Prof. Edmund Ekelemchukwu Nkwocha

Prof. Edmund Ekelemchukwu Nkwocha


BSc., MSc., PhD


Edmund E. Nkwocha is a Professor of Environmental Management in the Department of Environment Management, Federal University of Technology Owerri. A beneficiary of a French Government Scholarship, he obtained his BSc and MSc degrees in Environmental Planning at the Université d’Aix-Marseille, France. He also bagged a Summa Cum Laude for his PhD thesis in Solid Waste Management Technology at the Université de Provence, France. He has authored many articles in scientific referred journals and his book: Environmental Impact Assessment – Principles and Process remains a current reference material on the subject matter. Prof. Nkwocha was the Head of Department in the Department of Environment Technology and has served as a member of different committees in the university. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of waste-to-wealth, impact assessments, pollution control and environmental sanitation and believes that environmental problems should be solved using a holistic approach. He is associated with a number of national and international scientific bodies in the field of environment and speaks fluent English and French. Aside from teaching and research, he enjoys the outdoors, especially playing long-tennis and swimming. He is active in his Community Development Union and is married with three children.

Academic Qualification

  • PhD – Solid Waste Management Technology             (1997)
  • MSc – Environmental Planning             (1986)
  • BSc – Environment Planning                         (1984)
  • Higher Diploma in French Language                         (1983)
  • Higher School Certificate             (1977)
  • West African School Certificate             (1975)


  • Awarded a Summa Cum Laude in PhD thesis at Université de Provence, France.


  • Fellow, Institute of Safety Professionals (ISPON)
  • Member, Nigerian Environmental Society (NES)
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Waste Managers

Courses Assigned to Teach


  • Lecturer II: Imo State University, Okigwe             (1990)
  • Lecturer I: Abia State University, Uturu                           (1993)
  • Senior Lecturer: Abia State University, Uturu (1999)
  • Senior Lecturer: Federal Uni. of Technology Owerri (2000)
  • Reader (2009)
  • Professor (2015)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Imo State Uni, Owerri (2008 – 2012)
  • Adjunct Professor, Imo State University, Owerri             (2015-2020)


Research Interest

  • Waste-to-wealth, Impact assessments, pollution control and environmental sanitation


  • Publications in Nigerian Journals


  1. 1. Nkwocha, E.E. (2000) Urban Land Crisis in Nigeria: A Preview. The Real Estate

Journal, Dept. of Estate Mgt., Uni of Uyo, 1 (1), 103 -109 (Maiden Edition)


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (2000) Environmental Crime in Nigeria: Definition and Analysis of

Critical Issues. In:  Journal of the Environment, Abia State University

Env. Review, 4 (2) 91-93 (ISSN- 978 30566-0-X)


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (2002) Waste Recycling and Reuse: Best Available Techniques

for Solid Waste Treatment in Nigeria;  In: The Nig J. Urb. and Reg. Dev;,

 2 (1)19-31 (ISSN -1596-2016)


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (2004) Spatial Variation of Solid Waste Generation in Nigerian Towns:

A Review of Existing Facts; In: Inter. Res. Jour. in Engr. Sc. and Tech (IREJEST), 1(1)74-82


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (2004) Analysis of Vehicular Air Pollution in Owerri Municipality;

 Inter. Res. Jour. in Engr. Sc. and Tech (IREJEST), 1 (3) 54-60



  1. Nkwocha, E.E. and Nnaji, A.U. (2006) Financing Water and Sanitation Projects

in Nigerian Rural Areas: Sustainable Strategies for Service Providers,  Inter. Res. Jour. in Engr. Sc. and Tech, (IREJEST), 3. (2) 87-96.


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. and Dike, M.U. (2006) A Conceptual Framework for Effective Waste

Management in the Nigerian Environment; Inter. Res. Jour. in Engr. Sc. and Tech, (IREJEST),  3. (2) 105-112.


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. and Uchenna M. Diala (2008) Hospital Waste Auditing in Owerri

Municipality: Imperatives for a Workable Legislation on Hospital Waste in Nigeria.  Environ Res and Dev. J. (ENRAD.J) 1 (2), 257 -266

(ISBN –978-8112-48 -X)


  • Publications in Foreign Journals


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. and Emeribe A.C. (2008) Proliferation of Unsanitary Solid Waste

dumpsites in Urban and Suburban Areas in Nigeria: Need for the Construction of Regional Sanitary Landfills. J. Environ. Systems Baywood Pub, (USA) 31(4) 315 – 331


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (2009) Water supply Deficiency and Implications for Rural Development

in the Niger-Delta Region of Nigeria, Soc Ind Research  J. Springer Sc. Pub. (Germany) 12(3) 173-181


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. and Egejuru, R.O. (2008) Effects of Industrial Air Pollution on the

Respiratory Health of Children. Int. J. Environ Sci. Tech; (Iran) 5(4) 507-514


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. and Okeoma, I.O. (2009) Street Littering in Nigerian Towns: Towards A

Framework For Sustainable Urban Cleanliness. African Research Review (Ethiopia) 3 (5), 147 -163.


