By OLUWADAMILARE DANIEL
Dr Charity Oche, born on October 5th 1964 to the family of Mr and Mrs Peter Fale who was an educationist. On account of her father’s occupation; who was always moving from one location to another, she as a result attended various primary schools in Benue and Plateau States (1973 to 1978). She then went to Gindiri Girls High School in Plateau State for her secondary school (1978-1983).
She obtained Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1983-1989), Post graduate Diploma in Management at the University of Jos (1991-1994) and Masters in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria(2012- 2014).
Dr Oche undertook her National Youths Service Corps in Bauchi State in 1989 after which was employed by the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation in 1991in Plateau State and rose to the position of Branch Manager. She later moved to Lagos to the Fisheries Society of Nigeria and became the 1st Female and only Executive Secretary of the Society for 17 years, building professional membership in the Fisheries Subsector from about less than 400 to over 3000 membership.
She has great ability for Multi-Stakeholder processes and has organised many training and workshops for groups of fish farmers along the value chain nodes to maximally profit their enterprise. She loves young people and is currently building middle manpower to cope with the 21st century emerging challenges of the sector at the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology, Lagos which originally started from the College of Animal Health and Production Technology in Vom, Plateau State.
She is driven by immense passion to contribute meaningfully to national development using fisheries as a tool to eradicate poverty, Provide Food Security and improve on livelihoods in Nigeria, Africa and the whole world. She is described as gentle, humble, cheerful and a disciplined professional.
Dr Oche has taught, examined, supervised, consulted and presented many lectures in various institutions. She served as Secretary Editorial Board of the Nigerian Journal of Fisheries and co-authored books on Backyard Fish Farming, Intensive Aquaculture (online); and Fish and Kids, a Fisheries handbook for Nigerian Children.
She is an active member of World Aquaculture Society and has worked and still working on various committees on West African Region of WAS), Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Nigerian Fish Veterinarian and Fisheries Society of Nigeria.
She loves her family and is committed to family development.
She believes in leadership that mentors and not destroy people. If my accumulative achievements die with me, I have become a generational failure says Dr Oche. Her greatest gift to the world is a mentee because you preserve what you build through mentorship.
My legacy is to preserve all that I am and have built by raising other people. I am in a hurry to produce people greater than me so help me God.
I can never be envious of a young person. I learn a lot from them and they learn from me too. They are my greatest asset and I hang out a lot with them.
Nigeria’s Future is very bright only if the energy of the young people is harnessed and allowed to participate in National development. The 21st Century is the century of Technology and the young people are all technology driven. If you develop technology that can drive all the sectors in Nigeria and teach the young people how to use them, they will not only be attracted but will stay glued to these sectors sustainably.
I believe in a Nigeria that is fair and God fearing.
Dr. Mrs. Charity Oche is a veterinarian with bias for Fisheries and specific focus for fish health tending towards the global One World One Health Agenda even as it affects humans. Her focus is driven by the recognition that she can contribute meaningfully to poverty eradication, food security, Nutritional Issues, income generation and livelihood attainment through effective management strategies.
She is people oriented with great ability to building effective networks amongst diverse groups of people, understanding their socio-cultural biases and still being able to influence them to embrace the needed change. She is innovative, Selfless, Amiable and highly passionate about Children and Youth and committed to any activity that can empower and influence their positive well being.