Meet Our Management Team

Oilserv treats the workforce as the greatest and most important asset. The major criterion for recruiting personnel is merit. Merit is the basic criterion for employment while every staff is judged on the basis of his ability, suitability and results delivery for specific tasks and positions. Race, sex, nationality, religion, background, marital status, sexual orientation never clouds our judgement.

The above criterion does not only apply to staff recruitment but also to staff promotion. Staff are upgraded in their particular skills through opportunities made available from company's organization and procedures. Our collective skills are formidable resources at the disposal of clients and could be brought to bear on major projects.

Below are the profiles of our key management staff:

Emeka Okwuosa

Meet our Chief Executive Officer, Emeka Okwuosa
Emeka Okwuosa is a seasoned engineer, administrator, entrepreneur and a visionary with over 35 years of experience in the following areas: maintenance and operations, teaching, wireline logging and interpretation, seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation, pipeline engineering, procurement and construction (EPCIC), project management, drilling and drilling services. Some of these activities span Europe, North Africa, West Africa, Gulf of Guinea/Central Africa and Indonesia.

Emeka worked in various capacities for Schlumberger in positions that spanned Field Engineer to Technical Manager in the following parts of the World; Europe (Pau, France, Scotland), North Africa (Libya), West Africa (Mauritania, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana), Gulf of Guinea/Central Africa (Nigeria, Benin Republic, Cameroun, Gabon, Congo and Angola) and Indonesia.

Emeka is passionate about development of human capacity in high technology areas of Oil and Gas Industry. This is being achieved via various schemes that have been instituted through the companies that he has founded and runs.

Together with other key practitioners in the Oil and Gas Engineering, Exploration and Production sectors, Emeka was instrumental to the enactment of Oil and Gas Local Content Law three years ago. This Law has helped to institutionalize the development of sustainable local capacity in the Oil & Gas industry.

Emeka is the founder, Group Chief Executive Officer of the following companies:

OILSERV LIMITED: Pipeline/Facilities EPC & Maintenance Company (has wide ranging activities in the Niger Delta and across Nigeria; a major player in actualization of the Gas Master Plan in Nigeria – domestic gas distribution plan). OILSERV is ISO 9001:2008 certified. OILSERV LIMITED currently operates in other African countries, viz: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Benin Republic and Togo.

FRAZIMEX ENGINEERING LIMITED: An Engineering design company (front end and detail engineering). Activities cover Pipelines, Facilities, Civil Engineering works, Instruments, Electrical, etc.

FRAZOIL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION (E & P) LIMITED: An exploration and production Company (E&P) and owner/operator of Block 3 Offshore Republic of Benin.

FRAZPOWER LIMITED: : This is a Gas Development Company (Gas-To-Power).The strategic vision is to deliver at least 10 TCF of gas reserves in the next 10 years leveraging sources at varying levels of go-to-market readiness.

EKCEL FARMS LIMITED: This is an innovative industrial agricultural project, incorporating cassava and tomato farming with full industrial processing facilities. Farmland covers a total of 5,000 hectares (2,700 hectares are already allocated). The project is estimated to cost about $150m (One Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars), excluding land cost in the first phase. It will generate employment for over two thousand (2000) persons. The MOU between Anambra state Government and Ekcel Farms Limited was duly signed on 29th September, 2014 at Awka. Ekcel Farms Limited has affiliation with technical partners in Europe and Canada and has developed a blueprint that will aid massive Agricultural development, create employment and reduce poverty.

CROWN ENERGY RESOURCES LTD: The Company is a solids mineral extraction company. It is executing a Quarry project at Old Netim, Akamkpa Calabar, Cross River state of Nigeria. The company will promote quality production output, build the Local capacity and consolidate on Oilserv group overall investment strategy initiatives.

Emeka is a 1982 graduate of Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of IFE, ILE-IFE, Nigeria.

