CITATION ON ENGR. FYNE CHIMA OGOLO, JP, FNSE, FNIHTE, FNICE, MASCE
Engr. Fyne Chima Ogolo was born in Aba on 15th March, 1950 to late Mr. Difini Adofaa Ogolo, a Produce Merchant and late Mrs. Nwaloro Fyne Ogolo (nee Nduka), a prosperous Trader/Hotelier.
His father died when he was very young and his mother followed suit in December, 1960, when he was only ten. Thereafter, the young Fyne grew up as an orphan with his aunt, Mrs. Mercy Onyearugha.
Fyne started his primary education at Government School, Aba, in 1955 and completed it with with distinction in 1962. In 1963, he was admitted into Government Secondary School, Afikpo, and just after 4 years he passed the West African School Certificate Examination in Grade One in 1966. The following year, he commenced his Higher School Certificate course in the same school but this was disrupted later in the year by the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War. After the war, he went back to the same school, now temporarily located in Enugu, to continue his higher school course and successfully completed this in 1971.
In 1972, Engr. F. C. Ogolo taught Mathematics and Physics at Holy Family College, Abak, before proceeding to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, later in the year to read Civil Engineering. He graduated in 1975 with Second Class Honours Upper Division.
Thereafter, Engr. Ogolo was posted to the Ministry of Works and Transport, Oyo State, for his National Youth Service. There, he joined the team of engineers that supervised the construction of Gbongan-Oshogbo road until he completed his service in July, 1976. He then joined the firm of Ward, Ashroft and Parkman as Design Engineer. He later gained further and diverse experience through working for many contracting and consulting firms. These included MIA & Sons Ltd, Cubitts Nigeria Limited, and Samaila Omale & Partners. Projects designed and/or supervised by him include Kaduna Water Scheme, Ife Water Scheme, Federal Housing Project, Barnawa, Kaduna, Army Barracks projects in New Bussa and Kontagora, COE Yola and Kafanchan Projects, Konshisha River Dam Project, and housing schemes in Abuja.
Having acquired such a formidable and varied experience in the field, Engr. Ogolo decided to reinforce the field experience with academic work. He joined the Kaduna Polytechnic in 1985 as a Senior Lecturer in Transportation Engineering. There, he lectured HND final year students on highways, airport, and harbour engineering. He also supervised their projects on the study and design of many highways and other topics.
In 1989, Engr. Ogolo transferred his services to Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori, as the pioneer Director of Works & Maintenance Services. In that capacity, he initiated many developmental projects like the Administrative block, Assembly Hall, Lecture theatres, roads and drainages, utilities and staff quarters. He also supervised the installation of a giant 1000kva generator, campus distribution and linkage with NEPA HT line. Until he left in 1993, he instituted a scheduled preventive routine maintenance programme that ensured a smooth and constant power supply and trouble-free vehicles, plant and machinery operation. And with the co-operation and encouragement of his Rector, Late Engr. Prof. D. P. S. Abam, he maintained a very clean environment that was specially commended by august visitors to the institution, including Military Administrators, a civilian Executive Governor, and Co-Heads.
The experience acquired in Bori enabled Fyne to take up a similar appointment with the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC – percusor of NDDC) as the pioneer Director of Works & Projects. There, he collated and supervised the processing of tenders for award of contracts in the nine oil producing states. He also initiated the inauguration of technical sessions that served as refresher courses for the engineers and it is to his credit that out of the seven engineers under his care, six were registered during his tenure and the only one that was not, was a pupil engineer then.
Engr. Ogolo retired from OMPADEC in 2001 and went into private practice. He established a contracting company, Exact & Prompt Nig Ltd, and a consulting firm, Fyne Chima Ogolo & Co Ltd. In 2003, Fyne was invited to serve as the pioneer Managing Director of NSEPH Ltd, a company wholly owned by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Port Harcourt Branch.
Projects executed by Exact & Prompt Nig Ltd include LT Electrification of Ekim in Akwa Ibom State, the construction of Armoury and Library at 97 SOG, Nigerian Air Force, PH, and the construction of access road to Opobo Low Cost Housing Estate.
The projects designed and supervised by Fyne Chima Ogolo & Co. Ltd include Erema-Obukegi road project, Erema-Akabuka road project, and Ogoloma Shore Protection & Drains. Others are Umudike-Umueze-Umuoyere Road Project, Bayelsa Palm-Otueke Road Project, Amaba-Ezere-Ozara/Acha-Ivo Road, Amaji-Umuogolo-Umuogwu Road, Road in Mopol 18, Irete, Owerri, Fencing of Omuma Technical Secondary School, and internal roads in Imo Police Command Headquarters.
NSEPH Ltd, during his watch, designed the Ntanwogba bridge at Amassoma Road, Port Harcourt.
Recently Engr. F. C. Ogolo was among the group of engineers that pioneered the formation of Gigaplus Plc, a company formed by 71 engineers, most of them Fellows.
