Sen.Dr.Chris Nwabueze Ngige, MD, OON,KSJ is the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a gallant and refined politician and a medical doctor par excellence.
He is a graduate of Medicine from the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1979; he holds Bachelor of Medical and Bachelor of Surgery. He bagged a Diploma in Hospital Management, Pakistan National Public Administration (NIPA) Institute of Peshawar, Pakistan in 1990 and also a fellow of Pakistan Institute of Health Administrators.
Before he delved into politics, he had served as a Medical Director in different hospitals, from 1998 to 2003; he had been a Medical Director at Chriserve Clinics,Lagos,and Pinkine Laboratories Limited, Lagos.
In addition, from 1996-1998,Ngige served as Deputy Director of Hospital Services, Federal Medical Centres/Teaching Hospitals, Federal Ministry of Health Headquarters, Abuja. He also served as Minister’s representative, Ministerial Task Force Committee on completion of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH),Ituku-Ozala,Enugu. Bayero University Teaching Hospital(BUKTH),Kano,Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital(ABUTH),Zaria and also served as an adhoc lecturer on Budget, Contract Procedures to Administrative Staff College of Nigeria(ASCON),Badagry,Chief Medical Directors Course(1996).
As a Medical Director,Ngige was a Consultant and Assistant Director for Federal Medical Centres, Federal Ministry of Health,Abuja,Consultant-in-charge,Federal Government Staff Clinics in the states and the Presidency,Abuja, Physician in-charge,Federal Staff Clinics/Hospital 1004 Victoria Island,Lagos,Physician in-charge State House/Federal Government Special Guest House, Lagos, Physician in-charge, Federal Government Clinic, National Theatre,Tafawa,Square,Lagos,Physician to the Senate President,Medical Officer,National Assembly Clinic 1004 Victoria Island,Lagos and NYSC Medical Officer, National Assembly Clinic 1004,Victoria Island. Ngige retired from the Federal Civil Service as Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Health in 1999. He was also the World Grand President, University of Nigeria, College of Medicine Alumni Association (UNCOMA), March 2008-March 2014.
Ngige later turned to politics, becoming a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In 1999,he was Assistant National Secretary and Zonal Secretary of PDP in the South-East of the region of the country. In 2003, he contested for Governorship seat in Anambra on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which brought him into power as the Executive Governor of Anambra State. During his rule as the governor of Anambra State from May 2003-March 2006,he was a member of the National Council of State, National Economic Council, member Nigeria Police Council and also exercised Executive functions in the Ministry of lands,Survey and Urban Planning, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget.
Dr.Ngige could succinctly be described as the proverbial ‘cat with nine lives’ because of the political turmoil that characterised his tenure as the Governor of Anambra State which he was undaunted and undeterred, despite his travail he prevailed and delivered dividends of democracy to his people.
This is a man that has come a long way in politics, despite his political travail,through thick and thin, he was able to weather the storm, he executed projects that have direct bearing on the lives of his people most especially rural infrastructure including road constructions in his state. For the record, Ngige will go down in history as one of the best governors in the eastern part of Nigeria that embarked on massive road projects which stimulated range of road constructions in the east of the Niger. He remains a reference point in Nigeria’s political arena because of the avalanche of achievements recorded during his tenure as the Governor of Anambra State.Ngige is remembered in Nigeria’s political circles as the governor who defied and refused to do the biddings of his political god-father Chris Uba and survived unsuccessful attempts to have him removed from office.
