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Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi: An Astute, Savvy And Resourceful Brand

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A former Minister of state for Works, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

His admirers and detractors alike agree that he has always demonstrated the fear of the Almighty God in his conduct and relations with other people.

Building on a family background of sound moral principles, his exemplary character, humility, grace and sense of propriety have become reference points for leadership in the land.

Engineer (Dr.) Sir Chris Ogiemwonyi, FNSE, KSC,JP, has an interesting blend of academic and professional training within and outside Nigeria. *He has no doubt become a household name, especially in Edo State, where he hails from, live,* attended his educational institutions, served and still serving his people. His name, too, rings bell across Nigeria, especially in the nation’s petroleum, oil and gas industry, where he traversed for 34years and carved an enchanting niche for himself as a top-level manager of men and resources.

 

His name has equally been heard audibly in boardrooms, business discourses, media space, political space, and within the quiet confines of several human hearts, across the world, all for the right and positive reasons.

 

*I am re-presenting this excellent personality of note, a committed hardworking, team-playing professional, an astute businessman, a massively strong tower of integrity, a quintessential father-figure, a consummate mentor and a generous philanthropist,*

 

Such is the remarkable setting, giving an enormous fillip to the divinely-guided story of Engr. Sir (Dr.) Chris Aigbovbiosa Ogiemwonyi, FNSE, KSC, JP, former Honourable Minister of State for Works, Federal Republic of Nigeria, who only a couple of years ago, retired from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, after putting in a 34-year service and rising to the enviable position of Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production.

 

Engr. Ogiemwonyi, who today stands admirably tall amongst his peers, rose from a humble family background in Idumwebo village in Orhionmwhon local government area; with an enterprising dint of diligent hardwork, and following the divine patterns of fate and destiny, he has, all the while, held the belief that nothing good comes easy.

 

He appreciates the fact that the roughness of the road, its ruggedness, and the intricacy of the challenges, make a better personality of the man that emerges from the reflexes-sharpening, firing process that is usually the liturgy of fate and life’s true sojourn.

 

*He is a graduate of the University of Benin, where he bagged a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Hons., in Applied Physics in1974. Two years later, in 1976, he obtained a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Ibadan. His next stop was the prestigious Harvard Business School, where he attended top management courses to sharpen his managerial and technical skills that would later qualify and attest to his excellent performances when duties and responsibilities beckoned.*

 

Later in life, Engr. Chris osa Ogiemwonyi would receive the academic awards of the Doctor of Engineering, PhD (Honoris Causa) and the Doctor of Science, PhD (Honoris Causa) in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

 

With an excellent career that began in 1975, when he was employed as Petroleum Engineer II, competence, discipline, creativity and secured achievements took young Ogiemwonyi through the ranks in challenging managerial postings, moulding him into full maturity in 1999 when he was promoted General Manager, Operations, National Petroleum Investments of the National Petroleum Investments and Management Services, NAPIMS.

 

From then on, there was no looking back as he progressed from one challenging top management position to another.  *His visible creativity quickly took him to the position of Group General Manager, NAPIMS a position he occupied from 2001 – 2003.*

 

And during this period, he actualized various projects, especially the Local Content Initiative of the Federal Government. As Group General Manager, NAPIMS, he overlooked the whole industry including the Joint Ventures (JV) and the Production Sharing Companies (PSCs). While in NAPIMS, he served as Chairman, Nigeria OTC Committee for 2002 and 2003.

 

*Between 2001 and 2003, he galvanized the birth of key projects, including EA field, Erha field, Bonga field and Agbami field, amongst others. At NAPIMS, he also achieved zero cash call arrears by October, 2003.  As GGM, NAPIMS, the oil industry was encouraged on joint utilization of assets such as offshore swamp rigs, etc.*

 

In November, 2003, Ogiemwonyi was reassigned to Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, Benin City, as Managing Director and *his efforts showed quickly in increasing NPDC production from 20,000 bopd to 70,000 bopd.*

 

He served as chairman, Project Monitoring Committee, PMC, of Okono/Okpoho Development Project, a strategic alliance between NPDC and Agip Energy Limited, AENR.  He also served as Chairman, PMC, of OMLs 64 and 66 Project, another strategic alliance between NPDC and SINOPEC of China.

