BRIEF PROFILE OF IFEDI A. OKWENNA
Ifedi Okwenna, born on November 22, 1965, in Osumenyi, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State is an Environment Advisor, a Public Policy expert, a Public Administrator and a high-tech security management expert. He is the Director General World Igbo Summit Group and a director in a number of companies.
Ifedi Okwenna attended Boys High School, Osumenyi, sat for GCE in Class 4 and passed all his papers in 1983.
He holds a National Diploma (ND) in Civil Engineering from the College of Arts, Science and Technology (Now Federal Polytechnic) Oko (1985) and a diploma in Business Management from the Plateau School of Business and Management Studies. In addition , ifedi Okwenna earned a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc Hons) in Applied Biological Science from then Anambra State University of Technology (Now Enugu State University of Science and Technology in 1987/88. He holds advanced degrees from the Universities of Lagos, Abuja, London and Walden University.
Okwenna has successfully held several regional and national roles. He was a two time commissioner – for Environment and Mineral Resources and for Science and Technology, under Anambra’s Governor Peter Obi; a former Special Assistant (Political) in the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo; Secretary, Honorary Advisory Committee, to President Goodluck Jonathan between 2012 and 2014; Director, Center for Environmental Disaster Prevention and Aid (CEDPA) Abuja, and later Director, African Institute for Leadership Training and Development (AILTAD) between 2012 and 2014; Managing Director, Nigerian Royal Mail Newspaper from 2014 to 2015, the Director General, Save Democracy Africa from 2014 to 2020;
Okwenna was the Convener of the Annual National Political Summit, Convener, Democracy Africa Youth Parliament (DAYP) ; Member Aka Ikenga and former Vice Chairman, League of Anambra Professionals (LAP) in FCT.
He was the Chairman, Sports Development Committee of the FCT Football Association in 2005; Chairman, Anambra State Grassroots/Youth Sports Committee, and Chairman, Anambra State Sports Facility Development Committee 2006-2008.
He has also served as Coordinating Secretary Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA) and Southern/Middlebelt Leaders Forum; Director-General of the African Integration Network for Development and Adviser/Consultant to Nigerian Senate on Environment from 1999-2001.
As the former United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Consultant, Ifedi Okwenna, in 1995, designed the blueprint and action plan for the establishment of Anambra State Environmental Protection Agency (ANSEPA) out of then Anambra State Environmental Sanitation Authority (ASESA) and developed the Environmental Public Awareness Master Plan for Kaduna State.
Between 1996-1997, he served as a member of the Technical Sub-Committee for Vison 2010 Programme and designed the Blue Print for Solid Waste Management in Nigeria as Part of the Manifesto for Dr. Alex Ekwueme Presidential Campaign Organization (ALEPCO) in 1998.
He also studied and published the State of Environment Report for Kaduna State 1997-1998. In 2016, as Director General, World Igbo Summit, he led the Igbo collectives to design a 50- year Visioning programme for Ala-Igbo.
The document titled Vision 2066, provides a roadmap for strategic and sustainable development of Ala-Igbo in the next 50 years.
Okwenna is skilled in education, consultancy, politics, administration, high-tech security management, leadership training, philanthropy and more. Due to the quality of impact his interventions have recorded in these diverse areas, he has well over 200 regional, national and international awards.
He currently holds the following fellowships:
a. Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Economics of Nigeria (FCE) 2007
b. Fellow of the Certified Institute of Public Administration of Ghana (FCIPA) 2007
c. Certified Professional Fellow of Public Administration of Nigeria (CFPA) 2007
d. Fellow of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (FCIDA) 2006
e. Fellow International Institute of Administration Management 2008
f. Fellow of Strategic Finance and Administration Institute (FSFAI) 2008
g. Fellow Institute oy Investment Management and Research.
h. Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club International 2008 and appeared in Nigeria Who is Who in Management Intelligence in 2008.
Ifedi Okwenna, was the Owner/ President of FC Omam International – A former National Division 1 Football Club.
He sponsors many youth clubs and competitions. His other interests span Real Estate Development; Export and Investment Promotions; Communications; Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity Management; and High-tech Security System Management.
Ifedi Okwenna, is a devout Catholic who ascended Jerusalem, the holy city, and was made a Jerusalem Pilgrim (JP) in 2001. He is married with five lovely children.
