Lecturer II, Department of Geology

Dr Obinna C. Akakuru

Dr Obinna Chigoziem Akakuru

Lecturer II

B.Sc.(Geology) ANSU, PGD (Education) Sokoto, M.Sc. (Hydrogeology) NAU, M.Sc.(Hydrology and Water Resources)ABSU, PhD (Hydrogeology) NAU
Phone number: 08037969881
Email: obinna.akakuru@futo.edu.ng

Biography

Dr Obinna C. Akakuru hails from Obazu Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area in Imo State. He obtained his First School leaving Certificate from T.T.C. practising school Irete in 1995, and then took his West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) at Government Secondary School Owerri in 2001. He thereafter gained admission at the Anambra State University Uli, where he studied Geology and graduated in 2007. He proceeded for his National Youth Service at Rivers State in 2008, where he started his teaching career as a Physics and Computer Science teacher at Ogu/Bolo Technical Secondary School. He obtained his Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Usmanu Dan Fodio University, Sokoto in 2011; this certificate qualified him as a registered teacher.

He later obtained his Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Geological Sciences (Water Resources and Environmental Hydrogeology) from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka in 2013; Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Geography (Hydrology and Water Resources) from Abia State University Uturu in 2016; and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Geological Sciences (Hydrogeology) from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka in 2018.

Dr Akakuru gained employment in 2010, as a Geologist in the Imo State Ministry of Petroleum and Environment (Environmental Engineering and Ecology Department). Due to his love for academics, he resigned from the Ministry and joined Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri as an Assistant Lecturer in Department of Geography and Environmental Studies in 2012, within his seven (7) years; he rose to the rank of Lecturer I. During his stay at Alvan Ikoku FCE, he served in many capacities including attracting and carrying out institutional-based research, which was sponsored by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) in 2014. He joined the Federal University of Technology in July 2019 as a Lecturer II.

He has experiences in numerical groundwater modelling; techniques for the physical characterization of aquifers, both in the field and in the laboratory; concepts and techniques in offshore groundwater research; basic knowledge of ArcGIS, AquaChem, SULFER 32, SPSS, and MATLAB; communicating science through publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals, with over eighteen (18) scholarly journals in both local and international journals.

Dr Akakuru is a member of some associations including; Nigerian Association of Hydrogeologist (NAH); National Environmental Society (NES),  Association of Nigerian Geographers (ANG), and Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).

Dr Obinna Akakuru is happily married to Dr. (Mrs.) Annabel Obinna-Akakuru, a lecturer at Alvan Ikoku FCE, Owerri and the marriage is blessed with three (3) children.

Qualifications
Honours/Awards
Affiliations
Courses Assigned to Teach
Experience
Research Interest
Publications

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD. Geological Sciences (Hydrogeology)-2018
  • M.Sc. Geography (Hydrology and Water Resources)-2016.
  • M.Sc. Geology (Water Resources and Environmental Hydrogeology)-2013
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)-2012
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology-2007
  • Certificate in basic computer studies, networking and programming-2008
  • West African Senior Secondary School Certificate-2001

First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC)-1995

Honours/Awards

  • Christ Ambassador Award presented by Anglican Diocese of Owerri (Chapel of Christian Unity)-2019
  • Award of Honour presented by Holy Trinity (Anglican) Church Obazu Mbieri-2019

Membership of Professional bodies

  • Member, National Environmental Society (NES) Nigeria.
  • Association of Nigerian Geographers (ANG).
  • Member, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).

Course Code and Courses assigned to teach:

  • GLY 307: Maps and Interpretation
  • GLY 415: Physical Hydrogeology

Work Experience

  • Sept. 2010-2012:  Geologist, Imo State Ministry of Petroleum and Environment (Environmental Engineering and Ecology Department).
  • Feb. 2012-2019: Lecturer I, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri.
  • July 2019-till date: Lecturer, Department of Geology, School of Physical Sciences, Federal University of Technology, Owerri.

Research Interest

  • Hydrogeology and Hydrology
  • Environmental and Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Hydrogeochemistry and Water Resources Management
  • Engineering Geology/Geotechnics
  • Geostatistics

Publications

(List of peer-reviewed Publications)

