ABOUT ME >
I was born on the 17th of April 1960 in Okija Anambra State. I had my first stint in Business and Entrepreneurship when I joined my father’s family business in 1978. After about 5 years of detailed tutelage under my dad, I was ready to plunge into the business world. I set up his first company – Obijackson West Africa Limited, which was essentially a trading company across the West Coast of Africa and beyond.
In no time Obijackson became the forerunner of businesses spanning Oil Servicing, Exploration and Production, Engineering Procurement Construction and Commissioning (EPCC); Dry Dock Services, Power, Aviation and Dredging.
Nestoil is our flagship company and it is by far the biggest EPCC Company in Nigeria’s vast Oil and Gas industry. We also ventured into Oil exploration and production with Neconde’s acquisition of Shell’s OML 42 Oil Field in 2011. For me this feat is proof that limitations only exist in the minds of men who choose to recognize them. Beyond the impressive reserves, OML 42 has 6 TCF of gas reserves to be developed in the next 4-5 years towards delivering about 500 million Scf of gas per day to the domestic gas market.
Nestoil has successfully consolidated its leadership role and charted a new path for indigenous players in the Oil & Gas and Energy sector of the Nigerian economy, through Innovation and Technology.
Some of the groundbreaking projects delivered by Nestoil over the years include:
Nestoil Limited and its sister companies, B&Q and Impac recently received the latest certification for Quality Management System, the ISO 9001:2015. The certification which is issued by Germany-based DQS, a leading certification body officially confirms that Nestoil and its sister companies have put people, processes and systems in place to ensure quality delivery of products and services to respective customers at all times.
I am the Founder and Chairman of the Obijackson Foundation, which seeks to alleviate poverty through a number of empowerment projects. the Obijackson Foundation’s intervention pillars include Healthcare, Education, Agriculture and Social Welfare. The Obijackson Women and Children’s Hospital (OWCH) Okija is under the foundation. The hospital is a state-of-the-art paediatric care hospital – the first of its kind in Eastern Nigeria catering for the healthcare needs of hundreds of children. Facilities at this centre include – Pediatric Surgery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Ambulatory Care, Oxygen plant services and more. The hospital provides a full range of pediatric medical services tailored to individual needs in a safe and reassuring environment.
The Face of Okija Cultural Festival is also part of the Obijackson Foundation. Rather than the usual emphasis on physical beauty in regular pageants, the Face Okija Cultural Festival seeks the pursuit true African values and morals in the youth. Participants are expected to showcase unique African beauty, intelligence and diverse talents or abilities. The initiative is a groundbreaking effort to encourage Nigerian youths to imbibe positive African values.
I hold a Bachelor degree in Accountancy and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Benin, and I am the proud recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Science & Engineering by the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University. It has also been a privilege to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In 2011, I won the Thisday Newspaper Young Global Champion Award for Good Governance and Excellence in entrepreneurship, and in 2012 the CNBC Africa / ABN West Africa Entrepreneur Award.
I am an Honorary Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) and was a finalist in the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012. In 2014, I also gained recognition from the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria [PETAN] for Industry Achievement of the Year Award. Under my leadership, Nestoil was nominated in 2017 and 2018 by the London Stock Exchange Group as a Company “To Inspire Africa”.
At Julius Berger Nigeria Plc I serve as a non-executive director, and I chair the board of Smile Telecommunications Limited. I am happily married with children.