Emeka, a COREN (Council for the Regulation of Engineering) registered engineer, is a member of the following Professional bodies;

   
  • Society of Professional Well Log Analysts (SPWLA)
  • Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN)
  • Pipeline Professionals Association of Nigeria (PLAN)
  • Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE)
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • Nigerian Gas Association (NGA)
  • Institute of Directors (IoD)

Emeka has received several awards in the course of practice of Oil and Gas EPCIC services all over the World, amongst others are;

   
  • OTC/PETAN (Offshore Technology Conference/Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria) Awards of Excellence in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 , 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (Houston Texas, USA)
  • US Africa International Oil & Gas Leadership Award, Best of Africa - 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) - 2015
  • Award of Excellence by the Nanotechnology Research Group of the Physics Department, University of Nigeria Nsukka in 2014 and 2016
  • Nigeria Advancement Award for Creativity and Enterprise - 2016
  • International Socrates Award (UK) - 2016
  • Award of Excellence by Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) - 2016
  • PETAN Corporate Social Responsibility Award - 2016
  • PETAN Capacity Development Award - 2016
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree Award (Hon.D.Eng) by the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) - 2016
  • Industrialist of the Year Award - 2016
  • Agro Entrepreneur of the Year Award - 2016
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree Award (Hon.DBA) by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) - 2017
  • Award of excellence in Engineering by the Association of Anambra State Development Union - 2017
  • Award of excellence in Engineering by the Nigerian Institution of Highway & Transportation Engineers – 2017
  • Oil & Gas organization of the year award by African Entrepreneurs Foundation - 2017
  • National Productivity Order of Merit Award (NPOM) By his Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria - 2017

Emeka is the founder of Sir. Chukwuemeka Okwuosa Foundation, which among many contributions in education, road, erosion control, water, electricity infrastructure provision, etc, is building a N1 billion medical facility at Oraifite, Anambra State (Dame Nneka Okwuosa Medical Centre). He is a Knight of St. Christopher (KSC) of the Anglican Communion. He is married with three (3) children.

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Adegbite Falade

Meet our Managing Director/GCOO, Adegbite Falade
Gbite Falade joined the Oilserv Group as the Chief Operating Officer in March 2017. He’s had an extensive and global work experience across multiple functions and value chain in the Oil, Gas & Power sectors before joining Oilserv Group. Gbite has over 22 years experience in the oil & gas sector having worked with Shell, Oando Gas & Power, and Oando Energy Resources.

He had functioned in the last decade in Senior Management and Executive career positions that spanned General Management, Operations, Commercial, Finance, Business Development, Strategy and Planning, Petroleum Economics, Project Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Asset Management. In his current role as Group Chief Operating Officer, he oversees the day-to-day operations of Oilserv Ltd (Pipelines and Facilities) EPC Company, while also leading and coordinating the day-to-day operations of other subsidiaries within the Oilserv Group.

Gbite holds a first class B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Ibadan, an MBA from Warwick Business School and has also attended a number of Executive Short Courses in various institutions of learning.

Gbite enjoys reading and playing golf.

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Chris Okonkwo

Chris Okonkwo has an outstanding experience in Financial, business and project management spanning over 29years. He has exposure and strong capabilities in Information Technology, Strategic Decisions, Negotiating and Consulting. Chris started his career with Lancaster Okoro & Co., (Chartered Accountants) at Aba and Enugu both in Nigeria from September 1982 to April 1984 where he undertook the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and worked as an Audit Supervisor. Between June 1984 and December 1990, he joined the Nigerian Breweries PLC and worked as Brewery and management Accountant. From December 1990 to December 1994, Chris joined the Offshore Trawlers (An INLAKS Group Associates) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as Finance Manager. Between February 1995 and February 2001, Chris was with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Nigeria as the firm’s Finance and Administration Manager before exiting as Financial Controller.

His exposure to the Oil and Gas industry in Nigeria started in February 2001 to April 2008 with the EXECON Group, an Oil & Gas Services group comprising Modant Marine Limited, Niger Benue Transport Company Limited & Watercraft Services Limited as Group Finance Director. Design Union Consulting LLC and Future View Securities Limited provided entrepreneurial experience in business management.

In May, 2008 Chris joined Oilserv Limited, an Oil & Gas EPC (Pipelines & Facilities) Company as the Chief Financial Officer and later rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all the operational activities of the Company.

Chris attended the Auchi Polytechnic in Nigeria, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre in London and Enugu State University of Technology in Nigeria. Chris holds HND Degree in Accountancy, Master’s Degree in Business Administration and fellowship certificate (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). Chris has involved in corporate restructuring programs, new business setups and systems redesign and implementation activities including strategic focus on corporate vision and mission.

