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The Governor


The Governor

David Nweze Umahi, fondly called Engineer Dave was born to the humble family of Elder and Deaconess Joseph Umahi Nweze in Umunaga Uburu in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. He attended Umunaga Primary School in Uburu from 1971-1977 where he bagged his First Leaving Certificate with Distinction. Engr. Umahi started his secondary education at Ishiagu High School in 1978 and in 1979, transferred to the prestigious Government Secondary School, Afikpo, where he completed his secondary education and passed his WASC Examinations in Division 1 grade with excellent Alpha performances in Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Statistics, Physics and Chemistry. While in Government Secondary School Afikpo, young Dave was made a Library Prefect. This was predicated on his academic exploits in spite of the fact that the tradition in the school was that only students who started in class 1 were qualified to hold any position in the school such as School Prefect.

In the quest for higher education, the young but hardworking Dave got admission into the Anambra State University of Science and Technology where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from 1982 to 1987. While in Anambra State University of Science and Technology, he was elected into the Students’ parliament as a Senator representing Engineering Faculty and was very outstanding in all proceedings of the school’s Students Union Government senate. At the completion of his university education, he enlisted for the NYSC scheme. Between 1988 and 1989, he did his National Service in SAIPEM SPA in Benin City. While serving there, he was made a Sectional Head (CATHODIC PROTECTION ENGINEERING SECTOR) in the 2.8 billion naira gas pipeline project from EXCRAVOS IN WARRI to EGBIN GAS PLANT IN LAGOS. He was honoured with the NYSC State Award for his outstanding performance. After his National Youth Service Programme, the vibrant Engr. Dave worked with SCC Nigeria Limited; an Israeli Company (Water Engineering Giant) and rose to the position of Project Engineer. It was here that his managerial and technical competence was brought to the fore in his supervision of the historic Umuahia Water Project and the Ndiegoro Aba Flood Control Measures between 1988 and 1990.

From 1990 to 1993, he became General Manager and Shareholder in NORMAN ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION NIGERIA LIMITED, a company which he co-founded with the then MD of NAFCON Port-Harcourt, Dr. Ombo Isokarari. Chief Engr. Dave Umahi was also the Chairman and CEO of the following companies until March 2011, when he resigned his position and membership of all the companies due to his election into public office.
They include;

Chairman and CEO of Brass Engineering & Construction Nig. Ltd
Chairman and CEO of Fucus Investment Nig. Ltd
Chairman and CEO of Osborn La palm Royal Resort Ltd

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