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Emeka Wogu: The golden years of a patriot

IT has been 50 golden years since January 29, 1965 when Umuahia in Abia State witnessed the birth of a bundle of joy, a baby boy whom the parents, Elder Joseph Wogu and Mrs. Nnennaya Wogu, both of blessed memory, significantly named “Chukwuemeka”, meaning “God has done marvels”, and indicative of their depth of gratitude to the Almighty.

Today, the commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of Chief Emeka Wogu, FNIM, CON, former Minister of Labour and Productivity, transcends the precincts of a worthy indigene of Abia State to the celebration of an illustrious Nigerian of no mean national accomplishments, a patriot per excellence and a cosmopolitan citizen of enviable stature.

*Chief Emeka Wogu, Minister of Labour and Productivity
*Chief Emeka Wogu

His track-record is as colourful as it is expansive, not only as a seasoned lawyer but a technocrat and an astute politician with an array of academic feats worthy of emulation.

Having served creditably in various national capacities, particularly as the immediate past Honourable Minister of Labour and Productivity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from April 2010 to October 2014 when he honourably resigned to contest for the gubernatorial candidacy of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, his statesmanship has distinguished him in many respects and it has more recently earned him a pride of place on the Presidential Campaign Organisation (PCO) 2015 for the reelection of the incumbent President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Nnamdi Jonathan, GCFR, on the platform of the ruling PDP. It is instructive to note that at a point, he was deemed competent to hold two ministerial posts at the same time, when in addition to being the Labour Minister, he was appointed as the Supervising Minister of Interior between April and May 2011.

Currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Political Science on part-time basis at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in his bid to reach the peak of academic excellence; Emeka Wogu kick-started his formal learning with primary education that ended in 1975. He moved to secondary level and graduated with Division One from Ngwa High School, Abayi in Aba, Abia State in 1980.

Following his post-secondary education at the Federal School of Arts and Science, Aba from 1981 to 1982, he studied Law at the Imo State University, bagged LLB (Hons.) in 1986 and attended the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, 1986/1987. In his quest for more knowledge, he engaged in post-graduate studies which earned him the Master of Public Administration (2004) from University of Calabar and Master of Science in Political Science-Public Analysis (2011) from Nassarawa State University.

He capped these with a Certificate in Benchmarking Emerging Markets obtained in 2008 from S. P. Jain Institute of Management, Singapore.

His contributions to scholarship include numerous academic lectures such as guest lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Ibadan (UI); Nigerian Defence College (NDC); Nigerian Institute Of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru; and other institutions in the country. Emeka Wogu’s impressive academic profile groomed him for impactful exploits in various fields of endeavours while his professional and academic feats earned him many meritorious awards and recognitions in law and related fields, among which are: ·Member of Nigerian Bar Association (MNBA); Member of Nigeria Institute of Management (MNIM);· Member of International Bar Association (MIBA); ·Member of the Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (MADR); ·Fellow of Nigeria Institute of Management (FNIM); ·Paul Harris Fellow.


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