Havilla University Appoints Professor Ejor Tiku As Vice Chancellor.


Prof. Tiku Assumes Duty as Havilla University’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Ejor Tiku Ntuokwa, a Professor of Agricultural Economics in area of Agricultural Marketing and Econometrics, on 15 February 2024, assumed duty as the second substantive Vice Chancellor of Havilla University, Nde in Ikom LGA, Cross River State. He emerged following a rigorous selection interview held at the University’s Senate Building on February 10. Tiku is the second Vice Chancellor of HUNI, which is the acronym of Havilla University Nde-Ikom. Before his appointment, Prof Tiku was in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, Federal University, Gashua (FUGA), Yobe State, Nigeria. He was also a staff of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) now University of Cross River State (UNICROSS) for 12 years before joining the Federal University Gashua in 2015. In both tertiary institutions, the new HUNI Vice Chancellor served as lecturer, researcher and administrator, and now a full Professor. He served the universities as Head of Department (HOD) of Agricultural Economics and Extension at CRUTECH now UNICROSS for two tenures; and also as Director of General Studies, Director of Entrepreneurship Development Centre at FUGA. His latest office at FUGA was the Chairman of Conference and Technical papers committee, Faculty of Agriculture. An energetic and resourceful, digital-savvy, agricultural economist with an in-depth understanding of development process and substantial research in African environment, natural resources management and agricultural product marketing and price analysis, Prof Tiku is expected to deploy his wealth of experience to Havilla University. Possessing strong analytical and conceptual skills with particular experience in agricultural price analysis, market development strategy and application of Econometric tools, Tiku, who hails from Bendeghe-Ekiem in Etung LGA of Cross River State, comes to Havilla University at a time the 3-year-old ivory tower is in dire need of erudite team-player administrator who will leverage the University’s vast natural resources and tech-driven facilities to “bring a dynamic system of teaching, learning and research in a conducive and secure environment…facilitated by state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and structures to aid in the modelling of world-class graduates who shall be competitive in content and character”. Prof Tiku, exudes an exceptional ability to work under pressure, possessing an elastic capacity and charisma to work amicably with colleagues and subordinates to achieve set targets. Since his resumption at HUNI, the VC has demonstrated qualities in management leadership, organizational and teambuilding skills, training, and resource mobilization. It is to his credit that Havilla University was able to hold its 1st Matriculation ceremony on 24 February, 2024, only 9 days in office as Vice Chancellor, a feat that previous managements could not achieve in over two and-a-half years. With excellent oral and written communication skills that have enabled him to get used to writing reports on a daily basis, and to translating economic analyses into relevant implementable policies and strategies, Prof Tiku also demonstrates capacity to manage multiple tasks in a dynamic environment. He possesses extensive experience in research and economic analysis of crop and livestock farming and marketing system across agro-ecological zones, especially in Nigeria. He has published learned journal articles internationally and locally. He is quite at home with Microsoft Office suite products such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well the use of software packages like SPSS, Data Envelop Analysis, Stochastic frontier, Eviews and Stata. Prof Tiku holds membership of numerous learned societies.