OGBOBE, Hon. Aka

Hon. Aka Ogbobe was born of a noble Igbo family at Aku Town, Igbo-Etiti L.G.A. of Anam bra State in August-1932. A Christian by faith, his early life was in fluenced by Christian doctrines which he received during his school days. His parents were Chief Nwogbobe Nweze and Madam Amade Ogbobe, both farmers at Aku Village. His early school days took him to St. Thomas C.M.S. School, Aku, from 1939 to 1940 and to St. Paul C.M.S. School Nsukka, from 1941 to 1947. After his primary schooling he went to the African College (now Chukwura High school) Onitsha from 1947 to 1950. In 1951, he passed the Nigeria Civil Service Examination and was admitted into the Railway Traffic School at Ebute-Metta. From 1952 to 1958 he took postal tuition from the Rapid Results College, London and was able to pass the G.C.E. papers in both "0" and "A" levels. In 1958, he won the Eastern Nigeria Government scholarship to study structural engineering. He entered Hammersmith College of Art and Building, London, in 1958 from where he obtained a diploma in structural engineering 1962. In 1966, he passed the Association Member ship Examination of the Institution of Structural Engineering London. In the same year, he was awarded the C. Eng. (Chartered Engineer) by the Council of Engineering Institutions in U.K. In 1962 to 1963, he worked with G. F. Atkins & Associates, Consulting Engineers, London. Later in 1963, he joined Ian Frazer & Associates Engineers, Architects &• Planning Consultants, London. From 1964 to 1966 he worked with Maurice Baguley & Partners, Consulting Engineers, London. From February 1966 to March 1966, he joined the British Reinforced Concrete Company in London as design engineer involved mainly in the design of heavy foundation for a project in Hong Kong. From April 1966 to August 1966, he was with the British Army Engineers in Chessington Surrey. In November 1966. he joined the then Eastern Nigeria Government Ministry of Works as an Executive Engineer and worked in several units of the Ministry throughout the civil war. At the end of the war, he was reabsorbed in the then East Central State Government Ministry of Works. He resigned from the Ministry of Work in April 1971 and joined the then East Central State Housing Development Authority where he headed the Engineering Department. In July 1972, he resigned his appointment in the Housing Development Authority to found the engineering firm of Aka George & Partner. The firm has planned, designed and supervised many engineering projects which in clude, building of all descriptions such as bridges, roads, water tanks, and fishing ponds, for the Federal and State Government. He is a member of the following organiza tions; the Institution of Structural Engineers, U.K., the Nigerian Society of Engineers, the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria. He was the president, Nsukka Students Union, Onitsha in 1949. In 1950, he was the Senior Prefect of Africa College, Onitsha. And from 1955 to 1958, he became the secretary, Railway &• Ports Transport Staff Union, Kaduna Branch. From 1956 to 1958, he was a member of the National Executive of the Union. In 1965, he became the chairman, Nigeria Society of Engineers, U.K. Branch and in 1967 he was made the chairman Nsukka Youths Congress. From 1970 to Sept. 1979 he was the Chairman, Aku Development Committee. In the same period, he became the Chairman, Aku Town Assembly. When par tisan politics began, he was Chairman, National Party of Nigeria Igbo Etiti L.G.A. Branch from 1978 to September, 1979. From 1973 to 1976, he was appointed member of Nsukka Divisional School Board in the former East Central State. From 1976 to 1979; he was appointed member, Board of Directors, Nigergas Company Ltd., Emene, Anambra State, and he was acting as Chairman of the Board between November 1978 to September 1979. He has published a book en titled "Contracting Practice in Building £r Civil Engineering". He had a paper read to the Nigerian Society of Engineers U.K. Branch in 1966. He served as a member of Igbo Etiti Local Government Council, Anambra State, from 1976 to 1979. He married his wife, former Caroline Oti, in February, 1965, and they have five children. Countries visited include Britian, U.S.A., West Germany, France, Austria and Ireland. His hobby is lawn tennis. He represents Igbo — Etiti on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria in the House of Representatives.
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