The APRM Secretariat regrets to announce the passing into eternal glory of Ambassador Professor Okon Edet Uya, on Thursday, 17 April 2014 at University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Cross River State, Nigeria. Ambassador Professor Okon Edet Uya had been serving as Member of the African Peer Review Panel of Eminent Persons since January 2012. He was the Lead Panel Member in charge of the Review Process of Lesotho, São Tome & Principe, South Africa and Uganda.
Prior to his appointment as Panel Member, Ambassador Professor Okon Edet Uya had a long and distinguished career in diplomacy and in academia. He served as Head of the History Department, Dean of Arts, Deputy and Acting Vice-Chancellor, and Director, Institute for Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), University of Calabar, Nigeria. He also served as Ambassador to Argentina with accreditation to Chile, Peru and Uruguay (1987-1992), Chairman and Chief Executive of the National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (June 20-November 1993), Professor of History at University of Uyo (2006 to date), University of Calabar (1976 - 2006), and Howard University (1972 – 1974). Professor Uya obtained a PhD in History from University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA in 1969.
The APRM will miss this great Son of Africa.
May He rest in Peace!
His burial arrangements will be communicated in due course.