At its 112th statutory meeting held on Friday, June 2, 2017, the Governing Board of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria approved the appointment of Professor Owoidoho Udofia, FMCPsych as the new College Registrar This appointment is for a 4 year term. He succeeds Professor Oluwole Atoyebi, FMCS whose tenure expired on Friday, June 16, 2017.
Prof. Udofia was born at Afaha Ibesikpo, Ibesikpo Asutan LGA, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He attended Hope Waddell Training Institution, Calabar (1969-1973). He was admitted into the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus in 1973 where he obtained Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM,BCh. 1979)
He commenced Residency in Psychiatry in 1981 at NeuroPsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta (1981-1985). During this period, he went to Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton for One Year Abroad programme from 1984 -1985. He became a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College in 1986 and West Africa College of Physicians in 1999. He obtained Masters of Public Administration at University of Calabar in 2002.
In 1986, he took up appointment with the University of Calabar, Calabar as Lecturer 1 and Senior Lecturer/Senior Consultant in 1989. He rose to become Associate Professor in 2002 and Professor of Psychiatry/Chief Consultant in 2006. He has published several scientific articles in local and International acclaimed journals on Addiction Medicine, Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine
Prof. Udofia, FMCPsych has served in various administrative capacities in the University and the Teaching Hospital. He was Head, Department of Psychiatry intermittently from 1992-2015, Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee. UCTH, Calabar from 1995-2000 among others.
Before his appointment as the College Registrar, He served as Secretary, Faculty of Psychiatry from 1997 to 2001, Chairman, Faculty of Psychiatry and member of the Governing Board from 2004 to 2007. He was the first Chairman of the College Information Technology Committee, the second Chairman of Docimology and Evaluation Committee of Senate. He is currently a member of the Collegiate Committee of Senate
Prof. Udofia Is a member of many National and international medical Associations. Vice President Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (2010-2011), President Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (2012-2013), President Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria 2013-2014 and currently Board Member, World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Representing Central and West Africa.
He assumed office on Monday, June 19, 2017. By this appointment he is the Chief Administrative Officer of the College who is responsible for the day-to-day Administration of the College. He is responsible to the College President for the implementation of all policies laid down by the Governing Board of the College as set up by enabling law, cap N59 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (2004).
Prof Owoidoho Udofia is happily married and blessed with children.