Prince Philemon Ebiesuwa: the portrait of a community developer par excellence
- Steve Ovirih
Some people are born great while some have greatness thrusted on their laps by Providence. In the case of Prince Ebiesuwa Amorioloye Philemon, (a.k.a system) he had both. He was born a Prince, into the Ebiesuwa Royal dynasty of Awoye Community, in Ugbo Kingdom, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State. For him, the earthly sojourn began on the 22nd of August, 1959.
While growing up as an ‘Ilaje boy’ in the Coastal Community of Awoye, Ondo State, he never for once relented in showing admirable flashes of brilliance. In 1974, the then smart lad, Philemon completed his First School Leaving Certificate with commendable distinction. He sat for and passed West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1981. In his bid to achieve his aspiration of becoming a Geologist of repute, who will later in life contribute to the Nation and “Regional Development of Ilaje Land,” he went to study Geology at ‘the Premier’ University of Ibadan, Oyo state and graduated with Honors in 1986.
Armed with his first degree certificate, Prince Ebiesuwa was posted to the then Nnamdi Azikiwe University of Science and Technology, Awka for his NYSC scheme mbetween 1986 and 1987. He cut his teeth career wise, serving as Assistant/Tutorial Lecturer in the Geological Sciences Department of the University.
After his NYSC, the young Prince began his working career at Shell Petroleum Development Company, Nig Ltd, Warri as a contract Staff in the Exploration Department in 1989. In 1990, he taught at Damak Secondary School, Warri, where he served administratively as Vice Principal and Senior Science Teacher. As a Geologist who felt the need to practise his choice profession, Prince Philemon Ebiesuwa joined Kragha and Associates (Mining and Petroleum Consultants) and worked there as a Consultant between 1990 and 1996. During this period, Prince Ebiesuwa, consulted for DURING THIS PERIOD, several multinational oil companies.
As a Consultant at Kragha, Prince Ebiesuwa fully executed computerised mud logging services, as well as performing Applied Drilling Technology, Stratigraphic correlation, core preservation and geological well sitting jobs.
Prince Philemon Ebiesuwa’s career projection include his working experience with Interdril Nig Ltd Warri (1996 to August 2000); also carried out consultancy job for Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited; Eket; Pan Ocean Oil Corporation, Warri; Dubril Oil Ltd, Benin, Edo State. Others include Consolidated Oil Nig Ltd. Warri; Worldwide Petroleum Services (W. A), Port – Harcourt and
Emval Petroleum Nig Ltd, Warri among others. In most of these Petroleum industry concerns where he worked, he executed adequate Advance Drilling Technology operations as well as Mud logging and Geological services. He rose to the position of operations supervisor and later the base manager of HE ROSE TO Kragha & Associates, Warri.
Prince Philemon Ebiesuwa is the former President Ilaje Communities Welfare Association (ICOWA), Ondo State, former Public Relations Officer, Ilaje Community Forum, Warri; Assistant Secretary General, Ugbo Kingdom Central Organization, and former member, Peace and Security Working Group, In the Niger Delta.
He has taken up the gauntlet and has been called upon to serve his people in different capacities: he was a member of the ‘ Joint Ondo State government / Ilaje Communities on 13% oil derivation fund Committee under the Chairmanship of the Present Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, His
Imperial Majesty, Oba Frederick Akinruntan. He was the former Vice Chairman, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of NIgeria (PENGASSAN) Interdrill Branch, Warri; former President Ilaje Youths Organization (I.Y.O). Prince Ebiesuwa was the former Special Assistant/ Technical Adviser to the Pioneer Commissioner on the Governing Board of NDDC between June 2003 and December 2004. He was later chosen by 43 oil producing communities of Ilaje as the Pioneer Chairman of Ilaje Regional Development Council (IRDC) to operate the Global memorandum of (GMoU) between Chevron /NNPC Joint Ventures, Ondo State Government and the oil producing communities, between 15th December 2005 and January 2010. He established pipeline and facilities surveillance programme (PFSP), To prevent pipeline vandalization in Ondo State and to curb the activities of illegal bunkering.
He has also served as a Commissioner on the Board of Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC) from November 2008 to February 2009.
Prince Philemon Ebiesuwa has attended innumerable workshops on issues of Niger Delta Development; Ondo State in general and the Development of Ilaje Nation in particular. He was at the Interactive session on West African Gas Pipeline at PTI Effurun Warri in 2000. He participated actively at the Verification of Coastal communities Oil Spillage Conference in Ilaje in 2001. He was at the Conference of the Presidential Committee on Pipeline Vandalisation in the Niger Delta at Effunrun in 2002. He was at the Workshop on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons at Igbokoda, he attended the Workshop on Participatory partnership for Community Development in Anglo- Francophone West African Countries in Ghana, among other local and international workshops that border on the welfare of his people that he has participated. Prince Philemon Ebiesuwa is a successful businessman with interests in marine and petroleum products marketing and engineering services.
Prince Philemon Ebiesuwa was the vice chairman of the IPMAN, oil & gas subcommittee of the Akeredolu/ AiyedatiwaHE VICE campaignCHAIRMAN OF organisationTHE IPMAN, and the Director General of Ilaje Campaign Council, Ugbo Ward 6.during the last Governorship election.
His contribution to Ondo State, Ilaje Nation and his zeal for genuine Community development beyond personal aggrandizement cannot be quantified. As the Chairman of Ilaje Regional Development Council (IRDC) he spread visible indices of Community development across the 43 coastal Ilaje communities under the mandate areas of Chevron Nigeria Limited in Ondo State and his achievement lin office up till date had been quite outstanding and commendable. He carried out quarterly medical programme for pregnant women, infants and agedCARRIED OUT as well asQUSRTERLY yearlyMEDICAL scholarships to both tertiary and secondary schools, etc. His tenure made effort to establish Reverse Osmosis Technology, a workable means of reversing ocean water into drinkable one for the consumption of the Riverine people whose water have been adversely impacted by sea incursion.
Prince Ebiesuwa is an astute believer of the time tested concept of using public funds for the greater good of the general public as “public money is public trust”. He is a philanthropist !
He is happily married and the marriage has been blessed with successful children who are doing well in their respective career.
For hobbies, the Ugbo Prince likes reading, sports and he is a public affairs commentator who adds his opinion to issues and current affairs.