Ngige held leadership positions in different capacities which include: World Grand President, University of Nigeria, College of Medicine Alumni Association(UNCOMA),March 2008-March 2014,Secretary All Progressive Congress(APC) 1st National Convention Committee 2014. He also served as Chairman, Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN)National Convention Committee 2014,member National Executive Committee(NEC) PDP from 2002-2006,Assistant National Secretary, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) 2000-2003,Assstant Zonal Secretary(South-East)PDP,Nov.1999-2002,Protem Zonal Publicity Secretary,PDP,South-East,1998,Foundation Member,PDP,National level,1998,President General,Alor People’s Convention,1996-1999,Member, Vision 2010 Sub-Committee on Health, 1995,Co-Convener Nkpoko Igbo: Pre-Constitutional Conference in Enugu,1995,member, Ohaeneze Council of Elders and Member Strategic Committee,1992-1997,President,Aka Ikenga,1992 to 1997,an Igbo Think-Tank group of Professionals in Banking, Commerce and Politics, Member, Nigeria G-15 –Economic Cooperation Council 1990,(Special Federal government Delegation to understudy Indonesia and Malaysia Economic growth Experience in Agriculture, Health and Technology),Chairman,Alor Development Union, Lagos branch,1990-1994 and Foundation sole Administrator.
His populist programmes, sterling qualities, doggedness and determination to serve his people endeared the Anambrans from the Anambra Central Senatorial District to elect him as Senator on the platform of the hitherto Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) now All Progressive Congress(APC)to represent them in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly from 2011-2015.
During his sojourn at the Senate Chambers of the National Assembly, he served as the Vice Chairman,Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy; he was also a member, Senate Committee on Public Affairs,Health,Trade &Investment, CapitalMarket, Science&Technology and Constitutional Amendment.
Ngige was first appointed Minister of Labour and Employment in November 11, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari. He is a member of the Federal Executive Council, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Sen.Dr.Ngige is a stalwart of the All Peoples Congress (APC), and a detribalized Nigerian, He is the:-
.Dike-di-oha-nma of Okwuabala, Orlu LGA,Imo State,
.OgbuhereUzo1 of Isseke Ancient Kingdom,Ihiala LGA,Anambra State
. Aka-Ekpuchi-Onwa of Igbere,OhafiaLGA,Abia State,
.Chinagorom of Aba Kingdom,
.Onwanetiliora and Okaaome of Alor,Idemili South LGA,Anambra State,
.Okaaomee of Okpanam,Delta State.
.Okaaomee of Ituku,Enugu State.
Sen.Dr.Ngige has also been recognised by the under listed organisations for his exemplary leadership qualities, selfless service to humanity, developing his state,extraordinary courage, outstanding dedicated service and for excellence in public service delivery.
.Major Donor (MD), Rotary International, 2013
.Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International, 2011
.Achievement Award: ‘’For developing Anambra State significantly during his tenure as Governor ’’ by ASA-USA and ASA-Miami, 6th Annual ASA-USA Convention, Saturday. October 20, 2007, Miami Florida, USA.
.Honorary Citizen Award and City Key Recipient, Miami Garden Florida,USA,October 10, 2007.
.President’s Choice/Special Performance Award: ‘’For EXCELLENCE as Governor of Anambra State’’,Anambra State Association(ASA)USA,2006.Award of recognition: ‘’For showing extraordinary courage while in office as Governor of Anambra State of ’’, World Igbo Congress (WIC), 2006, Boston, USA.
.Achievement Award: In recognition of His Pace-setting record in Transforming Anambra State’’, by .Anambra State(Nig) Association Inc,Washington Metroplolis,USA,September 23,2006.
.Award of OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE in Governance of Anambra, Anambra State Association of Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter Inco. 2006.
.Community Service Award: ‘’Exemplary Leadership’’Anambra State Progressive Union Newyork Inc., USA, 2006.
.Value Leadership Award, NDI Anambra in Boston,USA,2006.
.Performance Award: ‘’For Exemplary and Courageous Leadership in Anambra State of Nigeria, 2003-2006’’, Anambra State Association of Southern California,USA,June 3,2006.
.Grateful Appreciation/Recognition Award: For his Outstanding and Dedicated Service to Anambra State of Nigeria’’, Anambra State Women Association of Southern California, USA, 2006.
.Knight of St. John International (KSJI), Catholic Church, 2005-date.
