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IMG_20160801_222453-720665 Profile of Professor Stephen Ejugwu Onah

Personal Data

Surname name:     Onah
Other names:  Ejugwu Stephen
Date of birth: September 2, 1959
Place of birth: Uje-Anchim
Local Government area: Oju
Nationality: Nigerian
State of origin: Benue
Home address:           Uje-Anchim, Oju L.G.A.
Postal address:    Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, University of Agriculture, P.M.B 2373 Makurdi, Benue State – Nigeria
Web site:
E-mail addresses: and
Mobile phone numbers:  08054808898 and 08036929704
Marital status:  Married
Name of Spouse: Mrs. Maria Iynangbe Onah
Number of children: Three (3)
Names of children: Jennifer Iyeka, Valentine Elilehi and Kingston Onahi
Rank: Professor
Present post: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)


School Time
Wesley Transferred School, Anchim January, 1966 – December, 1972
Government College, Makurdi January, 1973 – June, 1977
School of Basic Studies, Ugbokolo October, 1977 – September, 1978

Positions Held

Position Time
Acting Head of Department October, 1990 – December, 1991
Acting Head of Department November, 2000- August, 2006
Deputy Dean, College of Science July, 2007 – March, 2010
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) March, 2010 to date.
Acting Vice-Chancellor Several times between March, 2010 and
now; including the period of NUC Institutional Accreditation in December, 2011 and NUC Needs Assessment Exercise in 2012
Acting Chairman of UAM Senate Several times between March, 2010 and now
Chairman (Overall), NUC Institutional Accreditation Exercise that resulted in the UAM obtaining Full Accreditation for the next seven years and thereby attaining a Grade A+ status. 2011
Vice Chairman, ASUU – UAM Branch February, 2000 – February, 2004.
Chairman, ASUU – UAM Branch February 4, 2004 – April 9, 2008
House Prefect (Nile House), Governmentt College Makurdi. 1976/77 session
School Boy/School Time Keeper, Wesley Transferred Primary School, Anchim (Now, LGEA School, Otunche) 1972
Chairman (two times), Agba Klub, Makurdi (a social organization) 1988 – 1990 and 1997 – 1999

Membership of Learned Societies

  1. Nigerian Mathematical Society (member).
  2. Mathematical Association of Nigeria (member).

Theses and Publications

  • Theses
  • Journal Publications
  1. Solution of Poisson Equation by Finite Element Method (M.Sc. Thesis, 1986).
  2. A singular Stochastic Control Model of irreversible Investment Under Uncertainty (Ph.D. Thesis, 1998)

Research Interest/Research Experience

  • Current Research Interest
  • Students’ Supervision
  • Research Grants
  • External Examiner/Editorial Work
  • External Assessor for Professorship

My research is in the broad area of Computational Mathematics with specific interest in stochastic modeling and numerical computing (by finite difference, finite element and boundary element methods). A number of researches have been completed as evidenced by the publications listed above.
The following areas currently engage my research efforts:

  1. Modeling of bio-systems.
    Here, studies are directed in the area of spread of diseases among animals, humans and plants. Also the behavior of drugs in a body system and genetic changes are being studied through stochastic modeling. The objective is to provide scientific bases for informed decisions and policies by relevant authorities. The dissemination of information of the research results is often done through seminars, conferences, research fares (like those organized by NUC) etc.
  2. Modeling of Economic Systems
    There is active research going on in this area in contemporary issues such as the appropriate pricing of petroleum products, performance of investments in developing economies and in the face of economic melt-down. Also, studies are on-going in the area of optimal timing for capital accumulation towards retirement (pension models). Furthermore, there is current research in the employer and employee bargaining process. The effort here is to establish scientific bases for negotiations between Governments and Labor Organizations.
  3. Numerical Computing
    In this area, Numerical Methods such as Finite Difference, Finite Element and Boundary Element methods are studied towards utilizing them to solve the differential equations models that are developed in Science and Engineering. The above methods and other Numerical Methods are also used in solving problems that are developed in the Bio-Systems and Economic systems.

Conferences Attended

  1. Mathematics/Conference in honor of Prof. H.O. Tejumola, held at the University of Ibadan, July, 1997. (Presented two papers).
  2. Conference of the Nigerian Mathematical Society, held at the University of Jos, Jos, June 2000. (Presented one paper).
  3. Conference of the Nigerian Mathematical Society, held at the Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, June, 2003. (Presented two papers).
  4. Conference of the Nigerian Mathematical Society, held at the Benue State University, Makurdi, September 2003. (Presented one lead paper).
  5. Conference of Nigerian Mathematical society held at the Ebonyi state University, Abakiliki, April, 2004 (Presented one paper).
  6. Conference of the Nigerian Mathematical Society, held at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, April, 2005, (Presented one paper).
  7. Uyo, Uyo, April, 2006 (Presented one co-authored a paper).
  8. Conference of the Mathematical Association of Nigeria (M.A.N.), held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, August 30th – September 2nd 200611 (Presented one paper).
  9. Conference of the Nigerian Mathematical Society, held at the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, May 2008 (Presented one co-authored paper).
  10. International Conference on Mathematical Modeling of some Global Challenging Problems in the 21st century, held at NMC Abuja, November 26 – 30, 2008 (Presented one paper).