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Obinna E.C. Onyegbula

Obinna Onyegbula is a seasoned Senior Human Resource professional and business consultant with 28 years hands-on experience. He has strong HR Strategy, Planning, Coaching and Team Management skills, with a deep knowledge of the oil & gas industry. Obinna provides leadership and oversight to the HR and Corporate Services functions, of Oilserv Group, and acts as a key business partner in driving effective People strategy, performance, accountability, human capital development, culture and change that support the achievement of the Group’s business objectives.

Prior to joining Oilserv Group, Obinna has served in key management functions of various organizations including Shell, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He holds an MBA degree from the University of Leeds Business School (UK), and degrees in Urban & Regional Planning (MSc) and Geography (BSc First Class Honours) from the University of Ibadan.

Obinna is a member of key HR professional bodies in Nigeria (Chartered Institute of Personnel Management Nigeria) and the UK (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development UK). He enjoys reading, listening to music, travelling and sports (he is still an active soccer player). Obinna is married with four children.

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Emeka Ottih

Meet our Legal Adviser, Emeka Ottih
Emeka obtained a Bachelor Degree in Law and thereafter attended the Nigerian Law School in the year 1999 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in January 2001.

Emeka commenced active legal practice in the Port Harcourt based Oil and Gas Law firm of Dr. T. C. Osanakpo & Co as an Associate Legal Counsel, gaining experience in litigation and corporate legal practice. Emeka thereafter joined the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) in the year 2005 first as a Tenders Board Secretary and later as a Contract Specialist supporting various functions and Projects within SNEPCo, notably, the Bonga FPSO at closeout stage.

Emeka joined WorleyParsons/DeltaAfrik in the year 2009 primarily to support ExxonMobil’s US$2billion plus Major Integrity Programs(MIPS) as a Senior Contract Lead with focus on major Offshore / Onshore Pipeline and related Facilities Projects working out of both WorleyParsons/DeltaAfrik and ExxonMobil Project offices. With over 16 years experience, Emeka has a deep knowledge of the oil & gas sector and a vast on-the-Job training and formal international training in managing major and high risk projects from Contract Management and Legal perspective with focus on ensuring project objective are achieved with minimal impact to all parties.

Emeka joined Oilserv in the year 2011 and have supported various Projects and functions within the Oilserv Group over the years.

He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, an affiliate of International Association for Contracts and Commercial Managers (IACCM) USA.

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Chigozie Obi

Meet our Head, Projects, Chigozie Obi
Chigozie leads and oversees all Engineering projects within the Group. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.Eng.), obtained from the University of Benin, Edo State. Chigozie has acquired over 20 years hands-on post qualification experience with a deep understanding of the Nigeria Oil & Gas business terrain.

He joined Oilserv as a trainee engineer in 1999 and rose through the ranks in different capacities, engaging in swamp and land operations. He has proved his mettle a seasoned engineer having worked on major projects including the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) Lot 2 Gas transmission Pipeline System, construction of Greater Lagos Phase IV Gas Distribution Network System for Gaslink, 24 km x 24-inch Gas transmission Pipeline system from Owaza to NDPHC Power Plant at Alaoji and the nearly completed East – West Obiafu/Obrikom to Oben (OB3) Gas transmission pipeline system LOT B (67 km x 48-inch).

Chigozie has participated in various professional seminars and workshops both locally and internationally. He is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Chigozie enjoys reading, research, listening to music and sports. He is married with 3 children.

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Cheta Okwuosa

Meet our Head, Operations Support Services, Cheta Okwuosa
Cheta Okwuosa attended the Federal University of Technology (FUTO) in Owerri, Imo State where he bagged the Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering (B.Eng) in 2001.

Cheta is an Engineer with Project Management experience and achievements driven essentially by the need to provide innovative solutions in Projects that ultimately assures sustainability and maintenance of business competitive edge.

He started his career in 2002/2003 with Oilserv Limited soon after his National Youth Service in Nigeria as QA/QC Engineer and later rose to the position of Project Engineer in 2003 and Lead Project Engineer between January 2005 and January 2006 respectively.