 

Achieving promotional success became his trademark, so much so that shortly in March 2005, *he merited a reassignment to direct activities at the Nigerian Gas Company Limited, Warri, (NGC) as Managing Director. While there, his focus was to increase gas supply to major customers like, PHCN, SNG, GASLINK, WAPCO, SHAGAMU, and EWEKORO, NOTORE FERTILIZER PH, OBAJANA CEMENT COMPANY, etc, even as the Nigerian Gas Company, then coordinated 130mmscf/d gas supply (WAGP West Africa Gas Supply Project) to the Republic of Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast; TSGP – Trans Sahara Gas Project, the 2 billion scf/d supply from Nigeria through Algeria to Europe was another portfolio under his supervision as the helmsman of the Nigerian Gas Company.*

 

Ogiemwonyi’s boat of managerial acumen again moved and berthed in 2007 in the office of the Group Executive Director, NNPC.

 

*As group Executive Director, GED, Exploration and Production, Engr. Ogiemwonyi was in charge of seven NNPC companies and subsidiaries, which included National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS; Nigerian Gas Company, NGC); LNG & Power Division; Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL; Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC; Crude Oil Marketing Division; Local Content Division.  His performance at this tasking responsibility, as Group Executive Director, continued to soar until he retired meritoriously after an excellent, impeccable 34-year sojourn.*

 

*Through out his manegerial sojourn, he fought for Nigerians in the oil industry to be well positioned hence the nick name that he earned “Mr Local Content” a fighter and protector of indigenous oil companies.*

 

Though, as a young, growing man, Chris Ogiemwonyi left his rural community, in quest of education and a secured future, he has never, for once, forgotten his roots. He has remained a loyal and dedicated member of the community.

 

Over the years, it is on record that he has built a personal home in the village, where he has also built and donated a church to the local congregation there in the village where he came from. He has over the years granted scholarship awards to intelligent but indigent students at all levels of education, even as he has equally established a skill acquisition centre for out-of-school youths to acquire marketable skills that would make them more productive to themselves and even become employers of labour.

 

*As part of his contributions to the economic life and wellbeing of his immediate community,  Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi has a huge palm plantation of a mile square  that provides direct and indirect employment for all ages of people, a development that has upped the socio-economic standards of the community. Adequate and functional boreholes have equally been sunk across the communities to provide clean, drinking water, a situation that has drastically reduced the risk of the people contacting diseases that thrive in unclean and unpurified water, which had hitherto been the only one available in the community. Erections of Street Lights in all major roads in his village, graded all major roads to his village etc.*

 

It has equally become a welcome tradition, over the years, for Engr. Ogiemwonyi to sponsor into Edo State, a team of medical doctors and personnel, on the occasion of his birthday anniversary, to provide free breast and cervical cancer (for women between ages 18 – 65 and prostrate cancer screening for men & women in conjunction with the Lagos based Optimal Cancer Care Foundation and the C. O Ogiemwonyi Foundation. This exercise, according to him, arose from his strong belief in the fact that early detection of the growing cases of these ailments would dislodge the potency to become full-blown terminal cases. Several thousands of indigenes and residents in the state have, over the years, benefited from this life-saving philanthropic largesse.

 

*On politics, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, who is ready to contest the governorship primaries of his political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in this 2020, is also prepared to run a decent, virile, issue-based and integrity-laced campaign across the three senatorial districts of the state, ahead of the Edo 2020  gubernatorial election, maintained that he remains resolute to keep working to uplift the living standards of the people of the state in particular and Nigerians in general.*

 

In his words, “Democracy, as we know it, is a system of political governance that is wholly based on the people. It is of the people; it is by the people and it is for the people. So, if the people, therefore, do not show or are not allowed to show effective interest and participation in the operational activities of the system, then, it should be called by a different name as the case maybe.

