Engr. Otis Oliver T. Anyaeji is the 30th President of the Society, Fellow of the Society and a winner of many distinguished awards for service to the Society. He was Vice-President several times and Deputy President and member of Council.
ENGR. OTIS OLIVER TABUGBO ANYAEJI, a mechanical, automotive, plastic, cost and valuation Engineer, and strategic planner, was born on 4th March, 1951 in Onitsha, Anambra State. He entered the Holy Ghost Juniorate Ihiala, in 1962 with the aim of becoming a priest but had to withdraw at the end of that year. Between 1964 and 1971 (excluding the civil war years), he attended Christ the King College (CKC), Onitsha – primus inter pares, where the authorities record him as possessing an outstanding ability in mathematics. In June 1971, he obtained the West African School Certificate.
Proceeding for the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in September 1971, he studied for and bagged the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in June 1976.
He became NNPC Site Representative on the Petrochemicals Phase 1 Projects Ekpan/Warri (comprising Polypropylene, Carbon Black, and HF Alkylation plants with associated infrastructures) in December 1980. Following the re-organization of the site with the return of the NNPC project teams from the overseas offices of the engineering contractors in 1984, Engr. Anyaeji assumed responsibility for the Carbon Black Plant as Field Project Engineer, a position he held until he voluntarily left the services of the Corporation in May 1987.
Engr. Anyaeji left NNPC to found the Consulting Engineering and Management Consulting outfit – OTIS CONSULT LTD/OTIS ENGINEERING, which renders a range of services including Feasibility Studies, Market Surveys, Basic & Detailed Engineering, Procurement and Contracting Engineering, Inspection and Expediting, Project Management, Training, Cost Engineering, Engineering Economy Studies, Valuations, Strategic Planning etc. He has led the firm since 1987 to perform these services in various sectors like Oil & Gas, Pulp and Paper, Electric Power Supply, Petrochemicals, Fertilizer, Automotive Manufacture, Housing and Infrastructure, Food and Agriculture, Water etc.
Engr. Anyaeji was consulting Engineer on the rehabilitation of NEPA Power Stations at Afam and Jebba – the first time ever Nigerians performed such role.
In the power sector he facilitated government intervention, from an initially conceived Seven Medium Sized Power Stations in the Niger Delta Area, to an integrated nationwide programme comprising generation (10No. Power Stations), transmission (110No. Transmission Lines/Substations), distribution (1230No. Distribution Lines & Substations), and gas components (15No. Pipelines & Metering Stations). This became NIPP, one of the biggest ongoing power projects in the world.
Since 2010, Engr. Anyaeji has directed the performance of his firm as Joint Project Management Consultant, on
- the 10MW Wind Farm Power Plant Project, Katsina State, the first of its kind in West Africa,
- the preparation of Feasibility Studies on the 50MW Wind Power Project in Igbokoda, Ondo State,
- the preparation of Feasibility Studies on Small Hydro Power Plant on Zobe Dam in Katsina State, Adada Dam in Enugu State,
- the preparation of Feasibility Studies on Small Hydro Power Plant (SHP) on Ivo Dam in Ebonyi State.
He performed as the Project Director on the EPC of Nigeria’s first Solar/Wind Hybrid Demonstration Power Plant, Kainji, Niger State which was commissioned by the Hon. Minister of Power in April 2015.
Following the takeover in 2012 by the Nigerian Society of Engineers of Dr. Newton Jibunoh’s Trans Sahara Highway’s Project, Engr. Anyaeji has conceived renewable energy (solar, wind, and supergrid), and telecommunication projects across African deserts.
In 2016, his firm OTIS was also engaged by NDPHC to provide Project Consultancy services in relation to the deployment of Solar Home Lighting Systems across Nigeria. The landmark solar power initiative was launched by Vice President, FRN, H.E. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, in January, 2017.
A member of Association of Consulting Engineers of Nigeria (ACEN), Nigerian Gas Association (NGA), African Telecommunications Union (ATU), amongst others, Engr. Anyaeji’s firm, O. T. OTIS ENGINEERING from June 2005 to March 2015, jointly with a German firm, Lahmeyer International performed as Design & Management Consultants on the NIPP. He functioned as Joint Project Director in that joint venture, and acts as Chairman of the Forum of Consultants, Contractors & Manufacturers on the NIPP. He is also Chairman of Electric Power Foundation, an NGO for advancement and orderly development of electricity supply industry in Nigeria.
