Profile of Chief Philip C. Asiodu, DLITT, CON

Chief Philip C. Asiodu, CON, occupies a unique position in the history of the Nigeria’s public service. Born on 26th February, 1934, he attended King’s College, Lagos with top grades before proceeding to the Queen’s College, Oxford where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).

Chief Phillip Asiodu joined the Nigerian Foreign Service at the age of 23 and rose to be Chancellor, Nigerian Mission to the United Nations in New York at the dawn of Nigeria’s independence. He was also the Nigerian Representative in the Provisional Secretariat of the newly formed Organization of Africa Unity (OAU).  A renowned diplomat and bureaucrat, he moved over to the domestic Civil Service in 1964. He left the nation’s civil service with the unofficial tag of super Permanent Secretary, a reputation largely associated with the immense stature he acquired in government and the influence he wielded in public service. In 1983, he was appointed Special Adviser to President Shehu Shagari and Chairman, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. He was the Chief Economic Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999; in between, he was Secretary (Minister) for Petroleum and Mineral Resources in the Transitional Council of 1992/93. Between 2001 and 2005, he served as a member of the Honorary Presidential Advisory Council on investment. He joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998, became a Trustee of the party, and in 1999 contested nomination as the Party’s Presidential candidate but was unsuccessful. He has served as Chairman and Trustee on the Nigerian Conservation, WWF international and the National Committee of the World Energy Council at different times. In private businesses, he has served as Director and Chairman of several corporations, subsidiaries of multinationals mainly manufacturing, oil, and banking sub-sectors.

Chief Philip Asiodu exudes great knowledge and confidence: he has indeed played high profile and leadership roles in the planning and implementation of Nigeria’s oil and gas policies, beginning with negotiations for Nigeria’s admission into OPEC in 1971. His other achievements in this sector include the establishment of the Nigerian National Oil Corporation (NNOC), the recruitment of several Nigerian graduates for training abroad in oil technology, the partial nationalization of oil exploration and production, the decision in 1975 to establish two LNG plants, to build refineries in Warri and Kaduna and establish the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Warri.

Asiodu is a past President of the Nigerian Economic Society; life Honorary Vice President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute. Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management, Nigerian Institute of Directors and Honorary Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Mining & Geosciences. He has been President of the Nigerian-German Business Council, Chairman, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) Board of Patrons and of its Policy and Governance Commission at different times. He is also a recipient of the national honours of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.