Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama was born into the humble family of late (Sir) Godfrey Ogbeide-Ihama and late (Mrs ) Foluke Ogbeide-Ihama and is one of the many successful children of his late parents. His father hailed from the Jackson Ogbeide-Ihama dynasty in Benin (Umogun n’Ihogbe Royal family) and the Eboigbe n’Etebite (Egbe Latose family). His mother hailed from the Lawani-Bokini family in Benin (Egbe Ezomo and Okemole) and (Egbe Ero n’Urubi/Izevbokun no’rio Oshodin- Oloke family).
At the time of his birth, his parents took it up as part of their parental duties to ensure quality education for their children. At a very early age the Ogbeide-Ihama children were introduced into their traditional heritage and were taught the tenets of diligence and virtuous living. The lessons incubated into young Omoregie manifested even in his early days, as he exhibited uncommon brilliance in academics and extracurricular activities ranging from being a Band Leader, Pioneer member of War Against Indiscipline Brigade, Dramatic Society President, Member of Quiz and Debate Society to Students Representative Committee Secretary, where his leadership qualities blazed forth like a comet for all to see.
His academic record can simply be described as exceptional and very impressive. He began his educational pursuit in Emotan nursery and primary schools in Benin City, proceeding to Federal Government College Warri (Unity School) in Warri. He later gained admission into University of Benin, where he studied and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering bagging a Second Class Honours (Upper Division).
Armed with an excellent academic record and a burning desire to contribute a telling quota, he researched on photovoltaic technology as he studied deeply and practiced the generation of power supply via (Sunlight) Solar energy. He worked with Lenbrook Solar Systems in Lagos, where he successfully executed solar powered water projects within Nigeria.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mohandas Gandhi
Omoregie had his compulsory N.Y.S.C programme in Port Harcourt, Rivers State where he served and worked with Exxon Mobil as a Drilling Engineer. There he gained tremendous experience in the Oil and Gas sector before venturing into private business. He set up a very successful company, Foluke Global Resources Ltd, a company named after his dear mum Foluke, with operations covering civil works, supply and installation of solar equipments.
As a young entrepreneur, who saw that balancing a demanding work load with achieving competitive advantage in the business world today was indeed challenging, and as a man in constant need to broaden his horizons by acquiring knowledge, Omoregie took up a Master’s programme at the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Scotland where he obtained an MBA Degree in Oil and Gas Management. He got back into the Oil and Gas industry and his stellar academic record and dogged pursuit of excellence saw him appointed then as the In-Country Manager of Score Energy Services Nigeria Limited, an arm of Score Group Worldwide. He was also a Director at FGR Energy which has its main focus on Gas Turbine Solutions.
Omoregie is an epitome of humility and simplicity, he is a people person who is able to relate with people from all walks of life and is endowed with a rare spirit of selflessness. A young man with international exposure, he was not enamored with the lure of pecuniary gain and even though he was inundated with job offers from around the globe. Omoregie chose instead to return to his home country to grow a dwindling population of men and women truly dedicated and committed to achieving and surpassing the developmental goals of our great nation.
Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama is a devoted Christian and family man married to Oge Ogbeide-Ihama an Investment and Asset Management Specialist.
Omoregie is a member of several international and local bodies including the Chartered Management Institute, United Kingdom (CMI), Association of MBA’s (AMBA), Rotary Club International, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) etc.
“All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke
HIS BELIEF/ VALUES
I believe that our society could be doing so much better. Our society should have everything going for it; creative flair, world class companies, globally respected universities, a tradition of tolerance, a love of freedom, a talent for enterprise, a concern for the underdog and the ability to pull together in a crisis.
Edo state is the heart beat of our country, but today it is heading in the wrong direction. Far too many people are held back from achieving their full potential. A litany of everyday frustrations prevents the Edo people from living fulfilled lives. So long as this continues, the people of this great state are deprived of the chance to be all they can be. They shouldn’t have to settle for this hence my drive and focus on effective representation.
I am in politics to give something back to my people/society who gave so much to me. As a son of the soil, as one who has practically lived within the terrain of my constituency, as one brought up with family ethics, values and a name to protect, I am driven by a profound sense of pride in Benin.
For me the heart of politics is all about people, their hopes and aspirations. People want the freedom to take the important decision about their families and to keep more of the money they earn. They want the security that goes with owning their homes, saving for retirement, living in a safe neighborhood. They want the opportunities provided by a good education and a thriving economy and they expect fair play.
I believe that to be treated equally is a right, and that discrimination is wrong. Our people are amazed at situations where individuals are richer than institutions. People are tired of politicians who talk and talk, but fail to deliver. They are tired of politicians saying one thing before elections and something else afterwards.
People have had enough talk. It is time for action that bothers on our future and that of our children.
To create Laws that will enhance and sustain the quality of lives, and open up opportunities for my people.
•Believing that knowledge builds capacity, I shall vigorously pursue education related and self-empowerment motions.
• Push to create enabling environment to support employment for women and youth.
•Maintain the independence of the legislative arm of Government.
•Maintain utmost loyalty to our great party (PDP) on whose platform I am representing my people.
To those people in town and villages across Oredo struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, I pledge my best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required – not because of your support and votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
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