Nigeria, among others.
He is happily married to Dr. Chinyelu Uchenna Ufoaroh a Consultant Pulmonologist/ Chest Physician, with three boys and one girl.