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Dr. Peter Ndubuisi Mbah
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Dr. Peter Ndubuisi Mbah
Governor of Enugu State

An International Maritime Lawyer, Business Magnate, Public Administrator philanthropist, Peter Ndubuisi Mbah was born about 50 years ago to the family of Chief and Mrs Gilbert Ekete Mbah, in Owo, Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State.

In recognition of the importance of life, and with the assurance that their baby had a special mark and calling, his parents named him Ndubuisi. It was an assurance for them that so long as the boy lived, he would accomplish great milestones. On his baptism, he was named Peter, because his parents believed that like the biblical Peter, Ndubuisi would grow up to be a rock upon which great things would be anchored. They would be proved right over time.

Living up to his names, Peter Ndubuisi Mbah foraged through life with an uncommon focus and determination. He displayed courage, perseverance, resilience, conscientiousness and passion. These attributes have catapulted him to the pinnacle of relevance and ensured his position in national and global affairs.

 

Guided by these lifelong attributes, Peter, among his other business engagements, founded Focus International Schools in Lagos at the early stage of his entrepreneurial journey, in recognition of the role of education in national development. Today, he is also the Founder and Chief Executive officer of Pinnacle Oil and Gas Ltd., an indigenous oil and gas company. Rising from a modest beginning, Peter’s journey through life has been fruitful and full of impact. It spans through philanthropy, public service, the academia and entrepreneurship.

A true bridge builder, a link between ancient and modern; a selfless humanist with global outreach, Peter is neither loud nor brash; he is tested and trusted. He is a man who understands the values of trust and loyalty.

Education

Peter’s education commenced at the Army Children’s School, Bori Camp, Port Harcourt, from where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate with distinction. After leaving school, he wanted so much to be an international merchant. Thus, he engaged in commercial training/trading while simultaneously pursuing his academic studies. He later enrolled at Owode High School, Owode Egba in Ogun State, where he sat for and obtained his Senior Secondary School Certificate in 1992.

It was while trading that he realized the importance of legal education. He applied to and was accepted to study Law at the University of East London (UEL), in the United Kingdom from where he obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree, in the Upper-Class Division in 2000.

While at the University of East London, his leadership and organisational skills came to the fore. He was elected President of the Students Law Society between 1998-99. Under his leadership, the school won the students’ union prize and certificate of achievement for the ‘Most Productive Society of the Year.’

From 1999 to 2000, Mbah was a Member, Students Representative Council of the UEL, as well as a Member of the School of Law Board, where he represented the final year students. He won the first prize of the University of East London Mooting Competition and led the University’s team to the International Negotiation Competition.

He returned to Nigeria to study for his bar examination. He was later called to the Nigerian Bar and awarded the Barrister-at-Law (BL) at the Nigerian Law School. He did his youth service in Lagos with the law firm of Udeh and Associates and was mentored by the inimitable Justice Nnaemeka Agu (JSC, Rtd) of blessed memory, who was then a consultant to the firm.

Subsequently, Peter proceeded to acquire a Master’s degree in Maritime and Commercial Law from the Lagos State University in 2004.

In addition to these academic achievements and in the spirit of lifelong learning, he has continued to expand his boundaries of knowledge by participating in numerous academic and capacity-building programmes. These include:

Master’s degree in Business Administration from the IESE Business School, Barcelona, University of Navarra, Spain.

Chief Executive Programme at the Lagos Business School.

Post Graduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and numerous other Executive programmes in leading business schools across the world, including the Stanford Business School and Harvard Business School.

Academic Testimonials

Peter’s academic records and grasp of administration, even in his student days, could be gleaned from the testimonials to his leadership given by his former lecturers and tutors at the University of East London, as well as here in Nigeria.

Colin Sumner, Professor of Law, and Head of the School of Law at the UEL: “Peter has always struck me as an extremely determined and immensely capable young man. He is very sharp and alert, despite his easy-going manner… He resurrected a dormant body and won the university’s prize for the Most Productive Society of the Year… (He) led our student team in the International Negotiation Competition.”