 

*This experienced achiever/performer who within the period he was as Minister of State for Works, influenced, amongst several others, the flag-off and completion of the first phase re-construction of the Benin – Abraka inter-state road, beginning from Ekiosa Market at the popular Third Junction, Benin City,*

 

A project from which over thirty Edo communities would have  massively benefit from, on final completion. This is because the new road would have open up these communities, creating in-roads for other socio-economic activities and interests to flood in. However, sadly enough, this project was abandoned by the past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, who proudly holds the membership and fellowship of several professional bodies, including being a Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and former President, Nigeria Gas Association, is reputed to have equally chaired several boards and committees while in service, all attesting to his enticing capacity and capability to perform at top level administrative and managerial positions. It is on record that apart from chairing the N-Gas board, Hyson/Calson JV and directing NETCODIETSMANN, Ogiemwonyi equally was member, NNPC Corporate Board; member, Presidential Committee on Independent Power Project, IPP development for Niger – Delta; member, Presidential Committee on accelerated Expansion of Electricity Infrastructure; member, Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN; Former Council Member, Petroleum Training Institute, Warri; and former member Nigermed.

 

*Ogiemwonyi, today, is a proud recipient of the prestigious traditional Bead from the revered Oba of Benin; a recipient of the Justice of Peace, JP, Edo State Government; a recipient of the Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award; a recipient of The Navigator Newspaper’sEdo Personality of the Year 2016 Award; Patron, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS; Patron, Association of Community Newspapers Publishers of Nigeria, ACNPN; Patron, Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Edo State Council; A Knight of Sacred Order of Saint Christopher, KSC; Life Patron, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN*

 

*It is pertinent to observe that while discerning Edolites identify Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi as a worthy patriot to be given the mantle of leadership, come Edo 2020 APC governorship ticket , *to deny him of that opportunity to serve his fatherland and take the ship of Edo State to safe shores of economic prosperity, will mean the majority, long-suffering Edo people will be the ultimate losers*

 

This is a unique BRAND we are proud to present to you. A NATIONAL TREASURE Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi.

 

Let’s give a chance to an experienced resource manager.

 

Support & Nominate Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi as EDO  APC Consensus Candidate.

 

By: Jeffery Igbinigie,

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Meet Kazeem ‘Kasnoi’ Kuku, An Emerging Force in Real Estate Business in Nigeria

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The real estate business in Nigeria has just received a boost with the emergence of Kasnoi Luxury Homes, positioned to change the face of property business most especially in Lagos, the business hub of Nigeria.

Owned by the young, shrewd businessman in his 30s, Kazeem Kuku, alumni of the famous Ijebu Ode Grammar School and Philosophy graduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Kasnoi Luxury Homes was launched over 10 years back with branches in major cities of the country.

Kasnoi, as Kazeem is fondly addressed within the business circle, is a business player who knows his onions, very focused and determined, making him one of the emerging forces in the real estate sector in Nigeria.

Kasnoi Luxury Homes is into mega construction of all sorts of buildings, though it deals mainly in the construction of detached and semi-detached structures.

The construction firm recently won the attention of residents of Lekki with the successful construction of 15 blocks of tastefully furnished detached and semi-detached houses at the Lekki Lake Golf Resort, including others at Ogunfayo Lakowe, a stone throw from Amen Estate in Eti-Osa local government area of Lagos State.

Kazeem Kuku, a passionate young entrepreneur with many years of experience, is a strategist who has spent the better part of his career in business development, innovations, and strategy.

Born of the famous Kuku dynasty in Ijebu land, Ogun State, Kazeem, we learned, is planning to expand his business tentacles in Lagos State.

Though, a socialite and strong member of the budding social age-group otherwise known as Regberegbe in Ijebuland, Kasnoi cherishes a quiet lifestyle.

