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Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu (Profile)

[Update: Effective 15 October 2014, Prof. Oyebuchi Chukwu resigned as Minister of Health to contest as a candidate for the 2015 governorship election in  Ebonyi State, Nigeria.]

 
Professor C. O. Onyebuchi Chukwu

Professor C. O. Onyebuchi Chukwu

Professor C.O. Onyebuchi Chukwu is an Afikpo indigene born April 22, 1962. He was the Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria until his resignation in October 2014.

Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has had a distinguished career in academia, medicine, administration, government and public service. His career highlights include:

  • Renowned professor of medicine with a post graduate specialist training in orthopaedic surgery.
  • Fellow of West African college of Surgeons.
  • Fellow of International College of Surgeons.
  • Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

As a student:

Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu with his wife at a reception organized for him in Afikpo, Ebonyi State

Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu with his wife at a reception organized for him in Afikpo, Ebonyi State

Professor Chukwu had Distinction in the First School Leaving Certificate Examination (1974), was the Federal Government of Nigeria Scholar at the Federal Government College Sokoto, and also had a Distinction in the West African School Certificate Examination (Best Result for 1979 at Federal Government College Sokoto). He was the Best All-round Student in Medicine in the Final Year Examination (University of Lagos 1986). He won awards as the Best Student in Primary Health Care (University of Lagos 1986), Nigerian Medical Association Annual Prize and May & Baker Prize for Best Performance at the Final Professional Examination for MBBS, (University of Lagos 1986).

On graduation:

Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu delivering a speech at a reception organized for him in Afikpo, Ebonyi State

Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu delivering a speech at a reception organized for him in Afikpo, Ebonyi State

He continued to excel. He won the 2nd Prize in the 8th Baxter Health Care/Africa Health Essay Competition (1990) (Title of Essay: ‘Financing Health Through Cost-Recovery’); He was an International Scholar of the American Academic of Orthopaedic Surgery 2003 (one of four surgeons selected worldwide; the second Nigerian to achieve this distinction).

He also won the Friend of Pharmacy Award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (Ebonyi State Branch) 2004; Rotary International President’s Citation for Outstanding Effort in the Four Avenues of Service 2004/2005; Vocational Service Award of the Inner Wheel Club of Abakaliki 2005; Distinguished Service Award of the Nigerian Medical Association (Ebonyi State Branch) 2005; Special Award for Outstanding Performance of the Nigerian Union of Journalists Ebonyi State Council 2006; Fellowship Merit Award of Excellence for Effective Social and Human Development of the Institute of Treasury Management and Corporate Finance of Nigeria 2006; Honorary Fellow (FCPS) National Association of Professional Secretarial Staff of Nigeria (NAPSSON) 2007; Award of Excellence (In appreciation of numerous contributions towards medical education in Nigeria) of the Nigerian Medical Students Association (NIMSA) 2008 and was inducted into THE ROLL OF HONOUR of the Nigerian Medical Association (Ebonyi State Branch) in 2008.

Public Administration and Management:

In service to his Fatherland, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu has also given his best in various managerial and administrative positions held:

He was Head, Accident and Emergency Department, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria (1996-1998); Senior Lecturer in Surgery/Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Abia State University/Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Nigeria (1999-2000); Head, Department of Surgery, Abia State University/Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Nigeria (1998-2000). He became an Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki in 2000; Chairman Medical Advisory Committee Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Nigeria (2000-2003); Senior Lecturer in Surgery/Senior Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon in Ebonyi State University/Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Nigeria (2000 – 2007)and the Chief Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki (2003-2008).

In 2007, he was appointed a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki; the Deputy Provost, College of Health Sciences, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki (4th November, 2008 – Date) and a Visiting Professor of Surgery, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (with effect from 6th April 2010). He was appointed the Honourable Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in April 2010.

During his tenure as Chief Medical Director of the Ebonyi State University Teaching Hospital (2003 – 2008), the hospital witnessed phenomenal growth in personnel, physical structures, utilities, clinical services, the number of clinical departments accredited for internship and residency training, and the number of staff who underwent in-service training. The management team, with the cooperation of staff, raised the hospital to a level of excellence that earned it the reputation as ‘the most functional teaching hospital in Nigeria’ and made it a major centre for undergraduate and postgraduate medical training in the country.

Community and Social Service:

The distinguished professor is not found wanting in the areas of community and social service. He served as president of Rotary Club of Abakaliki South, Captain of Abakaliki Golf Club and Assistant-Governor Rotary International, 2008/2009; 2010/2011, District 9140 Zone 22.

Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu holds the membership of many national and international professional bodies. He has also attended and participated in several academic and professional conferences and workshops.

