An Akwa Ibom son is the acting Vice Chancellor, Covenant University in Ogun State, Nigeria.
He is Professor Akan Bassey Williams and his appointment was announced by the Board of Regents of the University.
Opened on October 21, 2002 in Canaanland, Ota, the university was established by Living Faith Church also known as Winners Chapel presided over by Bishop David Oyedepo.
The appointment was made known on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, due to the expiration of the tenure of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aaron Atayero.
Born on February 16, 1970 in Calabar, Cross River State, he is an indigene of Itoko, Ibesikpo-Asutan LGA of Akwa Ibom State.
Williams attended Primary School, Fosbery Road, Calabar and later proceeded to Lutheran High School, Obot Idim, Ibesikpo in 1981 for his secondary education where he completed this level of education in 1986 as the school’s Senior Prefect.
He earned B.Sc (Chemistry) from University of Calabar in 1991, M.Sc (Petroleum Chemistry) from University of Port Harcourt and Ph.D (Environmental Chemistry) from Covenant University.
A Professor of Analytical/Environmental Chemistry, he was prior to the appointment, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University.
The acting Vice chancellor had earlier served as Head, Department of Chemistry; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office; Director, Academic Planning and Dean of Students.
He had been a Postgraduate External Examiner and a professorial assessor to universities within Nigeria and outside the country.
Williams is a Fellow of Chemical Society of Nigeria; a former Chairman, Chemical Society of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter; member, Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria; member, Royal Society of Chemistry and member, American Chemical Society.
He is a member of Environmental Chemistry Research Group; member, Environmental Pollution and Toxicology Sub-Cluster of Public Health and Well Being Research Cluster and member, Biogas Sub-Cluster of Renewable Energy Research Cluster in Covenant University.
A pastor with the Living Faith Church, Williams is married to Lifted Williams and the union is blessed with two sons.