The Real Enemies of the Niger Delta is the first-hand account of a Nigerian born and bred in the oil-rich but depraved Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Traversing his journey from childhood to his experiences as a professional, the author sheds light on his biggest influences, gives a no-holds-barred account of his service in the private sector and shares an honest account of his experience in the public sector where he is currently a Director at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
At the same time a memoir, a collection of priceless historical records, an inspirational piece for youths and a clarion call to the nation, The Real Enemies of the Niger Delta captures a myriad of sensitive and contentious issues bedevilling the Niger Delta. Investigative and reflexively examined, it exposes, among others, the “monumental fraud” the 13 percent Derivation Fund in the oil-producing states of the Niger Delta has become. It blows the cover off the untouchable IOCs and the inglorious role leaders and indigenes of the region have played in the colossal corruption as well as the resultant underdevelopment of the region.
The book calls upon indigenes of the region to re-evaluate and consequently downplay their “entitlement mentality” syndrome in the overall interest of the region and allow meritocracy, transparency and accountability to reign supreme. The author presents undisputable facts of history and proposes far-reaching recommendations which would not only bring long-lasting peace and prosperity to the Niger Delta but also to Nigeria as a whole.
The Real Enemies of the Niger Delta hopes to advance the transitioning of the Niger Delta from its perception and reality of largely being a place of violence, youth restiveness, vandalism and belligerence to the investors’ preferred destination, like Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
About the Author
Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Audu-Ohwavborua (FNSE, PMP) is a public administrator, a certified Project Manager, an entrepreneur with interest in agriculture, and a Fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (FNSE). He is currently a serving Director at the Edo State office of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), a public sector organization established to address the developmental deficits of the impoverished oil-bearing Niger Delta Region of Nigeria.
With degrees in electrical engineering and business administration, as well as professional certification in Project Management, an award in March 2019 of Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with specialization in Project Management by the Commonwealth University (CUB), he has had over 30 years’ experience working in diverse sectors ranging from engineering designs, industrial and production management, through power plant engineering to project management. About one-third of these years, he invested in the private sector having worked in Dresser Kellogg Energy Services Limited, Granherne Limited (United Kingdom), and Bonny Allied Industries Limited (Rock Cement). He also worked at the now defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), and the National Engineering and Technical Company (NETCO), a subsidiary of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
A fast-growing entrepreneur, he is the Chairman of Emmppek Farms Limited, a privately owned commercial agricultural enterprise (with specialty in both animal and crop production), located in the South-South of Nigeria. He successfully completed the Master Class Certificate in Business Management & Leadership in March 2019 at the London Graduate School. In May 2015, he successfully completed a programme on “Business Model Innovations” at the Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge University. He also successfully completed a programme on at the Harvard Law School, Boston, USA in 2012.
For his meritorious service to humanity, he has been honoured with the following awards amongst others:
- Fellow of the institute of Oil & Gas Research & Hydrocarbon Studies in Strategic Project Management – 2018
- Fellow Institute of Corporate Administration (FICA) – 2010
- Fellow Nigeria Institution of Highway Engineers – 2015
- African Achievers Award (AAA) on integrity in Public Service at the British House of Commons, Westminster, United Kingdom in 2017.
- Black Heritage International award as One of the 50 Foremost Nigerian Engineering Icon – 2017
- African Child Foundation Award on Integrity in Public Administration – 2018
- Garden City Advancement Award for Best Practices in Public Service – 2018
He is married to lovely Nkechi and they both have five children: Jennifer, Eguono, Preston, Nneka and Oghenemaro. The family is a devout Christian one; he is a Deacon in The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Dayspring Parish, Port Harcourt. He loves to workout, watch movies, and plays lawn tennis.