Between February 2006 and July 2006 Cheta was made the Acting Project Manager of Oilserv Limited

As a result of his hard work and dedication towards projects delivery, in August 2006 Cheta was promoted to the position of Project Manager. As project Manager, Cheta was involved in the successful delivery of the following projects namely:

   
  • Pipelines & Facilities Repair/Rehabilitation Services for: SPDC, NAOC and NLNG
  • National Independent Power Projects Lot 1 and LOT 2 respectively
  • Oron Gas Pipeline Project

Currently, he is the Base, Assets, Logistics and Maintenance Manager of Oilserv Limited. Cheta is a member of the following bodies:

   
  • Corporate Member of Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE)
  • Pipeline Professional Association of Nigeria (PLAN)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
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Richie Nwobike

Meet out Head, Commercial & Business Development Manager, Richie Nwabike
Richie Nwobike, is the Commercial & Business Development Manager of Oilserv Limited and the Acting Head, Commercial and Business Development of Oilserv Group, a position he assumed in 2017. He is responsible for recognizing business opportunities and putting together bids to win new businesses in addition to developing and implementing growth opportunities.

Prior to this role, Richie served as the Planning and Controls Manager of Oilserv Limited (2014 – 2016) with the responsibility of providing Project Controls supports aimed at ensuring successful projects delivery. He was the Planning and Controls Coordinator (2010 – 2014). In 2009, he became the Planning and Controls Engineer after working as a Project Engineer for a period of two years.

Prior to joining Oilserv Limited in 2007, Richie worked for Spill Responders, Intels Nigeria and Geoservices.

He earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical / Electronic Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a member of the Project Management Institute.

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Chioma Manafa

Meet Head, HR & Corporate Services, Chioma Manafa
Mrs Chioma Manafa is a certified Competency Assessor, Instructor, training expert, counsellor and an astute HR administrator. Since joining Oilserv in 2008, she has held roles across Oilserv Human Resources and most recently, as the Head, Human Resources and Corporate Services, Oilserv EPCIC.

As Head, Human Resources and Corporate Services, Mrs Manafa leads a strategic team that develops and implements people strategies to support Oilserv EPCIC’s core values and overall business objectives as well as strategically positioning the company’s human resource as a ‘’go-to-centres’’.

Mrs Manafa holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Nnamdi Azikiwe University and a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ibadan. She also holds an Advanced Strategic Human Resources Management Certificate from the prestigious London Corporate Training (LCT) Centre, UK. She is a member of several professional bodies within and outside Nigeria; some of which are the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN), Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), Human Resources Network Africa (HRNA) and Institute of Strategic Management (ISM).

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Iheanyi Achareke

Iheanyi Achareke joined Oilserv in June 2014 as the systems analyst. In this capacity he championed several process and systems improvement projects across different facets of the business. Prior to joining Oilserv, he has had an extensive career in IT consulting developing and deploying business solutions across Oil & Gas, manufacturing and public sectors. He worked with clients such as NLNG, NDDC, FIRS, Total, SAPETRO, Galaxy Backbone, and Rivers State Government amongst others.

Iheanyi has lead teams that delivered projects that spanned SAP Finance and Control, Project Systems, Materials Management, Plant maintenance, HRM and Joint Venture accounting. He has also lead several successful process re-engineering projects, change management campaigns and Enterprise IT Infrastructure Deployments. In his current role as ICT manager, he is primarily responsible for the entire ICT infrastructure of Oilserv while supporting the ICT needs of other subsidiaries in the Oilserv Group.

Iheanyi Holds a first class B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Electrical and electronics Engineering from the University of Lagos, and an MBA (Distinction) from Edinburgh Business School and has several certifications in IT and IT project management including SAP, Microsoft, Java, PRINCE 2 and ITIL.

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Chike Okonkwo

Chike Okonkwo joined the Oilserv Group as the QHSE manager. He is responsible for the quality management as well as the HSE management of the company.

Chike holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering ( B.Eng.) from the University of Nigeria, with over 25 years in the oil and gas industry. He has trainings in various fields of Quality Assurance/Control and HSE management. Vast construction experience in the oil and gas industry. He has attended numerous professional trainings in the oil and gas industry.

He a QMS lead auditor, and has worked with numerous companies in Nigeria, which includes Det Norske Veritas & TOTAL.

He is a member of Nigerian society of Engineers and Pipeline Professionals Association of Nigeria (PLAN). He loves soccer, reading and good music.

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