Profile: Prof. Richard King Usoro

28 Aug

“Putatively, they said esd has no credible contestants, now that the brides of esd are beginning to come out with intimidating credentials, the innuendoes now being churned out, are trying to besmirch on the paternity of prof.richard king. we will see more” – Chris Abasi-Eyo

“If Prof King Usoro is an Igbo man, that means the whole ESD is in Igbo land”- Mark Joe

Professor Richard King for AKS Governorship 2015
Prof. Richard King was born on 17th May, 1958 to the family of Chief John Usoro (late) of the Otonita/Nung Awo family nucleus of Ikot Ebok in the present Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Chief John King Usoro was a one time Head of Idua Clan. Prof. King attended St. Gregory Primary School, Ikot Ebok, Eket where he obtained the First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) in 1972. He proceeded to the Nigerian Christian Secondary School, Ukpom, Abak L.G.A. where he took and passed the O’ Level General Certificate of Education (GCE) examination in 1976 while still in class 4. He served his Secondary School in various capacities including: Class Prefect, Student Laboratory Attendant and Senior Prefect. He was a fine football player and an outstanding athlete. Prior to leaving Secondary School in 1977, Prof. King was honoured with the following:
1. Award for Excellence as the Most Disciplined Student 91976-1977)
2. Award for Excellence in Science (1976-1977)
3. Award for Excellence in Schools Challenge (1976)
4. Award for Excellence as Senior Prefect (1976-1977)
Prof. King attended the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) as a pioneer student where he graduated with a B.Sc (Second Class Honours, Upper Division) Degree in Zoology (1981), M.Sc. Degree in Hydrobiology and Fisheries Biology (1985) and Ph.D Degree in Zoology (with major in Fisheries Biology) in 1994. During his undergraduate days, Prof. King was the President of the UNIPORT Chapter of the National Association of Cross River State Students (NACRISS) from 1978 till 1979 and President of the National Association of Zoology Students (NAZOOS) from 1978 till 1979. He was the Welfare Officer of the Postgraduate Students’ Union (1982-1983).
Prof. King devotedly served as a Youth Tutor in Science School, Hong in the present Adamawa State during the mandatory National Service Corps programme in 1981/82. He joined the services of the University of Cross River State as a Lecturer and Research Scientist in 1984. He later transferred his services to University of Uyo where he held several posts of responsibilities including: Head, Department of Zoology; Pioneer Head, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture; Acting Dean, Faculty of Agriculture; Pioneer Director, Center for Wetlands and Waste Management Studies; Director, Remedial Directorate and Chairman and Member of Sundry Committees and Panels.
Prof. King is the first Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the University of Uyo and the first Professor product of the University of Port Harcourt. He has served as an environmental Consultant on several Baseline Environmental Studies (BES), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Post Impact Assessment (EPIA) projects in the Niger Delta. Prof. King has been an EIA Review Panelist for the Federal Ministry of Environment for a time frame of over seven (7) years. Prof. King has attended over thirty (30) major National and International Scientific Forum including workshops, conferences and symposia. He has authored and/or coauthored over 70 publications including Journal, Articles, Technical Reports, Monographs, Books and two chapters of an International Encyclopedia.
Prof. King is a member of Member and Vice President for Africa – International Society for Environmental Geotechnology(ISEG); Member, Network of Tropical Aquaculture & Fisheries Professionals (NTAFP); Member, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF); Member, Nigerian Society for Biological Conservation (NSBC); Member, Nigerian Environmental Society of Nigeria (ECSON); Member, Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON); and Fellow, Institute of Industrial Administration (FIIA) of Nigeria.
At the national level, Prof. King has served in the following capacities: Member, 2007 Presidential Campaign Team; Member, 2011 Presidential Campaign Team; Member, Niger Delta Technical Committee; Member, Vision 20: 20 20 National Technical Working Group (Environmental Thematic Area); Member, The National Parks Steering Committee of the National Council on Privatization (NCP); Chairman, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) and Member, Presidential Monitoring Committee on NDDC.
Prof. King is an active member of the People Democratic Party (PDP) and belongs to Ward 3, Eket. He served as the only male indigene of Akwa Ibom State in the 2007 and 2011 Presidential Campaign Teams. Prof. King is the author of authorized Presidential Campaign materials viz: (1) The Dr. Goodluck Jonathan That I Know (2007); and (2) Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan: A Personality Profile (2011). Commentator and Script preparation for the Electronic Media Publication, Democracy at Work: Goodluck Working for Nigeria, Vol.3 National Orientation Agency, 2011. Script Preparation for the Electronic Media Publication, Democracy at Work: Goodluck Transforming Nigeria II, National Orientation Agency, 2011.
Prof. King is a holder of the befitting titles of the Okuku of Idua Clan in Eket and Obong Ikkike of Uyo. He is a sound Christian and Deacon of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (aka Winners Chapel).
Prof. King is happily married to a loving and caring wife, Lady Laurel King (MSc, B. Pharm, RN, RM, RNT). Lady King is an Environmental Health Scientist, Pharmacist, Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife. Lady King is also a holder of the Chieftaincy title of Obonganwan Ikkike of Uyo. The Union is blessed with five (5) children.
From the foregoing, Prof. Richard King can be aptly described as a highly Distinguished Scholar, an Educationist, Resourceful and Dedicated Worker, a Seasoned Administrator, an Indefatigable Achiever and an unassuming gentleman.

One Response to “Profile: Prof. Richard King Usoro”

  1. Kevin Umoh Akpan April 30, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    King was sacked as the chairman of UPTH board due to his sexual indiscretion and incompetence. He was subsequently demoted to being an ordinary member of the nddc monitoring team. No other public appointment since then. He remains bitter towards Mr President for sacking him only a few months into his job at UPTH. He lacks friends in the corridors of power and incapable of inspiring those around him. King does not enjoy the confidence of GEJ as he does not have any electoral value. He is incaple of winning his own ward let alone winning hilltop.


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