UI Alumni To Honour Gov Okowa, Wife, In Annual Public Service Lecture* *…As Dr Kingsley Emu Speaks on “The Burden of Leadership”*


The University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Asaba Chapter, shall on Thursday, May 11, honour the outgoing Governor of Delta State, His Excellency Sen Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, and his wife, Dame Edith Okowa, both of whom are Alunmi of the premier university, in its 2023 Annual Public Service Lecture.

Ifeanyi Okowa

The event is designed to celebrate the Governor for his excellent achievements in the development of the state and contributions to nation building.

Dr. Kingsley Eze Emu, Chief Economic Adviser to the Delta State Governor, also an Alunmi of the premier university and member of the UIAA Board of Trustees Beyond Borders, has been chosen as the Guest Lecturer, while the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly and incoming Governor of Delta State, Rt Hon Sheriff Francis Oborevwori, is expected to attend as Special Guest of Honour.

Dr. Kingsley Emu

The event scheduled to hold at the Unity Hall of Government House, Asaba, by 2pm shall be chaired by Prof. Sam E. Oyovbaire, former Minister of Information and Chairman, Delta State Advisory Committee. Also expected in attendance is the Senator-Elect of Delta North Senatorial District, Chief Ted Nwoko.

Chairman of the 2023 Lecture Organizing Committee, Dr. Augustine Isikwei Ojogbo, Ph:D, FCVSN, JP, disclosed these on Monday in Asaba, stating that given the massive development witnessed in the state in the past eight years it was apt and proper to celebrate Gov Okowa through an intellectual exercise like a lecture.

Dr. Ojogbo pointed out that the UIAA Annual Public Service Lecture was a platform used in proffering solutions to challenges in the society, especially in a developing society such as ours, and that this year’s lecture was well primed to focus on service delivery being the hallmark of Dr.Okowa’s effort in governance as he concludes his tour of duty as Governor of Delta State.

Unveiling Dr Kingsley Emu as the Lecturer who will speak on the topic: “The Burden of Leadership”, Ojogbo said he is “a man of many parts” and superbly fit to deliver the all important lecture, especially at this time that the nation and the state are set to usher in new leaders in governance.

“A Banker, Financial Consultant, Entrepreneur and a Public Servant par excellence, Dr. Kingsley Eze Emu had a distinguished career in the private sector spanning over 23 years and has spent almost 12 years in the Public Sector till date”, Ojogbo enthused.

“He was one time Commissioner for Commerce and Industry (2011-2014), later Commissioner for Economic Planning (2015-2019) and currently the Chief Economic Adviser to Delta State Governor. Prior to his appointment by the Delta State Government over the years, he was in the banking Industry for 21 years, starting his banking career with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 1989, through the Merchant/Investment Bank (Group merchant Bank; Fidelity Merchant bank; Merchant Banking Corporation-MBC, International Merchant Bank IMB; and later with Commercial banks like Universal Trust Bank, Fidelity Bank PLC, Fin Bank PLC).

“In his 21 years sojourn in the banking industry, Dr. Emu worked in credit and marketing, remedial assets, Investment and Treasury departments. He was divisions head of Treasury and investment banking, credit and marketing, Retail and e-banking and Remedial services. He resigned in 2010 as a Group Executive in charge of Retail and e-business at Finbank before their merger.”

Dr. Kingsley Emu who hails from Owanta in Ika North East Local Government of Delta State, holds several degrees including Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, Masters of Science degree in Industrial Sociology, and a Masters in Managerial Psychology (MMP) all from University of Ibadan. He earned an MBA (Marketing) from ESUT Business School, Lagos, and holds a Doctorate degree in Management from University of Phoenix, Arizona, USA, a certificate in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, USA and a Goizueta Management Certificate in Leadership.”

According to Ojogbo, Dr. Kingsley Emu was chosen to deliver the all important lecture given his rich experience garnered over the years in the public and private sector of the economy.

Dr Ojogbo invited stakeholders in leadership positions and the general public to the Valedictory Lecture.