45 years old, Chief Emeka Wogu, is now the Minister of Labour and Productivity.Born in 1965, the newÂ Minister, appears to haveÂ prepared for the job, judging from his antecedent in areas of workers’ issue especially wage.
HisÂ last national assignment at the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) where he was said to have been involved in the resolution of the hot disputes between some coastal states over ownership of oil wells.
Wogu until his ministerial appointment was the longest serving commissioner at the Commission having been first nominated by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2000 and confirmed by the Senate for the job the same year.
In November 2002, he resigned his membership of the Commission to contest the Abia South Senatorial seat in the election of 2003. Following the declaration of Senator Adolphus Wabara as the winner of that election, Wogu was again re_nominated by President Olusegun Obasanjo to the RMAFC to complete his initial term.
In August 2005, Chief Wogu was again re_appointed for a fresh five year term making him the longest serving commissioner on the board of the RMAFC.
Wogu served on several committees in the RMAFC including Oil and Gas, Legal Services, Revenue Allocation, Tenders Board, Non_Oil and Royalties, Fiscal Efficiency and Budget and he was Chairman of the Remuneration and Monetisation Committee between August 2005 and 2007.
He also represented the Commission on the Ernest Shonekan Presidential Committee on the Harmonisation of Salaries in the Public Sector.
Wogu started his political career after his legal training at the then Imo State University , now Abia State University and the Nigeria Law School in 1987.
He was elected the Assistant Legal Adviser of the defunct Liberal Convention in the old Imo State in 1989 and in November 1991, he was elected Vice_Chairman of the Aba South Local Government Area under the auspices of the defunct National Republican Convention. In June 1993 he was made Chairman of the Aba South Local Government Council a position he held until the military intervention in November 1993.
With the return of politicking in 1998, he was elected as a member representing Aba Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives on the platform of the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN). The inauguration of the House was, however, aborted with the derailment of the transition programme as orchestrated by the Gen. Sani Abacha regime.
With the return of democratic rule in 1999, Wogu was appointed as the first Political Adviser to the then Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu in June 1999. He held that position until March 2000 and in July 2000 he was appointed the Abia State commissioner at the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State , Chief Wogu is a patron of a number of university and church associations.
He is the Nwadiala of Aba_na_Ohazu in Abia State , Amulutto 1 of Oshogbo and Etiufan Ufot Duke of Duke town , Calabar among other chieftaincy titles awarded from across Nigeria .
Wogu is the founder of the legal firm Emeka Wogu & Co. and besides his legal degrees he also holds a Masters Degree in
Public Administration (MPA), is a candidate for a Master of Science Degree in Public Policy Analysis, he is a Member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (MNIM), has a Certificate on Benchmarking Emerging Markets, Certificate in Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
Born on the 29th day of January, 1965 Wogu is married to Oyabebefa and they have three daughters Ola, Zara, Ama and a son, Chidiadi.