Ebele Ofunneamaka Okeke CFR and OON (Born 14, June 1948) is a Nigerian Civil engineer and former Head of Nigerian Civil Service
Life and career
She was born on 14 June 1948 at Nnewi North, Anambra State, Nigeria. She had her secondary education at Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls’ School Elelenwo, Port Harcourt, where she obtained the West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1965. She proceeded to the University of Southampton, England where she obtained a Bachelor of science (B.Sc) in Civil engineering (1971). She holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in ground water from Loughborough University. She also obtained a Post Graduate Degree (PGD) in Hydrology and Hydrogeology from the University College London in 1979. She then returned to Nigeria to obtain a Master of Business Administration, MBA degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2001.
On March 2007, she became the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and after months of service, she became the Head of Nigerian Civil Service, making her the first female to served in that capacity from the history of Nigeria. He held this position until 2008, when she finally retired from the Nigerian Civil Service. She is one the Nigerian Civil engineering had contributed tremendously to engineering development in Nigeria. She founded the Association of Professional Women Engineers, (APWEN) in Nigeria. She was one of the six delegates that represented the retired civil servants at the 2014 Nigeria’s National Conference
Awards and honours
She is a receiver of honours and award,which include: