By Felix Odili
THE name Pastor Power Ziakede Aginighan occupies a visible and positive place in the struggle of the Niger Delta. He has been an advocate of development and peace in the region. Some call him Odudu a nickname derived from his zeal and passion to transform his own corner of humanity. He is a peace broker, a bridge builder.
He was the moderator of the celebrated ceasefire outing by the Warri Itsekiri Ijaw Grassroots Peace Front in June 2004 which marked the formal end of the seven years of hostilities between the Itsekiri and the Ijaw of Warri. Aginighan initiated the peace process that ended the bloody conflict between Ogodobri in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State and Ekeremor in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State in 2003.
His passion for service to humanity knows no bound. He holds an MBA degree from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and a B.Sc in accounting from the same university. He is an Associate Member, Nigeria Institute of Management; Fellow, Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria; Fellow, Institute of Public Management of Nigeria; and Fellow,
Association of National Accountants of Nigeria.He was born on 9 January, 1959 at Ezebri in the then Western Ijaw Division of the former Western Region of Nigeria ,joined the College of Education Warri on 9 August, 1982 after completing the National Youth Service Corps with the Society for Aid to the Disabled, Enugu. Aginighan was a frontline student union activist during his days at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology. He was returned unopposed as General Secretary of the Students Union of the College (later University) of Science and Technology, PH (1979/80). He was a founding member of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS. In recognition of his role in the growth of students’ unionism in Nigeria, the RSUST Students Union parliament made him a life member of the University Students Union in 1984.
At the College of Education, Warri where Aginighan worked, through an election in which ethnicity was set aside, he emerged President of the Senior Staff Association of the institution. Again when provision was made for the Congregation to be represented in the Governing Council, he was elected the 1st Representative of the Congregation. From 1984 to 1991, Aginighan served as Secretary of the Izon Community, Warri. He also served as Secretary of the Delta State Izon Consultative Committee.
In the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC) where he served as a pioneer Assistant Director, Aginighan had an impactful service. From November 1996 to March 1999, he represented the Commission in the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meetings during which period, he twice challenged the allocation to OMPADEC and had a ruling from the then Minister of State for Finance in his favour. This provided more funds for OMPADEC.
When NDDC commenced operations in PH in January 2001, Aginighan was absorbed from OMPADEC as an Assistant Director, Finance and Supply.
He was a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State in 2007 election. President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Aginighan Ag Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the NDDC on 28 May 2007 and handed over power to President Umar Yar’Adua on 29 May 2007.
He was appointed Ag Managing Director/CEO of the NDDC by Yar’Adua on 17 April 2009. He inherited N45billion from the inherited 2nd Board and handed over N66billion to the 3rd Board. His 111 days as the NDDC chief helmsman was characterised by transparent and efficient administration that endeared the commission to a large spectrum of its stakeholders. Again, Yar’Adua did not have difficulty appointing him as substantive Executive Director, Finance and Administration in the 3rd Board of the NDDC that was inaugurated on 6 August, 2009. Aginighan, an ordained pastor of the Apostolic Church, Nigeria, is happily married to Deaconess Amerikaere Aginighan and blessed with children.He is currently a member of the Governing Council of the Apostolic Church owned Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, Edo State.This accomplished pastor turned 54 on Wednesday, 9 January, 2013.
*Odili, a public affairs analyst, is resident in Port-Harcourt.