ODILI, Dr. (Chief) Peter Otunuya Chinwe

Born Birthday: August 15, 1948



Otunuya Chinwe

OON, M.B. Ch.B., DTM&H

Date of Birth: Monday (Nkwo) 15"' August, 1949 State of Origin: Rivers Local Government Area: Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Village/ Town: Ndoni Contact Address: Government House, (Bricks House) Port Harcourt Rivers State Dr Peter Otunuya Odili. is adistinguished and successful medical practitioner, aserious Christian gentleman who has been honoured with Knighthood by the Pope for services to the Church and humanity. Iie is beside being a medical doctor an efficient administrator, a strategic and robust leader, qualities which have been fully manifested in the way he has handled Government affairs since he became the Executive Governor of Rivers State since 1999. He was born on August 15"'. 1949 at Ndoni in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State Education St Michael's School Oguta II Sacred Heart School Onitsha First School Leaving Certificate 1960 Christ The King College Onitsha (CKC) WASC Grade 1, 1965 University of Nigeria Nsukka , College of Medicine MB B.CH 1977 School ofTropical Medicine, Liverpool - post graduate studies in Medicine. Professional Practice and Experience House Officer, University of Benin Teaching Hospital Benin 1977 1978 Medical Officer-NYSC Staff Physician , Medical Consultation Centre Port Harcourt Private Medical Practice PAMO Clinics & Hospitals Limited Port Harcourt. Resident Physician in charge of PAMO Clinics in 1981 Director of PAMO Clinics and Hospitals Ltd 1985 Chief Medical Director/Chairman as well as Rockmay Farms Industries Ltd 1987 Armed with A specialized Training in Tropical Medicine /Venereology in United Kingdom, Dr Peter Odili's PAMA Clinics and Hospitals rose meteorically and developed a high reputation far and wide. In Port Harcourt, PAMA Clinics created an image for efficiency, decency and medical expertise that met the needs of people. The Hospital was patronized by politicians, Christians, foreign workers in Niger Delta Region, top military and government officials. Yet free services were offered to the poor who could not afford the money for treatment. Such philanthropic service also added fame to the rising profile of PAMA Clinics and Hospitals Ltd. • Elected Deputy Governor 1992- though the Government was short-lived • Elected Executive Governor under the banner of People's Democratic Party 1999 Public Services to theSociety • Senior Prefect and College Football Team Captain C.K.C. Onitsha • Speaker, Medical Students Association, University of Nigeria Nsukka 1972 • President, Leagues of Human Affiliates ( Students Humanitarian Association) 1972 1974 • Secretary, Nigerian Medical Association of Nigeria, Rivers State Branch 1985 1987 • Secretary, Association of Private Medical Practitioners of Rivers State • Member, Medical Advisory Council, Rivers State Ministry of Health • President, University of Nigeria Alumni Association, Rivers State Branch • National Vice President, University of Nigeria Alumni Association, • Director, Michelin Nigeria Ltd • Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Rockmay Farms and Industries Ltd. • Served as a Member Constituent Assembly 1988 - led the Rivers State Delegation and proved an effective Spokesman. • Elected into the National Constitutional Conference Abuja in 1994 where he was not only the Chairman of Rivers State Delegation but also emerged as the Chairman of the Conference Committee on the Creation of States and Local Governments, attesting to his proven credentials of leadership potentials Some Key Political Positions Held At various times, Dr Peter Odili had emerged as a leader and occupied some strategic political positions including: National Vice Chairman and Leader of South-South Zone of Democratic Party of Nigeria ( DPN) Secretary of DPN Founder and Leader, Rivers Front Movement ( RFM) Founder and Leader, Rivers Platform Founder and Leader, Restoration Team State Leader, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Presidential Committee on Housing and Urban Renewal and in that Capacity, conceived the present Federal Government Housing Policy National Chairman, PDP Fund-Raising Committee National Chairman, Swimming Association of Nigeria SomeInternationalRecognitionsandResponsibilities • Personal Nominee of Bill Clinton on a team-member Round Table Committee on HIV/AIDS in the Workplace in Africa. • A Papal Knight of the Order of St Gregory The Great II created by Pope John Paul II Awards and Honours National Association of Energy Correspondents Press Award for great exploits in the Power Sector Gold Trophy for Best Performing Governor and Good Governance Zik Award for Good Governance Teachers Without Borders International Recognition Gold Merit Award Honorary Fellowship of the Nigerian Society of Engineers for Leadership in the Energy Sector Guest of the British Government for hosting most of the United Kingdom Investments and Citizens in the Niger Delta • Distinguished Medical Practitioner Award • Vanguard Newspaper Labour Friendly Award • Ambassador for Peace Award by the Inter Religious and International Federation for World Peace Order of Merit Award( Benemerenza) Award for Good Governance by Italian Legion of Lombardy • Honoured the Second Time with Knighthood of St. John ( KSJ) and he remains an Exemplified Knight of the Ancient, Exalted and Noble Order of St John International Nigeria • Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon D.Sc) from University of Nigeria for Phenomenal Achievements. • Honorary Doctor of Laws ( LLD) from the University of Port Harcourt 13 December 2003 • Honorary Doctor of Divinity from the International Theological Seminary California for the growth of Christianity. • Euro Marketing Research Centre ( EMRC) International Award in far ways Brazil, Belgium in recognition of his efforts at uplifting the standard of living of Rivers people, Niger Delta people and other Nigerians • Award of Honorary Doctorate of Science (Honoris Causa) by Lincoln University in the United