PROFILE: Ex-Surveyor-Classic Omoigui, who demarcated Nigeria’s verbalize boundaries, clocks 90


The name Omoigui will doubtlessly scheme shut your options on to Ifueko Omoigui Okauru, the feeble Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Services; or Nowamagbe Omoigui, the gleaming Nigerian defense force historian who died in April, sadly at completely 62 years.

Then yet again, their father prolonged made the name known and revered old to these two siblings followed in his footsteps into the precious person of their dangle.

Daniel Aiyanyo Omoigui, who clocks 90 on Wednesday, is a feeble Surveyor-Classic of the Federation who is totally known for his roles in resolving boundary disputes among states in Nigeria by initiating the establishment of the National Boundary Payment, and especially by scheme of the work he and his group at the Department of Detect did, begining from after the civil war in 1970.

Mr Omoigui became additionally excited about the negotiation between Nigeria and Cameroun on the Bakassi Penisula. That territory became later ceded to Cameroun, following worldwide adjudication, and he believes that became the explicit resolution, irrespective of the exasperate of Nigeria over the ruling.

Intrigues over Bakassi, verbalize boundaries

In an interview with Forefront Newspaper on the occasion of his 80th birthday in 2011, Mr Omoigui recalled the intrigues over the Bakassi Penisula.

“I started the boundary demarcation of the whole country, so, my defend in London helped me a lot in this assignment. A good deal of the documents currently on boundary demarcation had been produced by my group.

“Then we had been excited about the demarcation of the boundary between Nigeria and Cameroun. In August 12 – 14 ,1970, the first assembly of the Nigeria/Cameroun Boundary Committee took space in Beau, Yaoundé. The Nigerian delegation became led by the late Chief R.O Coker.

“I became esteem the technical secretary to the committee. There had been representatives from the Customs. Immigration, Cupboard Relate of commercial within the delegation. After we came help from Yaoundé, the delegates from the External Affairs Ministry did their file to their Commissioner, the late Dr. Okoi Arikpo, who then wrote to the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney – Classic of the Federation, Dr. Teslim Elias, for his idea on the Nigeria/Cameroun boundary self-discipline.

“Elias’ answer has remained a landmark effective idea that Nigerian has no insist to Bakassi peninsula; that all we would enjoy appreciated to attain became the maritime boundary between each nations.

“The Classic Yakubu Gowon administration followed Dr. Elias’ idea. From 1970 -1975 when Classic Gowon became removed from space of labor, I took phase within the negotiations.

“I in actuality enjoy your total documents. What Gowon did then became to convene a gathering of the Supreme Protection force Council to brief them on the finest idea and Col. Olusegun Obasanjo, as he then became, became the Commissioner for Works while Col. Murtala Muhammed, as he then became, became the Commissioner for Communications.

“I became then the Assistant Director accountable of the Mapping Fraction at the Federal Detect Department and, in 1978, Chief Coker retired from the carrier and my colleague took over as Director of Federal Detect.

“In 1979, we had a civilian administration and, in 1981, the Cameroonian gendarmes invaded Nigeria and five of our soldiers had been killed. With my experience, even supposing no longer heading the maritime allotment, I became requested by the National Assembly to direct them the explicit location where the killings took space.

“I told them it became in Cameroun, east of Ekeng. Although they knew it became within the Cameroun, they began to flex muscle tissues. When Buhari took over in 1984, he space up a assignment force on Nigeria’s boundary with Chad Republic and I became a member of the duty force.

“It became then we knew that Richard Akinjide had sought the idea of a Cambridge Director for his idea. I became then brought in to oversee the technical file while the important file did bear in mind Elias that Bakassi became in Cameroun.”

No longer surprisingly, his work in interior boundary demarcation additionally immersed him in controversy and ended in his forcible retirement in 1988 after completely a 365 days as Surveyor Classic of the Federation.


Mr and Mrs Okauru at a Thanksgiving service in Abuja ... on Wednesday
Mr and Mrs Okauru at a Thanksgiving carrier in Abuja on Wednesday

In the the same interview, he additionally spoke on the controversy over the demarcation of the boundary between Ondo and Bendel states and the scheme he became accused of manipulating the switch of some oil wells from Ondo to Bendel. Mr Omoigui talked about he later won a libel swimsuit he filed against a newspaper relating to the allegation.

His daughter, Mrs Omoigui Okauru, recalled that it became one in every of his toughest moments. Then yet again, from that incident, she realized the virtues of sacrifice and delayed gratification, she talked about in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday.

Starting up college at 14

Born within the village in colonial Nigeria when educational alternatives had been sparse, he managed to enroll at college at 14. But 12 years later in 1957, he graduated with a B.Sc in Mathematics from the University of Ibadan.

Then yet again, his public carrier career had began earlier in 1950 when he took his first appointment as a Mathematics and Geography trainer at Niger College, Benin Metropolis, quickly after his secondary college education at St. Patrick’s College, Asaba in 1949.

He later moved to the Federal Detect Department, Lagos, rising by scheme of the ranks to the situation of Director of Federal Detect Department in 1984 after which reaching the summit folowing his appointment as Surveyor-Classic of the Federation in February 1988.

Mrs Omoigui Okaura talked about she imbibed the ethics of laborious work, capability to confront challenges, and the energy of “carrying everybody along” from her father in some unspecified time in the future of his time within the civil carrier. She talked about these values helped her immensely in her time as FIRS boss.

Low capabilities within the family

Mr Omoigui additionally skilled low moments in his non-public life.

First became the loss of his wife, Grace Omoigui, in 2016. She died from gunshot injuries she suffered from an armed robbery attack in Benin Metropolis while on her formula from a bank.

Every other tragedy struck the Omoigui family when Nowamagbe Omoigui, a most major Nigerian defense force historian and one in every of the four sons of Mr Omoigui, died in April this 365 days.

Mr Omogui and a scrutiny of a son-in-law

Among the memorable incidents Asishana Okauru has of his spouse of’s father became when he became silent a suitor to Ifueko.

He recalled Pa Omoigui as “very territorial and protective” of his daughter, understandably because she became the surely lady among his five youth.

Mr Okauru, who is the Director-Classic of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, narrated how his spouse of’s father to be demanded to see his credentials and noticed a 365 days when he regarded to be inactive.

“He did all styles of investigations and asked a mode of questions,” he talked about in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES.

At remaining, Mr Omoigui’s meticulous nature endeared him to his son-in-law who now fondly sees him as his dad, having misplaced his biological father at a younger age.

Ageing but working for the aged

Mr Omogui, as chairman of DAGOMO Foundation Nigeria, is now training making life higher for the aged in Nigeria. The organisation became established by the retired public servant and his family to promote intergenerationality and manufacture an aged care industry in Nigeria with the purpose of being a benchmark for the area.

The Foundation became impressed by the inadequate treatment and care of their mom. The muse has helped 5000 aged persons and affords free scientific companies and products in some unspecified time in the future of its outreach, in accordance to Mrs Omoigui-Okauru.

“The muse is supposed to search out a link or synergy between generations because there are some untapped advisory abilities that the aged can give the younger ones,” she added.

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