As a Minister:

As Minister of Health, he championed the approval of the National Strategic Health Development Plan for the health sector by the Federal Executive Council of Nigeria and the signing of the International Health Partnership Plus (IHP+) Compact securing partners commitment to the implementation of the plan. He is the current Chairman of the Assembly of ECOWAS Health Ministers; Board member, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; First Vice President of the 64th World Health Assembly and the current Chairman of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Nigeria of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He was the Chairman of the 60th Session of the Regional Committee for Africa of the World Health Organization.

As the first federal minister from Afikpo since the dawn of the 3rd Republic, in addition to his distinguished professional and personal background, status as a role model and a source of pride for Afikpo people, Prof.  Onyebuchi Chukwu merits our distinction as a pace setter.

55 comments

  1. okoroafor chinedu /

    Prof,I really admire your profile,you are match for your position prof, your cap fits you,prof your work as a minister has improved the Nigerian health sector in diverse ways and means.prof. Please I am from Ohaozara ,graduated from EBSU 2012 in med lab department,prof please I wish to have an audience with you prof even if it’s 15 minutes prof, thank you prof,and have splendid night.

  2. oko daniel arua /

    jokwaa oga na ihe inimeriayi na Ehugbo,obasi ja akwu gu ugwo,ji nke iji,ichie ehugbo si na osi nwata gide nka-agwu jekutere mini ojeji kwua eka,ini ayi na mini,jisi ike,obasi ja agozigi,jokwaa

  3. nweze charles monday /

    I honour u, i urge 2 come back home & service ur state

  4. Pst. Prince U. Okoro /

    Prof. When I got to know you are from Afikpo and to see your profile, my joy knows no bounds. I can now recall from your profile why there rush of Ebonyi indegines to return home to Ebonyi State University to study Medicine. I am from Akpoha and work as an Engineer in the Dialysis Unit of Living Word Mission Hospital, Aba. Thanks Prof. May the good Lord continue use you.

  5. Prince David /

    Ndewo Mazi! What an incredible profile! All Ebonyians are so proud of you; you’ve proved to doubting thomases the stuff we’re made of. How I wish you’re the next executive Governor of our dear state; no doubt, every living & non-living creatures in Ebonyi State will support you.

    Keep the flag flying & the ball rolling!
    Bravo, great Icon!
    Prince David, Onicha-Igboeze, +2348022213144

  6. EMMANUEL OKO ISU /

    AM HAPY 4 U AFIKPO IS GREAT COME AN BE OUR SEVIOUR AS GOVERNOR

  7. Chi4betterNigeria /

    Oh please. He is a complete disgrace to the medical profession. He should be hanged.

  8. Dr. Oz /

    This profile is just awsome can’t wait to beat your records. You are really a Professional father Sir. God bless your good works

  9. John monday charles /

    I real apreciate ur effort go 2 ebonyi nd make somtin beta, plz can sumbody tell me hw much ebonyi state school of health tech is paying

  10. ifeanyi kelvin /

    sir i have been hearing of your names and how u cob ebola ,but i never known u from afikpo my town, it is true u are a pace setter please keep the flag of afikpo flying and lay down a good example for people coming behind u sir.

  11. Tochukwu /

    Your cap fit you my prof. Carry on.

  12. prof, u are a genius! With an intimidating credentials of this nature, certainly sky is d limit. I hope nigeria will put brains like u into use in shaping and moulding a greater Nigeria.

  13. Lilian /

    Pro.de sky is u limit keep flyin de flag we ar pround of ur gud work in ebonyi state africa as a hol our good God well contrune to bles u

  14. Oke Obinna Timothy /

    Prof you really need to make the State see more of you in gubernatorial level

  15. mkpuma Emmanuel /

    Bravo Oga, keep doing good and don’t allow bad people to deceive you. You are really making us proud, I will ever be your boy.pls remember me.

  16. Anikwe Abigail Ukaechem /

    sir,i admire u alot. I want you to be my mentor! Please sir,your achievements and popularity is something aiming for and i wish to be like you some day. Continue your good works!

  17. Elias Eze Ezekiel /

    Prof. May God increase you , and u the kind we need in Ebonyi state Governorship seat. Pls do something an d Lord will manifest you. Nna Nna jookwa, ka!

  18. Richard Oketa /

    Oke nna jookwa! There’s a grassroot campaign initiative for your candidacy in 2015.

