The GreenLand News Magazine is set to honour Prof. Emmanuel Hala Kwon-Ndung for his immense contribution in research and development in the country. He will be recognized at the upcoming 2023, Annual Lecture/Award, 3rd Edition scheduled to hold on 28th October, 2023, at No 10 Lord Lugard Street Asokoro, Abuja in Abuja.

A Press Statement from the Management of GreenLand News Magazine indicates that the theme of the event is: “X-Raying Nigeria Persistent Rising Inflation, Causes, Solution: Way Forward”.

The lecture will be discussing the way forward on the rising inflation in Nigerian economy and the measures the government can employ to mitigate it.
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Prof. Kwon-Ndung who will be awarded “Role Model Award,” based on his immense contribution in research and development, youths mentorship and humanitarian services, started his research career at the National Root Crops Research Institute in 1991 before moving to the National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI), Badeggi Niger State in 1992 after rising to the enviable position of Chief Research Officer.

He joined the services of the Nasarawa State University in 2005 as an Associate Professor (subject to favorable external assessment) and he became a full Professor in 2008. He later joined the Federal University of Lafia in September 2012 where he is currently serving as the Director, Centre for Energy Studies.

Prof. Kwon-Ndung who is a mentor and role model to many people attended EKAN Primary School Ganawuri (1973-1978) and later Boys’ Secondary School Gindiri from 1978 to 1983. He enrolled at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1984 and graduated in 1988 with B.SC in Botany. After the compulsory NYSC in Akwa Ibom State in 1989, he proceeded to the University of Jos and by January 1991, he bagged a Master of Science degree in Cytogenetics and Plant breeding and later Ph.D from the same University in 1999.
His immense contribution in society and wealth of experience in the course of his career saw him serve as the pioneer Resident Scientist of National Cereals Research (NCRI) at the Savanah Sugar Company Numan, Adamawa State, Head of NCRI out station in Bacita, Kwara State, REFILS Team leader for Taraba State, National Coordinator for the NCRI-IPGRI Acha project and has been a many-tenure Head of Department, Dean of the Faculty, Chairman Committee of Deans and Directors, two-term member of Governing Council representing Senate. He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of Bingham University Karu, a faith based-University from 2014 to 2019. Outside the University, he has served as Chairman of the Governing Council of Emergency Crisis and Risk Management Institute, Sub-Committee Chair on Biotechnology for the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, member of National Biosafety Technical Committee, a multiple resource person for National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation and resource verification teams, expert technical reviewer to Federal Ministry of Environment on several EIA reports, and he is a current member of the TETFUND Standing Committee on Research and Development.

Prof. is a member of several Professional Societies including Genetics Society of Nigeria, where he is the Immediate Past President. His tenure witnessed a transformative leadership in the Society. He belongs to other Societies such as Biotechnology Society of Nigeria, Agricultural Society of Nigeria, Botanical Society of Nigeria, African Crop Science Congress, West Africa Plant Genetic Resources Network, American Society of Plant Biologists, Global Facility Network for Underutilised Species, founding member of African Plant Breeders Association and also founding member of the Nigerian Plant Breeders Association, Co-Chair and member of African Biogenome Project, a project aimed at a coordinated pan-African effort to build capacity (and infrastructure) to generate, analyze and deploy genomics data for the improvement and sustainable use of biodiversity and agriculture across Africa.

Prof. Kwon-Ndung, a well published scientist with over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and technical reports has accessed a number of research grants in his career and is also a winner of the Third World Academy of Sciences postdoctoral fellowship(2004-2005) and is a Fellow of the Academy of Science for the Developing World (TWAS), Fellow Genetics Society of Nigeria and Fellow Emergency Crisis and Risk Management Institute. He is happily married to Prof. Linda Kwon-Ndung and they are blessed with children.

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