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Untold Story Of How Customs Comptroller General’s New Marriage Is In Trouble

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…As Wife’s Ex-Boyfriend Demands N9Million

Controversy seems to be trailing the marriage between the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali rtd and his beautiful wife, Zainab Abdullahi as her former boyfriend, Zubairu Dalhatu Malamai is demanding the sum of N9,081,207,45 being money spent on her while their relationship lasted.

A letter was written by Zubairu’s lawyer, Sir I, I Wangida of Buba Partner and titled ‘Letter of Demand of Our Client’s Monies Giving As Loans, Investments and Other Materials Collected By You During Your Deceit, Mischievous Breach of Trust Relationship’ dated 22nd May 2020, states that Zainab had a three- year relationship with Zubairu during which he spent the said money, hoping it would culminate into marriage

Zubairu & Zainab

We gathered that prior to Zainab’s marriage to the Customs boss, Zubairu had tried to pacify her to have a rethink about dumping him but this culminated into a quarrel and Zainab allegedly said she would refund all that was spent on her

‘Be that as it may, we have our client’s brief, that you have decided to pick another man for yourself as husband and while our client congratulate you in your new home, we have our client instruction to also disclose his displeasure over your reaction few days before your new marriage by taking an unnecessary fight with him thereby insulting him and calling him all kinds of names and your claims that he calculates all you have collected from him as loans, investment and trips ticket, so you can pay him as you are no longer interested in the affairs’

Zubairu further demanded the sum of N9,081,207,45 and listed how the money was expended on flight tickets to South Africa, Dubai, the United States of America, and United Kingdom.

The letter states ‘the sum of N9,081,207,45 only being the sum spent on travels tickets for KSA on the 20th of March to 5th April 2018, UAE on 17th Feb to 27th Feb 2019, etc’

‘N1.5million loan for your investment, N200, 000 only paid for you on behalf of Dan Sanyawa, N450,00 for clothing business in the US, N280,000 for sho rent at Hanefa Plaza, Court Road, N350,000 given to your father, N350,000 house rent refund, N350,000 for your China trip, N500,000 you collected for your car purchase, N250,000 for chinchy investment, N1,763,000.00 for LEFE clothes and some other items’

To authenticate the source of the letter, we spoke to Zubairu’s lawyer, Sir I, I Wangida’s lawyer on phone, he confirmed writing the letter and added that the matter will soon be charged to court.

we also contacted Joseph Attah, Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Services, who said Hajia Zainab ‘s lawyer would reply to the letter sent by her former boyfriend.

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PDP Will Bounce Back In Edo, Says Imasuangbon

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Governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Barr. Kenneth Imasuangbon, has boasted that he would lead the party to bounce back to governance in Edo State.

Imasuangbon, popularly known as ‘Rice Man’ said he knew the strategy to defeat whomever the ruling All Progressives Congress project as its candidate.

Speaking after submitting his nomination form, Imasuangbon thanked Edo youths, traders and artisans for mobilising N10m for the purchase of the form.

Imasuangbon said he would not forget their sacrifices after electoral victory.

He also tasked leaders of the PDP to ensure the party primaries are free and fair.

His words, “Today signifies the beginning of the march towards taking over Osadebey avenue in Edo State. I assure you that the days of the APC are numbered in Edo.

“The PDP is winning the election and that can only be done if I win the primaries. There is nothing to worry about that. Edo people know me and what I can do.

“My appeal is for the PDP leadership to be fair and firm. We will not allow past experiences to reoccur. What I demand is a free and fair primaries”.

We are here on behalf of the Rice Man to submit his nomination form purchased for him by the artisan, market women and the common men in Edo state who trust in his ability to govern the state well with genuine development and move the state out of poverty”

This is a journey we have been on since the last fifteen years and I see this as the best opportunity for us to rescue the state from the misrule of the APC that have failed the people and I believe strongly that with the people by my side and the grace of God, we shall succeed.

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