Chief Martin Agbaso, a man heavily endowed with good nature and presence, is not one to be passive in his environment, be hidden in any crowd nor his ebullience and vivacity be missed, this attributes of his always stands him out in any gathering.
Agbaso popularly called Ochoudo which means The Peacemaker or one who seeks peace, has played significant roles both in the corporate world and in politics in Nigeria especially in the south eastern region of Nigeria..
Martin Agbaso was born on April 5, 1959 in Emekuku, Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State. An Economist by Profession, he has worked with governments and businesses around the world on a broad range of matters. A devote Christian of Catholic Faith, Martin Agbaso is married to Mrs. Robin Agbaso and is blessed with children and grandchildren.
Ochoudo had his First School Leaving Certificate in 1971 at Our Lady’s (Now Chief Obi Memorial) Primary School Emekuku, Imo State and obtained his West African School Certificate in 1976 at Sabastine Academy now Emekuku High School Owerri, Imo State. He went further to secure his Advanced Diploma in Social Sciences in the year 1980 outside the shores of Nigeria at the Pontifical University, St Thomas Aquinas, Rome, Italy. He also in 1982/1983 completed his B.Sc. and NASD Finance at the State University of New York, Old Westbury College, USA.
Chief Martins bags several other academic laurels during his days of study. He was the Secretary General International Students at the Pontifical University, St Thomas Aquinas, Rome, Italy. While at the State University of New York, Old Westbury College, USA, in 1982/83, he became the First black Academic Chairperson, Students Union Government, He was also homoured as the First African recipient of the Clyde Winfield Academic Award for Excellence, State University of New York, Old Westbury College, in 1982.
Chief Martin Agbaso worked for Prudential Inc, one of the world’s most famous finance institutions, from 1983 to 1991, where he rose from the position of Management trainee to Financial Analyst. While working for Prudential, he became a member of New York Securities Exchange (1985), a member Million Dollar Roundtable (Interest Sensitive Products) at Prudential Inc. (1985), Member Commodity Improviser New York (1987).
After building great experiences working with a notable financial institution, In 1992, Chief Martin Agbaso founded Agad Nigeria Limited, a global stocks and Commodities monitoring company and served as its Chief Executive. In the year 1995, he also established more businesses Sudriva limited and sudenergy limited.
Chief Martin is the Chairman / CEO of Nathan Limited haven bought controlling equity of Nathan’s of New York in 1997 and grew the company to become the largest Garment Processing Company in Africa.
Driven by passion to put our people back to work, restore the middle class structure, give impetus to both investor and consumer confidence, stabilize the Naira while pushing up export and discouraging import, He ventured into Agriculture and established Agbaso Integrated Farms which is an advanced technology driven integrated farm, setting the pace in production of quality fish, livestock and crops to serve Nigeria’s growing demand for locally grown fish, pork, poultry and vegetables.
This Initiative in integrated farming has a 1.5 million USD monthly export profile. Agbaso farm this year will produce about 36 – 40 million table size catfish and tilapia. The Agbaso Farms has built what today is one of the largest catfish farm in Africa.
•National Republican Convention (NRC) candidate for Imo East Senate 1992
•Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) candidate for Imo East Senate 1998
•Elected senator in 1998
•Played pivotal role in the formation of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998
•Special Assistant to the President on Ecology – 2000 to 2003
•Member Port Harcourt Refinery Management Board – 2000 to 2003
•Gubernatorial Candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Imo State – 2007
•Leader All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Imo State 2007
•National Chairman of APGA 2017-2018
•Joined APC with over 27,000 members from APGA and Ahamefula. -November 2018
•Lead and supervised presidential and gubernatorial campaign and elections in Owerri Zone. 2019
•Drafted initial document for the establishment of the non-oil export sector.
•Wrote the blueprint for the Farmgate approach in commodities exchange.
•Spearheading the full implementation of the Cabotage Act to ensure Nigeria generates in excess of $10 billion US dollars through maritime operations and creates over 2 million new jobs in the sector.
PHILANTHROPY / COMMUNITY SERVICE
Chief Martin Agbaso is the Grand Patron Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Lagos
In 1993, He founded AGAD Foundation; a nonprofit Organization, and has through the foundation trained over 318 students in Secondary and Tertiary Institutions. Built several places of worship for the Catholic Church and several other denominations. Through his AGAD foundation, he routinely pays for the hospital bills of indigent people, mostly widows who have medical challenges.
In 2002, Chief Martin set up a pet project called 3C Club, which has helped to refocus several inner-city youths and helped them acquire technological skills.
In 2005, he also set up another pet project called Group MA – an organization that aims at rescuing unemployed youths from indolence and crime. Over the years Group MA has guided many unemployed youths/graduates in career choices, employment and has helped them to start-up businesses of their own.
Ochoudo as his name implies plays a pivotal role in reconciling diverse political elements, a role that sustained the relative peace in Imo State today.
HONORS / AWARDS
In 2011, He was conferred with the Member of the Federal Republic (MFR)
He is also a recipient of the African Prize for Leadership 2014.
Chief Martin Agbaso’s journey has been that of courage and leadership and little wonder on this day of his birthday, he is widely celebrated by many who one way or the other has benefited immensely from his life and services to humanity.