Prof. Chris Obioma Nwoko

Prof. Chris Obioma Nwoko


BSc., MSc., PhD


Prof.  Chris Obioma Nwoko was born in Umuahia, Abia State, Southeast Nigeria in 1971. He attended his primary and secondary school in Umuahia and later went to University of Calabar South-South Nigeria where he obtained his B.Sc degree (Biological Sciences) in 1995. He proceeded to University of Ibadan Southwest, Nigeria for his M.Sc and Ph.D degrees (Environmental Biology) in 1998 and 2010, respectively. He was appointed Assistant lecturer in the Department of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri in 2001 where he has made significant progress in his academic career.  In 2017 he was appointed Professor of Environmental Management. Prof. Nwoko has mentored many young Nigerians in the field of Environmental management, some of whom are doing very well in their various fields of endeavor. Prof. Nwoko has consulted for private and Government Agencies in environmental related issues: Such as Impact Assessment Study, Ecosystem restoration and Waste management. He was the Lead Environmental Consultant on World Bank (Assisted Projects) for FADAMA III in Imo and Abia States of Nigeria from 2014-2015, Imo NEWMAP, 2020 and Imo State Special Agro Processing Zone  project , an African Development Bank Assisted Project.   He was Former Head, Department of Environmental Technology (2015-2017) and former Associate Dean of Environmental Sciences (2020-2021). He is currently the Deputy Director, World Bank Centre of Excellence in Procurement, Environment and Social Standards. Prof. Nwoko has over 40 publications to his credit in highly rated peer-reviewed journals nationally and internationally. He has been a keynote speaker in a number of conferences in Nigeria and abroad.   Prof. Nwoko is a member of Nigerian Environmental Society and Member, Board of Trustees, Ecological Society of Nigeria and International Biometric Society. He is happily married to Dr. (Mrs) Nnenna Nwoko and the marriage is blessed with four children.

Academic Qualification

B.Sc, MSc, PhD


(a)  $11 million World Bank and NUC Centre of Excellence on Procurement, Environment and Social Standards. The grant will be used to develop manpower on Procurement, Environment and Social standards.


(b) NGN18, 025,000.00 TETfund grant on the Design and development of a waste management and environmental hazard alert system.



1. BOT -Member:  Ecological Society of Nigeria.

 2.   Member: International Biometric Society.

3.  Member:  Nigeria Environmental Society


Courses Assigned to Teach



Post held


Federal University of Technology, Owerri

Lecturer 11

2017 –  Date

Research Interest

Diversity of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) Populations in Contaminated Soils and its role in carbon sequestration.


1.Nwoko, C.O, P.N Okeke, O.O Agwu and I.E Akpan (2007). Performance of Phaseolus vulgaris L. in a soil contaminated with spent-engine oil. African Journal of Biotechnology. . Vol.6 (16) 1922-1925.


(2) Nwoko, C.O and S.Ogunyemi (2010). Effect of Palm oil mill effluent on microbial characteristics in a humid tropical soil under laboratory condition. International Journal of Environmental Science and Development, Vol. 1(4). 308-314


(3)  Nwoko, C.O (2010) Trends in Phytoremediation of Toxic elemental and Organic pollutants. African Journal of Biotechnology. Vol. 9 (37): 6010-6016,


(4)  Nwoko, C.O and S.Ogunyemi (2010). Evaluation of palm oil mill effluent to maize (Zea mays. L) crop: yield, tissue nutrient content and residual soil chemical properties. Australian Journal of Crop Science; 4(1); 16-22.


(5)  Nwoko, C.O, Ogunyemi  S, Nkwocha, E.E and Nnorom I.C (2010). Evaluation of Phytotoxicity effect of Palm Oil Mill Effluent and Cassava Mill Effluent on tomato (lycopersicum esculentum) after pretreatment options. International Jour. Of Enviro. Science and Dev. (IJESD). Vol. 1(1): 67-72.


(6)  Nwoko, C.O, Ogunyemi S, Nkwocha , E.E (2010)  . Effect of pretreatment of Palm oil mill effluent (POME) and cassava mill effluent (CME) on the growth of tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum). Jou. of Applied Sci. and Enviro. Management. Vol. (1) 67-72.


(7)  Okeke, P.N and Nwoko, C.O. (2010). Soil characteristics and land use of Arondizogu Inland valley in Imo State. Nigeria. African Research Review. Vol. 4(4): 471-48.


 (8)  Nwoko C.O and L.O Mgbeahuruike 2011.   Heavy metal Contamination of ready-to-use herbal remedies in South eastern Nigeria.  Pakistian Jour. of Nutrition.  10 (10): 959-964.

(9) Nwoko, C.O and Sola Ogunyemi. (2011). Empirical Study on optimizing Energy recovery from oil palm waste in Nigeria. African Jour. for Res., Innovation and Discovery. Vol. 5(1s): 40-44.


10) Nwoko. C.O, Peter-Onoh C. and S. Ogunyemi. (2012). Plant nutrient recovery following Palm Oil Mill Effluent Soil amendment in   a maize (Zea mays) grown screen house experiment. .International Jour. of Agric. And Rural Dev. Vol. 15(2): 1109-1118.


(11) Nwoko, C.O, C. Peter-Onoh, G.Onoh (2012).  Remediation of trace metal Contaminated Auto-mechanic soils with Mineral Supplemented-Organic Amendments.  Uni. Jou. Env. Res. Techn. Vol.2 (6) 489-499.