In the oil and gas sector, he has been a technical training Consultant to the Petroleum Training Institute, NNPC and its subsidiaries, CHEVRON, ASHLAND, SHELL, etc. Between 1993-1994, he performed as Lecturer on Feasibility Studies, NNPC Chief Officers’ Course. In June 1997, he made proposals to the Honourable Minister of Petroleum on the restructuring and re-organization of the public petroleum sector, which was acknowledged in writing as well received and worthy of implementation. Under NIPP he served as Project Director on 15No. gas supply projects for various power plant projects. In 2010 he successfully completed a project management assignment on the Front End Engineering Design of Ajakuota-Abuja-Kano gas pipeline. He has directed since February 2015 operations and maintenance services on the Gas Metering Station Calabar Power Plant.
While performing as Chief Project Consultant on the AJAOKUTA STEEL PROJECT between February 1993 and June 1994 (the first time a Nigerian played that role), he prepared at the request of the management of Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited, a Technical Management Proposal, which was well received by the Honourable Minister of Power & Steel, and the Department of Steel. As a testimony of the ministry’s satisfaction with the proposal, the Hon. Minister set up a committee on Strategic Management for the Steel Sector to widen the work Engr. Anyaeji had started on ASCL for general application to the steel sector as a whole. He served as Member/Consultant on this Ministerial Committee. In the capacity of Consultant to this committee, he drafted a strategic plan for the Nigerian Public Steel Sector. This plan was adopted by the committee, but was overtaken by a new privatization policy. His firm Otis Consult Ltd/Otis Engineering, has been consultant in various fields to Delta Steel Company Limited since 1989, and prepared in 1994 under his leadership, a strategic plan for establishment of profit centers in DSC business portfolio. In 2003, he was Chief Technical Adviser to BPE on the Privatization of DSC. He had earlier performed in the same capacity on the privatization of the MINT.
Since 2005, he has been Project Director on Telecommunications and Tele-protection Networking linking 90 power stations and transmission substations on the Nigerian power grid. The project is still ongoing. From 2013 – 2015, Engr. Anyaeji directed Frequency Audit of spectrum utilization in the Nigerian telecommunication sector, and thereafter directed the updating of the frequency allocation table in the sector. He has organized a Town Hall Meeting for the review of the outcome of the World Radio Conference of 2012, and has attended preparatory meetings for WRC 2015 in Geneva, Abuja, and Enugu. He participated in the meeting on Digital Switchover in the broadcasting sector held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2014, and the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), Geneva, Switzerland. At the Radio Assembly 2015 in Geneva, Engr. Anyaeji’s nomination as Vice-Chairman for the International Telecommunications Union’s Study Group No. 7 on Science Issues in preparation for WRC 2019 was approved.
From March 1990 – July 1993, Engr. Anyaeji served as Deputy Chairman of the Standing Technical Committee (STC) on the Nigerian Automotive Industry, with the Hon. Minister of Industry as Chairman. During this period, he midwifed the establishment of the Center for Automotive Design and Development (CADD), Zaira, acting in the capacity of Chairman, Low Cost Vehicle Project Committee.
He authored the National Automotive Policy approved by the Federal Executive Council in 1993.Subsequently, Mr. President appointed him on merit as founding Chairman of the National Automotive Council (NAC) which the policy created to replace STC. During his brief tenure as Chairman NAC (up until August 1994 when all Federal Boards were dissolved), he led the Council to obtain government approval of tariff differentials between imported CKD’s and FBU’s to be between 30% - 100%; established the magazine – AUTO NIGERIA, gazetted a Federal Government Circular directing all Federal, State and Local Governments and Agencies to buy only Made-in-Nigeria vehicles; oversaw the establishment of the Council Secretariat, and initiated the commencement of the implementation of the National Automotive Policy. He is a UNIDO expert on Automotives and has served as Chairman of UNIDO sponsored Nigerian Low Cost Vehicle Foundation.
As the founding Alternate Chairman of CADD and Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Board of the Center for Automotive Design and Development, Engr. Anyaeji supervised the R&D activities of the Center up to the completion of the design work on the CADD Mark I Low Cost Vehicle Model. Before this assignment, he was a member of the National Committee on Engineering Infrastructures working with the Engineering Materials Sub-committee, and the marketing of the committee’s report with Various Publics. In 1996, he served as Chairman of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council’s Multi-disciplinary Task Force for the Techno-Economic Survey on Motor Vehicles and Miscellaneous Sector which successfully updated the 1989 Report on the same subject. He produced in 1997 as an invited Resource Person, a strategic plan for the Review of the 1986 National Policy on Science and Technology. Only recently, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) invited him as a Resource Person on the Workshop on the Development of the Automotive Industry in West Africa (Lagos, Dec. 2015) with the mandates to prepare and present the documentary review of all national import policies as well as regulations, and preparation of plan for establishment of an integrated automotive industry in West Africa, amongst others.
