Okoro, who won the election in a landmark victory in June, promised to take the faculty to another level, through facility, academic and administrative upgrade.
Also as part of measure to lift the faculty to greater heights, Prof Okoro told The Guardian that a robust academic linkage program for the younger ones had been put in place, adding that plans on how the students can be groomed to international scholarship and by extension, make the institution more visible globally.
“As we are experiencing teeming population on academic staff and faculty members, we want to see how we are going to attract funds for office accommodation.
“Even as learning has gone e-wide, we also want to see how we can upgrade our studio and labs and possibly areas for library development.
“It is an inclusive thing where all hands would be on deck to make sure we realise our dreams and move the faculty forward. We want our faculty alumni association to be of great service to the faculty, “he said.
Prof. Okoro, who authored the ‘Business of Advertising’ — a popular reference material in the field of Advertising in Africa — has over 70 academic publications, including nine mainline books, 18 contributions to books and over 46 articles published locally and internationally in peer-reviewed journals.
He grew through the ranks as assistant lecturer at the University of Nigeria in 2004 to a Professor in 2011.
He was Public Relations Officer of the University of Nigeria between 2010 and 2011; and has been two-time head of the Department of Mass Communication as well as member of the university’s Senate.
A registered practitioner of advertising with the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, Professor Okoro is also a member of the Trans-African Council and Communication Education (TRACCE).