Many of those who are close to corridors of power are speculating that the intellectual and knowledgeable technocrat Prof Pat Utomi may have been enlisted for the position of Finance minister in this current political dispensation. When and If nominated by President Buhari and confirmed by the legislature, Prof. Utomi will replace Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
“Also many other Igbos in the list for appointments including, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, Engr Okey Nwagbara. Prof May Nwoye, Chief Charles Okereke of Nigerian Masterweb, Chief Ikechi Emelike, a media mogul and former guber candidate in Abia state, Chief Okey Emuchay, a former Nigerian envoy to South Africa, Hon Chuks Ibegbu, a well-known author and human right activist and Mr Osadebe Ibegbu, a well-known construction expert in South Africa, whom we gathered may be tipped for the Ministry of Works” as reported by Igbo Information Network.
About Prof. Utomi
Patrick Okedinachi Utomi (born February 6, 1956) is a Nigerian professor of political economy and management expert, He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria and a former presidential candidate, with a passion for the dignity of the human person and the spirit of enterprise.He is the founder of Centre for Value in Leadership (CVL) and the African Democratic Congress party. He is a professor at Lagos Business School, He has served in senior positions in government, as an adviser to the president of Nigeria, the private sector, as Chief Operating Officer for Volkswagen of Nigeria and in academia
Patrick Utomi is an Igbo born in Kaduna, Kaduna State[ he is a descent of Igbbuzo in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State. He had his primary education at St. Thomas, Kano 1960-62;Our Lady of Fatima, Gusau 1962-1966; Christ the King College, Onitsha[ and Loyola College, Ibadan, finishing his secondary education at the age of 15.
The entry age for university education was 17, so he enrolled at the Federal School of Arts and Science in the interim.He later got admission into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1973 to study Mass Communication. Patrick utomi graduated from university of Nigeria Nsuka in 1977, He attended Bloomington, USA, where he got his Ph.D. MPA, MA. Appointed professor of the Social and Political Economy Environment of Business and Pioneer Entrepreneurship Teacher at Lagos Business School in 2003. he has been a scholar-in-residence at the Harvard Business School and the American University in Washington, D.C.
He has served on the key apex private sector associations including the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the National Council of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA). He is active on the international speaking circuit, especially on the subjects of growth economics, comparative development, leadership, oil and China’s economic surge and growing influence in Africa. He has collaborated frequently with the center for strategic and international studies (CSIS) in Washington, and Chatham House, in the UK. He has also written commissioned papers for the UKs DFID including the latest collaboration with Colleagues from Oxford on the Political Economy of growth in Nigeria. (2006).
Utomi also ran a failed attempt for presidency of Nigeria in 2011.