Dr Emeka Agbasi, FNSE: Track record of performance, character and probity

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Given that engineering guru, Dr. Emeka Agbasi, who presides as Managing Director of the Federal Roads .Maintenance Authority (FERMA), curious parties are bound to witness unprecedented transformation in the agency. Reason: His compelling elements of decency, maturity and patriotism stand head and shoulders above the rest. Additionally, his track record of performance, character and probity in previous roles makes him a terrific choice.

Born on November 14, 1964, Agbasi has dedicated his life to the pursuit, knowledge and advancement of engineering practices and reforms. A distinguished figure in the field of Civil Engineering, with a career marked by excellence, innovation and leadership, his educational odyssey attests to his commitment to continuous learning and professional development and scholarship.

Agbasi’s love for knowledge is reflected in his degrees, which include a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; an MSc in Concrete Structures from Imperial College, London; a Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering Management from the University Of Bath School Of Management. With a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of London which he obtained in 2000, his academic credentials are more than impressive. Beyond his academic exploits, he holds several prestigious certifications, such as the APMG Certified Public Private Partnership Professional, CP3P, certifications, both in Foundation and Preparation levels.

He also earned a Management and Leadership Certificate from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, in 2014. His extensive qualifications also encompass PRINCE2 Project Management and Practitioner and Foundation Certificates, showcasing his expertise in Project Management. Dr. Agbasi’s contributions to the field of engineering have been recognised through a series of awards. In 2023, he received the NSE Maitama Engineering Practice & Excellence Leadership Award, a testament to his outstanding leadership in the engineering community.

His impressive list of accolades includes the Pan-Africa Award for Excellent Leadership, The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Fellowship; and the NSE Presidential Merit Award, among others. Going forward, Dr. Agbasi held the position of Senior Structures Advisor and Project Sponsor at the Highways Agency (HA) in the UK. His career spans both the International and Nigerian landscapes with significant roles at organisations such as Kvaerner Technology and WhitbyBird in the UK, and work as a researcher/lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in his home country. Having actively participated in numerous local and international committees and working groups, influencing the development of construction practices, project delivery, and infrastructure, Agbasi’s influence extends far beyond his impressive academic and professional background.

His contributions span areas such as transport and trade facilitation, national development plans, highway structures, and road infrastructure reform. Agbasi’s dedication to shaping policy and advancing engineering practices is evident through his involvement in committees like the FGN Nigeria Road Safety Strategy, the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement Technical Committee, and NSE Presidential Task Force on Road Sector Reform.

More so, this brain box and cerebral guru has served as an advisory panel member; a reviewer for the UK Office of Government Commerce Gateway, and a Construction Ambassador for the UK Construction Industry Training Board. His contributions to standards development are also evident through his participation in the NSE Codes and Standards Committee.

An uncommon leader, Agbasi’s dedication to excellence and the advancement of the profession in a clime clamouring for his kind make his

journey remarkable. Characterised by outstanding education, professional certifications, and numerous awards, he exemplifies dedication to engineering perfection in his chosen profession.

His impactful presence on numerous committees and advisory boards reinforces his commitment to improving the field and shaping policies that impact infrastructure and development. Without any iota of doubt, FERMA has struck gold in Agbasi. -Greg Ukaigwe, fnipr