The Rising Profile of Dakuku Peterside

by oyewale  Oyelola

Dakuku Adolphus Peterside was born in 1970 to a middle class family in Biriye Polo, Opobo. He grew up in Azumini, Aba, both in present day Abia State, Kaduna and Port Harcourt at various times.
Dakuku attended Okrika Grammer School , Okrika, one of the pre-eminent public schools in the 1980s in Rivers State where he served as  school prefect by reason of his conduct, leadership qualities and academic standing.

He earned his first degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences (Haematology) from the University of Science and Technology (RSUST) Port Harcourt and later studied Business Administration at Post Graduate Diploma and a Masters level in the same University. He  is also alumnus of University of Port Harcourt, Georgia State University Atlanta and Harvard-Kennedy School, University of Harvard.

He was an outstanding student  union leader who gave hope to his generation and exhibited great passion about a bright future that lies ahead.

The All Progessives Congress (APC) Rivers state Governorship Candidate in 2015 general elections is a member of Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), fellow of Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria (IMCN) and member, Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences of Nigeria.

He was elected to represent Andoni/Opobo-Nkoro Area in the House of Representatives in 2011-2015. While in the lower chamber he served  as chairman of the strategic Petroleum Resources (Downstream) committee that oversees the management of the key driver of Nigeria’s economy (Petroleum Industry). He  also served  in the House most important committees of Anti-corruption, National Ethics and Values; Drugs, Narcotics and Financial crimes; Co-operation and integration in Africa, Electoral matters; Industry; Communications and Works.
Prior to being elected into the House of Representatives, Peterside  served twice as Rivers State Commissioner for Works (2007-2011) where he anchored Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s phenomenal transformation of roads and infrastructural landscape in  Rivers State; He concurrently served on the Board of Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority (GPHCDA).

Before serving as Rivers State Commissioner of works, he served as Executive Director of Development and Leadership Institute (DLI) between the year 2005 and 2007, Senior Special Assistant to Governor of Rivers State on Works (2003-2005) and  Chairman of  Opobo-Nkoro LGA (2002-2003). As LGA chairman he was declared the most outstanding chairman by the then State Governor of Rivers State.

He is an international resource person on oil and gas matters and a leading

leadership/management scholar and speaker. Peterside speaks at conferences around the world. He is respected as an authority in corporate political strategy and business-government interaction in Nigeria.

He is married and blessed with children

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