Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha – First democratically elected Governor of Bayelsa State

Chief Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha, the first democratically elected governor of Bayelsa State was born on the November 16, 1952. He was an Administrator, Logistician, Author and Politician and had a varied career spanning the private and public sectors in Nigeria. Alamieyeseigha started his career in the Nigerian Civil Service, and later trained at the Nigerian Defence Academy (15th Regular Combatant Course) in Kaduna.

He served in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for 19 years and held many command and staff positions and was decorated with Forces Service Star, General Services Medal and National Service Medal.

Notable appointments he held during his life time include:

  • Sole Administrator, PABOD Supplies (Rivers State owned company),
  • Military Assistant to a one time Governor of old Rivers State,
  • Plant Services Manager, National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria (NAFCON),
  • Special Adviser to a former Minister of Information,
  • Chairman Board of Directors, Port-Harcourt Flour Mills (Nig) Ltd; Administrative/Shareholders Representative (IPCO) multi-national company.
  • Delegate to the 2014 National Conference (2014)

 

In 1999, he became the first democratically elected Governor of Bayelsa State and served in that capacity for six and half years. Alamieyeseigha had a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, an MBA in Management and Doctorate in Strategic Management.

Furthermore, he was a member of the Institute of Purchasing and Supply and Institute of Materials Handling, UK. He was also a Fellow of the Nigeria Academy of Education, Fellow of the Computer Association of Nigeria, Honorary Professor of the Institute of Economics and Advanced Technologies, Ukraine, LLD (Honoris Cosa) University of Port-Harcourt.

Author of many books, amongst which are:

  • Managing Employee Productivity in Nigeria: A Strategic Approach (2002),
  • Managing Youth Unrest in Nigeria: A Holistic Approach;
  • The Challenges of Developing the Niger Delta etc.

 

During his tenure as Governor of Bayelsa State (1999 – 2005) Alamieyeseigha had several battles with the President of the country, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, which eventually saw to his being impeached. He was subsequently escaped arrest in London and sneaked into Nigeria where his travails continued. He had a little respite when his former deputy, who later became President granted him amnesty. He died on October 10, 2015 at the Port Harcourt University Teaching Hospital.

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