In 2006, Engr. Ogolo was appointed the Executive Secretary of NSE and completed his tour in 2008. During his tenure, he oversaw the movement of the Secretariat from Lagos to Abuja, the computerization of its activities, and the Golden Jubilee anniversary celebrations of NSE in 2008. He also visited many countries in Africa and the rest of the world promoting engineering collaboration. These include Ghana, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia, Brazil, Argentina, USA, UK, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, France, Switzerland, UAE, Singapore and Japan.
Apart from formal education and normal working life, Engr. Fyne Ogolo has been very active in other areas. In school, he won many academic laurels and belonged to a variety of societies. In secondary school, he belonged to the Astronomical Society and won the Nwasokwa prize for the best Chemistry student in 1970. In the same year, he was the runner-up in a National Essay competition organized by UNESCO on national development.
In the University, Engr. Ogolo won the best final year project prize with his thesis on the study and design of surge tanks.
Professionally, Engr. Ogolo has been very active right from his student days. In 1972, he was admitted as a student member of both the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, and the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) while in 1976, he was elevated to an Associate member of the former and a Graduate member of the latter.
Engr. Ogolo was a pioneer member of the Nigerian Universities Engineering Students Association (NUESA), and in 1973, was elected chairman of its ABU, Zaria, branch.
In 1987, Engr. Ogolo, was elected a corporate member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and the following year, was registered by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
Engr. Ogolo has served the Nigerian Society of Engineers in various capacities since becoming a corporate member in 1987. That year, he was elected the Technical Secretary for Kaduna branch and held that position until he left Kaduna in 1989. As the Technical Secretary, he organized many technical visits, symposia, seminars, workshops, lectures, and professional interviews.
Since 1996, Engr. F. C. Ogolo had been a member of the Building Committee of Port Harcourt Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers until 1998 when he was appointed to head it. That year, vigorous drives were undertaken to raise funds to complete the temporary Secretariat expansion and renovation programme and it actually reached the stage of advanced completion. He served as the Vice-Chairman of the branch in 1998 and 1999 and as the millennium Chairman in 2000 and 2001 during which time it won the best branch award. He was also the Chairman of the Blueprints Committee and the Committee for Awareness and Projection of Engineering Inventions and Research.
At the national level, Engr. Ogolo was a Council member and member of the Membership Committee and the Human Resources and Continuing Education Development Committee for many years.
At the international level, Engr. Ogolo is a member of the Energy and Anti-Corruption Committees of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO).
Engr. Ogolo strongly believes that while developing the society, the engineer must have a keen eye for the environment – preserving it and mitigating any negative developmental consequences. Hence, he is an active member of the Nigerian Environmental Society, and a Fellow of the International Association for Impact Assessment, Nigerian Chapter.
Further, Fyne believes firmly in continuing professional development. Thus, he has attended many courses, workshops, seminars, and conferences. These include the national Conferences and Annual General Meetings of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN) plus the Annual Engineering Assemblies of COREN. Others are Management Development Course by Lex, Eddy, & Associates, Advanced Proficiency Management Course by ASCON, Badagry, Computer Appreciation Course by Peat Marwick Ani Ogunde Consultants, and in-house workshops on defensive Driving and Fire-fighting techniques. Still others are workshops on Quality Control and Quality Assurance, Engineering Regulations Monitoring (ERM), Computer Aided Design (CAD), Internet, and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). He also attended a Fire Fighting and Safety Course in Dubai and a FIDIC training seminar on the Management of Claims and the Resolution of Disputes under the FIDIC Construction Contracts. These have been reinforced with technical evenings and lectures on such topics as drainage problems in Port Harcourt and the problem of quacks in engineering, and by technical visits to engineering establishments and sites. He has also attended the yearly World Engineering Conventions and Assemblies of WFEO in Chicago, Geneva, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Paris, Singapore Abuja and Japan. Engr. Ogolo is also one of the inspectors for the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN) and attended the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) conventions in Washington DC in 2014 and 2015. He also attended the Oil Technologies Conference (OTC) in Houston Texas in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Engr Ogolo is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, and a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Highway and Transportation Engineers. He is also a Member of the Amercian Society of Civil Engineers.
Fyne has produced many technical papers and given many lectures. On 22nd September 2011, he delivered the Annual Lecture of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Port Harcourt Branch, titled “Indigenization of the Nigerian Construction Industry, A Sine Qua Non for the Attainment of Vision 20 – 2020”. Later he delivered a lecture on ‘Bye-Laws of the Nigerian Society of Engineers’ to the General Meeting of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and afterwards, he gave another one on ‘The Essentials of the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan’. On 14th August, 2015, Engr. Ogolo gave the first NIHE Annual Lecture titled ‘Road Sector Reform As a Catalyst for the Realization of the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan’.
Fyne has also been active in community service. He was the Treasurer of Rivers State Community Council, Kaduna from 1987 to 1989, and on his leaving, was issued with a Certificate of Appreciation. Such certificates and letters of commendation have also been received from the National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS), the National Union of Opobo Students, and the Nigerian Universities Engineering Students Association (NUESA) where he is also a patron.
