NGOZI OLEJEME: An Amazon On A Mission

olejeme2 (2)Awakened by docile performance of past government agencies; Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Olejeme is inspiring an uncommon leadership at the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF.
The phase of dynamic leadership at the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, is becoming visible from the outlook of once almost comatose government agency. In the center of the transformation currently observed at NSITF is Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Olejeme. Her dynamism, visionary leadership and style set her on the class of the African women Leaders described by Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of State, as models for democracy in Africa. Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, fondly described as boardroom czar has played tremendous role in Politics to the point of note. Her role in nation building fires through the burning passion to transform lives in homes and communities across Nigeria but more dipped in her native home town in Oshimili South, Delta State, Touching lives through nation building values are the common philosophy she expresses in the peculiar leadership roles she has played for about two decades.
These values are inscribed in the innate expression of her core leadership principles- touching lives one at a time until the entire community is transformed into a prosperous society- This is the guiding philosophy that drives her input in politics and socio-economic development of Nigeria.
From a humble beginning, she has risen to become today, an outstanding grassroots politician, public sector administrator, philanthropist and charity worker, charismatic leader, peace ambassador, human rights activist, anti-corruption crusader and a nationalist. Dr. (Mrs.)
Olejeme rose to national prominence during the volatile period of military dictatorship. As a fearless leader of various community organizations, she supported the cause of many Nigerians who defiantly challenged the government of late General Sanni Abacha (1993-1998) to pave way for democracy.
Dr. Mrs. Olejeme was instrumental to the political awakening of women in Nigeria; she encouraged and supported equality in government. At a time when politics was a ball for only the male folks she tore down barriers and contested in the governorship primaries of her party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, as Governorship candidate in Delta State Nigeria in 2007. A keenly contested race that humanized election as her campaign was configured on ending poverty and improving quality of life for all in the oil rich state.
In 2009, Olejeme was appointed for a four year term as board chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF. For her transformational leadership at NSITF, she got reappointed for another term of a four year in 2011. She is also chair of Pension Trust PLC, a subsidiary of NSITF, which strictly administers pension matters. She was instrumental to the enhanced services of the NSITF, where she fought for and won the acceptance of Employee Compensation Scheme,
ECS, and the passage of the bill into law. The scheme protects all categories of workers both in private and public sector across Nigeria. The scheme simply makes provision for compensation to employees and their dependents for any injury, disease, disability or death arising in the course of employment.
Her advocacy for the down-trodden and hopeless was honored with a Doctorate Degree Award at the just concluded convocation ceremony of American Heritage University of Southern California (AHUSC). The honorary degree was bestowed on her by Professor Tony B.E. Ogaimien, AHUSC President, for her advocacy, relentless philanthropic activities and promotion of good governance. She was also recently awarded the Prestigious African International Award, AIA, conferred on her in Ghana. She is similarly a Fellow of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration, FCIDA (Nigeria).
In addition to her selfless humanitarian services, Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Olejeme is also a sharp and astute business woman with amazing wealth of experience in the business environment. This obviously accounts for her presence on the Board of several organizations. Her exemplary leadership qualities were not unrecognized by the government.
At the NSITF Olejeme played a tremendous role in the pursuance and actualization of Employee Compensation Scheme, ECS, a scheme that grants speedy access to Nigerian workers to enhance their access to adequate compensations in the event of workplace injuries, accidents and death as the case may be. The ESC is currently implemented across the country.
“The ECS is the realization of the expression of my passion to see Nigerian workers at par with their counterparts in developed countries and I would like to thank Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for accenting to the bill and for giving us support to move Nigerian workers forward, I also want to thank the Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu and the entire members of the National Assembly and ofcourse, the management and staff of NSITF who all worked to ensure that the ECS is operational in Nigeria.”
She and her team in Nigeria are pushing for a functional social security for citizens that are badly hit by harsh economy and those yet unemployed. Quite an ambitious project that Olejeme is optimistic President Jonathan has got the will to improve the living standard of the most populous West African country. Many believe Olejeme has got the experience and compassion to drive a social security program in Nigeria.
Her foundation, Ngozi Olejeme Foundation, shares a few of this experience. It caters for the widows, it empowers women and the under privileged. And her role in the Country’s Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program, SURE-P, a program derived from the partial removal of subsidy for fuel, speaks of her capacity to care for the poor through adapting poverty ending policy.
The Subsidy Re-investment Empowerment program is saddled with the responsibility of providing a long term revolving program designated to mitigate
the immediate impact of the removal of the fuel subsidy and to accelerate economic growth through investment in critical infrastructure.
Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Olejeme has received several recognitions in Nigeria and abroad for her impact in the society but the reward for her excelling contribution for a better society is not just in the plagues that dotes around the floor but it is in seeing the less privileged cared for, seeing equity in wealth distribution, supporting women build back their economic and social life are some of the projects
that fires up her passion.

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