PROFILE OF MAJOR GENERAL MARTIN CHUKUDI OSAHOR (Rtd)
FSS MSS DSS GSS psc (+) fwc (+) MSc FNSE CON CEM®
THE MD/CEO CREWS PROJECTS LTD – VISIONER t&t VIRGIN NONI
I was born on 9th March 1951 in Egbudu Akah, Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State as the first son of Chief Godwin Baldwin Archer Osahor and Mrs. Ukabude Osahor nee Nnalue fondly called ‘Odenigbo’. I was the first of 24 children from a polygamous household and therefore developed the instinct of self-assertion and competition from a very tender age.
Under fortuitous circumstances, I joined the military which led to my admission into the Nigerian Military School Zaria in January 1965. I passed out in 1969 as a private soldier and was posted to the Medical Corps where I was deployed as a physiotherapy assistant until I gained admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy in April 1970.
In late 1970, I commenced cadet training with Regular Course 8 at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) and proceeded on selection to the Royal Military Academy (RMA) Sandhurst where I completed my training with intake 49 and was commissioned as a Regular Combatant Officer in the rank of Second Lieutenant on 4th August 1972 into the Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers.
The Royal Military College of Science (RMCS) Shrivenham, Swindon, UK (NOW Cranfield University) was where I obtained a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering in 1975. I obtained 2 Masters Degrees, one in Water Resource Engineering in 1983 and another in Community and Regional Planning in 1984, both from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
My military career was meritorious which spanned 40 years (including NMS) during which I attained the rank of Major General and had the privilege of being the Chief Engineer of the Nigerian Army when I commanded the elite Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers from 2001 to 2002. I attended many military, academic, professional and management courses, as well as many seminars, training workshops, conferences and study tours which took me to over 20 countries all over the world.
My last duty post and the highlight of my career was my appointment in July 2002 as Director General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, by the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. This appointment, which lasted from 15 July 2002 to 13 May 2007, effectively installed me as the CEO of the highest National training institution in Nigeria.
HONOURS AND AWARDS
Added to the military honors and awards which I received as a result of my training, qualification and the length of my unblemished service and all the daggers I earned as directing staff, I also was conferred with the National Honor, Commander Order of the Niger (CON) in 2002; and an International Award, Kwame Nkrumah African Leadership Award for Excellence (Ghana April 2004).
I am a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE); a Member, Council of the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN); a Chartered Mediator and Conciliator (Ch.MC.) and a Member, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). I qualified as a Certified Emergency Manager CEM® by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) in March 2008 and I have the distinction of being the first Certified Emergency Manager in Nigeria.
I retired voluntarily from the Nigerian Army with effect from 31 December 2004, after 35 years meritorious service as a commissioned officer. However, I continued as Director General National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, Jos until 13 May, 2007 when I finally disengaged from government service.
I am happily married to Mrs. Patricia Osahor and we are blessed with 4 sons Chukudi, Leonard, Patrick, Nnalue and 3 grandchildren. In my spare time I am engaged in reading, learning French, singing gospel music and community service. I am an ardent golfer with a respectable handicap of 16.
On retirement, as a consummate trainer who spent cumulatively not less than 10 years in Armed Forces training institutions as instructor or Chief Instructor, I decided to return to my first love which is training and established a Consultancy in Disaster and Emergency Management. I am currently engaged as the CEO and Lead Consultant Crews Projects Limited – Emergency Managers and Safety Consultants. I am also the Convener and Trustee of the Association of Emergency Managers-Nigeria, the umbrella organization for the development of the emergency management profession in Nigeria and am actively engaged in the mobilization of members for the Association.
In 2005 the Lord opened my eyes to the wonder plant called NONI during my visit to Trinidad and Tobago. After 10 years of painstaking research and hard work it is indeed a testimony to the goodness of God in my life that I have achieved another FIRST. I am proud to declare that today, Crews Projects Ltd has the largest known NONI farm in Africa and we are producing t&t Virgin Noni® Juice for national consumption and for export. It is my vision to place one bottle of this miracle juice on every breakfast table here in Nigeria and further on into West Africa.
Major General Martin Chukudi Osahor (Rtd) FNSE CON CEM®