  1. R. I. Obaro, O. A. Odediran, K. O. Iheme, O. C. Akakuru and A. F. Gbadebo (2019). Geotechnical evaluation of lateritic soil in Baba-Ode Area, Ilorin, North – Central Nigeria. Journal of Research Information in Civil Engineering, 16, (1), 2595-2609.
  2. Jeffrey Chiwuikem Chiaka, Obinna Chigoziem Akakuru, Ozioma Udochukwu Akakuru & Bernard E. Benedict Akudinobi (2019). Geotechnical aspects of a gully site at ofekata ii autonomous community, Awo-omamma, Imo State, Southeastern Nigeria. International Journal of Applied and Natural Sciences (IJANS), 8 (2), 41-54.
  3. Ozioma Udochukwu Akakuru, HitlerLouis, Romanus Uwaoma, Elias Emeka Elemike, Obinna Chigoziem Akakuru (2019). Novel highly-swellable and pH-responsive slow release formulations of clotrimazole with chitosan-g-PEG/starch microparticles. Reactive and Functional Polymers (Elsevier). 135, 32-43.
  4. Ozioma Udochukwu Akakuru, Hitler Louis, Obinna Chigoziem Akakuru & Ededet Akpan Eno (2019). Facile fabrication of pH-responsive and swellable slow-release microparticles of chlorpheniramine maleate with chitosan-starch matrices and their crosslinks, International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials (Taylor & Francis), DOI: 10.1080/00914037.2018.1563084
  5. Akakuru OU, Louis H, Amos PI, Akakuru OC, Nosike EI (2018). The Chemistry of Chitin and Chitosan Justifying their Nanomedical Utilities. Biochem Pharmacol (Los Angel) 7: 241. DOI: 10.4172/2167-0501.1000241
  6. Akudinobi B. E. B, Obasi, P. N. and Akakuru, O. C. (2018). Assessment of recharge and discharge areas in Abakiliki and environs using hydrologic parameters in shallow wells, Asian Journal of Environment & Ecology, 6(4): 1-9.
  7. Akakuru, OC., and Akudinobi, B.E.B (2018). Qualitative Characterization of Groundwater Sources around Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Oil Depot Aba, using Multiple Linear Regressions Modelling. International Journal of Advanced Geosciences, 6 (1), 57-64. www.sciencepubco.com/index.php/IJAG.
  8. Akakuru, O.C., and Akudinobi, B.E.B (2018). Determination of water quality index and irrigation suitability of groundwater sources in parts of coastal aquifers of Eastern Niger Delta, Nigeria. International Journal of Applied and Natural Sciences (IJANS), 7 (1), 1-6. www.iaset.us
  9. Akakuru Obinna, Akudinobi Bernard, Okoroafor Patience, Maduka Eric (2017). Application of Geographic Information System in the Hydrochemical Evaluation of Groundwater in Parts of Eastern Niger Delta Nigeria. American Journal of Environmental Policy and Management; 3(6): 39-45 http://www.aascit.org/journal/ajepm.
  10. Akakuru, O.C.,  Akudinobi, B.E.B, Usman, A.O (2017). Organic and heavy metal assessment of groundwater sources around Nigeria National Petroleum Corperation oil depot Aba, South-eastern Nigeria. Journal of Natural Sciences Research, 7(24). 48-58. www.iiste.org.
  11. Eyankware, M.O, Akudinobi B.E.B, and Akakuru, O.C (2017). Quality assessment and hydrochemical characteristics of groundwater in Ughelli and its adjoining area for irrigation purpose, Niger delta region, Nigeria, 3(10), 109-119. www.discoveryjournals.org
  12. M.O. Eyankware, P.N Obasi., and O.C. Akakuru (2016). Use of Hydrochemical approach in evaluation of water quality around the vicinity of Mkpuma Ekwaoku Mining District, Ebonyi State, SE Nigeria for Irrigation Purposes. Indian Journal of Science, 23(88), 88 1-895.
  13. Usman, A.O., Omada. J.I., Omali, A.O., and Akakuru, O.C (2015). Evaluation of the Aquifer Characteristics of Nteje and Environs, Anambra Basin, South Eastern, Nigeria, Journal of Natural Sciences Research 5(14), 99-114. www.iiste.og
  14. Eyankware, M.O., Nnabo, P.N., Nnajieze, V.S., and Akakuru, O.C. (2015). Quality Assessment of Physicochemical Attributes of Groundwater and Treated Water in Selected Parts of Enugu, Nigeria. African Journal of Geo-Science Research, 3 (2):20-24. http://ajgr.rstpublishers.com
  15. Akakuru, O.C., Akudinobi, B.E.B., and Aniwetalu, E.U. (2015). Qualitative Evaluation and Hydrogeochemical Attributes of Groundwater in Owerri Capital Territory, Southeastern Nigeria. IOSR Journal of Applied Geology and Geophysics (IOSR-JAGG), 3(2), 12-18. www.iosrjournals.org.
  16. Eyankware MO., Ufomata, D.O., Solomon, E.C., and Akakuru O.C. (2015). Physicochemical and Bacteriological Assessment of Groundwater Quality in Ughelli and its Environs, Delta State Nigeria. International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research. 14 (2), 236-243. http://www.ijisr.issr-journals.org/ 
  17. Aniwetalu, Emmanuel U. and Akakuru Obinna (2015). Granomeric Analysis of Mamu Formation and Enugu Shale around Ozalla and Its Environs Evidence from Field Study. IOSR Journal of Applied Geology and Geophysics (IOSRJAGG) 3(2), 19-26. www.iosrjournals.org.
  18. Akakuru O.C., Maduka, E.C and Akakuru, O.U (2013). Hydrogeochemical characterization of surface water sources in Owerri Capital Territory, Southeastern Nigeria, IOSR Journal of Applied Geology and Geophysics, 1(2), www.iosrjournals.org.

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