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Oliver Okoi Enang-Effiom B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD

Oliver Okoi Enang-Effiom, PhD, was born to a very humble Christian family of Chief & Mrs. David Enang Effiom 61years ago (precisely, in October 30th 1958), in Akugom-Ebe Community, Ekori Town, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State. He started his educational career in St. Francis Xavier Primary School, Ekori, Yakurr LGA, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) in 1972. In June 1979, Sir Dr. Oliver Effiom got his Division Two West African School Certificate (WASC) from Community Secondary Grammer School, Ugep, and in 1982 and 1985, he obtained National Diploma (ND) in Biology/Microbiology and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Applied Biology, respectively, from the prestigious erstwhile POLYCAL. In order to satisfy his urge for higher educational attainment, Oliver Okoi Enang-Effiom, PhD, proceeded to University of Calabar, where he obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Education (PGDEE) in 1994, another Post-Graduate Diploma in Medical Microbiology/Parasitology (PGDMMP) in 2000, and a Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in Medical Microbiology/Parasitology in 2006, all from University of Calabar. To actualize his academic dreams, Oliver Effiom, went to Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Parasitology in 2011. To professionalize in his teaching career, he went further to acquire an Advance Teachers Certificate from Veritas University, Abuja. 

Dr. Oliver Okoi Enang-Effiom had worked in many places and had also held many positions of responsibility. In 1979 – 1981, he was an Auxillary Teacher in Comprehensive Secondary School, Ekori, Yakurr LGA, CRS., and in 1981 he went for his SIWES at Eja Memorial Joint Hospital, Itigidi, Abi LGA., where he was made to double his responsibility as both Laboratory Scientist in Training and a Microbiology Instructor in their new School of Nursing, Itigidi. He also served as a Technical Instructor in Community Secondary School, Mkpani, Yakurr LGA., CRS between 1982 – 1983, and as a Higher Technical Instructor in Comprehensive Secondary School, Ekori, Yakurr LGA., CRS., 1986 – 1987. On graduation from the PolyCal in 1985, Dr. Effiom was appointed Technologist II in his alma-mater department and rose to Assistant Chief Technologist in 2002 before PolyCal was converted to Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) in September, 2002. In 2005, he became a Chief Technologist, in the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) after which he converted to the Lecturer cadre as Assistant Lecturer. Dr. Oliver Effiom voluntarily retired from the service of CRUTECH in 2009 when he was appointed Lecturer I and HOD of Biological Sciences in Veritas University, Abuja. Because of his efficiency, he held the HOD position for 7 years (i.e., 2009 - 2015). Currently, he is an Associate Professor and is awaiting appraisal and external assessment for Professorial rank.


Dr. Effiom, has served the institutions he worked in and the outside world in various capacities. He was Chairman, NAPEP in Yakurr LGA in 2000 - 2002; Chairman, CRUTECH Security Committee i/c of the four campuses in 2005- 2006; Member, Task Force on Verification of Assets and Liabilities of CRS Agricultural Estates (Oban Estates Ltd); Task Force on Eradication of Guinea Worm (‘Jimmy Carter Global 2000’), CRS Chapter; Ag. HOD, Biological Sciences, Veritas University, Abuja, 2009 – 2015 & 2018 – Date ; Deputy Dean of College of Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) from 2017 – Date;  Chairman, Senate Committee on Veritas University Students Handbook Review in 2014; Chairman, Veritas Website Review Committee, 2015;   Chairman, 2014 Post-UTME Committee,  among many other  Senate committees.

 During his days as a Parishioner in St. Joseph’s Catholic Chaplaincy, Dr. Oliver Effiom served as PRO of the Chaplaincy 1997 – 1998; Chairman, 2nd Phase Launching of St. Joseph’s Chaplaincy Church Building Committee 2000;  Secretary General, St. Joseph’s Chaplaincy Pastoral Council; Coordinator of Jesus the Triumphant of King of Ages Prayer Group (of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria) of St. Joseph’s Catholic Chaplaincy; made all he household to become pioneer members of St. Joseph’s Chaplaincy Choir, hence the name “Mr. Oliver’s Family Choir”; etc, etc.,

As a renowned Academia, Dr. Oliver Okoi Enang-Effiom has published many Research Articles in local and international high impact factor Journals. He has equally attended and presented many academic papers in Professional Conferences both in Nigeria and abroad, e.g., in International Conference of University Professors held in Rome 2014 (1st  – 10th October 2014) and in Tanzania 2019 (20th - 24rd May, 2019), where he presented thought-provoking academic papers which made the Vatican City Radio to Grant him a 30minute Radio & Television interview on the 12th October, 2014. Oliver Okoi Enang Effiom is currently the Acting Director of Research of Veritas University, Abuja (2019/2020  - 2020/2021). 


Sir Oliver Effiom had played significant role in the development of his community, Ekori,  and Nigeria as a whole, having served in various leadership capacities such as Secretary General, Ekori Progressive Elements League, Calabar Branch (1987-1990); Chairman, Akugom-Ebe Elders Forum World-wide (2012-2014); Patron, Akugom-Ebe Development Union, Calabar, Chapter (2010-Date); Ekori Progressive Elements League, Abuja Branch (2014-Date), etc.


