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.
Having spent 22 years in active service as an employee in both public and private sectors of the industry, I resigned to become a Petroleum Consultant, specialising in Production Economics, Asset Development and Asset Management. Among others, I became a call-out Consultant on Oil & Gas Matters for the Delta State Government, the Senate Committee on Petroleum of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Department of Petroleum Resources. I was a resource person at various Workshops/Seminars on Oil and Gas opportunities in Nigeria and likewise too, I brought my experience to bear in the preparation of tender documents, comprehensive technical and commercial bids for two marginal fields, which were both successful.
In 2003, I co-founded Platform Petroleum Limited (Operator of the Asuokpu/Umutu Field). As the Managing Director/CEO, I built the company from scratch to a staff strength of 85 and developed Umutu Field to its current point of production. In 2010, Platform Petroleum teamed up with two other companies to create Seplat Petroleum Development Company Ltd and I became the pioneer Managing Director/CEO. Seplat Petroleum has a current staff strength of 199.