Meet our keynote speaker- Osita Chidoka (@osita_chidoka)
Chidoka obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He thereafter proceeded to the School of Public Policy at George Masson University in the United States of America where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Transport Policy and Logistics. He also holds a certificate in Global Strategy and Political Economy from Oxford University, UK and a Graduate Diploma in Maritime & Ports Management from the National University of Singapore.
During his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), he served at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where he became an Award Winner and subsequently secured automatic employment into the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Abuja.
In the course of his service there, he contributed immensely to National Development through his services as the Secretary to the National Committee for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Nigeria in 1998, which earned him Papal commendation. He also served as a member of the Committee for the Review of the Abuja Master plan; Team Leader, Committee for the Drafting of the National Policy on Non-Motorised Form of Transportation in Nigeria and was the Assistant Secretary, Committee for the 1999 Military to Civilian Handover, among others.
He was a Senior Adviser on Government and Business Relations, Mobil Producing Nigeria, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation. He had earlier served as Personal Assistant to the Minister of State in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Personal Assistant to the Minister of Transport as well as Special Assistant to the Senior Adviser to the President on Legal Matters.
In 2007, he was appointment as the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Corps. His leadership of the FRSC led to the transformation of the Corps to a functional Lead Agency in Road Traffic Administration and Safety Management in the country driven by information and communication technology. This transformation has as its visible impact a 15% reduction in fatalities from 2007 to 2009 and 28% in 2010; increase in fines generation from N524,757,951.24 in 2006 to N1.4 Billion in 2010; building a reliable offenders’ register and data base of drivers and vehicles in the country, leading to ECOWAS adoption of the Nigerian model in the planned Regional Vehicle Administration Information System (RVAIS) by the West African countries and production of Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) 2012-2016.
Under his leadership, the Federal Road Safety Corps won the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in December 2008; the National Productivity Order of Merit Award of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity in October, 2010. Furthermore, FRSC’s compliance with global best practices led to the certification of the Corps by the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) which conferred the Quality Management System Certificate (ISO 9001:2008 Certification) on the Corps on 15 April 2013.
In recognition of Osita Chidoka’s enormous contributions to national and community development, he was vested with the traditional title of Ike-Obosi (Strength of Obosi) and a member of Ndi-Ichie, the highest decision-making body of Obosi Traditional Council of Anambra State in May, 2009. He bagged the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria Merit Award on 27 November 2010, and the Institute of Logistics Management of Nigeria Fellowship Award in July, 2011.
He was conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for good governance and model on Road Safety by the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka on 12 November, 2011. And in recognition of his patriotic disposition to his fatherland, he was conferred with Nigeria’s National Honour of Officer of the Federal Republic, OFR by the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR on 14th November, 2011. He won the Sun and Hallmark Newspapers Public Servant of the year 2012 awards and under him FRSC won Leadership Newspapers Government Agency of the year 2012 award.
In recognition of his expertise, he was appointed by Mr. President to head the Transportation Sub Committee of the Presidential Committee on Nigeria’s Centenary. The feat accomplished led to his appointment as the Chairman of the Transport Committee for the World Economic Forum held in May, 2014 in Nigeria. Chidoka was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation by the then Mr. President on Wednesday 23 July 2014, a position he held until May, 2015 when the new government took office.
In August, 2014, Chief Osita Chidoka was conferred with the prestigious National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) award by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in recognition for his productivity and commitment towards nation building.
A strong public policy advocate, he has written many articles, essays and delivered speeches in many areas of public policy and safety management.
Born on 18 July 1971, Osita Chidoka is happily married and blessed with children.