.Kwame Nkrumah African Leadership Award for Excellence in Public Service Delivery in Government as Governor of Anambra State, Nigeria, Accra Ghana, 2004.
.Excellence in Leadership Award Winner, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA),Anambra State,2003.
.Prestigious/Meritorious Service Award, 1999,Rotary of Trans-Ekulu, Enugu, 1999.
Sen.Dr.Ngige is married to Roseline Ngige,and they are blessed with children. He holds the Nigerian National Honour of the Officer of the Niger (OON).
Paulen Tallen, FOSHA
Honorable Minister Federal Ministry of Women Affairs
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Festus Egwarewa Keyamo
Minister of State
Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment,
FESTUS EGWAREWA ADENIYI KEYAMO, SAN, FCIArb(UK), the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment is a lawyer, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (UK), social crusader, critic and columnist. Prior to his being seconded to the Ministry of Labour and Employment, he had a brief stint at the Ministry of Niger Delta where he was also the Minister of State.
Festus Keyamo was elevated as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on July 6, 2017, and was inaugurated as such on September 18, 2017 at the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Mr. Keyamo was the Director of Strategic Communications (Official Spokesperson) during President Buhari’s 2019 Presidential Campaign. He was born in Ughelli, Delta State of Nigeria on Wednesday, January 21, 1970 by a father who hails from Uvwie L.G.A, near Warri, in Delta State and a mother from Yewa South L.G.A in Ogun State. He is the third child and first son in a family of seven children. Festus Keyamo attended Oharisi (Model) Primary School, Ughelli, 1975 to 1981, Government College, Ughelli, 1981 to 1986 and proceeded to his Higher School Certificate (HSC) course in the same school. Before he completed his HSC course, he gained admission through JAMB in 1988 into Bendel State University, (now Ambrose Alli University (AAU)) Ekpoma, in Edo State, and obtained his LL.B degree (Second Class Upper) in 1992. He was called to the Nigerian Bar on December 15, 1993 setting the stage for a colourful career in law. Much later, Festus Keyamo proceeded to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the United Kingdom where he qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). LEGAL CAREER AND ACTIVISM He started his legal practice in Gani Fawehinmi Chambers in Lagos at the height of the agitation for the revalidation of the June 12, 1993 election. Even as a young lawyer, he was on the front row of legal activism with Chief Gani Fawehinmi representing icons like Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti, Chief Frank Kokori and Ken Saro Wiwa as well as the duo of Chief M.K.O. Abiola and Anthony Enahoro who were arrested in 1994 and other NADECO leaders. These challenging responsibilities helped to build Keyamo’s confidence in trenchant advocacy emerging with the award of BEST LAWYER IN GANI FAWEHINMI CHAMBERS in March, 1994. He left Gani Fawehinmi Chambers in 1995, had a brief stint in a partnership and then established his own law firm, FESTUS KEYAMO CHAMBERS, which has since grown rapidly with three offices in Lagos, Abuja and Warri and liaison offices in many states with over 23 lawyers and more than 30 para-legal staff. Festus Keyamo is one of the private prosecuting counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. In that capacity, he has prosecuted some Politically Exposed Persons on behalf of the Commission. A few years ago, he went to court to challenge the power of the Nigerian President to unilaterally appoint Service Chiefs without the approval of the National Assembly. In a landmark judgment, the court agreed with him and declared the appointments of the nation’s Service Chiefs without the concurrence of the National Assembly as null and void. In 2014, he won the case of the former Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Bala James Nggilari, who was said to have resigned, but was later sworn-in as Governor when Mr. Keyamo argued that his “resignation” was unconstitutional and therefore he ought to have been sworn in as substantive Governor upon the impeachment of the Governor, Murtala Nyako. He has also handled several controversial and landmark cases. He was counsel to the leader of the Niger-Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force, Mujaheed Dokubo-Asari in his trial for treasonable felony, lead counsel in the treason trial of the leader of the Movement For The Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and other MASSOB leaders. He secured the freedom of both