Ladies and gentlemen, in our next edition on “The Leadership Talk Show”, we shall be looking at education as a potent tool for transformation and development.
According to Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General, “education is the only human rights that has the power to transform.” As factual as this is, we are worried at the level of decay in the education system in the country. Are the handlers from both public and private sectors still aware of the transformational roles education can play in the country?
To answer these questions and more, we are bringing you Prof. Okee Okoro, an erudite scholar, University Don, leadership expert and human rights activist who is always on the side of the truth, no matter whose ox is gored.
Prof Okee Okoro, is a Professor of Library and Information Science and the current Dean of Students Affairs, Imo State University, Owerri. He served as the University Librarian for ten years from 1st February, 2007 to 31st January, 2017.
Between 2013 and 2015, he served in the Imo State Government Executive Council as Hon. Commissioner for Petroleum and Environment and for about seven months within the period, he was also the Supervisory Commissioner for Transport and Tourism.
Our guest, Prof Okoro started his professional career as the Assistant Librarian of the Centre for Igbo Studies, Abia State University, Uturu and later moved to Imo State University, Owerri where he blossomed.
His trek in the profession is remarkable, being one of the first set of “first degree graduates of Librarianship”, which were scorned at by established Librarians occupying the professional space. Him and his likes, with good training and focus swam against the tide of pervading professional acceptance to book places in history and annals of the profession through performance on-the-job and enviable strength of character.
He was first appointed the University Librarian of the Imo State University, Owerri on 1st February, 2007 and was reappointed in that capacity for a second term (a straight ten years from 1st February, 2007 to 31st January, 2017) by the University Governing Council following his professional strides and performance on the job.
Between 2019 and 2013, he was appointed to the onerously demanding and highly challenging position of University Ombudsman which made him the “University Public Complaints Officer”. Even the stress and strain of these responsibilities did not interfere with his primary duties of teaching and research as he continued to write, teach and mentor upcoming librarians at all levels of academic ladder.
He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Library Association; Member of all relevant Library Associations (ALA, IFLA, etc.); a Resource Person to so many groups, universities and agencies. Okee Okoro, BLS, MLS, Ph.D, CLN, FNLA is steadfast, principled, thoroughbred and unapologetic.
As a reward for hardwork, he has received several awards and acclamations from different groups, institutions and individuals in honour of his integrity, human rights and development activities.
Oh woow…. so much more to talk about our guest, Prof Okoro, who is coming on the show next week. All of us passed through the educational system, in one way or another and cannot watch the system continue to decay without doing or saying anything.
We therefore invite you to be a part of this conversation on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 by 12 noon.
Ladies and gentlemen, let the conversations on this issue begin here now…
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