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Bolanle Onagoruwa: Back to Familiar Turf


By Olaolu Bilau

For those who know Ms Bolanle Ayodele Onagoruwa, the Acting Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, (IBEDC), she has come a long way and paid her dues as a lawyer and an administrator and technocrat of note.

Onagoruwa’s professional life spans the legal services sector, banking, oil and gas and power sector.

Born on August 29 1958, Onagoruwa studied Law at the prestigious University of Lagos, graduating in 1978. She proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos the following year. Not done yet, Onagoruwa attended the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, where she obtained a post-graduate Diploma in Politics & International Relations in 198. She also attended the prestigious Harvard Business School in Boston, United States of America for General Manager Programme.

The highest point of Ms Onagoruwa career as a public sector administrator came on August 11, 2010 when she was elevated to the position of Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) after serving in acting capacity for about five months.

Onagoruwa had joined BPE in the year 2000 as a deputy director in charge of Legal Services. By 2002, she rose to the position of Director, Oil & Gas and would later work in other departments of the organization. Until her appointment as Acting Director General of BPE in March 2010, she was director in charge of electric power.

Though the respected administrator left BPE under controversial circumstances, her wealth of experience acquired in Law practice, the banking sector, BPE and other public sector continued to be deployed in the service of the nation.

Odogbolu, Ogun State-born Onagoruwa played an active role in the process leading up to the privatization of the nation’s power sector that is still confronted with its many varied challenges, especially with regard to the performance of the DISCOS (distribution companies), which includes low supply from the national grid, technical and commercial losses as well as low tariffs among others

And as Onagoruwa takes charge as Acting Managing Director of IBEDC, following the exit of Engineer Fortunate Leynes, industry observers believe she’s a round peg in a round hole.


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