States of America, May 2006. Traditional Chieftaincy Titles • Ogbuagu 1 of Orashi Region (Warrior who kills tigers) • Eze Udo 1 of Ikwere Land (King of Peace) • Ochizuru of Ndoni( King of Kingmakers) • Menelorodoo of Ogoniland (King who fulfils his promises) • Ibiyekoribo of Kalahari Kingdom ( He who does good works) • Dein Peribo of Okrika ( Peacemaker) • Enyioha 1 of Oyigbo (Great Friend of the People) • EmereAjuri 1 of Eleme Kingdom • Eze Ugo 1 of Etche Kingdom (King of Glory) • Ekini Sekibbo of Kalahari Kingdom • Setelimabo of Ogu/ Bolo ( Restorer) • Eze Yawe-Ugo of Ekpeye (Messenger who brings Glory) • Obom-Ekein Osotun of Degema (Builder) • Eze Okaa Omee of Omuma land (King who fulfils his promises) • Ophelegbe Arunphelegbe of Abua/Odua (Champion of champions) • Uja Obolo of Adoni Kingdom ( Beauty of Andoni Kingdom) • Obafunminyi of the Source, Ile-Ife Some FewSnapshots ofGovernorOdili's Achievements in Government • The Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation in conjunction with over 600 journalists toured the relevant states to assess the performance of the Governors, Dr Peter was adjudged the best and consequently awarded the Gold Medal, leaving a national record that has remained unchallenged since 2001. Indeed Governor Peter Odili has steadfastly pursued his people-oriented programmes with vigour and the list is endless. For instance, • Comprehensive health care programmes especially free Medicare for infants and the aged in addition to 75% subsidy on anti retroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS victims. Urban and rural water supply Industrial development programmes Housing in all the Local Government Areas of the State Payment of Minimum Wage Salary to all civil servants in the state Free Education from Primary to Secondary School Security of lives and property through effective time control measure using police apparatus Urban and regional renewal programmes Clean and decent environment in Port Harcourt to reflect the Garden City Status of Port Harcourt Free Caesarean Operation for pregnant women Renovation of school and payment of WAEC and NECO Fees for students/ Rivers State Skill acquisition Employment generation and poverty alleviation programmes Effective bursary awards for students in tertiary institutions Comprehensive agricultural programmes with emphasis on Oil Palm production Free School Buses and Train services for students and civil servants Sports development especially in football and swimming Civil Servants Welfare Bus Scheme Construction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges in the state Installation of traffic lights for easy flow of traffic Donation of logistics and vehicles to student bodies, market associations, youth groups, churches, women organisations including all affiliates of Nigeria Labour Congress to facilitate easy movement Support for Federal Institutions and agencies located in Rivers State Acquisition of NDDC Hqs high rise building Frontline support for sports and sporting activities eg. Supporting Super Eagles in Port Harcourt when they played their crucial qualifying matches for 2002 World Cup. As Chairman ofSwimming Federation, Dr Odili has reenginecred swimming to the point ofwinning International laurels for Nigeria, a position thai had eluded the Nation in the past. Dr Odili has indeed shown the Light as a Governor. He has love for his family too. His wife Hon Justice Mary Ukaego Odili. is the founder of Adolescence Project. Through this she has played a Real Mother to the State. Dr Odili will remain an Icon for posterity.
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Hon. Justice Mary Ukaegbo Odili (nee Nzenwa)
State of Origin: Hometown: Ndoni; LGA: Ogba/Egbema; State of Origin: Rivers;
Father's Name
Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name
Mother's Status N/A
Number of Male Children 1
Number of Female Children 3
Profession Medical Practitioner , Politician
Working Experience CAREER: House Officer, University of Benin, Teaching Hospital, Edo State, 1977-78; snr. House Officer. UBTH, Benin City, 1978; Staff Physician, Medical Consultation Centre, Port Harcourt; Resident Clinician, i/c Pamo Clinics, Port Harcourt, 1981-82; Clinical Director. Pamo Clinics &Hospital Ltd. 1982-85; Medical dir. 1985-88; Consultant, Tropical Medicine/ Gyneacology, 1985-88; Chief Medical dir/ch. Pamo Clinics &Hospital 1987-91; ch/ceo. Rockmay Farms and Industries; Executive Governor, Rivers State, since 1999; Speaker, Medical Students Association, 1972; presd. Leagues of Human Affiliates, 1972-74; University of Nigeria Alumni Association, Rivers State Branch, 1985-88; National Vicepresd. University of Nigeria Alumni Association; sec, Association Private Medical Practitioners, Rivers State, 1985-87; Nigerian Medical Association, Rivers State Branch, 1981-82; mm: Medical Advisory Council, Ministry of Health, Port Harcourt; River State Medical Consultative Council; Nigerian Medical Association; African Union for Veneral Diseases; dir. Mechelin Nigeria Ltd., 1987-89; elected mem. Constituent Assembly, 1988-89;elected, Rivers State Delegate, 1988-89; elected Deputy Governor, Rivers State, 1992-93; elected delegate, National Constituent Conference, Abuja, 1994-95; Leader, Rivers State Delegates, NCC, Abuja, 1994-95; ch. Committee on Creation of States and Local Government Areas, NCC, Abuja, 1994- 95; National v-ch. (South-South) Democratic Party of Nigeria, 1997; National sec 1997-98; founder/leader, defunt Rivers Front Movement, 1998; National ch. PDP Fund Raising Committee, 2000; ch. Presidential Committee on Housing and Urban Renewal, 2001; Swimming Federation of Nigeria, 2001; Federal Government Committee to Review National Housing & Urban Development Policies,
EDUCATION: St. Micheal's School, Oguta II, 1953-59; Sacred Heart School] Onitsha, 1960; Christ The King College ( CKC), Onitsha. 1961-67; University of Nigeria, Nsukka/Enugu Campus, 1970-77; School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool. 1985; Royal Liverpool Hospital, University of Liverpool, UK, 1986;