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. and Onyekwere, N.E. (2009) Impact of European Union Micro-Projects

Programme in Water and Sanitation on Rural Communities of the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria.  African Research Review, (Ethiopia)

3 (5), 132 -146.


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. and Egejuru, R.O. (2010) The European Union Micro-Projects

Programme on Water and Sanitation and Reduction in the Incidence of some diseases Prevalent in the rural areas of Imo State. Australian Reviews in Infection 1(4): 211-217.


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. and Pat-Mbano E.C.. (2010) Effect of Gas Flaring on Buildings in the Oil

Producing Rural Communities of Rivers State African Research Review, (Ethiopia) 4 (2), 90 -102.


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. and Duru, P.O. (2010) Micro-Analytic Study on the Effect of Oil

Pollution on Local Plant Species and Food Crops, Advances in Bioresearch, (India), 1(1) 189-198


  1. Nwoko, C.O., Ogunyemi, S. and Nkwocha, E.E. (2010) Evaluation of phtotoxicity of

Palm oil mill effluent and cassava mill effluent on tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum) after pretreatment options.  Int. J. Environ Sci. and Dev. (Singapore) 1(1), 67-72, April.


  1. Ukiwe, L.N., Nwoko, C.I.A and Nkwocha, E.E. (2011) Heavy Metals Solubilization in

EDTA – Assisted Remediation of Sewage Sludge, Terrestrial and Aquatic Environ. Toxicol J.,  (Japan), 5(1):47-50.


  1. Nkwocha, E.E., Pat-Mbano, E.C. and Dike, M.U. (2011). Evaluating the efficiency of

solid waste collection services in Owerri Municipality, Nigeria. Int J. of Sci and Nature (IJSN) (India) 2 (1): 89 – 95.


  1. Nkwocha, E.E., Pat-Mbano, E.C. and Nwoko C.N. (2011). Effect of drilling waste on

soil quality in an oil producing community of the Niger Delta Region of  Nigeria. Int J. of Sci and Nature (IJSN) (India) 2 (1): 118-123.


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (2011). Proximity of Municipal waste dumpsites to residential

neighbourhoods and rate of  hospitalization for malaria.  J. Environ. Systems Baywood Pub, (USA), 2 (1): 159-167.


  1. Nkwocha, E.E., Pat-Mbano, E.C. and Nnaji, A.O. (2011). Effect of solid waste dump on

river water quality: A paradigm in a Nigerian tropical environment. Int J. of Sci and Nature (IJSN) (India) 2 (3): 501-507.


  1. Nkwocha, E.E., Pat-Mbano, E.C. and Tony-Njoku, R.F. (2011). Assessment of Heavy

metal concentration in food crops around Etelebou oil flow station in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Int J. of Sci and Nature (IJSN) (India) 2 (3): 665-670.


  1. Nkwocha, E.E., Pat-Mbano, E.C. and Okeoma, I. O. (2012). Sanitation indicators in the

rural communities of the South-Eastern Nigeria: Additional evidence of policy failure in rural development. African Research Review (Ethopia) 6(1) S/N 24, 155-170, January.



  1. Pat-Mbano, E.C. and Nkwocha, E.E. (2012). Assessment of the Impact of Sawmill

Industry on ambient air quality at Utu Community in Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria. . Int J. of Sci and Nature (IJSN) (India)  3 (1): 205 – 211


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. and Pat-Mbano, E.C. (2012). Adaptation to temperature variability and

                        degradation of urban landscape of Owerri Municipality.  Int J. of Sci and Nature (IJSN) (India)  3 (1): 184 – 191


  1. Nkwocha, E.E., Mbuka, I.E., Nwoko, C.O. and Nwachi, C.C. (2017). Effect of Gas

Flaring on the Environmental Quality of Bonny Island, Rivers State, Nigeria. US. Open Environmental Protection Journal, 1 (1), 1-12.


  1. Nkwocha, E.E., Ikoro, U.A., Udeh, A.D. and Nwachi, C.C. (2017). Assessment of the

                                    Environmental Quality of Aba River, Abia State Nigeria. Int. J. of Sci and

                                    Engr. Research (IJSER),  8 (5),32 – 39.


  1. Onwujiariri, C.M., Nwachi, C.C. and Nkwocha E.E. (2017). Rural Healthcare Service

Provision and Implication in Rural Development of Imo State, Nigeria. International Journal of Latest Engineering Research and Application 2(9),13-22.


