Gbe To Discuss “Brain Drain: Any Future For Nigeria?” At Maris Lecture

Dr. Barry Gbe, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Delta State

Gbe To Discuss “Brain Drain: Any Future For Nigeria?” At Maris Lecture

Dr. Barry Gbe, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Delta State, will be one of the discussants at this year’s edition of Maris Annual Public Lecture series, Secretary, Maris Trust Council, MTC, Comrade Fidelis Egugbo, has said.

Egugbo in a statement issued on Monday in Asaba, disclosed that the choice of Dr Gbe was borne out of the fact that he is a man of several parts, a man who believes in contributing positively to the growth of the society and someone who will do justice to the topic, Brain Drain: Any Future For Nigeria?

He added that Dr Gbe has agreed to be one of the discussants at the lecture which will be delivered by an erudite scholar and an astute administrator, Prof. Stella Chinye Chiemeke, the Vice Chancellor, University of Delta, UNIDEL, Agbor, Delta State.

“It is a thing of joy to inform participants, sponsors and our friends that from today, we commenced the release of names of those who will play critical roles in this year’s edition of Maris Annual Public Service Lecture.

“First of all, we thank God for making it possible for the lecture to take place annually and meet with its objectives of identifying societal challenges with the sole aim of proffering solutions to them, truly, with God, it is always possible.

“We are also grateful to successive Governors of Delta State who have made the state conducive for such international discuss to take place, in particular, we thank Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for his interest in developing an egalitarian society and for making it possible for the lecture to take place in its usual venue, Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba.

“The topic for discussion this year is generating a lot of positive reactions bearing in mind the way Nigerians are leaving the country in search of greener pastures and Prof. Chiemeke, former Rector, Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku and presently, the Vice Chancellor, University of Delta, Agbor as a ‘Manager of Youths,’ has been described as the ideal person to deliver the lecture.

“Also, Dr. Gbe, for years, was the Commissioner for Economic Planning, a position which exposed him to the economic situation of the country, and he was also, carefully chosen to discuss the topic at the lecture which will take place on its traditional date of the Wednesday of the Holy Week, the Wednesday before Easter Sunday and for this year’s edition, it shall hold on March 27 at 12 noon prompt.

“Below is the resume of Dr Gbe and with it, it will be obvious that you made the right choice by choosing him as a discussant at this year’s lecture,” Egugbo said.

CHIEF DR. BARRY PERE GBE (JP) is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP from Akugbene, Ward 9 in Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State.

In 2018, Barry Gbe bagged a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration in the United Kingdom. He had in 2017, got a Master of Science Degree in Policy and Development Studies from the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.

Dr. Gbe who is happily married and the marriage is blessed with children, also, has a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Behaviour from the University of Lagos, Masters of Science Degree in Industrial/Labour Relations from the Delta State University, Abraka, Masters in Business Administration from the University of Benin, Benin-City, Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Benin, Benin City, among others.

He is a Fellow – Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), Fellow – Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Fellow – Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Fellow – Chartered Institute of Loan & Risk Management, Nigeria. Fellow – Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Fellow – Institute of Credit Administration. Fellow – Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria. Fellow – Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN), Fellow – Institute for Government Research and Leadership Technology.

Dr Gbe is also, Senior Member – Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Full Member – Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Senior Member – Institute of Public Management, Nigeria. Associate Member – Institute of Chartered Management Accountants, Member – Chartered Management Institute, United Kingdom. Student Member – Asst. of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), United Kingdom, Member – International Professional Managers Association, Member – Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria (IMCON), Professional Diploma – Management Consultancy Practice and Organizational transformation.

Dr Gbe has attended several training programmes within and outside the country and was a member, Governing Board, University of Port Harcourt Business School, a Justice of Peace (JP), received Certificate of Commendation as an outstanding Corps Member, during 1993/1994 Service Year, Rivers State, honoured with the prestigious Management Consultant/Practitioner license by the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), received a PRESIDENTIAL LETTER OF COMMENDATION with respect to the Warri Chapter, NIM Newsletter initiative and its quality (2012), received Role Model Award of Excellence by the National Association of Niger Delta Students (NANDS), honoured with the African Leader Par Excellence Award by the International Institute of Comparative Leadership For Africans and Blacks in Diaspora in 2010, honoured by being listed as a Leading Business Executive of the World in the 2012 edition of Business Biographical publication by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom, honoured with the prestigious position as a DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL of the International Biographical Centre representing African Region, a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, Lions Club Award recipient for contributions to the advancement of humanity, honoured with a Chieftaincy title (the Ogba of Enhwe Kingdom) by the Ovie of Enhwe Kingdom.

