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– With the signing of Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) into law on 16th August 2021, the Federal Government have been making efforts to implement necessary changes in line with provisions of the new Act.

As part of these changes, President Muhammadu Buhari in January, appointed Senator Margery Okadigbo as Chairman of the newly-incorporated Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPNL).

Mrs Okadigbo’s appointment, however, came after President Buhari had suspended the inauguration of the old board headed by Senator Ifeanyi Ararume for reasons that were not made public.

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Profile of Senator Margery Chuba-Okadigbo

  1. Margery Chuba-Okadigbo, a native of Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State and wife of Nigeria’s 8th Senate President; Chuba Okadigbo, who died on September 25, 2003.
  2. Following her husband’s demise, Mrs Okadigbo referred to as an advocate of human empowerment established the Chuba Okadigbo Foundation.Through the foundation, she offered empowerment and scholarship programmes, amongst many other interventions to the people in her senatorial district.
  3. Having told the world on several occasions that she was motivated by her husband virtues to venture into politics, Okadigbo’s widow eventually joined active politics.
    She would go on to make history as the first woman to sit in the same seat as her spouse in the Nigerian Senate.
  4. She ran for the seat of Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District in 2011. And in what can be considered a long-running battle, the Court of Appeal after almost 2 years, declared her winner of the election.

    The Court ordered her inauguration into the Senate to occupy the seat which had been vacant for six months due to various legal actions over who was the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

5. At the Senate, she was Vice Chairman for the Committee on Health and has nevertheless been consistent in the periodic medical outreach programme.

6. She sponsored three (3) bills in the Senate.

They include Nigerian Children’s Trust Fund (Amendment) Bill 2013; Child’s Right Act (Amendment) Bill 2013, as well as the National Kidney Treatment and Dialysis Centre Bill 2013.

7. Margery also co-sponsored the Nigerian Health Bill 2013, National Health Insurance Commission Bill 2013, and the National Tobacco Control Bill 2013.

8. As a member of the 7th Senate, she moved a motion on the need to construct the Second Niger Bridge.

9. Mrs Okadigbo sought re-election on the platform of the PDP but lost out during the 2015 primaries.

The development that informed her defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2018, where she won the party primaries but lost at the general election.

10. A lawyer of 36 years and businesswoman, she is not considered a soft nut, especially after her zeal to not be deterred by a protracted legal battle to reclaim her seat as Senator.

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