  1. Emeribe, A.C., Nkwocha, E.E., and Onwuagba, C. (2018). Cost-Based Model for

Selection of a Municipal Solid Waste Dumpsite in Owerri, Nigeria. American-based Research Journal, 7(12), 39-49


  1. Okorie, Justin, C., Nkwocha Edmund E. (2019). Comparative Assessment of Surface

and Groundwater Quality in Owerri Municipal, Imo State Nigeria. International Journal of Science and Engineering Investigations, 8(91), 135-144


  1. Neebee, E., Nkwocha, E.E. (2019). Effectiveness of NPK Fertilizer-Saw Dust

Amendment on Bioremediation of Crude Oil Polluted Soil. International Journal of Advances in Scientific Research and Engineering, 5(5), 56-67, 2019. 


  1. Nwamadi, E.C., Nkwocha, E.E., Anyanwu, J.C. (2019). Assessment of the Effect of

Solid Waste Dump on Groundwater Quality at Nekede Owerri West Local Government Area, Imo State Nigeria. International Journal of Science and Engineering Investigations, 8 (94) 65-73.


  1. Mbuka-Nwosu, I.E., Nkwocha, E.E., Onwuagba, C.G., Izunobi, L.C., Egbuawa, I.O. (2019).

Evaluating a Multifactorial Model for the Prediction of Relationship between Sea water pH and its major elemental constituents. Journal of Oceanography and Marine Environmental Systems, 2(1) 01-09, 2019.


  1. Ugorji, H.I., Onwujiariri, C.M, Nkwocha, E.E. (2020). Solid Waste Generation and

Disposal in Owerri Municipality Imo State Nigeria. International Journal of Scientific Engineering and Science 4 (7), 32 – 40.


  1. Balogun, B.A., Nkwocha, E.E., Balogun, T.A., Ogbuagu D.H., Ibegbula, I.L. (2020).

Proximity Analysis and Bio-digestion of Cattle abdominal waste for production of organic fertilizer. European Journal of Environment Earth Sciences 1 (6), 1- 5.





  1. Temple, N., Nkwocha, E.E., Anyanwu, J.C., Okorie, J.C. (2020) Assessment of the

Impact of Anthropogenic Activities on the Quality of Aba River, Abia State Nigeria. International Journal of Science and Engineering Investigations, 9 (97), 46 – 53.


  1. Ugorji, H.C., Ugwuneke, J., and Nkwocha, E.E. (2022). The Implications of Political Tenure

Instability of elected Local Government officials on grassroot development Southeastern Nigerian. African Journal of Law, Political Research and administration 5(1) 53-58.


Researched Books


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (2014). Environmental Impact Assessment: Principles and Process.

Favour House Publishers, Owerri (ISBN: 978-2579-32-7).


Chapters In Researched Books



  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (1996) DFRRI and Rural Development in Imo State:

A Planning Critique In: Government and Bus. Relations: The Nigerian Perspective, Onuoha, B.C. (ed), Precision Printers and Pub; Enugu, chap. 10, 130-141 (ISBN: 978-31943-2-1)


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (2000) The National Policy on Environment: Some Defects

of Perspective; In: The Concept and Practice of EIA, Agwu, E.I.C. (ed) Cristal Pub. Owerri, Chap. 5, 72-92. (ISBN: 978-35252-4-7)



  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (2000)”Environmental Impact Assessment In Nigeria: A Critical Review of

The Index Method. In: The Concept and Practice of EIA, Agwu, E.I.C. (ed) Cristal Pub. Ow. Chap. 11, 156 -173. (ISBN: 978-35252-4-7).    



Seminar Proceedings

  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (1989) “Problem of Implementation of Local Plan in Imo

State: The Case of Umuneke-Ngor in Ngor Okpala LGA”. In: Roles and Paradigms in the Rural Dev. of Nigeria, U.M. Igbozurike Kartopress, Ow; Chap. 56, 574 -583. (ISBN: 978-2825-30-0)


  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (1990) “ Struggle For Traditional Rulership as An

Impediment to Community Development, The Case of Obibiezena in Ngor Okpala L.G.A.” In: Empiricism in Rural Devp; U.M. Igbozuruike et. al. (eds), Kartopress, Owerri, Chap. 55, 418-428 (Maiden Edition)



  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (1989) “Need For A Planning Framework in The Tourism

Industry In Imo State” In: Issues In National Devp; I.C. Okonkwo, et al (eds), ABIC Pub. Enugu, Chap. 53, 401 -408 (ISBN 978-2269-81-6)


Published Short Notes



  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (2003) “Subdue The Earth”: A Summon To Environmental

Degradation?”; The Nigeria’s Environment …Set To Explode? In: The Insight Magazine; Ogbozo, N.C. (ed), Clacom, Enugu; Vol.19, 17-19.



  1. Nkwocha, E.E. (2004) “Need For Effective Hazardous Waste Management

in Nigerian Towns”; Hazardous Waste In Nigeria: A Time Bomb Waiting To Explode, In: Earth Watch Development Magazine, Cookey. P.(ed) Port Harcourt; Vol.4 (4) 9-12 (ISSN: 1596-1176).