PROF. STEPHEN IKANI OCHENI Ph.d, FCNA, FCTI, FCPA. Hails from Uwowo town in Igalamela Odolu Local Government Area of Kogi State. Born 25th of June, 1959. He was a pioneer student of Idah secondary Commercial College, in 1974 and later obtained Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy in 1983 from the Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Post-Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance and a Master of science degree in Finance from Enugu state University and Technology in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He crowned his educational pursuit with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) in Financial Management from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2004.

Professor Ocheni worked as a lecturer in Accounting, Taxation and cost/Management Accounting with the Federal Polytechnic Idah between 1985 and 1992; he was the financial controller, World bank-Assisted programme in Essential Drugs in Kogi State, lokoja from 1992 to 1997 from where he joined Kogi state Civil Service as a Director, Office of the Accountant General, in 1997.

He served as the state program Accountant, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 1997 to 1998. In 1998, he was appointed permanent secretary, Kogi State Service, and later transferred his services to the Federal Civil Service as a Deputy Director in 2003, where he was promoted Director (Finance and Accounts), the position he held until he transferred his services to Kogi state University, Anyigba in October, 2013 where he later became a Professor of Public Sector Accounting after favorable external assessment of his scholarly publications.

Ocheni served as Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences between 2014 and 2017 during which full Nigerian Universities Commission accreditation for both undergraduate and post graduate degree programmes In the Faculty of Management Science was secured.

As a mark of his sterling qualities, doggedness, determination and commitment to duty, Professor Ocheni has many professional recognitions and awards to his credit which include: Fellowships of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (FCNA); Charted Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCTI); Chattered Institute of Economics of Nigeria (FCE); Charted Institute of Public Administration of Nigeria (FCPA); African Business School (ABS); Association of Forensic and Investigative Auditors of Nigeria (FAFIA).

Professor Ocheni has served in many high profile administrative capacities: He was appointed by Governor Yahaya Bello as chairman, Kogi State Adhoc committee on Fiscal Responsibility in 2016 to work out strategies for the implementation of Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the Contributory Pension Scheme, Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Abuja, 2003-2005; Member, Management Committee, World Bank-Assisted Kogi State Essential Drugs program 1992-1997; Member, Nigeria Committee on International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS); Member, Nigeria Institute for peace and Conflict Resolution, Abuja, 2012-2013; Member, Nigeria Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2010-2013. He has also served as member of the Nigerian Universities Commission accreditation panel to several Universities since 2014.

Professor Ocheni has to his credit the publications of six (6) textbook and fifty articles in peer-reviewed international and local Journals and has delivered several papers at both local and international Conferences and Workshops. Professor Ocheni is presently the country Co-coordinator, Howard University Global Business Studies, Howard School of business, Washington DC, USA.