In Opobo, Engr. Ogolo is a member of the Think-Tank Committee, a Warisenibo in Chief Ogolo War Canoe House, a past National Chairman of the Chief Ogolo War Canoe House and a past Chairman of its meeting in Port Harcourt.
Since Engr. Ogolo strongly believes that all achievements are blessings from God, he is an active member of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). At the Bethel Anglican Church Amadi-Ama, where he currently worships, he has been a member of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) for many years, was Chairman of English Section Harvest Committee, Chairman of Church Hall Appeal Fund Committee, member of Men’s Christian Association (MCA) (now Christian Men’s Fellowship, CMF) and Vice-Chairman of the Building Committee. He has also contributed immensely to the construction of the St. Paul’s Cathedral at his home town, Opobo. Fyne has been honoured by the Diocese of Okrika, the Diocesan Men’s Christian Association, the Mothers Union (Women’s Guild), Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) and the Choir of Bethel Anglican Church, Amadi Ama. He also undertook the Holy Pilgrimage to Israel and Egypt. Engr. Ogolo is currently the Chairman Patrons Forum of the 28th PH Company of the Boys Brigade attached to Bethel Anglican Church Amadi Ama and an Honourary Patron of the Metropolitan Bathalion Council.
Below are the outline of Engr Ogolo’s Professional Affiliations and some of his Honours / Awards
- Registered Civil Engineer, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) – 1988
- Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers – 1999
- Fellow, International Association for Impact Assessment (Nigeria Chapter) – 1999
- Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers – 2004
- Member, American Society of Civil Engineers – 2006
- Member, Energy Committee, World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) – 2006
- Member, Anti-Corruption Committee, WFEO – 2006
- Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Highway and Transportation Engineers – 2015
List of Honours / Awards
- Nigerian Soceity of Engineers- President’s Special Award – November 2001
- Nigerian Soceity of Engineers, Port Harcourt Branch- Distinguished Service Award – 16 November 2002
- Government Sec. Sch. Afikpo Old Boys Association (GSSAOBA)- Golden Jubilee Anniversary – (1953 – 2003) Award for Dedicated Service and Contribution
- Nigerian Society of Engineers, Port Harcourt Branch- Distinguished Service Award 2004
- The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Eket Branch- Merit Award – 28th April 2006
- The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Eket Branch Award- In Appreciation for Attending Her 2007 Engineering Week 7th – 9th February 2007
- Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN)- Award of Service – 1st July 2008 – 15th February 2009
- The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Port Harcourt Branch- Most Active Past Chairman Award – 2nd November 2010
- Diocese of Okrika , Okrika North Archdeaconry, Bethel (Ang) Church, Amadi-Ama Women’s Guild Award of Father of Faith – 2010
- Diocese of Okrika, Okrika North Archdeaconry- Men Christian Association: Award of Faithful Servant of God – ONAMCA 2010
- The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Port Harcourt Branch Eminent Lecturer – 22nd September 2011
- The Boys’ Brigade, Nigeria, Rivers State Council, Appointment as Patron in the 28th PH Company – 2nd June 2013
- Diocese of Okrika, (Ang Communion), Bethel (Ang) Church, Amadi Ama, K.A, God’s Own Choir- An Award of Honour as a “Friend of the Choir” – 16th November 2014
- Diocese of Okrika- Men’s Christian Association Award of ‘A Light in the House of God’ 7th December, 2014
- The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Port Harcourt Branch- Merit Award – Most Active Past Chairman 17th September 2015
- The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Port Harcourt Branch- Professional Service Award – 30th September 2015
- The Nigerian Institution of Highway Engineers- (A Division of Nigerian Society of Engineers) Rivers State Chapter Merit Award – 2015
- Diocese of Okrika (Ang Communion) Bethel Ang. Church, Amadi-Ama- Men Christian Association: Award of ‘Willing Heart Towards God’s Work’ 19th June, 2016
- Diocese of Okrika, (Ang Communion), Bethel (Ang) Church, Amadi Ama, Christian Men Fellowship- Honour as a Soldier of Christ – 17th September 2017
- Anglican Yourth Fellowship (Nig) Prestigious Award of Excellence
- Nigerian Institution of Highway and Transportation Engineers- (A Division of Nigerian Society of Engineers) Riv-Bar Chapter Award of Excellence in service delivery & making difference in the advancement of NIHTE & nation building – 2017
- Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN) Commendation Award – 1st November 2017
- The Nigerian institution of Highway and Transportation Engineers, Port Harcourt Chapter Distinguished Service Award – March 2019
- The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Port Harcourt Branch- Merit Award – 19th September 2019
- The Boys’ Brigade, Nigeria, Rivers State Council Plaque of Honour – 23rd June 2019 ( Appointment as Honourary Patron of the Metropolitan Battalion Council 23rd June, 2019; Appointment as Chairman, Patrons Forum 28th PH Company 27th October 2019 )
- Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Alumni Association, Rivers State Branch – Letter of Appreciation 22nd November 2019
- Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, Port Harcourt Chapter Award of Excellence – 10th December 2019
- Association of Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN) Award as Member Investiture Committee of 18th President 20th February, 2020
- Engr. Ogolo is happily married and is blessed with many children and grand children.