28 October 2013, Port Harcourt – Governors Adams Oshiomhole, Chibuike Rotimi, Rochas Okorocha of Edo , Rivers and Imo States alongside President of Dangote Groups, Alhaji Aliko Dangote have been honoured by Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG for among others, their contributions to the developmental efforts especially jobs creation and labour movement.
They were honoured during NUPENG’s Third Quadrennial Delegates Conference, QDC, which took place in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
While three governors received award of Excellence as a “Friend of the Union”, Dangote got award of Excellence as “Leading Employer of Labour”.
Oshiomhole, a former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, turned politician, attended Ruskin College, Oxford in the United Kingdom, where he majored in economics and industrial relations.
He also attended the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.
Comrade Oshiomhole started his trade union activism in Arewa Textiles Company, where he was elected the union secretary and later became a full time trade union organizer in 1975.
In 1982, Oshiomhole was appointed General Secretary of the National Union of Textiles, Garment and Tailoring workers of Nigeria.
Oshiomhole represented African Workers for two terms on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), serving on the committee on freedom of Association. He was also a member of the Executive Board of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.
Governor Amaechi received a Bachelors of Arts degree (honours) in English studies and literature from the University of Port Harcourt in 1987, where he was the president of the National Association of Rivers State Students, NURSS.
He joined the services of Pamo Clinics and Hospitals Limited, on completion of his NYSC, where he worked until 1992.
In 1999, he contested and won a seat to become a member of the River State House of Assembly to represent his constituency and was subsequently elected as the Speaker of the House of Assembly
Ameachi contested and won Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s primaries for Rivers State Gubernatorial race in 2007, but his name was substituted and he took the case up to the Supreme Court and won. He became Governor on October, 26, 2007 after the Supreme Court pronounced him the rightful candidate of the PDP and winner of the April 2007 Governorship election. He was re-elected for a second term of four years in April, 2011.
Owelle Okorocha studied at the University of Jos (1993-1994) and obtained an advanced diploma in Public Administration.
He was among others, a commissioner on the Federal Character Commission and a member of the National Constitutional Conference and is a Grand patron of NUPENG.
Alhaji Dangote is a Nigerian self-made business magnate, with an estimated net worth of 16.1 billion dollars as at March, 2013.
He is the owner of Dangote Group, which has interest in commodities with operations in Nigeria, and several other countries in Africa including Benin, Cameroon, Togo, Ghana South Africa and Zambia.
He attended A1- Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, where he studied business. Dangote returned to Nigeria after bagging his degree to work with his uncle, Sanusi Abdulkadir Dantata, who afterwards gave him a loan of N500,000, when he was just 21 years old to start a business.
The Dangote Group which started as a small trading firm in 1977 is now a multi trillion naira conglomerate. Dangote Group has become the largest industrial group in Africa with Dangote Sugar Refinery, Dangote Cement, Dangote Flour, Dangote Salt, Dangote noodles, and coming on, is the Dangote Refinery and petro- chemical plant just to mention a few.