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Prof. Benard Eronmonsele Aigbokhan


Vice-Chancellor Samuel Adegboyega University Ogwa, Edo State

Biography of Prof. Benard Eronmonsele Aigbokhan

Professor Benard Eronmonsele Aigbokhan is a Professor of Economics from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. He was born in Ewu, Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State on 3rd October, 1951.

He obtained Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1978 from the University of East London, London; a Master of Science in Economics in 1979 from the University of Stirling, Scotland and a Doctorate degree in 1985 from the University of Paisley, Scotland.

He started his academic career as a Teaching Assistant in the University of Paisley, Scotland from 1982 to 1985, and a Research Officer at Greater London Council from 1985 to 1986. He was a Lecturer at Imo State University, Okigwe in 1986 before joining the Bendel State University, now Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma in 1987. He rose through the ranks at AAU to become a Professor in 1995 at the age of 44.

He was Acting Head of Department of Economics at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma from 1989 to 1993, and the Head of Department from 2000 to 2003. He was Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences at AAU from 2004 to 2009.

Professor Aigbokhan is a member of many learned societies and Editor of the Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies. He has 75 publications in international and local journals, including books and chapters in books. He has presented academic papers at numerous international and national conferences as well as training workshops.

Professor Aigbokhan has been an external examiner to some Universities, including University of Benin, Benin City; University of Ibadan, Ibadan; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; and Covenant University, Ota. He has been Chairman or Member of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation Team for Social Sciences programmes to University of Ibadan, Lagos State University, University of Cross River State(now University of Uyo), Uyo; Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Gombe State University, Gombe; and Mkar University, Gboko, Benue State.

He has been a Consultant to the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economics Commission for Africa, (ECA), Addis Ababa; UNICEF, ECOWAS, NEPAD and DFID of the UK Government.

Professor Aigbokhan has been Chairman or member of many important bodies including, Chairman, Ambrose Alli University Curriculum Committee; Member, Ambrose Alli University Accreditation Committee; Member, Ambrose Alli University Research Grants and Publications Committee; Senate Representative on the Governing Council of Ambrose Alli University;

Member, Core Implementation Committee on the establishment of Samuel Adegboyega University; Member, Ministerial Task Team on STEP-B Project and Member, Governing Council of the University He was also a Member of the National Technical Working Group of the Vision 20:2020, National Planning Commission, Abuja; Member, Governing Council, Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research (NISER), Ibadan, 2014 – date; President, Nigerian Economic Society (NES), 2015 . He was appointed Vice-Chancellor, Samel Adegboyega University, Ogwa in January 2013. He was President, Nigeria Economic Soceity 2015-2017.

Professor Aigbokhan is an Overseer of The Apostolic Church and is married with children