  19. Elemenya Monday /

    Prof.Your calling is to be the next governor of Ebonyi State.Your attention is seriously needed

  20. ENI AUGUSTINE OKOCHE /

    SIR AM 4RM OZIZZA U HAVE A WONDERFUL PROFILE THANK GOD 4 U AS U ARE COMING HOME TO B OUR GOVERNOR COME 2O15 SIR IAM A STUDENT OF AKANU IBIAM FED.UNWANA ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS DEPT.

  21. ENI AUGUSTINE OKOCHE /

    SIR CONGRATULATION FINALLY U ARE TO BE OUR GOVERNOR COME 2O15 THANK GOD 4 U IAM AN ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS STUDENT IN AKANU IBIAM FED.POLY.UNWANA

  22. Johnson C.E Eduozor /

    Prof Chukwu’s profile is worth emulation by young upcoming Nig’n medical students anywhere nd in all its sphere…

  23. Amaechi Nweke /

    Your profile is intimidating, you have set a record that will last long to break.

  24. sunnybra /

    He is a good man and a pacesetter but anyway you refuse to talk about his shortcomings like In 2008 prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu was dismissed
    as the Chief Medical Officer of Ebonyi
    University Teaching Hospital by the Ebonyi
    State government due to an uncovered fraud
    of over 36 Million Naira.
    Under his watch, the health sector in the
    country has faced a lot of unrest among the
    health workers. In 2014, during Ebola
    epidemics, he sacked 16000 resident
    doctors.

  25. Its time for me to celebrate, God has done it for us, no one can rewrite what the Almighty has written. pls sir, do not say no to us, cos we the youths of Ebonyi have endorsed you as the sole gubernatorial candidate come 2015. Pls come and do what you did @ the federal level in Ebonyi for us. I have started my own solidarity. U must come home for us pls. Am travelling to China next week to print campaign materials on my own, and do not want to waste it sir, pls come sir. I salute you sir

  26. prof.onyebuchi chukwu is indeed a distinguished son of ebonyi state and nigeria at large. His track records made him first among equal. His guber race is a divine gift to ebonyi state. I apprciate his profile. From onyekachi ali

  27. Prof.sir you are our next governor we need you

  28. Igwe Paulinus Iloke /

    I love & appreciate Your profile Sir. I Wish to call on Your attention to the fact that so many of your brothers & sisters in the same one God in Ebonyi state, in particular, & Nigeria in General are marginalized, in medical laboratory sciences & some other parastatals. Please Sir, would you kindly assist? God bless You.

  29. My Prof.it is good to note that you are a father with an exemplary life.the executive affair of our state needs to be tend by philosopher kings. The cap fits you, wear it. I am from Eziukwu Amaizu Afikpo, Bt studying political science at university of Uyo Akwa Ibom State

  30. Ernest miracle /

    I support u @ onyebuchi chukwu, as Ebonyi state Governor 2015, u merit it, ure worthy to an the 3rd Excutive Governor of Ebonyi state, come, so that Ebonyi Graduate will not Experince jobless again oooo

  31. Prof? We thank u for remenbring ur people of Ebonyi state bcus we have bing in dark for years now. Is like God just want to show us light by ask to come back may ur prof stil shine 4ever.Am 4rom Ishiagu Ivo L.G.A Ebonyi State.

  32. Nwafor Ezekiel /

    Prof. I never know that u’re from ebonyi state late alone afikpo, i just heard it from my brother now, pls prof dn’t go 4 governorship election, stay in health sector, ok look at what u did to ebola do you think any other can do it, i have been hearing about you but i never know u come from, pls prof i was shock the time i heard that u’re going 4 governor in ebonyi, i proud of u after this ebola issue, pls stay in health plsss, even though we are suffering political hardship dn’t let us suffer health hardship cos i know u can do more than ebola, and do u know that ebola is still us or av u forggotten, to be frank with am not happy for the news, cos i know health system is where suits you, cos u can terminate any type of sickness, thanks am from ebonyi sha. God will see us through and u ofcos.

  33. JOSHUA /

    AM NOT SURPRISED ONLY EBSU COULD VE AWARDED U THAT TITLE PROF.
    U SEEMED SO SMART BUT U VE SOILED UR CHARACTER COS OF GREED, WHT HAPPEND WITH THE 36MILLION NAIRA MISSING UNDER U AS EBSUTH CMD, WHY THE UNREST IN THE HEALTH SECTOR WN U RE ITS MINISTER. U NEVER MADE EBONYI AS A PLACE U WIL RETIRE TO. TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDG THERE IS NO HOSPITAL IN ABAKALIKI WHILE U WENT FAR AND WIDE COMISSIONING PROJECTS ELSE WHERE. THANK GOD U RE RETURNING HOME PERHAP U OR UR MEN MAY NEED AN ORDINARY CHEST X RAY, C.T SCAN, MRI OR ULTRASOUND AND U WILL NOT ASSESS IT, OR A SIMPLE LAB TEST AND IT WONT BE DONE COS THERE IS NO LIGHT. CONGRATS

  34. As u handled ebola. I pray u will handled economy of ebonyi state to greater hieght

  35. chuks ikedinma /

    Prof, you exbited that you can be a politician and still dare to be different. I hail you and pray that you end up the Governor of Ebonyi state. You kind is required to change the faith of our great country, Nigeria.

