Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA), Nigeria
Dr Steve Nwokeocha is a Nigerian citizen, from Imo State. He is educated in three separate Nigerian universities – the University of Calabar; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; and Bayero University, Kano. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Sociology; and Masters and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees both in Industrial Sociology. He also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Post Graduate Diploma in Education.
He began public service in 1983 as a staff of the Office of Auditor General for the Federation of Nigeria and later in 1990 moved on to the Federal College of Education as a Lecturer in Educational Management and Foundations. He rose to the rank of Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Educational Management and Foundations. In 2002, he joined the services of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), an agency of the Federal Ministry of Education responsible for the regulation of the teaching profession at all levels of the Education system in Nigeria. In the same year he became the pioneer Director of Operations of the Council on acting basis, a position he held till 2008 when he was confirmed as a substantive Director by Nigeria’s Honourable Minister of the Education on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
TRCN came into existence in 2000 and the success of the organisation for the ten year period spanning 2002-2012 is a story of the his strategic leadership of the organisation where he was second only to the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer in terms of designing and implementing organizational reforms and development. Under his tutelage, TRCN expanded from its one centre (Abuja) status to a phenomenal national organisation with offices, staff, huge resources and goodwill in all 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory. TRCN through his diplomatic engagements networked with other teaching regulatory authorities in Africa, giving birth to the current Africa Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA), which unanimously adopted TRCN as its Headquarters. Dr Steve Nwokeocha consequently serves as AFTRA Executive Director. Through his international networks, TRCN also became a prominent member of the International (World) Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities, IFTRA.
Being a Director of Operations of a national organisation recognized formally as an academic institution regulating the education, practice, ethicss and other aspects of teachers/teaching from primary to the university levels throughout Nigeria – academics has been his primary sector/domain. He therefore has served in various levels of Educational policy-making and implementation in Nigeria up to being a member of the National Council on Education which is the highest decision-making body in Education in Nigeria. He has been awarded the Fellowship of several national and international organisations among which is the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and the College of Teachers, London.
He is an accomplished international personality that has traveled to all continents of the world to participate in international conferences, seminars, short courses, etc – in some of these he was the guest speaker and in others the learner. Countries he covered included United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Israel, China, Australia, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Egypt, Colombia, etc. In 2009, a paper he co-authored with the TRCN Registrar/Chief Executive, Professor Addison Mark Wokocha, and which gave account of TRCN’s ICT strategies, policies and programmes was selected as the Best Paper on ICT Practice in the International Conference on Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) organised by the United Nations University, Macao, China; the Centre for Technology in Government, New York State University, USA; and other United Nations organisations.