 (12) Nwoko C.O. (2013). Evaluation of Environmental Impact Assessment in Nigeria. Greener Journal of Environmental Management and Public Safety. Vol. 2 (1) 022-031.

(13) Nwoko, C.O, P.N Okeke and P.C. Ogbonna (2013). Influence of soil particle size and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in the performance of Phaseolus vulgaris grown under crude oil contaminated soil. Universal Jou. Enviro. Res. Tech. Vol.3(2) 300-310.


(14) Nwoko, C. O. (2014). Effect of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal (AM) Fungi on the Physiological Performance of Phaseolus vulgaris Grown under Crude Oil Contaminated Soil. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 2:  9-14.


(15) Nwoko C. O., E. N. Emenyonu and C. E. Umejuru, (2014) Trace Metal Contamination of Selected vegetables grown around Owerri Municipality, Nigeria. Journal of Agriculture and Ecology Research International. (SCIENCEDOMAIN international) 1(1): 18-29.


(16)  Nwoko C. O and Egonwa, I.  (2015). Assessment of Trace Metal Contamination of Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) and Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) obtained from Choba and Aluu Axis of New-Calabar River, Rivers State Nigeria. Universal Jou. Enviro. Res. Tech. Volume 5, (6): 265-277.



(17) Nwoko C.O, I. Okwara, C.E. Ihejirika1, O.U. Nwosu (2016).  Biosorption of Pb(II) and Ag(I) from Pulp and Paper Mill Effluent using Corn Cob (Zea mays) and Plantain Bunch Stalk (Musa paradisiacal). Journal of Environmental Science and Pollution Research 2(3) : 95–98


(18) O.U Nwosu, C. O Nwoko and C. O Chigbo (2016). The use of low temperature thermal desorption technology in the treatment of drilling cuttings. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Waste management and the Environment. WIT Press. Spain. 234-245.


(19) Nnorom, I.C; Ebo O; Nduka K; Igwe J.C. and Nwoko C. O (2012). Metal contents of Akanwu(Trona): Estimation of Target Hazard Quotients (THQ) and Dietary Intake Benefits and Risks.   ABSU Journal of Environment, Science and Technology, Vol. 2 :275 – 289.


(20) Nkwocha, E.E, Mbuka, I.E, Nwoko C.O and Nwachi, C.C.(2017) Effect of gas flaring on the Environmental Quality of Bonny isiland, Rivers State Nigeria. US Open Environmental Protection Journal. Vol.1(1) 1-12.


(21) Nwoko, C.O., Tony-Njoku, R.F, Nlemedim, P.U, Ihugba, U.A. (2017) Assessment of the Distribution pattern of Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbons around nekede Auto-mechanic village Imo State, Nigeria. Jou.of Chemical, Envir. and Biological Engin. 2(3): 20-26.


(22.) Nwoko C. O., C. J. Ngumah, C. E. Ihejirika, C. Ngumah, and A. A. Ojiaku, (2018): “Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Diversity in Selected Heavy metal Contaminated Soils in Owerri, Nigeria.” Journal of Applied & Environmental Microbiology, vol. 6, no. 2 30-36.


(23). Uwakmfon L. Bassey, Tochi Ebe, Peter. N Okeke, Mbuka-Nwosu Iheoma. E, Uloma O. Njionye, Chris O. Nwoko (2019). Assessment of the Contamination Level of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Soil around Ekeatai River, Eket, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 2019, Vol. 7, No. 6, 270-277


(24) Chris O. Nwoko, Samuel C. Anuna and Jonathan C. Anyanwu. (2020). Assessment of Carbon Sequestration Potential of a Disturbed Humid Tropical Ecosystem, Southeast Nigeria. Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020. 213-224.

(25) Fubara, AG; Uche, CC; Nwoko, CO, Tony-Njoku, RF, Ojiaku, AA and Edo, FA. (2022). Assessment of the Effectiveness of Water Hyacinth (E. crassipes) in the Biosorption of Heavy Metals from Aluminium Extruding Company Effluents. J. Appl. Sci. Environ. Manage.
Vol. 26 (1) 37-46.

26. GA Chukwudebe, CO Nwoko, II Ayogu, C Ikerionwu (2022) An Assessment of Household Perceptions of Use of ICT and Improved Methods of Waste Management in Owerri, South-East Nigeria. International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology (IJERT)Vol. 11 Issue 04 74-79.

27 Nwosu,O.U.; Nwoko,C.O.; Agu,C.M; Njoku, P.C.; Chigbo,C.O (2018). Assessment of remediation Potentials of maize (Zea mays) on sites co-contaminated with Pb and antracene. International Journal of Advanced Engineering, Management and Science (IJAEMS) [Vol-4, Issue-9 664-670

(28). Ogbonna I. C, Nwoko C. O, Emereibeole E. I, Uyo C. N, Egbuawa I. O, Acholonu C. A, Ismaila M. A. (2021). Characterization of Leachate and Bio-Solids of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Dumpsite in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. IARD International Journal of Geography and Environmental Management, Vol 7. No. 2: 10-20.

(29). R. F. Njoku-Tony, D.H. Ogbuagu, C. E. Ihejirika, C.O. Nwoko, G. E. Amaku, V.A. Azoro, K. Ukaegbu.1, E.C. Ezikeudu,1and E.O. Edafienene (2018). Impact of abattoir waste on the water quality of amilimocha river asaba, Delta state. International Journal of Energy and Environmental Research. Vol.6, No.1, pp.25-35,


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