Felix Omatsola Ogbe is a visionary leader and a beacon of excellence in Nigeria’s business landscape. Born into the rich cultural tapestry of the Itsekiri people in Delta State, South-South Nigeria, his upbringing instilled in him the values of diligence, determination, and community spirit.
Educated and driven, Ogbe ventured into the realm of business, becoming the director of Construction Equipment and Projects Limited, a pivotal entity incorporated in Lagos, Nigeria, on February 12, 1996. This company, under his astute guidance, became synonymous with quality, innovation, and a commitment to advancing construction and infrastructure in the country.
Ogbe’s unwavering dedication to progress isn’t confined solely to his entrepreneurial pursuits. His marriage to Mrs. Ogbe Brena Ngozi, who also plays a crucial role as a director in their company, reflects a partnership founded on shared values and a joint commitment to excellence.
Recently, the spotlight shone even brighter on Felix Omatsola Ogbe’s illustrious career with President Bola Tinubu’s historic appointment of Ogbe as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB). This significant achievement underscored Ogbe’s expertise and leadership, as his appointment aligns with the provisions outlined in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act (2010).
President Tinubu’s endorsement of Ogbe’s appointment affirmed his confidence in Ogbe’s capabilities to steer the NCDMB towards greater heights. The announcement, made through the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, introduced other distinguished personalities like Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri as Chairman and HMS of Petroleum Resources, along with a cohort of reputable individuals who would serve on the governing council and management team.
Here are Eight things to know about the new Executive Secretary of NCDMB:
1 Engr. Omatsola Ogbe is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, and a registered engineer at the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, and American Institute of Civil Engineers.
2 Ogbe hails from Warri South Local Government Area in Delta State and he holds separate Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering and Construction Management.
3 In his early years, he served as Construction Superintendent responsible for Engineering Designs and Construction requirements, and also worked as the Cost Control Engineer and was responsible for all Facility Engineering Division Projects’ cost controls, budgeting, and cashcalls.
4 He has over 37 years of experience in core oil and gas operations in Nigeria and local content operations, notably onshore and offshore, LNG, Water Drilling, Treatment and Storage Facilities, Civil, Building and dredging Engineering, and other construction.
.5 His work experiences include Chevron Corporation, where he held top positions in Nigeria and overseas, before he retired voluntarily in June 2014, to go into private business.
6 At Chevron Nigeria Limited, he served as Construction Services Group Superintendent (Escravos-Warri) and was responsible for in-house construction services requirements to support the Company Operations.
7 He equally served as Offshore Projects Manager, where he was responsible for all the Engineering designs, Planning and execution of Maintenance works, and installation of new facilities to support productions in Chevron Nigeria Limited offshore locations.
8 Other assignments he held in Chevron included Construction Manager (Lagos & Escravos-Warri), Escravos Gas Project (EGP-3B), where he was responsible for the fabrication and installation of various sizes of pipelines/flowlines in offshore and onshore locations in the Niger Delta.
Felix Omatsola Ogbe’s new role as the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB signifies a watershed moment in his career and the Nigerian oil and gas sector. With a keen eye for innovation, dedication to fostering local content development, and a commitment to harnessing indigenous talent and resources, Ogbe is poised to revolutionize Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.
His leadership promises a renewed focus on empowering local businesses, driving technological advancements, and ensuring sustainable growth within the sector. Ogbe’s tenure is anticipated to pave the way for a more inclusive and competitive oil and gas industry that thrives on local expertise and indigenous participation.
As Felix Omatsola Ogbe assumes his new mantle as the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, his dedication to advancing Nigerian content development stands as a testament to his unwavering commitment to national progress and economic prosperity. His legacy will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the landscape of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry for generations to come.