Professor Chukwuka Okonjo, Obi of Ogwashiukwu, Delta State, has received the highest civil national award from the Government of Ghana.
The award was conferred on him by President John Dramani Mahama in recognition of his stellar and distinguished contributions to the country’s education system.
Professor Chukwuka Okonjo, father of two-time former Minister of Finance, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, is a renowned Mathematician and Economist who worked for a long time in Ghana as a United Nations staff and later as a consultant to the Ghanaian Government.
He joined the United Nations System in 1974 as an official based in New York with his duty station at Accra, Ghana, as the Director of the Regional Institute for Population Studies, RIPS, at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra.
Prof Okonjo worked as a Professor of Economics at the University from 1974 to 1985 at a time the country was going through severe economic and political difficulties.
During that time, Professor Okonjo installed the first African population information network popularly known as the Population Information and Documentation System for Africa, POSA, valued at $350,000.