Mrs. Alice Ojowu

Director, Water Resources Planning & Technical Support Services

Mrs Alice Ojowu (nee Onu) was born to a family of Mr. and Mrs. Godwin Onu Adekpe of Ojegbe, Iyeche, Oju Local Government of Benue State, in APRIL 20th,  1964.  

She started her Primary School Education at St. Charles Primary School, Odaleko, Iyeche, Igede, Benue State from 1969-1974. Thereafter, she proceeded to St Annes Secondary School, Otukpo from 1975-1980. While in this school, she was the smallest in her class and because of her ability to demonstrate leadership, she was made a Class Prefect and a member of School Choir for St Mary Catholic Church, Otukpo.

In 1981-1982, she was admitted into School of Basic Studies, Makurdi where she obtained a Higher Certificate that led to her admission to Ahmadu Bello University Zaria to read Geology in 1982. It will interest you to know why and how she got to know about Geology because during that time there was no counsellor to guide students from that part of the country on what to read to become a good citizen. This young lady was inspired by one of her teachers who was always speaking of the planet and its origin. The evolution of man etc.  From that moment, Alice fell in love with Geology and she desired to know more about what happened beneath the earth. Eventful, she graduated from ABU with a BSC Geology.

WORKING EXPERIENCE

She served with the Nigerian Mining Corporation, Jos under the National Youth Service Corp. After her NYSC, she took up teaching appointment with Nigerian Navy School, Ojo, Lagos for six months before she got appointed as a Geologist in the Civil Service Commission and was posted to Federal Ministry of Mines, Power and Steel. She was later deployed to Geological Survey of Nigeria where she worked for 19 years (1987- 2006). Mrs. Ojowu is presently working with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources as Director, Water Resources Planning and Technical Support Services.    

In her present assignment, she has demonstrated extraordinary acumen in the discharge of her duties. She is currently the Coordinator of the NAWIS centre, Niger Basin Authority – National Focal Structure (NBA-NFS), the Lake Chad Basin Commission – National Focal Structure (LCBC-NFS) and frequently represents Nigeria at regional and international meetings where issues relating to transboundary waters are being discussed. In her capacity as Director, Mrs. Ojowu oversees four (4) divisions namely:

  1. Collaboration and Partnership;
  2. Monitoring & Evaluation;
  3. Planning Policy & Programmes; and
  4. Research and Statistics Planning.

As Director, WRP&TSS, her schedule includes:

  1. Coordinate the Secretariat of the National Council on Water Resources;
  2. Coordinate the Ministry’s Medium-Term Sector Strategy (MTSS) document, the Medium-Term implementation plan of vision 20:2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as it relates to the Water Sector
  3. Coordinate the activities of the Ministry and its Agencies towards the articulating the development plan, medium terms strategy including short, medium and long-term mission and vision for the sector.
  4. Monitor projects/programmes
  5. Coordinate projects and programmes implementation
  6. Liaise with stakeholders
  7. Coordinate and monitors the Ministry’s activities
  8. Provide policy advice to top management
  9. Organize Stakeholders’ meetings
  10. Present reports of same to top management       

TRAINING, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

  1. Computer training on Computer Appreciation and Microsoft   Utilization at Aflon Computers, Abuja in 2000
  2. Participated in the Skills Enhancement Programme for the Civil service organized by Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation in Collaboration with Vic Lawrence and associates Limited in 2000
  3. She participated in Senior Women in Management Course organized by ASCON in 2001
  4. Obtained a Certificate Course in Computer Networking from TATA, New Dehli in 2001
  5. Participated in Report Writing and Presentation organized by ASCON in 2007
  6. Participated in a training programme on “Implementing Attitudinal Change for Greater Effectiveness” organized by Lighthouse Consulting Limited in June 2007
  7. Participated in a training programme on Project Management:  Planning and Implementation organized by Global Training Consulting, United Kingdom in June 2008
  8. Participated in a training programme on Project Planning and Implementation “Masterclass” organized by InterAfrica Group, South Africa in October 2008
  9. Participated in a training course on Managing Contracts organized by Global Training Consulting in July 2009

WORK DONE TO DATE

  1. Carried Geochemical Investigation of Lead-Zn deposits of Dutse-mai, Bsc Thesis
  2. Worked as a Scientific officer with NMC from 1985-1986
  3. She worked as Geologist with Geological Survey of Nigeria. Her first assignment was geological mapping of sheet 71, KAMBA
  4. Participated in Gold Investigation at OKOLOM, Kogi State
  5. Participated in GOLD Investigation at OSSOSO Edo State
  6. Participated Geological Survey mapping of FCT
  7. Participated in the polymetallic mineral investigation of Jiyba

APPOINTMENTS HELD

  1. She was officially elected as an Ordinary Council Member of NMGS in 1990. She was youngest member of Council during after her graduation. Her joining the Council surprised older members of council like late Aret Adams and Uka Nwangwu among others. It was after this period that a decree was passed that a member must spend at least 10 years before joining council. Her nickname in Council was “BB”. She served as Ordinary Council of NMGS for 12 consecutive years before she rose to the post Financial Secretary for two years
  2. She was an Assistant Secretary of National Secretariat of NMGS Building Committee, Zawan, Jos
  3. Liaison Officer of Uranium Mining 1993-1994
  4. Secretary to Sub-Committee on Presidential Committee on the Development of National Policy of Solid Minerals Development 1994-1995
  5. Assistant Secretary on National Committee on the Development of Coal Utilization in Nigeria
  6. National Expert on Niger Basin Authority and Lake Chad Basin Commission
  7. National Expert on Comprehensive African Agriculture Development (CAADP) process in Nigeria
  8. Member of the Technical Expert on Inter-Basin Water Transfer from Ubangui River to Lake Chad
  9. Participated in organizing the best ever NMGS conference popularly known as “Rainbow NMGS Conference”