Working Experience

  • Teaching
  • Appointments and Promotions
  • Administrative Experience and Leadership Responsibilities
Rank Time
Graduate Assistant July, 1983 – July, 1987
Assistant Lecturer August, 1987 – September, 1989
Assistant Lecturer August, 1987 – September 1989
Lecturer II October, 1989 – September, 1996
Lecturer I October, 1996 – September, 1999
Senior Lecturer October, 1999 – September, 2003
Associate Professor October, 2003 – September, 2006
Professor October, 2006 to date

Awards and Honors

  1. Agba Man of the Year, 1995: An honor by Agba Klub, Makurdi, a social organization based in Makurdi in recognition of Outstanding and Exemplary Qualities in Leadership.
  2. Exemplary Comradeship and Excellent Leadership, 2005: A merit award by the Student Union, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, in recognition of high quality leadership provided as ASUU Chairman.
  3. Scholarly Promotion of Academics, 2007: A merit award by the National Union of Igede Students, UAM Chapter.
  4. Excellent Service and Reservoir of Knowledge, 2010: A merit award by the National Union of Igede Students (NUIS).
  5. Excellence in Youth Empowerment, Community Development and Patriotism, 2010: A merit award by Igede Youth Council.
  6. Listed in the 15th Edition of Marquis’ “Who is Who” in the world, 2010.

Local, National and International Public Services

Details Time
Participant at the National Workshop On The Implementation Of Pension Reforms, Organized by NLC at Aminu Isa Kontagora Theatre Makurdi, 2007
Participant at the International Conference on Pension Reforms, Organized by PENCOM and Senate Committee On Pensions at Transcorp Hotel, Abuja.
Member (ASUU Representative), Governing Board of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) September, 2009 – August, 2010
Participant at the National Workshop On Public Procurement, Organized by Bureau for Public Procurement, at Rockview Hotel, Abuja. October 30, 2009
Guest Speaker at the Igede Language Stakeholders’ Conference Organised by Association For Promoting Quality Education In Igedeland (APQEI) at APQEI Secretariat, Ichakobe, Oju LGA. November, 20 – 21, 2009
Participant at the 122nd Joint Tax Board Meeting Held At Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja, Organized by the Federal Inland Revenue Services April, 2010
Participant, ASUU Leadership Conference Held at Hilton Hotel, Jos, Organized by ASUU October, 2005
Participant, State of the Nation Conference held at the NUC Conference Hall; Organized by ASUU October, 2002
Participant, International Conference on Education held at Rockview Hotel, Abuja Organised by ASUU and Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa March, 2005
Guest Speaker at the Annual Award Giving Ceremony Of The Igede Youths Forum held at the Igede Hall In Oju LGA February, 2011
Guest Speaker, at the Omi-nyIgede Annual Convention organized by Omi-nyIgede at the Police Officers’ Mess, Makurdi 2011
Participant at the Joint Education Stakeholders Action Coalition (JESAC), 2nd National Consultative Conference held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja October, 2010
Participant at the National Conference on Nigerian Universities at 50 years held at NUC Auditorium, organized by NUC September, 2010
Participant at the Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP) held at Spier Hotel, Stellenbosch (Cape Town) South Africa, organized by Association of African Universities (AAU) 30th May – 3rd June,
Member, Local Church Council, Living Faith Makurdi December, 2008 to date
Member, Church Ministerial Council, Living Faith Church Makurdi December, 2008 to date
Chairman, Local School Board, Kingdom Heritage Model School, Makurdi (owned by Living Faith Church Worldwide) December, 2008 to date.
Member, NUC Program Accreditation Panel to Gombe State University, 2009.
Funding of an Economic Empowerment Program for my Age Group (The Ibago Age Group) in the village at Uje-Anchim, Oju LGA, Benue State January, 2008 to date.
Education Empowerment: Support of Adult Education Program in the village 2008 – 2010.

Service to the University Community

Details Time
Representative of the School of Foundation studies on the Board of College of Engineering October, 1986 – September, 1988
Member, time table committee January, 1987 – December, 1989
Member, Committee on the development of curriculum for Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Department 1988
Member, Farm Management Committee October, 1988 – December, 1991
University Senate Member October, 1990 – December, 1991
College Examination Officer September, 1998 – October, 2000
Acting Head of Department November 2000 – August, 2006.
University Senate Member November, 2000 – August, 2006 and October, 2006 to date
Chairman, Departmental of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Postgraduate Committee February, 2002 – August, 2006
Member, Senate representative on UAM Library Committee: November, 2000 – October, 2002
Member, College of Science, Agricultural and Science Education (CSASE) Postgraduate committee February, 2002 to date
Member, CSASE Library Advisory Board 1999 – 2001
Member, Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the Conference of Science Association of Nigeria held in the University of Agriculture, Makurdi April 1992
Member, Examination Malpractices Committee August, 1988 and September, 1998
Member, Farm Management Committee October, 1998 – December, 1991
Chairman, College Committee on the development of B.Sc. Degree curriculum 2001
Chairman, Committee on the development of B.Sc. Degree curriculum for the Department 2001
Chairman, Committee on the Development of Postgraduate curriculum for the Department 2002
Chairman, Committee on the Development of Postgraduate curriculum for the Department 2002
Chairman, College Committee on development of Post-graduate curriculum 2002
Member, Committee on appointment of part-time lecturers in CEPROS, UAM 2003
Secretary, Local Organizing Committee for the conference of Mathematical Association of Nigeria held in the Benue State University, Makurdi September 2002.
Member, Inaugural Lecture Committee April 2006 – March, 2008
Patron, Living Faith Church Campus Fellowship, UAM October, 2007 to date
Patron, National Union of Igede Students, UAM Chapter October, 2006 to date
Chairman, USSMB, UAM March, 2010 to date


  1. Thinking, reading, sight-seeing and picnicking.
  2. In-door games and watching football.
  3. Photography and music


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