In 1988 he was Management Consultant to the Technical Committee on Completion Proposals for Pulp and Paper Mill Project Iwopin, in the Federal Ministry of Industry. In 1989 he was Consultant on Cost and Engineering Evaluation to the Technical Committee on the Re-negotiation of NAFCON II Project. On both assignments he successfully produced the reports which formed the working bases of the committees.
In 1989 he initiated and was Course Director of the Nigerian Society of Engineers Certification Course in Engineering Valuation. He has worked as Valuation Engineer/Consultant for Delta Steel Company, National Electric Power Authority (Egbin Thermal Power Plant), NICON, and Warri Refining & Petrochemical Company, Electricity Meter Manufacturing Company, Zaria etc. His firm was commissioned by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to value the assets of Afam Power Plc and the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, preparatory to privatization.
Engr. Anyaeji served as Commissioner, in the Presidential Commission for the Review of Higher Education in Nigeria (Longe Commission) between December 1990 and November 1991. During his tenure in this Commission he made significant contributions in the areas of Polytechnics, Universities of Technology, and vocational education. He was in the Commission’s 3-man delegation that visited UK, West Germany, and USA for a comparative study of their higher education systems, encompassing visitations to 30 universities and other higher institutions.
Engr. Anyaeji is a member of several learned professional societies associated with advancement of engineering. They include, the Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE), the Automotive Engineers Institute (Auto EI), the Institute of Appraisers and Cost Engineers (IA&CE), the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria, the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers,etc.
Engr. Anyaeji served three terms as Secretary General ofthe Nigerian Society of Engineers (1989, 1990, 1991), three terms as Vice President (2011, 2012 & 2013), and was the immediate past Deputy President of NSE (2014-2015). To the glory of God, he stands today as the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
He was the immediate Past Vice President (Anglophone), West African Federation of Engineering Organisations. In March 2017, the Council elected Engr. Anyaeji as President-Elect of WAFEO.
A member of the Governing Council of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engr. Anyaeji was the pioneer Chairman of COREN’s Regulation and Control Committee (1990-1992). He was Vice President, COREN.
Engr. Anyaeji founded the Institute of Appraisers & Cost Engineers (2001), and Automotive Engineers Institute (2006), both Divisions of the NSE. He facilitated the formation of Nigerian Institution of Polymer Engineers (NIPolyE); Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers (NISE); Nigerian Institution of Power Engineers (NIPE); Nigerian Institution of Procurement Engineers (NIProcE), and he is currently promoting the establishment of the Nigerian Institution of Communications Engineers; Nigerian Institution of Biomedical Engineers, and Nigerian Institution of Tunnelling Engineers.
He was Chairman, Institute of Appraisers & Cost Engineers (2003-2010) and Chairman, Automotive Engineers’ Institute (2006 – 2011).Since 2002, he has been Editor-in-Chief of the “Appraiser & Cost Engineer”, the official journal of the Institute of Appraisers & Cost Engineers.
In philanthropy, Engr. Anyaeji in 2014, donated a fully-equipped metrology laboratory to the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Ekiti State. The official commissioning was held in May 2015. Subsequently that year, Engr. Anyaeji and his amiable and supportive wife endowed a Research Chair in the University of Port Harcourt, which in their honour has been christened ‘Nkechi & Otis Anyaeji “Distinguished Professorial Chair” in Engineering Valuation, Engineering Economy and Cost Engineering’. They are in the process of establishing the Centre for Engineering Valuation, Cost Engineering and Engineering Economy in the University of Port Harcourt.
In 2014, the University of Port Harcourt appointed Engr. Anyaeji as Expert-in-Residence in Engineering in recognition of his contributions and accomplishments in the Engineering Profession in Nigeria and beyond. In 2015, The Department of Electrical Engineering of his Alma Mater, the University of Nigeria Nsukka, bestowed on him the award of the Distinguished Engineer in National Development. The Nigerian Society of Engineers Maitama Branch institutedin 2015, the annual legacy Distinguished Lecture series in honour of Engr. Otis Anyaeji.
