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B.I.C Ijomah: The Exit Of A Researcher, Academician, Orator
Published Dec 13, 2020 IN Column, Personality, LIFESTYLE ,
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 The Holy Bible says: ‘’There is a time for everything under the sun; A time to be born; a time to live and a time to die.’’ So it is with Imeagwu Chukwumah Ijomah, a Professor of Political Sociology, author, scholar, academicianand institutional administrator. He died on March 13, 2020. As his burial rites begin Wednesday, 16 December, 2020, this distinguished son of Aboh, in Delta State would be remembered for so many good things and achievements.


He graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1963, and after three years as an administrative officer and Assistant Registrar at the same University, he proceeded to Northwestern University, Evanston, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in 1967 and a Doctorate Degree in Sociology in 1969.


He was perhaps one of the few scholars who combined academics with administrative work. His mentor, Prof. V. Chukwuemeka Ike led in this respect. He had followed his mentor almost in every move he made – A Registrar who transferred to become a Professor. He was for several years, the Head of the Department of Sociology, from Nsukka to Ambrose Alli University where he spent many years. He was Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 1985 – 1989 and returned to the substantive position of Head of Department of Sociology, a position he held until he retired in 2002.


Prof. Ijomah is a member of many professional bodies: A member of the Institute of Administration & Management, Qualified member of the Institute of Sociological Association, Fellow of Inter University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, member of Nigerian Sociological and Anthropological Society, member of American Statistical Association; member of American Sociological Association; member of International Sociological Association; and Editor of African Journal of Behavioral Sciences. He has published many articles and books; until his death on March 13, 2020, he was actively writing.


As an activist, he was the first president of Student Union at University of Nigeria Nsukka from 1960 – 1961, the first National Vice-President of the National Union of Nigerian Students (NUNS) and a life member of NUNS since 1962. He was the first President of the University of Nigeria Alumni Association, Nsukka, and the first President of the National Alumni Association of the University of Nigeria.


Prof. Ijomah is an incurable quantitative researcher in Sociology, and has carried out a number of field works. Between 1986 and 1993, he carried out a national and international research on Coastal Erosion in Nigeria, and successfully predicted the instability of the ocean in Victoria Island, Lagos. He was the National Chairman of Coastal Erosion Research which involved four Universities, the Nigerian Navy and Deustch Hydraulics.


He has served on a number of Federal Government Committees and Commissions. He was a member of the Federal Government Advisory Committee on Social Development in 1982; member of the Board of Directors, Midwest Mass Communications in 1975; Principal Officer, Arts and Culture in 1977; was Bendel State Commissioner for Education in 1983. He was a member of the 1995 Constitutional Conference Commission, and a member of the Transitional Implementation Committee. He was Chairman of Governing Council, Institute of Continued Education, Bendel State; member of Governing Council, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife; Governing Council, Federal University of Technology, Owerri and Governing Council, University of Benin.


In 1998, he obtained permission from General Abacha, the then Head of State, to pioneer the South South People’s Conference (SSOPEC) which later translated into the South-South People’s Assembly and has published over 10 books and over 100 articles.


He is an ardent lover of the Blessed Virgin Mary and has published several articles in her honor. He has received several awards to his credit and was installed as a National Patron of the World Apostolate of Fatima in 2010. In 2005 he commenced work on the establishment of the Madonna International College which successfully took off in 2006. Today, Madonna International College has recorded many awards and feels satisfied to be among the best, if not the best College in Delta State. It is striking that on every birthday, Prof. Ijomah presents a publication to the country, most particularly his prodigious work on Nigerian Nationalism and the Problems of Socio-Political Integration, a work based on research.

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