In secondary school, I got quite close to my mathematics and physics teacher, a graduate of Geology, who was then a serving youth corps member. I was so fascinated by the course that I put in to study Geology in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, second class upper division in 1980. I had my NYSC at NNPC and worked there for 12 years. I also studied at the University of Ibadan, graduating in 1992 with a Post Graduate Diploma (distinction) in Petroleum Engineering.
At NNPC, I worked in several divisions and held many positions. Between 1980 and 1985, while in the Exploration & Exploitation Division, I was a Subsurface Geologist responsible for petrophysical analysis and reservoir mapping as well as a Wellsite Geologist on various offshore and onshore drilling locations. In 1985 and 1986, I was seconded to Shell Petroleum Development Company as a Production Seismologist with Shell Western Divisional Study Team, an E & P Study Team in Warri. Between 1986 and 1992, I was a Reservoir Engineer with the Shell Group in NAPIMS, NNPC; Seismic Interpreter with the Chevron 3-D Team in San Ramon, California; as well as Head, Special Studies & Seismic Interpretation Unit of NAPIMS, NNPC.
I was head hunted by Allied Energy Resources (Nig.) Ltd in 1992 to work as the Exploration Coordinator a position I occupied till 1996. During this period too, I was a member of the Statoil/BP Alliance Team for Nigerian Assets Evaluation in Stavanger, Norway. Between 1996 and 2001, I rose through the ranks to become the Exploration Manager and then General Manager (Technical). During my career stint with Allied, I planned and supervised one full-cycle Field Development/Production start-up project, as well as two deepwater Exploration and Drilling Projects.