In 2010 THISDAY Newspaper listed him one of NIGERIA’S MOST OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONALS; and GUARDIAN Newspaper recognised him as one of the 30 (thirty) MOST EXCEPTIONAL ALUMNI of the UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, in the latter’s 50 (fifty) years of existence. In 2012, TheNews Magazine in a special report recognized him as A MAN OF SUBSTANCE WHO HAS MADE HIS MARK IN THE AREA OF ENGINEERING SERVICES; while The Nation Newspaper listed him as one of 50 DISTINGUISHED PROFESSIONALS IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. In 2013, he received the following media recognition: Vanguard Newspaper “ONE OF 50 RESULT-DRIVEN PROFESSIONALS OF INSPIRATION; TheNews Magazine “ONE OF 50 NIGERIANS OF HONOUR & DIGNITY; Vanguard Newspaper “ONE OF 50 ENGINEERING ICONS IN NIGERIA; Leadership Newspaper “ONE OF 50 DISTINGUISHED NIGERIANS OF HIGH REPUTE; Vanguard Newspaper “ONE OF 50 RESULT-DRIVEN PROFESSIONALS IN CORPORATE NIGERIA; Guardian Newspaper “ONE OF 40 MOST OUTSTANDING CEOs IN CORPORATE NIGERIA; Tribune “ONE OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED NIGERIAN PROFESSIONALS – ELITE CLASS OF ROLE MODELS. In 2017, The Guardian selected him as an OUTSTANDING ENGINEER IN NATIONAL BUILDING.
Engr. Anyaeji is
- Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Engineering;
- Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers;
- Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers;
- Fellow, Automotive Engineers’ Institute;
- Fellow in Valuation, Institute of Appraisers & Cost Engineers;
- Fellow in Cost Engineering, Institute of Appraisers & Cost Engineers;
- Fellow, Solar Energy Society of Nigeria;
- Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants,
- Honorary Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineering Technicians;
- Distinguished Fellow, Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria (PEFON);
- Fellow in Engineering Economy, Institute of Appraisers & Cost Engineers;
- Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers;
- Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Polymer Engineers, and
- Paul Harris Fellow
He is a Distinguished Jubilee Merit Awardee of The Nigerian Society of Engineers, 11-time NSE Presidential Merit Award Winner, and Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (1997) Service Award, Merit Awardee of APWEN, NSE Divisions, and NSE Branches in Abuja, Warri x2, Kaduna x2, Maitama x2, Ilorin, Ikeja, Asaba, Ibadan, Zaria, Lagos, Apapa, Umuahia, Awka, Owerri, Abakaliki, Nnewi, Benin. The Laureate has over one hundred awards and recognitions from engineering and non-engineering authorities.
Engr. Anyaeji has numerous publications to his credit in various areas of engineering policy and socio-economic development. During his tenure as Secretary General NSE he affected public policy positively in the following areas: Engineering Practice; Building Code; Intellectual Property Rights; Public Utility Regulation; Commercial Law Practice; Assets Valuation; Statutory Inspection of Pressure Vessels and Lifting Devices etc. On Assets Valuation, his initiative led to the amendment of the Decree No.1 of 1990 with Decree No.46 of 1991 to include engineer in the definition of ‘Valuer’, while on Company law reform his struggles resulted in the concession of a seat to the engineering profession in the Corporate Affairs Commission, vide the same Decree No.46.
Engr. Anyaeji, a Knight of St. Mulumba and Papal Knight of St. Gregory the Great in the Catholic Church, is happily married to Dame Nkechi, DSGG, (nee Chukwuemeka, an Administrator and Executive Director, Finance & Administration OTIS ENGINEERING), and they are blessed with four children,
Ojay Anyaeji BS EE, MS Power Systems(Texas A&M Univ. College Station), MBA (Duke University) MNSE, Procurement Category Specialist, Equipment & Materials/Electrical & Instrumentation Exxon Mobil,
Mrs Adaobi Nnorom BA Econs (Univ. of Texas @ Austin), Head of Procurement & Marketing OTIS ENGINEERING, married to Engr. Nonso Nnorom MNSE Mechanical Engineer and Engineering Contractor,
Chinedu Anyaeji BS BME (Univ. of Texas @ Austin) – Biomedical Engineer, Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health (US Department of Health & Human Services), and Senior, Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve Univ. Cleveland,
Chizoba Anyaeji BBA Marketing, (McCombs School of Business, The Univ. of Texas @ Austin) – Business Analyst (Technology & Process) AIG, Manhattan, New York, and grand-daughters Chimobim Nnorom and Chinelo Nnorom.