 

Ken McGuire, Senior Lecturer and Peter’s personal tutor at the UEL: “Peter is personable and well-mannered. He is liked and respected by his fellow students and members of the academic at UEL. He is a diligent, well-organized, and hardworking student and his academic abilities are excellent… one of the best students I have taught at UEL. He is confident of his abilities and works extremely hard.”

Prof. Chris Ohurogu, Peter’s lecturer in LASU: “He struck me as a very hard-working, intelligent, and highly motivated person (who) possesses such a degree of foresight and problem-solving mentality which surpass those of his peers.”

Entrepreneurship and Business Acumen

Since leaving school, Peter Mbah has distinguished himself remarkably, seemingly to justify his tutors’ – Sumner, McGuire and Ohuruogu’s assessments of his capabilities. Aside founding Pinnacle Oil and Gas from an almost zero base-worth and nil reckoning in the corporate world, he also sits atop the board and management of Pinnacle Pointers, a real estate and hospitality company. His business and professional track records have taken him through several spheres of activities such as import trade, oil and gas sales and distributions, maritime logistics and public service. As diverse as his career in the oil industry has been, the consistent underpinning factor has been the passion for organisation, corporate governance, and the relentless search for knowledge.

Peter Mbah has been a Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of numerous successful companies and sits on the boards of several establishments. Before Pinnacle Oil and Gas Ltd., he had earlier founded the Peter Mbah Investment Limited, a trading firm which served as the Nigerian representative to International Oil Corporation (IOC) based in Fresno, California, USA. He was the sole agent of IOC in Nigeria.

He also founded GILPEL Industries Ltd., a trading company involved in the import and sales of domestic electrical appliances, as well as Focus International Schools, a world-class Primary and Secondary school based in Lagos.

In addition to the huge strides he has made in the areas of business, human management and public service, Peter Mbah is passionate about community development and service to humanity. His passion for intervention in community development is piloted by a zeal that is continuously driven by the quest for excellence, tenacity, resilience, and an indomitable ‘can-do’ spirit.

Public Service

In the area of public service, Peter Mbah made significant impact while serving in Enugu State as Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development under His Excellency, Governor Chimaroke Nnamani. As a testament to the uncommon contribution he made to the State’s fiscal operations through the strategy document he evolved which became the operating template for Enugu State government’s development programmes, the NewsWatch magazine’s special publication of July 3rd, 2006, described him as “a man ahead of his time.”

As the Commissioner for Finance, he was a Member of the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (Nigeria’s highest fiscal allocation body), Chairman of the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee’s Sub-Committee on Legal Matters, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Enugu State Insurance Company and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Enugu State Finance and Investment Company.

He had also earlier served as Chief of Staff to the Governor in 2003, and by virtue of the role, he was Chairman of the Enugu State Tenders’ Board; Member of the Enugu State Executive Council (highest decision-making body in the State), as well as Member of the State Security Council.

Philanthropy and Social Service

Peter is also the founder of Peter Mbah Foundation (PMF), a non-profit and non-political organisation, all-integrated innovative initiative and humanitarian-oriented project aimed at improving the health of people and standards of living in rural communities.

PMF has since developed a 40-bed hospital in Enugu State, built several kilometres of rural roads, defrayed hospital bills for countless patients in hospitals across the country and funded the education of numerous students through the its scholarship programme.

He is also a member of the Governing Council of Geoffrey Okoye University, Enugu.

Awards and Recognition

Peter Mbah is a Fellow of the Certified Institute of Public Administration and Management, (CIPM), a member of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). He also holds an honorary Doctorate degree in Political Science from the Geoffrey Okoye University, Enugu.

He is married to a wonderful woman and helpmate, one who has since marriage, helped to situate the ship of his destiny. They are blessed with four children – two daughters and two sons.

In his leisure time, he remains an avid reader, his favourite genre of books; biographies and autobiographies. He enjoys sailing and is a member of the Lagos Yacht Club. He is also a member of the Enugu Sports Club and is a fitness enthusiast.