ENGR (PROF.) LINUS OKON ASUQUO
The Director General/CEO
The Director General/CEO
Professor Linus Asuquo was born on March 18, 1954 in Mbak Itam III, Itu in Akwa Ibom State. He was educated at Practising School, Uyo, now University of Uyo and graduated in 1965. He also attended Holy Family College, Oku-Abak between 1968 and 1969, and St. Patrick’s College, Calabar between 1970 and 1972. He then taught Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry briefly in Christian Technical College, Oyubia, Oron in 1973, before proceeding to College of Technology, Calabar between 1973 and 1975 from where he obtained London G. C. E. (Advanced Level). After that, the young Linus taught Chemistry and Mathematics briefly at Immaculate Conception Secondary School, Itak in 1976. In the same year 1976, he obtained the Bureau for External Aid Scholarship to study Metallurgy in Technical University, Kosice in the then Czechoslovakia, and graduated in 1982 with M.Sc Distrinction and also as Best Graduating Student in the University. Linus returned to Nigeria in 1982 and did National Youth Service between 1982 and 1983 at Delta Steel Company, Aladja, Warri.
He joined the Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State as Lecturer II in 1983. In 1987, his spirit of aspiration took him to Anambra State University of Technology, Enugu for his Ph.D which he successfully completed in 1990 and was the first Ph.D graduate of Engineering of the University. Between 1989 and 1990 he was a Research Fellow in South Dakota University of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA. He returned to Federal Polytechnic, Idah in 1990 and rose to the position of a Chief Lecturer in 1994. Between 1995 and 1997, he was appointed a Director of School of Metallurgical and Materials Technology, Federal Polytechnic, Idah.
In 1997, he transferred his service to the University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State as a Senior Lecturer in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering,and was appointed the pioneer Acting Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering in the same year by Professor Fola Lasisi, the then Vice-Chancellor, University of Uyo. In 1998, he was appointed the Coordinator of the Faculty of Engineering a position he held till 1999 when he became the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. In February 2000, Professor Akpan H. Ekpo, the then Vice-Chancellor, University of Uyo appointed him the Acting Dean, Faculty of Engineering, and on the 20thof July 2000, he was appointed the first Special Adviser on Science and Technology to the Government of Akwa Ibom State by His Excellency, Arc. (Obong) Victor Attah, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State. Prof. Asuquo was responsible for effective and profitable management of the Bureau of Science and Technology. He provided credible direction and coordination in the formulation and execution of the information, communication, Science and Technology policies in the State. It is worthy of note that Akwa Ibom was the first State in the country to create a Bureau of Science and Technology. He evolved a platform for the establishment of a Research and Development (R &D) oriented University, Akwa Ibom University of Technology (AKUTECH) which is now the Akwa Ibom state university. In 2003, he was appointed Honorable Commissioner for Science and Technology in Akwa Ibom State by His Excellency, Arc. (Obong) Victor Attah. Prof. Asuquo expanded ICT capacity building for productivity improvement in Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Akwa Ibom State.
He built capacity for young school leavers for direct self employment in services such as Web-design, VSAT, Network and Data Management. He was responsible for human capacity development in the State through the Victor Attah Digital Opportunities Centre (VADOC). He was involved in the design and building of a Science Park to provide the needed infrastructure for IT, R&D and Software development and production. That project was not however completed at his exit in 2007. In 2006, Prof. Asuquo was at the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government (KSG) at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America where he obtained a Certificate in Science, Technology and Innovations.
In August, 2007, he returned to the University of Uyo and was appointed Acting Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering in January, 2008. He held that position till January 2011, when he was appointed the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering by Prof. (Mrs) Comfort Ekpo, the then Vice-Chancellor, University of Uyo.Engr. Asuquo was promoted Associate Professor in October 2010. In October 2013 he was promoted Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. He became a member of the University of Uyo Governing Council in 2017.Prof. Asuquo over the years has promoted the growth of his profession in Nigeria, and had served as the President of the Nigerian Metallurgical Society between 2009 and 2012.
He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, a Fellow of the Nigerian Metallurgical Society. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Quality Assurance of Nigeria, and a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Industrial Administration. He is registered with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). Prof. Asuquo is very versatile. He has written many books, the most outstanding being Foundry Technology, Science and Technology in Akwa Ibom State:Visions and Perspectives, Transforming the Landscape of Akwa Ibom State through Science and Technology and Wealth creation through commercializing Science and Technology Innovations in Akwa Ibom State. In June 2018, Prof. Linus Asuquo was conferred with Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. In July of the same 2018, appointed Director General/Chief Executive of the National Metallurgical Development Centre by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR. He is a beneficiary of many International, National, State and Community awards. He has to his credit numerous publications in international, national and referred journals and books. Prof. Asuquo is a patent holder on cassava processing machine. He is a Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He was the Chairman of Christ the Redeemers Friends International, Akwa Ibom Chapter and the Chairman of Akwa Ibom Province 1 Mission Board. He is well travelled and is married to Mrs. Felicia Linus Asuquo and blessed with children.