NIGERIA: Dakuku Adol Peterside Biography And Profile

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By Politicoscope April 22, 2015 06:00

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Dakuku Adol Peterside was born in 1970 to a middle class family of Senibo Adolphus Peterside, a scion of a famous warrior precipitate merchant who is called Senibo Nibilagh Peterside in Biriye Polo, Opobo, Dakuku Adolphus Peterside grew up in Azumini, Aba, both in present day Abia State, Kaduna and Port Harcourt at various times

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NIGERIA: Dakuku Adol Peterside Biography And Profile

Dakuku Adol Peterside was born in 1970 to a middle class family of Senibo Adolphus Peterside, a scion of a famous warrior precipitate merchant who is called Senibo Nibilagh Peterside in Biriye Polo, Opobo, Dakuku Adolphus Peterside grew up in Azumini, Aba, both in present day Abia State, Kaduna and Port Harcourt at various times.

Having graduated from Okrika Grammar School (OGS nicknamed Old Garri sellers during his time) in 1986/87, he went further to University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt where he studied Medical Laboratory Sciences, specializing in Haematology and Blood Transfusion. It was at RSUST that the world discovered this rare gem, leadership icon, pride of his people and a citizen of the world. He was elected National President, National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS) in January 1992.

In RSUST he became a symbol of diagnostic and analytical politics towering above his peers like a colossus. He was also editor, Kampuswatch the flagship of RSUST’s campus journalism. Till date he represents the best of medical laboratory science students who caught their teeth in campus politics. Dakuku Peterside returned to Rivers State University of Science and technology, Port Harcourt and earned a Masters Degree in Management. He is presently a doctoral candidate of the University of Port Harcourt.

When he graduated from RSUST, he joined public service which quickly became a passion. He was first appointed Special Assistant to Governor of Rivers State (Dr. Peter Odili) on Student and Youth Affairs in August 1999. It was in this position that he perfected the Art & Science of bridge building between the youth and the leaders, between today and the future.

It was at his demanding office as Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Rivers State that he was invited to serve as Chairman, Opobo-Nkoro LGA in December 2002. At the LGA he proved that he is an administrator per excellence, an achiever and a scientist with the mind of a politician. He earned the prestigious sobriquet of the BEST LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHAIRMAN of his time in just six months.

Several years after he left the chairmanship of Opobo/Nkoro LGA, he is still being celebrated as a human machine who accomplished rare feats and brought back hope in grassroots governance. He contributed alongside others to establish the ‘Vanguard of Opobo Nation’ (VON) in 1994 and was its secretary. He also served as the National President of VON From 2000-2008.

Hon. Dakuku Peterside, not being a disciple of inactivity, was appointed Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Works after his tenure as the chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Council. It is to his credit that he brought novelty, ingenuity and credibility to public infrastructure works. He kept contractors on their toes and gave Rivers people value for money on all projects he supervised.

In 2005 Hon. Dakuku went further to pursue another of his passion –leadership grooming. This he did through an NGO he founded earlier –Development and Leadership Institute (DLI). The rapid growth and transformation of DLI to a leading NGO in its area of work-leadership grooming and development work is as a result of the Midas Touch of Dakuku Peterside.

In just 12 months the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) recognized DLI as a leader in its sector in Nigeria and by 2009 DLI was on the Board of all Key International Committees of WANGO.

While he was championing the transformation of DLI from a local NGO to an international Non-Profit Organization, Governor Chibuike Amaechi invited him to serve as commissioner of works. Again he reconstructed all known records and changed despair to hope. It is on record that under his tenure, the Scientist-cum-politician, under the amiable leadership of Governor Amaechi embarked on the construction of 1,000 Km of roads. In the history of Rivers State no such volume of road construction has been undertaken by any government before. It is on record that globally we need transformation minded leaders of his stature to safely berth us in the next generation.

Today we have too many people with high sounding words, and too few corresponding actions. Hon. Dakuku Peterside is a man that matches every word that proceeds out of his mouth with a corresponding action, and in the right direction. Small wonder the High Flyer did not stop at Commissioner of Works but went further to represent his constituency in the National Assembly of Nigeria in 2011. He was thereafter appointed Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream).

Welcome to the eventful world of the pathfinder, the bridge builder, and the hope of the ever-forward youths of Rivers State, South-South Region and Nigeria at large, Dakuku is an ardent Christian, a loving father, and a statesman to the core. A detribalised Nigerian with an unflinching repute for transparency and accountability in governance, Dakuku is a true believer in ‘project Nigeria’.

His five-point legislative focuses include:

  • Infrastructural Development of the Niger Delta
  • Good governance, Transparency and Accountability in Governance
  • Education
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Environment

“Great leaders build a workforce for the future. They are human capital developers. Great leaders always ask themselves: Am I prepared for what’s next? They invest in themselves by constantly learning” — Jonathan Fletzer

Hon. Dakuku A. Peterside has asked himself Fletzer’s question, answered it accordingly and impacted tremendously in the development of Rivers State, Rivers youths and his Constituency. He is both an outstanding young leader and an accomplished scientist. He is an enigma to several young people who look up to him for inspiration. He has, probably, earned for himself an enviable fellowship which no young person of his political age has.

He is the leader’s leader, a biomedical scientist who has a rare analytical mind and sharp diagnostic wits. Today he is celebrated as the hope of tomorrow and a symbol of what trust in God can do.

Family
Dakuku is married to Elima, a lawyer and they are blessed with three children, Soba, Belema and Miebi. He is a committed Christian who believes his relationship with Jesus Christ is what gives meaning to life.

– Dakuku Adol Peterside


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