DR. NWODO OKWESILIEZE EMMANUEL KENNETH
DATE OF BIRTH: 28th JULY, 1950
PLACE OF BIRTH: NSUKKA, ENUGU STATE, NIGERIA.
HOMETOWN: UKEHE, ENUGU STATE, NIGERIA
LOCAL GOVT AREA: IGBO-ETITI LGA
STATE OF ORIGIN: ENUGUSTATE
MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED
REDSIDENCE: 36 IMOKE STREET, GRA, ENUGU.
CONTACT ADDRESS: HOUSE 19,442 CRESCENT
OFF 4th AVENUE,
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED
ST PATRICKS PRIMARY SCHOOL, IVA VALLEY,
HOLY GHOST PRIMARY SCHOOL, OGUI, ENUGU -1962
Passed into Secondary School from Primary 5, hence
First School Leaving Certificate Examination was not attempted.
GOVERNMENT COLLEGE UMUAHIA- 1963-1967
Passed the West African School Certificate Examination
In Division Two, Aggregate 24. Education was interrupted by the Nigerian Civil War, (1967-1970).
Was a Leader of various social and cultural associations at College and also a college prefect
UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA NSUKKA- 1971-1977
Graduated MB, BS in Medicine.
ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS,
LONDON, ENGLAND- Fed 1980 to April 1980
Course in Basic Medical Sciences.
UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA-June 1980 to Feb 1984
Specialized in Pediatrics Surgery with Distinction.
West African School Certificate Grade II
ME, BS (Nigeria)
Specialist in Pediatrics Surgery (Belgrade)
House Officer at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital
UNTH, Enugu,- July 1977 to June 1978
National Youth Services Corps.
My primary assignment was at the Military Hospital Jos.
I also did part time lecturing at the University of Jos in the
Department of Anatomy and Pharmacology.- 1978-1979
Senior House Officer in Paediatric Surgery at the
UNTH Enugu.- July 1979 to Feb. 1980
Residency Training post in Pediatrics Surgery at the
Hospital for Mother and Child Care,
Socialist Republic of Serbia, New Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
Aug 1981 -Dec 1982
Surgical Registrar, Children’s Hospital,
Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Jan 1983-Dec 1983
Medical Director, Zik Avenue Clinic, Uwani, Enugu,
Ukehe Medical centre and Maternity, Ukehe,
Igbo-Erlti LGA, Enugu State.
First Civilian Governor of Enugu State. Jan 1992- Nov 1993
Medical Director, Zik Avenue Clinics Limited,
Uwani, Enugu. Jan 1994-July 1998
First National Secretary, Peoples Democratic Party Aug 1998 to Nov 2001
June 17, 2010 Till Date – National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Chief Medical Director, Zik Avenue Clinics Limited
Dec 2001 -Date.
Chairman/CEO of the following Companies
Diank Nigeria Ltd
Dekkus International Limited
Joen Nigeria Limited
Nebco International Limited
RESEARCH INTEREST AND ACTIVITIES
At the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, I studied the cases of Appendicitis
operated in the Hospital.
Also at the same Hospital, I evaluated 24 cases of Hirschsprung’s disease
operated on by Mr. Peter Gornall, using the Swenson’s rectosigmoidectomy . . .
Member, International Pediatrics Surgical History Club from inception, 22nd
Member, British Association of Pediatrics Surgeons.
Member, Association of Pediatrics Surgeons of Serbia, Yugoslavia.
Member of many Philanthropic Organizations, including the Beta Sigma
A Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club International.
Knight of St John International.
Holder of numerous Awards, Chieftaincy Titles and Patron of various
Eze Anyanwu of Ukehe
Gbobaniyi of Ede Land
Patron, Enugu Sports Club
Patron, Enugu Golf Club
Holder of the Commander of the Order of the Niger, CON.
Golf, Squash, Football, Reading, Discussing Current Affairs.
SUMMARY OF THE PROFILE OF DR. OKWESILlEZE
EMMANUEL NWODO FORMER NATIONAL SECRETARY OF
PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND THE FIRST EXECUTIVE
GOVERNOR OF ENUGU STATE
Dr. Okwesilieze Emmanuel Nwodo was born on 28th July1950 to the family
of lates 19we Dr. J. U. Nwodo and Chief Mrs. Josephine Nwodo 19we
Okwulora the 2nd of Ukehe in 19bo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu
He attended St. Patrick’s Primary School, Iva Valley between 1956 and
196J and Holy Ghost Primary School, Ogui in 1962 before proceeding to
Government College, Umuahia in 1963 from standard five.