IFEDI OKWENNA’s CONTRIBUTIONS AS COMMISSIONER IN ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNMENT
Dr Ifedi Okwenna was the former Commissioner for Environment, Mineral Resources and Science and Technology, in Anambra State between 2006 and 2008 and for those two years won the best Commissioner for Environment award in Nigeria. He led Nigeria in many international fora on Environment.
His era as Commissioner for Environment was a golden period for Anambra as far as environmental issues went.
He was the person who turned the notorious Upper Iweka roundabout into a Garden Park which, luckily, is still being maintained today.
He cleaned up the Bridge Head, Onitsha, hitherto occupied by various livestock sellers making the entrance to Anambra State unsightly and dirty. He eased up any form of traffic gridlock from Asaba end into Onitsha and ensured that entrance into Anambra was easy and effortless.
He cleaned up the 50-year-old Creek Road dump site and today that large expanse of land retrieved from the garbage heap has been built up with industries, markets and residential houses. He cleaned up the 35year old Enugu road by High Court Garbage mountain, which was about 38 metres high, opened Otumoye/Nwangene Creek to serve as buffer to River Niger during high and low tide to de-flood Onitsha and opened up the internal drainage network for flood control in Onitsha.
Under him the State Government constructed the Awka Flood Management scheme, which controlled the notorious Iyiagu Flood that swallowed a number of public buildings and hotels including Parktonia Hotel, Crescent Springs and nearly cut off the Enugu – Onitsha expressway. Dr Okwenna designed a comprehensive master plan for Flood Control in Awka creating a provision for development of a Lake in Awka.
During that time, a total of 185 active erosion sites were studied, designed and costed while 16 sites were constructed by the Peter Obi led Government under the supervision of Ifedi Okwenna. They include 2 in Awka, 3 at Nnewi, 3 in Onitsha/Nkpor, Omaba, I in Ekwulobia, 2 in Nnaka, I in Uga, 1 in Osumenyi/Utuh, 1 in Oko.and 1 in Owelle Ezukala.
He saw to the introduction in Anambra State, the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), which is a World bank assisted project aimed at addressing the Nigerian gully erosion crisis in South Eastern Nigeria and land degradation in Northern Nigeria on a multi-dimensional scale. Since he left office, not much have taken place in that sector.
He planned and commenced a $495,000 waste to energy facility for Idemili which would have provided 188 Mw of hybrid electricity using 3000 tons of waste and gas, creating 3500 direct jobs. The project would have been funded by the International Financial Consortium on build operate and transfer (BOT) bases.
Funding for this project was already secured and approved and all necessary designs and studies were completed but was abandoned after his exit.
As Commissioner for Science and Technology, he worked and oversaw the take over of the Nnewi Incubation Centre from the Federal Government by Anambra State Government and with his effort turned the Centre to a Finishing School, building young entrepreneurs who were retrained and given factory spaces at Ozubulu industrial Centre, He built a Sugarcane Processing Plant at Omor and established a Government owned company for exploration of kaolin in Ukpor.
Ifedi Okwenna funded the rebuilding of the abandoned science block at Boys High School Osumenyi, renovated classrooms at both Osumenyi Boys and Osumenyi Community Secondary School (Osumenyi Girls), Central School (St Lawrence), Omaigwe Community and Osumenyi Community schools.
BRIEF PROFILE OF IFEDI A. OKWENNA
He ensured the commencement and completion of Eke Amichi – Centre- Ezinifite – Ulasi Road and the award of Nwanyi Ocha – Utuh – Centre – Eke Osumenyi road. He also attracted the ADB/ World Bank boreholes water project and pursued vigorously the creation of additional ward for Osumenyi and some other towns within the Local Government.
His Ifedi Okwenna Organization has awarded scholarships to over 198 students including the indigent ones in various levels of education. He is also involved in various community development programmes.
BRIEF PROFILE OF IFEDI A. OKWENNA
IFEDI OKWENNA’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALA-IGBO
Ifedi Okwenna’s first entry into Igbo leadership was in 2003, at a time the Igbo community in Abuja was enmeshed in a leadership succession crisis, but he has from his early years contributed immensely to community development, peace building, unity and sustainable development of Ala-Igbo.