separatist leaders from prolonged prison custody. He played a prominent role in unraveling the prime suspect and other suspects in the brutal murder of Elder Statesman, Chief Bola Ige. Mr. Keyamo also has a rich history of social and legal activism. In 1994, he teamed up with his late boss, Chief Gani Fawehinmi and other pro-democracy activists to campaign against military rule, and he suffered several arrests and detentions as a result. Sometime in 2009, he prompted a probe of the leadership of the House of Representatives over alleged profligacy and mismanagement of public funds in the purchase of 380 units of 407 Peugeot Cars. His crusade for accountability by the Legislators led to the eventual investigation, arrest and trial of the House Leadership. The case is still at the Court of Appeal, Abuja. SOCIAL ACTIVISM Whilst working with Chief Gani Fawehinmi, he teamed up with him to establish the National Conscience Party which was originally designed to challenge military rule. He was the first Northern Co-ordinator of the Movement. In 1997, he formed the Youth Against Misguided Youths that mobilized thousands of youths to oppose the self-succession bid of General Sani Abacha. Keyamo’s brush with the authorities has been audacious. He has been detained several times in prisons and cells across Nigeria on account of his crusades for justice, human rights and against corruption. This also led to his facing several Charges in Courts that were all dismissed. AWARDS AND ACCOLADES A man of amazing gusto and dogged spirit, his honours include, Best Single Advocate of Nigeria Law Students, (Taslim Elias Moot Trial Competition) 1992; BEST LAWYER, GANI FAWEHINMI CHAMBERS (MARCH, 1994); Honorary Alumni of various Students’ Associations; Activist of the year (2001) by the Students Union, University of Jos; Listed in the New Who is Who in Nigeria, 2003; and nominated for the World Medal of Honour, 2003, by the American Biographical institute, in 2005. He was conferred with the chieftaincy titles of Ogba-uri of Ogor Kingdom (Strong man of the law) 2005 and Omorokaro of Uvwie Kingdom (The child who leads the way) 2011 in Delta State but prefers to be called ‘Mr.’ In 2017, he was awarded the Global Human Rights Award by the United States Global Leadership Council in Washington for his efforts over the years in respect of protection and promotion of human rights and the crusade for accountable governments in Nigeria. He will also be receiving the award of Defender of Press Freedom Award on May 5, 2018 from the Nigeria Union of Journalists. Recently, he was appointed as a member of the Board of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC). The NDIC is a parastatal under the Ministry of Finance. The Corporation is charged with protecting the Nigerian banking system from instability occasioned by runs and loss of depositors’ confidence.
Yerima P Tarfa
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Labour and Employment
Dr. Tarfa holds a PhD in Environmental Resource Management.
Former Director, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment and Nigeria’s Focal Point to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
He has been the Nigeria’s Chief Negotiator on Climate Change, leading national negotiating team at climate change international negotiations and discussions.
Dr. Tarfa has over three decades experience as a professional in Climate Change and Sustainable development, with focus on Climate Change adaptation, Climate finance, and negotiations.
He was a member of several national and international bodies and held key positions as follows
National Focal Point for Nigeria’s implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement on Climate Change;
Designated National Authority to the Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism (CDM);
National Designated Authority for the Green Climate Fund;
Nigeria’s Focal Point to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
Vice Chair & Reviewer, Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) projects.
Dr. Tarfa had over the years coordinated a number of national assignments in the form of developmental projects and programs that led to the production of key national policies and strategic documents as follows;
Preparation of Nigeria’s National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
Deliver Instrument of Ratification of the Paris Agreement to the UNFCCC and any other related treaty;
Project Coordinator, Nigeria’s Green Bond Program;
Reform Champion & Coordinator, implementation of the Executive Order EO:001 2017 on Ease of Doing Business by the MDA;
Development of National Sectoral Action Plan for the implementation of Nigeria’s NDC.
