His Eminence, King Dr. Edmund Maduabebe Daukoru, CON, the Amayanabo of Nembe Kingdom, Mingi XII, was born on 13 October 1943. Young Daukoru started out his education at St. Lukes’s Primary School, Nembe, a very old Anglican mission school, which until as late as the 1960’s catered for a catchment area over half of the present Bayelsa State.
After passing out with distinction, he gained admission into the prestigious Government College, Umuahia, on competitive scholarship.
Through superior academic performance, he completed the five-year stint in four years and commenced his Higher School Certificate programme which he concluded with outstanding result in two years.
It was thus no surprise that he gained admission to another famous institution, the Imperial College, London, where he gained a B.SC Special in Geology in 1967 and PhD just 3 years after, in 1970. This was because the normal requirement of an intermediate Masters Degree or PGD, was waived for him as for students of outstanding originality and potentials.
As he was a Government scholar at Government College, Umuahia, so was Daukoru an SPDC (Shell) scholar at Imperial College, London, through a highly competitive scholarship selection process.
Consistent with his specialisation in geology, he was employed by Shell International Petroleum Company in 1970, where he rose from Chief Geologist to General Manager of Exploration in Nigeria. In 1992, President Babangida appointed him Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, his first appointment in the Nigerian public service.
Though his tenure was short, as were most political appointments at that time (he served a succession of three ministers in less than 18 months) – his impact was outstanding. The take-off of the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas, NLNG, was concretized by reassigning to Shell, Elf(Total) and Agip, the British Petroleum (BP) exploration JV equity, earlier nationalised by General Murtala Mohamed’s administration.
This was to meet the government equity obligation that proved impossible to meet by other means. HM can thus claim major credit for the billions of dollars in dividends and other strategic benefits, which continue to accrue to the nation from the NLNG, Bonny.
In 2003, he became Presidential Advisor on Petroleum and Energy, and in July 2005 was appointed Minister of State for Energy in the cabinet of President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Daukoru was appointed the Amayanabo, or traditional ruler of Nembe Kingdom on the 23rd Feb. 2008. And is currently Chairing the South South Monarchs forum,a position only meant for a real gem like him.
Source: H E Tari Agai.