Oliver Okoi Enang-Effiom, PhD, belongs to the Ancient and Noble Order of the Knight of St. John International (KSJI) since 2000.


Key Publications

  • Etim, S. E. and Effiom, O. E. (1997). Gender and Tropical Diseases: The need to lift theburden on Women. Nigeria, Journal of Research in General Studies. 3 (1): 63 – 67


  • Ikpeme, E. M., Effiom, O. E. Abeshi, S. (1998). Biological warfare: An emerging   option for the third world. Nigerian Education Journal, 2 (1): 15-20
  • Effiom, O. E. and Ikpeme, E. M. (2000). A review of environmental implications offood preservation Technology prevalent in selected communities in Northern Cross River State, Nigeria. Nigerian Educational Journal. 3 (1-2) (1): 15-20


  • Effiom, O. E., Ikpeme, E. M. Bassey B. U. (2000). The Medicinal Potentials of the local fauna: A case study of Yakurr Local Government Area in Cross River State. Nigerian Educational Journal. 3(1-2): 82-86.
  • Etim, S. E., Akpan, P. A., Effiom, O. E., Abeshi, S. E., (2000). Intestinal Helminth   infections in Children: Implications for helminth control using school–based mass chemotherapy. Nigerian Journal of Parasitology. 23:53-59
  • Uttah, E. C. and Effiom, O. (2009). Geophagy and Intestinal parasites among primary school children in Calabar Metropolis. The Zoologist, 7:109-114.
  • Uttah, E. C., Etim, S., Okonofua, C. and Effiom, O. E, (2011): Endemic  Mansonbellosis in Emohua Local Government Area, Nigeria. Human parasitaemia and Culicoides biting patterns. Journal of Vector-Borne Diseases, 48:41-45.
  • Abraham, T. J., Akpan, P. A. and Effiom, O. E. (2011): Prevalenceof Henneguya chrysichthys (Flagellated Protozoa: Cyst) and Haematological Changes Due to the Infection in Chrysichthys nigrodigitatus. African Research Review: An International Multidisciplinary Journal, Ethiopia, 5(4)21:124-134.
  • .Effiom, O. E. and Avoaja, D. A. (2012): Evaluation of Minimum Lethal Concentrations (MLCs) of Phytochemical Larvicide Extracts From Peels, Pulp and Seeds of Five Species of Citrus Fruits. World Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 4(1):13 – 19.
  • Effiom, O. E., Alaribe, A. A. A., Abraham, J. T., Eja, M. E., Uttah, E.C. and Iboh, C. (2012). Plasmodial Infectivity Rate of Female Anopheles Mosquitoes Found In The Cross River University of Technology, Calabar Campus, Calabar, Nigeria. Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology, 1(2):101 – 107.
  • Iboh, C. I., Okon, O. E., Ajang, R. O., Okoi, A. I., Arong, G. and Effiom, O. E.,  (2012).Insecticidal potency of Asystasia vogelina in the proyection of Bean seeds in storage. Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology, 1(2): 95 - 99.
  • Effiom, O. E., Alaribe, A. A. A., Useh, M. F. (2012). Physico-chemical Attributes of Malaria Vectors Breeding Sites in Ekori, Yakurr LGA, Cross River State, Nigeria. World   Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 4(2): 206-217.
  • Effiom, O. E., Avoaja, D. A. and Ohaeri, C. C. (2012). Mosquito repellent activity of phytochemical extracts from peels of citrus fruit species. Global Journal of Science Frontier Research:E. Interdisciplinary 12(1)1:5-8.
  • Uttah, E. C, Ibe, D. C, & Effiom, O.  E. (2012). Relationship Between Onchocercus volvulus microfilariaemia and clinical manifestations of meso-endemic onchiocerciasis in the Umuowaibu and Ndiorji communitiesin Southeastern, Nigeria. Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare, 2(8):66-71.
  • Effiom, O. E., Avoaja, D. A., Ohaeri. C. C. and Gyang, P. R. (2014). Laboratory Assessment Of The Bio-Efficacies Of The Phytochemical Extracts From  Peels, Pulp And Seeds Of Citrus Fruit Species Against Anopheles gambiae And Anopheles funestus, Nigerian Journal of Parasitology, 35(1-2):123-132.
  • Effiom,  O. E., Alaribe, A. A. A., Useh, M. F., Uttah, E. C., Gyang, R. P. and Iboh, C.   (2014). Bionomics Of Malaria Vectors In Ekori, Yakurr Local Government Area Of Cross River State, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Parasitology, 35(1-2):71-81.
  • Rwang, P. G, Effiom, O. E, Ukah, S. E, and Matur, B. M (2014). The Prevalence of Ascaris and Hookworm Infections among School Children in Obehie,Ukwa West Local Government Area, Abia State, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Parasitology, 35(1-2):65 -69.
  • Ozoude, T. O., Wokoma, E. C., Agwa, O. & Effiom, O. E. (2014). Determination of the factors affecting the activity of invertase produced by soil Streptomyces isolated from selected sites in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology, 3(2):21-24.
  • Cletus Inah Iboh1, Okoi Enang Effiom2, Stephen Christian Ekoro3, Atting Inyang4­­­: (2015). Parasitological Evaluation of Un-disposed Refuse Dumps in Calabar South, Cross River State,     Nigeria. International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology, 3(3):232-239.