Selected articles already publised in learned journals

(A) Monetary Economics & Policy
(1) 'Changes in Financial Markets and their Effects on Agriculture, with particular reference to Nigeria' , Indian Journal of Economics, vol. IXX, October 1989, pp. 235-244
(2) 'Monetary Policy in Nigeria and the Economic Crisis of the 1980s' , African Review of Money, Finance and Banking, April 1991, pp. 507-517
(3) 'Naira Exchange Rate Depreciation and Domestic Inflation in Nigeria'. Indian Journal of Economics, No. 283, April, 1991,pp507-517.
(4) 'The Theory of Optimum Currency Areas and Monetary Integration in Africa' Savings & Development, 1992, pp. 275-286.
(b) Applied & Development Economics
(5) 'Why Women Earn Less', (with Dieter Pipper) Applecon No.6 (Spring) 1976, pp. 20-25.
(6) 'Agricultural Policy and Agricultural Development: Limitations of Advanced Technology, the case of Nigeria', The Epoch, Quarterly Bulletin of the Third World Scientific and Technological Development, Special Issue, vol.2, No.3, August, 1984, pp. 15-21.
(7) Militarization and Economic Development in Nigeria, (with Franklin Vivakananda) Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives, June - Sept., 1987, pp. 106-121
(8) 'Rural-Urban Unemployment in Nigeria' , Migration World, Vol. XVII , No.4 and 5, 1988, pp. 16-20.
(9) 'Threats to Peace in West Africa', Peace Review, The International Quarterly of World Peace, vol. 3, No. 4, Winter 1991, pp. 52-54.
(10) 'Education and Earnings in Edo and Delta States of Nigeria', Annals of Social Science Council of Nigeria, No.4 January - December, 1992, pp. 91-104.
(11) 'Financial Development and Economic Growth: A Test of Hypothesis on Supply-leading and Demand- following Finance, with Evidence on Nigeria', Nigerian Economic and Financial Review Vol.1 No. 2, December 1995.
(12) 'Fiscal Decentralization,, Wagner's Law and Government Size: The Nigerian Experience', Journal of Economic Management 4, 2 (June, 1997)
(13) 'The Saving-Growth Relationship: A Test of Growth-leading and Supply-following Hypothesis, with Evidence on Nigeria', Indian Journal of Economics No. 308 (July 1997) pp. 113-127.
(14) 'Government size and Economic Growth: The Nigerian Experience' Proceedings of the NES conference 1996.
(15) Determinants of Regional Inequalities in Nigeria, Research Report No.22, Development Policy Centre, Ibadan (March,2000)
(16) Poverty, Growth and Inequality in Nigeria: A Case Study', Research Report No.102, African Economic Research Consortium, Nairobi, Kenya (June,2000)
(17) Adult Equivalence, Economies of Scale, Gender and Poverty: The Nigerian Experience', Nigerian Economic and Financial Review, vol.5, No.2, December, 2000.
(18) 'Economic deregulation and its implications for economic growth in Nigeria', CBN Economic and Financial Review (Special Issue) March, 2005
(19) 'Wage Determination in Nigerian Manufacturing Sector: A Test of Competing Hypothesis', Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies 46, 2, 2004. Also published as AERC Research Report No.202, 2010.
(20) 'Nigerian Bilateral Trade Agreements and Trade Performance', Journal of Monetary and Economic Management (forthcoming)
(21) 'Environmental Issues in Nigeria's Privatisation Policy' (with M.I. Ailemen), Indian Journal of Social Sciences vol.288 (
(22) `Economic Reform and Poverty Reduction in Nigeria' Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies, vol.47, No3 (November) 2005 pp. 349-364.
(23) 'Oil Resources and Incidence of Conflict in Nigeria' (with R.A. Alabi and M.I. Ailemen) in Karl Wohlmuth et al eds. African Development Perspectives Yearbook 2006, Lit Verlag, Berlin.
(24) Growth, Inequality and Poverty in Nigeria, United National Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) ACGS/MPAMS Discussion Paper No.3 (February) 2008.
(25) Exploring Social Protection as an Instrument for Poverty Reduction in Nigeria, UNECA 2010.
(26) The Global economic Crisis: Impacts on Nigeria and Policy Responses of Government. Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies, Volume 52, No. 1(March, 2010) pp. 81-95
(27) Why Democracy Produces Efficient Results: Wither Nigeria? Ekpoma Journal of Social Sciences (Special Conference Issue) vol. 5,2 (September 2011) pp. 39-58
(28) Climate Change, Environmental Resource Income and Poverty Reduction in Nigeria, Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa 2012.
(29) ‘The Role of a Strong and United Forum in a Democratic Dispensation’, Paper presented at the First Annual Conference of Okpebho Peoples’ Association, December 7, 2013, Ekpoma.
(30) ‘Financing Economic Transformation and Poverty Alleviation’, Paper presented at Nigerian Economic Society 55th Annual Conference, Abuja (October 2014).
(31) ‘Inclusive Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategies’, Policy Brief prepared on behalf of the Nigerian Economic Society for the Federal Government of Nigeria, April, 2015.
(32) ‘Education for Self-empowerment’, Guest Lecture delivered at Rev (Dr.) M. A. Okpebholo’s 19th Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony held at Uromi, June 13, 2015.
(33) ‘Financing Economic Development in Esan: Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) Financing as a Tool for Industrial Development in Esan’, Paper presented at Ikolo-Esan Second Annual Conference, Ekpoma, November 2015.
(34) Multidimentional Poverty Analysis for Nigeria, (with Moji Tayo) Journal of Substantial Development in Africa, July 2017.
(35) The Price of Inequality in Nigeria, Journal of Management, Commerce and Economics, April 2018.
(36) Assessment Of Behavioural Change As An Option For Tracking Corruption In Nigeria, October 2018.

Selected books or chapters in books already published

(1) Planning Employment and Income Distribution in Nigeria, Lagos: Kristal Publication,1988.
(2) 'Peaceful, People-Centred, Ecologically-sensitive Development: A mechanism for promoting a new world order, in Jeremy Breacher, John Brown Child & Jill Coulter, eds. (1993) Global Visions: Beyond the New World Order (Boston, Mass: South End Press), pp. 31-38.
(3) Macroeconomics: Theory, Evidence and Policy, Benin City: Aidonijie Publishers, 1995.
(4) 'Financial Sector Liberalisation and Capital Market Development in Nigeria', in Mensah S. ed. (1996) African Capital Markets: Contemporary Issues (~Rector Press: New Jersey USA) Chapter 19.
(5) 'Oil Resources and Incidence of Conflict in Nigeria' (with R.A. Alabi & M.I. Ailemen), African Development Perspectives Yearbook vol.11 (2006) pp. 115-139
(6) The Battle for Justice and the Poverty of Nations, Inaugural Lecture No. 22, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, February, 2005
(7) Reconstruction of Economic Governance in the Niger Delta Region in Nigeria: the case of the Niger Delta Development Commission, In Karl Wohlmuth & Tino Urban eds. Lit Verlag Berlin, African Development Perspectives Yearbook 2007, Bremen, Germany.
(8) Growth, Employment, Institutional Development and Poverty Alleviation in Nigeria, In Karl Wohlmuth et al eds. African Development Prospective Yearbook vol. 14, 2009 pp. 45 - 68, Bremen, Germany.
(9) Foreign Land Acquisitions, Households Livelihood: Some Evidence on Nigeria (with Kehinde Ola), in Evans Osabuohien ed. (2014). Handbook of Research on In-Country Determinants and Implications with Foreign Land Acquisitions, IGI Global Publications, Hershey, PA, USA.