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NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS (NLC) GENERAL SECRETARY

DR PETER IZEVBUWA OZO-ESON

The National Executive Council of Nigeria Labour Congress at its last meeting held in Enugu, the capital city of Enugu State, South East Nigeria on Friday, 15 August 2014 appointed Dr. Peter Izevbuwa Ozo-Eson as the new General Secretary of NLC. Until his new appointment, Dr. Ozo-Eson was the Chief Economist of the NLC.                                                                                                           
Dr. Ozo-Eson, born in 1948, is married to Dr. Philomena Ibhade Ozo-Eson with four children.
Dr. Ozo-Eson attended the University of Ibadan from 1971 to 1974; United Nations Institute for Development and Planning, Dakar in 1977 and Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada from 1977 to 1982 when he obtained his PhD in Economics specializing in International Trade and Finance.
Dr. Ozo-Eson started his working life as a Research Assistant at the Nigeria Institute for Social and Economic Research, NISER, University of Ibadan from 1975 to 1977 soon after graduating from the University of Ibadan in 1974.
He was also a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada from 1980 to 1982 when he joined the University of Jos, North Central Nigeria as a Lecturer in the University’s Economics Department until 2001 when he left the University as an Associate Professor.
Dr. Ozo-Eson worked at various times as Visiting fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, United Kingdom; Director of Research and Education, National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria; Acting Executive Director, Centre for Advanced Social Science, CASS, Port-Harcourt, South South Nigeria; Director of Research and later, Chief Economist of Nigeria Labour Congress since 2003 until his new appointment as General Secretary. He is a Life Member of the Nigerian Economic Society.
Dr. Ozo-Eson has done a total of 52 researches and publications in various economic and development themes of high global intellectual ratings.  
A prolific researcher, an economist and committed political and trade union activist started his activism as a young student at the University of Ibadan where he was elected Deputy Chairman of the University’s Students Union in 1972. As a Post Graduate student at the Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada he was Secretary and later President of African Students Association between 1977 and 1979.
He was also National Auditor of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in the 1986/87 leadership of the foremost academic staff union in Nigeria.
He was a two term member of the Senate of the University of Jos between 1990 and 1996; and also served as a member of the Team of Six intellectuals that developed the Senior Secondary School Economics Curriculum for Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Education from 1985 to 1986.
Between 1990 and 1991, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson was a member of the National Universities Commission Accreditation Panels to Bayero University, Kano; University of Maiduguri, North East Nigeria and the Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna, North West Nigeria.
In 1992, he was a member of the Presidential Study Group on the Monetization of Fringe Benefits in Nigeria. He was twice a member of Nigeria’s National Economic Advisory Council from 1994 to 1999 and also from 2008 to 2009.
Between 1989 and 1993, he was an External Examiner to the Nigeria Defence Academy, Bayero University, Kano and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. In 1995, he was elected into the University of Jos Governing Council by the University’s congregation. He chaired various committees of the Council, including the Council’s Committee on Housing Allowance and the Committee on the University’s 1995 Audited Accounts.
Dr. Ozo-Eson is an experienced negotiator. He served in the National Negotiating Team of the Academic Staff Union of Universities from 1992 to 1996 and also in 2009. He was also a member of the Drafting Team of the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy in 2004 as well as Technical Adviser to the Community Action for Popular Participation, CAPP, an Abuja based civil society organization.
In 2008, he was Consultant to the Federal Ministry of Interior for the Medium Term Sector Strategy; and since 2008 till date, he has been a member of the Steering Committee of Vision 2020; from 2009 to 2012, he was a member of the National Economic Intelligence Committee.
From 2001 to 2003, he was Associate Editor of the Nigerian Economic and Social Studies as well as Conference Editor and Member of Council of the Nigerian Economic Society with the same period.
He was Chairman of the Edo State Youth Empowerment Committee from 2008 to 2009; member of the Governing Council of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State from 2009 to 2013 and since 2009, he has been a member of the Edo State Economic Council.
Given his vast organizational and intellectual competence spanning private and public sectors as well as international exposure, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson will no doubt impact positively in the clout and work of the NLC as he is already familiar with the operational terrains of Africa’s largest labour centre.
He will formally resume duties on 1st September 2014.

 

 
 
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