  36. onwah nnaemeka /

    prof i like u, dont mind dave umahi, okorie and others u will be our governor 2015 and am a student of ebsu law thanks dear governor.

  37. Dr Ezekiel Uzor Okike /

    Yes. He is a quiet achiever. Achievers like Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu do not make a lot of noise. Let All Ebonyian give Prof Chukwu a chance to govern. MY prayer for you Prof is that God will continue to lead you to greather achievements. Dr E Okike

  38. ukeni Liberty /

    More grace to your call to serve humanity.You are the peoples choice.Congrats.

  39. PrinCe Ezenwa /

    I say make u Carrygo 4 2015 no hold up 4 u

  40. Emmanuel Uchenna Uhiom /

    God wil keep blessing you sir

  41. dominion ogbonna /

    You have actually displaced doubters,those who think nothing good can come out from Ebonyi State.We Ebonyians are proud of you and solidingly behind you for 2015 governorship election. Prof. endeavour to replicate the transformation you brought to health sector in our state because you are already our governor.May bless and keep you sir.

  42. PROF IS A RARE GIFT TO OUR GENERATION. HE IS AN EMBODIMENT OF HUMILITY, SIMPLICITY AND SELFLESS SERVICE TO HUMANITY. A MAN OF IMPECCABLE CHARACTER. HE IS AN ERUDITE SCHOLAR OF INTERNATIONAL REPUTE. A MAN WITH AN UNEQUAL INTELLECTUAL SAGACITY WHOSE TRACK RECORDS AND CREDENTIALS ARE UNBLEMISHED. I URGE HIM TO REMAIN FOCUSSED BECAUSE DESTINY HAD ALREADY SPOTTED HIM TO PILOT THE AFFAIRS OF OUR BELOVED STATE. THE ANTICS OF THOSE OPPORTUNISTIC POLITICAL JOBBERS WHO HAVE NO POLITICAL WILL AND BEARING CAN NOT STOP HIM FROM ACTUALISING THIS DIVINE MANDATE. COME RAIN, COME SHINE VICTORY IS ASSURED. HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS MY ROLE MODEL. OUT OF THE WHOLE LOTS, YOU REMAIN THE BEST CHOICE AND THE MOST CREDIBLE CANDIDATE.

  43. Eza Agha /

    Professor C.O. Onyebuchi Chukwu has made Nigeria and the black race proud by leading a successful war against Ebola.

    He has been tested, and trusted, and confirmed. He is going to take Ebonyi state to the next level that the world would marvel at what the right kind of leadership can change a state positively.

  44. Icon Tosy /

    Sir, i admire ur certificate and i believe with ma dream i will go far than you. I really admire anyone who is a professor in medcine. Kudos Sir……. I support u @ d 2015 governorship election.

  45. Lola Visser-Mabogunje /

    Dear Brother, You are a personification of what a leader should be. Though I am not from Eboyin State but I can attest to your good character and I fully support your political ambition. I assure Eboyin people that they have an excellent Governor in waiting in Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu. God bless you good brother

  46. ubah peter okechukwu /

    my oga @ d top carry go,God almighty will guide u to d seat,jst promise us dat u will remember us wen u get dia coz sme pple do forget dia promises, though de may remember bt keep adamant to it,i jst pray dat u remember us thanks.i give u hundred percent support. D UBAHNEZE1 of afikpo.

