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A five man Board of Directors oversees the corporate activities of Petrodev Oil and Gas, providing overall strategic direction for the enterprise, ensuring resources are in place to pursue our vision of outstanding corporate performance, and encouraging adherence to strong ethics and best practices in corporate governance. The members of the Board are:

General Dr. Yakubu Gowon GCFR

General Dr. Yakubu Gowon is a former Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces (President) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He holds a PhD degree (Political Science) of the University of Warwick, UK alongside several awards and honorary degrees of various universities. A visionary selfless leader, he successfully steered the national affairs of Nigeria for nine years, including remarkably during her most difficult civil war years. General Dr. Yakubu Gowon has remained a political icon and an eminent African elder statesman whose support and positive intervention is often sought by various governments, diplomatic and business leaders, and whose voice is most respected on national and international affairs

Don Ezeh

Chief Don Ezeh is an experienced management professional with a strong background in oil and gas finance, contracts and commercial services management. With Accountancy and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees, Don had a remarkable 27 years career with the Shell Group during which he held a number of senior management positions including Head of Exploration & Production Africa Regional Finance, and worked on project assignments in Shell establishments in London, Aberdeen (Scotland) and The Hague, Netherlands. Don's career years include extensive corporate leadership training programs at various institutions including the London Business School. He brings to the Board uncommon valuable experience in working with teams of culturally diverse nationalities, and in close collaboration with petroleum engineers, geologists and other professionals to deliver major projects for Shell. In his later career roles, he successfully managed the often complex relationship with Government and the NNPC, the national oil company of Nigeria. Don has served as a director for a number of companies including Donnia Anderson Consulting Limited. Lagos.

Diamond Ovueraye

Chief Diamond Ovueraye is an experienced petroleum engineering professional and a former Shell International Group Drilling Adviser. He holds a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from Canbourne University, UK and a Diploma in Business Management Studies from Cranfield University, UK. Diamond had a remarkable 30 years career with the Shell Group during which he held a number of senior management positions including Well Engineering Manager, Shell Nigeria. His career track record included extended work assignments to Sarawak Shell (Malaysia), Shell Nederland (Assen), and Shell International (The Hague). He brings to the Board valuable technical and management experience and insight. Chief Ovueraye is currently Chairman of Dakotelin Nigeria Limited - an Integrated Oil & Gas Services Company and a Director of Masurin Tec Limited a Surface/Subsurface Engineering Services Company. He is also Chairman of Sara Petroleum Services Limited and Dakotelin Security Systems Limited.

Lt. Colonel Paul Edor Obi

Lt. Colonel Paul Edor Obi is a graduate of the prestigious US Army Aviation School Fort Rucker Alabama and the Nigerian Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna. He had 23 years of distinguished military career with the Nigerian Army, serving as Platoon Commander under the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and Company Commander in Liberia with ECOWAS Monitoring and Observer Group (ECOMOG). Col Obi was a member of the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee which implemented the Cotonou Ceasefire Accord of 1993 leading to the return of democracy to Liberia. He was awarded the Force Service Star (FSS) and UNIFIL Medal for Service in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon as well as the ECOMOG Peace Medal in Liberia. Colonel Paul Edor Obi was the Military Administrator of Bayelsa State of Nigeria 1998-1999, a position in which he successfully managed the complexities of the Niger Delta region, working closely with major oil companies, representatives of the communities and the Federal Government. He is currently the Chairman/CEO of Pauliza Limited, an indigenous oil company based in Lagos. He has attended various oil industry workshops including the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, USA, the Offshore Africa (OWA) in Abuja, and World Petroleum Congress (WPC) in Brazil and South Africa. He is also on the Boards of Concert Alliance Ltd, Next Generation, United Mortgage Bank Limited, Rode & Roke Ltd, and the Lagos Business School Alumni.

Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN)

Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN) is currently the Senior Partner of PUNUKA Attorneys & Solicitors and a seasoned Legal Practitioner with over 28 years experience in diverse areas of law. He holds a Masters degree in Law (LLM) from Robert Gordon University Wales, and from the University of Lagos respectively. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in August 2000, before the age of 40, and has since earned a reputation for being a thoroughbred practitioner. His practice areas include but not limited to: Insolvency; Arbitration and Dispute Resolution; Consultancy & Process Advisory Services; Public Private Partnership; Capital Markets; Mergers & Acquisitions; Construction Law; Aviation Law and Telecommunication law amongst others. He has represented high net-worth individuals, major companies and institutions on several complex transactions in the highest courts of Nigeria and elsewhere. He is a Fellow of the International Bar Association; a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London; a Fellow of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria; and Member of the prestigious international law group of LAW (Lawyers Associated Worldwide). His experience in the oil and gas industry include advising and working for reputable oil companies such as Chevron International, Seplat Petroleum Ltd, Field Offshore Design Engineering, to mention a few; In February 2012, he was appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as a member of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force. He is the current President of the Business Recovery & Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN); and the Founder and Trustee of the Capital Markets Association of Nigeria (CMSA). He is author of many published books and articles and many scholarly papers in various fields including oil and gas, arbitration and dispute resolution, insolvency, mergers and acquisition, capital markets, advertising and insurance.

Alhaji Garba Bello Kankarofi frpa

Alhaji Garba Bello Kankarofi frpa is a Professional broadcast marketer and Advertising regulator. His career has spanned decades of persistent practice across the country. He attended the Bayero University, Kano where he gained a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication in 1981. He obtained the higher school certificate in 1974 and the same year worked with a media research group from the University of Michigan, USA. In October of the same year, he left the research group and joined the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation as Commercial Salesman. He secured admission into university in 1978 and since his graduation from Bayero University in 1981, his career has risen steadily. In 1982, he became a Commercial Officer in the Kano State Broadcasting Corporation where he rose to Principal Commercial Officer (Radio/TV) 1984. In 1986, he ascended to the position of Controller of Commercial Services and in 1987 he became the Commercial Services Manager. In 1991 he was confirmed the Director of Marketing and Commercial Services (Radio/TV). In 1993 he was upgraded to the position of Director of Commercial Services and in September 2003 he reached the pinnacle of his profession, becoming the Managing Director of Radio Kano, during the administration of Dr. Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau. In 1993 he was appointed into the Management Board of Kano Pillars Football Club in which he served as Director, Technical, a position he held till 1996. He was appointed Chairman of the football club by the then Military Governor of Kano State, Brid. Gen. Dominic Oneya and his tenure saw the rise of the Kano-based football club to national and continental prominence. In 2004 APCON bestowed on him the Fellowship of Advertising profession. He belongs to the older generation of Advertising practitioners. He served the Broadcast Organisations of Nigeria (BON) as chairman of the marketing committee for many years and his presence at the General Assembly of Broadcast Organizations of Nigeria has remained noticeable and remarkable. He is the only member of International Advertising Association (IAA) from northern Nigeria. In 1993, Adworld, a leading advertising journal, adjudged him the Best Commercial Director in Nigeria. He was elected the Best Advertising Practitioner in the Electronic Media category in a contest organized by the Body of Fellows of Advertising in 2005.He enjoys playing football and other sport and is Married with Children.


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