The federal government on Sunday announced the appointment of Alex Uwadiegwu Akpa as the acting Director-General of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).
This was contained in a letter signed by the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, according to a statement made available by the agency’s head of Communication and Protocol, Mrs. Ndefo Ifeoma.
The letter dated 31st May, 2018 stated that the appointment takes effect immediately and directed that all management of affairs of the agency be handed-over to Akpa, who is the most senior Director of the agency.
Akpa, a professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Biotechnology, is also a Fellow of the World Health Organisation (FWHO); a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene(FRSTMH) and a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria (FCAI).
Until his appointment, Akpa has four patents granted for his original inventions, and has 57 publications, including technical reports and scientific papers in both local and International peer reviewed journals.
An indigene of Mgbowo in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State had earlier served as Director and Head of the Medical Biotechnology Department in NABDA from 1st June, 2008 to June 1, 2018.