  47. Corp Joseph Ezenwa /

    Prof I SALUTE U SIR, U HAVE NO EQUAL NO ROOM FOR POL JOBERS WE THE EBONYIANS ARE SOLIDLY BEHIND U COME 2015. CORP JOE READ POL SCIENCE UNIZIK, serving in Kwara State and i’m a native of Isu in Onicha L.G.A of Ebonyi State

  48. NWAMAZI ABANI OKEREKE /

    PROF (PRINCE) ONYEBUCHI CHUKWU, MEDICAL CUM ACADEMIA COLLOSUS. YOU ARE JUST WONDERFULLY AND SPECIALLY DESIGNED BY GOD’S SCULPTURE. YOU HAVE MADE AFIKPO PROUD, YOU HAVE LIFTED AFIKPO TO A MARBLE OF GLORY AND GENERATIONS CANNOT FORGET YOU IN A JIFFY.
    THESE ROADMAPS OF UNEQUALLED EXCELLENCE WILL AND SHOULD CONTINUE ON THE PLATFORM OF “BEST IN ALL-ROUND GOVERNOR” OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA IN THE NEXT 8YEARS. GUESS WHAT, WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FORWARD TO WHEN WEST AFRICAN WILL HAVE ONE CO-ORDINATING PRESIDENT AS ONYEBUCHI CHUKWU (LOOKING BEYOND NIGERIA).
    FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW, OUR OMAKAJIALI-CHUKWU OF BLESSED MEMORY LEFT THE STAGE IN GLORY, THE UNSTRIATED GENE WILL PROPEL YOU TO MAKING THE SKY YOUR ZERO-LINE (ON YOUR MARKS).

    HURRAY ! HERE COMES THE POLITICAL HUMAN MESSIAH OF OUR TIME, HURRAY!, HERE COMES WHO GAVE POLIO A KNOCKOUT,
    HURRAY! HERE COMES WHO CHASED DEADLY EBOLA OUT OF NIGERIA BOARDERS.
    HURRAY! HERE COMES PROF CHRISTAIN ONYEBUCHI CHUKWU
    HURRAY! HERE COMES THE GOVERNOR OF EBONYI STATE

    NWAMAZI ABANI OKEREKE

  49. Obed Ogbonna /

    Fear not, d Lord is with u and He will surely accomplish d good work He started with u. We Ebonyians are solidly behind u, both spiritually (prayers) and physically. U’re a born leader and we’re rooted for u on this journey to greatness. Once again. FEAR NOT!

  50. Samuel Ukaoma /

    I pray that God Almighty will continue to Give you more Grace for Greater exploits that will bring succour to humanity. Continue to allow God use you for better works to mankind. More power to your elbow. May God guide you to your desired destination. Amen

  51. Ibiam Unwara /

    Why beta thing no de last? Criticism is our thank u..ungreatful felow. I rememberd how Uncle Sam Egwu of Unwana was hadicaped by Ebonyi Politicians, highjacked HIPACT Fund and crucified innocent man because he is not from Ebonyi North or Central. Prof Egwu U Egwu is he not qualify for a VC Post? Ebonyi Orator. How many Prof can u count within Afikpo. Best teachers in all Ebonyi schools MUST be an Afikpo man/woman. If an Abakaliki man cannot respect HRH Ezeogo Dr Akanu Ibiam of blessed memory, who is Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu. If realy he embesuled money, who appointed him a cocensus candidate? Men of devil, evil generation, wo unto you, who again dumped him for Labour Party. Who acused Him of fraud? Who recommended Prof for Minister of Health? Who re-zoned Governor to Izzi? Who dumped labour Party for an Unbrella? Who gave a return Ticket and the same time accept a new ticket. Decievers, Liars. I am proud of my people ”AFIKPO”. We are what we are. Its God’s doing, unchangable. Prof Chukwu, the World appreciated your efforts. You are the only one who respects Elders, Example: Prof Chukwu’s campaing started in the Ganymade(EZEOGO DR AKANU IBIAM’ Palace) showing humility. Ecept Commander Walter Feghabour, who again has remembered/has visited the Palace of the No 1 citizen, founding father, the First Governor of the Eastern Region. Even if we are crawling, we (AFIKPO) are, what we are. God bless Unwara, God bless Afikpo, long Live Ebonyi state, ”DUST OF THE NATION” @ Ibiam Unwara

  52. CHIBUEZE OGBONNAYA /

    Sir, i am The Cordinator of PILLARS MOVEMENT OF NIGERIA (South-East ) caucus. Pillars can help you actuallised your dream in 201 5general elections. (Chibueze Ogbonnaya) 07054645654

  53. Anne Igboke /

    Am actually an aspirant of Ebsu , I really want to beat ur records but all in all u are simply d best I admire u alot u are d type of person I would love to av as a mentor.More greese to ur elbow sire

  54. Isu okoche samuel /

    It is my honour prof to see and read abouy you on your profile,please sir i want you to help me in some of your occupation information.
    I really want to ask you for a favour,please sir to tell why you don’t want us your people,please sir consider us your people(Afikpo north),help us to get any kind of jobs in Nigeria.Thank you sir.

  55. LAWRENCE ADUM /

    My Prof. you have carved your name on a hard rock where the rain cannot wash it away. Goodluck

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