Traditional Titles: Ogbuagwu of Orashi Region; Eze Udo 1 of Ikwereland; Ochizuru of Ndoni; Menekoredoo of Ogoniland; lbiyekoribo ofKalahari Kingdom; Enyioha 1of Oyigbo; Eze Ugo 1 of Etcheland; Ekine Sekibo of Kalahari; Dien Piribo of Okrika; Setelimabo ofOgu/Bolo; Eze Yawe-Ugo ofEkpeye; Obom- Ekein Osokun-Degemea; Eze Okaa Omee of Omuna Und; Ophelgbe Aruphelegbe of Abuja; Emere-Ajuri 1 of Eleme, March 2002- Obafunminiyi of Ife by Ooni of Ife, 2004

h: Knight of St. John of the Catholic Church; Vanguard Newspaper Labour Friendly Governor of the Year, 2001; Best Performing Governor in Nigeria, 2001;
Award: Wilson Panaby Cup for High Jump, 1966; Winner, Annual Energy Award (Corporate Category of National Association of Energy Correspondent of Nigeria), 2001; Federation for World Peace, 2003; Zik Prize for Good Governance, 2003; EMRC International Award, Brussels, Belgium, 2003; Order of Merit-Benemerenza, by Dr. Roberto Formigoni] President of Lombardy Region, Italy, 2004; Ambassador for Peace Award, Inter-Religious &International; Gold Medal Award of Africa’s Ambassador of Fitness. 2006; National Honours: Officer of the Oder of the Niger,

Honorary Degree: Doctor of Science Degree, University of Nigeria. Nsukka, 2003; Honorary Doctor of Law. University of Port Harcourt, 2003; Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. USA., 2006;

hob: reading, sports, music; off: Office of the Executive Governor, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

founding presd. Student Charity Organisation; Gold Trophy for Excellence in Governance

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