His Secondary Education was interrupted between 1966 and 1970 because
of the civiI war but in 1970 he passed the West African School Certificate
Dr. Nwodo was admitted into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 19971
and graduated with M.B.B.S. 111 1977.Between J977 and June
1978,Dr.Nwodo worked as a House Officer at the University of Nigeria
Teaching hospital (UNTI-I) Enugu and during his National Youth Service
Corps, June 1978 to June 1979,he worked at the Military Hospital, .los and
did part-time lecturing in the Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Anatomy
and Pharmacology, University of Jos. He became a Senior House Officer in
Pediatric Surgery at U.NTH, Enugu from July 1979 to February
1980.Between February and April 1980, he attended a course in Basic
Medical Science at the Royal College of Surgeons, London. He then
proceeded [0 thc University of Belgarde, Yugoslavia from June 1980 to
February 1984 where he specialized in paediatric Surgery -and passed with
istinction. While training in the Children’s Hospital Belgrade from June
1980 to February 1984 he spent one year (January 1983 to December 1983)
as a Surgical Registrar at the Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, England. He
returned to Nigeria in 1984 to become the Medical Director of Zik Avenue
Clinic, Uwani, Enugu and Ukehe Medical Center and Maternity Ukehe – a
post held until his election as the first Executive Governor of Enugu State.
As the Governor of Enugu state he set an agenda for Agricultural revolution
only secondary to that by late Dr. M. 1. Okpara as the Premier of Eastern
Nigeria. His industrial blue print was poised to place Enugu State in the
industrial map of the next millenium. With loan from the African
Development Bank (ADB) he was able to give borehole water supply to 50
communities in Nsukka and Enugu Senatorial Zones and also pipe borne
water from Ezilo water scheme to 70 communities in Abakaliki Senatorial
Zone. After completing the first phase of Rural Electrification in his state he
signed another facility with ADB for 70 more communities to be electrified
in the State. He had imported all the components for the project by the time
he left office. A road network linking al1 the Local government Areas of
Enugu State to the State capital was planned for the State and a loan was
already secured from World Bank for this project.
In the health sector Dr. Nwodo’s administration secured a World Bank
facility to refurbish existing hospitals in Enugu State. The administration
also started a Mobile Health Clinic for the rural populace and construction of
a School of Nursing at Ogbede in 19bo-Etiti L.G.A. It is also pertinent to
note here that under his administration an office complex was donated to the
Medical Women association ofEnugu.
His policies of triangular equilibrium and meriquotocarcy brought social
justice, equity and a sense of belonging to all and sundry in the State.
Following the over throw of the 3rd Republic by the Abacha regime he
returned to his practice in Zik Avenue Clinic Ltd. Enugu,
With the emergence of the 4th Republic he was National Secretary of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this capacity he engineered the
formation of the biggest political party in Africa. His party has with his
diligent efforts recorded monumental successes is various ejections. It is a
historical record in Nigeria today that PDP is the first political party to win
more than half the local governments in Nigeria, 21 Governors with majority
wrt!1 in the 21 Houses of Assembly, absolute majority in both the upper and
lower chambers of the National Assembly, and a Presidential Victory in the
General Election not equaled by any candidate in any previous election. The
selection of the Presidential Candidate of the P.D.P at the .los convention
organized by Dr. Nwodo remains the most credible and transparent in the
history of all emerging democracies in the world.
Recently Dr Nwodo was re-elected as the National Secretary of his
party in Abuja, where he scored the highest vote of all the candidates that
vied for the 62 offices available in the P.D.P National Executive Committee,
is a mark of National acceptance of his credibility, efficiency and
doggedness in the administration of his party.
Dr Nwodo has remained as active and principled player in Nigerian Politics.
He is a member of several Clubs and Professional Organizations such as the
International Paediatric Surgery History Club, British Association of
Paediatric Surgeons and the Association of Paediatric Surgeons of Serbia,
He is married and has four children and enjoys swimming, golf, squash, reading and discussing current affairs