BRIEF PROFILE OF IFEDI A. OKWENNA
From his Student Union days to now, in his community, he has always been called upon in times crisis to restore peace and reconcile aggrieved parties. Ifedi Okwenna is passionate about Igbo unity and development and has recorded some remarkable achievements.
Some of his contributions include:
1.Secretary, Okwesilieze Nwodo Peace Committee: The Committee that eventually reconciled and reformed the Igbo Community in the Federal Capital Territory and brought them under one umbrella – Ohanaeze Ndigbo Federal Capital Territory, in 2003.
2.The Secretary of Rt. Hon Agunwa Anakwe Constitution Drafting Committee for the FCT Igbo apex organization in 2004.
3.The Secretary Election Committee, which established the Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership structurer in 2004.
4.Secretary of Ime-Obi, Ohanaeze, the apex body of Igbo elders and leaders in Abuja, under the leadership of Okwadike Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife.
He was in this position for fourteen (14) years and within this period, he made tremendous efforts to ensure that Ndigbo in FCT were cohesive and that they spoke with one voice in all issues and that all crisis points were nipped in the bud quite early.
5. IFEDI OKWENNA Was Executive member Aka-Ikenga FCT.
6.Elected Vice Chairman, League of Anambra State Professionals FCT in 2005.
7.Founded, alongside, late Dr Alex Ekwueme GCON, Okwadike Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Dara Akunwafor Mbazulike Amaechi, Dr. Okwy Nwodo, Prof George Obiozor, Prof Anya O. Anya, Professor Greg Ibe, Prof Ihechukwu Madubike and other many great Igbo leaders, the South East Peoples Assembly (SEPA)
8.Elected Secretary of SEPA with Late Dr. Alex Ekwueme GCON, as the Leader of this Assembly.
9. Brokered the partnership between SEPA, the South South Peoples Assembly (SSPA) led by Chief Edwin Clark and Yoruba Unity Forum, led by Bishop Gbonigi, to hold the first Southern Summit in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in July 2012.
10. Was a member Technical Committee that midwifed the establishment of Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA), with South South leader, Chief Edwin Clark, as the first Coordinating Chairman.
11. Became the National Coordinating Secretary of Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA) between 2014-2017, when leadership of the body moved to South East zone and Late Dr. Alex Ekwueme was elected Chairman.
12.Was member of the team that brokered partnership between SNPA and the Middlebelt Forum. The partnership that provided great support for President Jonathan’s administration and Southern/Middlebelt mutual cooperation at the 2014 National Conference.
13.Worked with Professor George Obiozor, Chief Okey Anueyiagu and Professor Greg Ibe etc to coordinate the South East National Secretariat to the 2014 National Conference.
14.Was instrumental to providing ingenious, resourceful, scholarly and analytical contributions to Gen.(Sen) Ikenwachukwu-led South East delegation to the National Conference, by the South East Secretariat at the National Conference.
15.Was in 2015, nominated the Director General, World Igbo Summit Group (WISG) and also appointed the Deputy Director of Igbo Renaissance Centre, Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State.
16. As DG, of WISG, is leading the Igbo quest for continuous dialogue, for re-strategizing, planning, developing and monitoring the Igbo growth and development through cooperation, collaboration and networking of all Igbo interest groups.
17. Coordinating the organization of Annual World Igbo Summit, at Gregory University Uturu, in partnership with the Igbo Renaissance Centre and other Igbo collectives,
18.Led the Summit Group and a number of Igbo collectives and organizations, to develop in 2016, a 50-year strategic road map for a multi-year development of Ala-Igbo -The Vision 2066 document. The document is a conscious and collective effort of Ndigbo to give to themselves a pathway to a more assured future.
BRIEF PROFILE OF IFEDI A. OKWENNA This document has since been presented to Ohanaeze Ndigbo and to the South East Governors Forum.
19. Promoted the pathway for interface between Igbo leaderships and the global community such as the United Nations System, European Union, ECOWAS etc, to strengthen the unity of Nigeria.
20.Is the National Secretary of Eastern Peoples Front (EPF), the body of committed Igbo patriots who worked assiduously, toured all parts of Nigeria and effectively mobilized Ndigbo to vote Atiku/Obi ticket in the 2019 Presidential election, irrespective of their numerous local challenges.
21.He is also a member of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Planning and Strategy team, the apex intellectual think tank of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
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