Sectoral assessment of Vulnerability and Adaptation to the impact of Climate Change;
Development of Nigeria’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC;
Collation of Sectoral data and views on National Greenhouse gas emission for all sectors on Nigeria’s economy for the development of Nigeria’s INDC;
Preparation of National Policy on Climate Change;
Preparation of National Adaptation Strategy and Plan of Actions on Climate Change for Nigeria (NASPA-CCN).
Mr Ernest A. Umakhihe
Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Works and Housing
Mr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Benin and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the same University.
Mr. Umakhihe has over Thirty-One (31) years of working experience in Accounting and Auditing functions in the Public Service. He started his Public service career in January, 1989 as an Accountant with the National Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), where he rose through the ranks to the position of Director of Finance and Accounts in 2007.
He transferred his services to the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in 2011 and served as Deputy Director, Audit Monitoring Department before his elevation to the post of a Director of Finance and Accounts in 2013. He was Director, Finance and Accounts, National Sports Commission from 2013 to 2015 and also served as Director, Finance and Accounts of the Ministry in Foreign Affairs for three (3) years where he was in charge of the Finance and Accounts functions of the Headquarters and the Nigerian’s overseas’ Diplomatic Missions.
He was also Director of Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Defence until his appointment as Federal Permanent Secretary by Mr. President on 1st December, 2018. As Permanent Secretary, his first posting was to the Ministry of Budget and National Planning and was thereafter redeployed as Permanent Secretary, Common Services Office of the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation in December, 2019 before his redeployment to Ministry of Works and Housing on the 27th of August, 2020.
Mr. Umakhihe has attended several management courses both locally and internationally including a stint at the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Administrators of Nigeria, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Management. He is presently concluding his Doctoral thesis in Security and Strategy at the Nassarawa State University, Keffi.
A distinguished alumnus of the University of Benin Alumni Association, he is a philanthropist who has received several commendations from both Government institutions and Non-Governmental bodies for his gestures.
Smith Neil David helps clients create a vision for their safety improvement process, then employs proven, behavioral-based technologies that result in signiﬁcant change initiatives to control exposure and improve performance.
His wealth of experience in the safety and health management covers a range of industries including foundries, auto manufacturing, utilities, airlines, rail transportation, intermodal operations, food manufacturing and freight operations. He is quite a sought-after speaker in different countries.
He is an Executive Director and a distinguished FELLOW of Occupational Safety & Health Association UK (OSHAssociation UK).
Dr. Dalhatu Mohammed, FOSHA
(Regional President) OSHAssociation UK – Nigeria Region
Dr. Dalhatu Mohammed is someone who believes very much that getting work done ‘right the first time’ through a systemic approach includes designing and enhancing workplaces and processes, and developing human performance capabilities, all with the human brain in mind.
He is currently the State Controller of Labour, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nigeria. He has chaired various international and local safety conferences. He is a frequent and highly rated speaker who has presented on subjects ranging from attributes of world-class safety to fatality prevention and leveraging safety to trigger culture change.
For over three decades, Dr. Dalhatu has helped hundreds of labour workers from a wide range of industries in Africa to prepare a successful behavioral change attitude towards safety. His mission is to help employees at various workplaces to exceed their objectives and create an injury-free workplace.
He is currently a regional president of Occupational Safety & Health United Kingdom (OSHAssociation UK) Nigeria region. He is also a FELLOW of OSHAssociation, a FELLOW of Nigerian Institute of Management and many other professional institutions.
M’Oba (Dr.) Olusegun Idowu Aderemi, FOSHA
Atyero of Aramoko Ekiti, Ekiti West L.G.A, Ekiti State,
Els Willems, FOSHA
Internal Prevention Advisor Belgium, Subaru Europe
Dr Dennis Zulu, FOSHA
The Country Director (Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone) International Labour Organization
Liman A. Ibrahim, FOSHA
Controller General Federal Fire Service
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Engr. Emmanuel Uwalaka, FOSHA
Regional Administrator OSHAssociation UK – Nigeria Region
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