Prince Clem Ikanade Agba
Prince Clem Ikanade Agba was born to the family of His Royal Highness, Pius Kadiri Ikanade Agba, the Oliola of Uzanu. Irrespective of being born into a princely but very humble background, he grew up like any young man of his time. He rolled car tyres, swam in the local river and played football on the streets with his bare feet that if he had continued would have been greater hat Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo put together.
He started his primary education at the St. Vincent Primary School, Auchi after which he proceeded to St. John’s Grammar School, Fugar. He thereafter attended the then Bendel State University, now Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and graduated with a B.Sc degree in Economics in 1985. He also possesses two Masters Degrees in Business Administration, first from the University of Benin, specializing in Management and then from the Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA, specializing in Supply Chain Management.
Clem’s work experience took him from Pegasus Industries Limited, to Super Engineering Limited and finally to Chevron Nigeria Limited. Clem’s quest and passion for professional excellence blossomed such that in 1996 he was seconded to the Chevron corporate offices in Houston to deliver his expertise in Shipping and Traffic Management. Like a gold fish with no hiding place,
Ten years later, in 2006, he was again called upon to deliver another top-class performance in Kazakhstan, where he was seconded to Tengizhevroil another chevron international business unit to run a massive supply chain operation with him superintending over 1600 people and numerous equipment (both heavy and light) and facilities such as rail lines, housing estates etc.
Clem’s brilliance, inventiveness, charisma, humaneness, generosity, discipline and sound work and professional ethos have endeared him to many in the Political landscape, Nigerian Oil and Gas industry, the private sector and his circle of friends. He has earned a reputation for being a change agent, proactive, result-oriented, mobilize, mentor and an achiever.
In recognition of these attributes and his unwavering commitment to service and development of society, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole invited him to join the rescue team and served as a member of the Executive Team of Edo State in 2009.
Clem served as Commissioner in the Edo State Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities from January 23, 2009 to July 25, 2010, where he demonstrated strong leadership skills and brought in new energy and momentum to public governance. On July 26th 2010, Clem was further saddled with a new challenge as Commissioner of Lands, Survey & Housing in Edo State. Here he initiated the required fundamental reforms within a record time of five (5) months including the setup of the Edo State Geographic Information Services (EGIS). He was re-deployed back to the Ministry of Environment & Public Utilities on December 2, 2010.
On expiration of his leave of absence, Clem returned to Chevron in September 2012 as Manager Community Procurement Operations, but only for a short time as he was once again called back to the service of Edo State Government as Commissioner for Environment & Public Utilities on March 8, 2013. Clem Agba also doubled as a member of Edo State Economic Team.
As Commissioner for Environment & Public Utilities, Clem Agba provided leadership in the urban renewal and drainage infrastructural drive of the Governor Adams Oshiomhole administration, which included beautification; greening of the streets, planting trees and ensuring that the State capital had functional street lights.
Clem Agba also pivoted the solution to major Edo State flood and erosion challenges which had become exacerbated for about 30 years since 1979 when the last major storm water project was executed.
This was in addition to the evacuation of the notorious Costain Isonorho dumpsite in just five days; a problem that overwhelmed over five governments, (military and civ