Dr Gbe has delivered several lectures and worked in several places including Fortune International Bank Plc, First Atlantic Bank Plc/Firstinland Bank Plc/Finbank Plc, and in from 2015, he became active in terms of holding political appointments in Delta State.

He was a board member, Delta State Board of Internal Revenue – (2015 – 2019), Commissioner for Economic Planning, Delta State (2019 – 2021), Commissioner for Economic Planning, Delta State, (2021 – 2023) and as a Commissioner, he was the Chairman, DELTA STATE FISCAL TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY (SFTAS) PROGRAMME FOR RESULT COMMITTEE. (ADDITIONAL FINANCING PROGRAMME) (June, 2020 – May, 2021), Chairman, WORLD BANK COVID – 19 ACTION RECOVERY AND ECONOMIC STIMULUS (CARES) PROGRAMME FOR RESULTS COMMITTEE (June, 2020 – May, 2021), Chairman, DELTA STATE 2020 BUDGET COVID–19 RESPONSIVE REVIEW COMMITTEE (March, 2020 – April, 2020), Chairman, COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE ACCOUNTS OF THE DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT FROM JANUARY 1ST – MARCH 28, 2020, Chairman, DELTA STATE ROAD SAFETY ADVISORY COUNCIL, (November, 2019 – May, 2021), Chairman, STATE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL IDENTITY ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT – (August, 2019 – May, 2021), Chairman, State Steering Committee on OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP (OGP) – January 2021), Chairman, STEERING COMMITTEE, THE WORLD BANK ASSISTED STATE EMPLOYMENT AND EXPENDITURE FOR RESULTS (SEEFOR) PROJECT – (August, 2019 – Jan., 2021), Chairman, DELTA STATE COORDINATION MECHANISM FOR DONOR FUNDED INTERVENTIONS – (August, 2019 – May, 2021), Co-Chairman/State Focal Person, World Bank Assisted NIGERIA – IMMUNIZATION PLUS & MALARIA PROGRESS BY ACCELERATING COVERAGE & TRANSFORMING SERVICES (IMPACT) Project – (2022), Co-Chairman, Federal Government TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP ON NATIONAL POVERTY REDUCTION & GROWTH STRATEGY (NPRGS) – (January 2022), Member/State Focal Person, World Bank Assisted NIGERIA SUSTAINABLE URBAN & RURAL WATER SUPPLY, SANITATION, AND HYGIENE (SURWASH) Program (2021), Member, DELTA STATE ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT TEAM (September, 2019 – May, 2021), Member, DELTA STATE CASH MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (September, 2019 – May, 2021), Member, COMMITTEE TO EVALUATE TECHNICAL BIDS BY PRIVATE INVESTORS IN ASABA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT UNDER A CONCESSION/PPP ARRANGEMENT – (August, 2019 – March, 2021), Member, WORLD BANK STATE TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY (SFTAS) PROGRAMME FOR RESULT STEERING COMMITTEE – (2019 – May 2021), Member, STATE INTEGRATED FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (SIFMIS) STEERING COMMITTEE – (August, 2019 – May 2021), Member, COMMITTEE ON PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION (PSP) IN REFUSE DISPOSAL – (October, 2019 – May, 2021), Member, STATE COORDINATING UNIT (SOCU) FOR THE NATIONAL SOCIAL SAFETY NET PROGRAMME – (August, 2019 – May, 2021), Member, RESULT-BASED PERFORMANCE CONTRACT COMMITTEE – (August,2019 – May, 2021), Member, COMMITTEE TO REVIEW DRAFT DELTA STATE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE BILL, 2020 – (May, 2020), Member, DELTA STATE BOUNDARY COMMITTEE – (Nov., 2019 – May, 2021), Member, DELTA STATE TENDERS BOARD – (August, 2019 – May, 2021), Member, GOVERNING BOARD, DELTA STATE CAPITAL TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY – (August, 2019 – May, 2021), Member, GOVERNING BOARD, WARRI/UVWIE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (August, 2019 – May, 2021), Member, PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM (PMT) OF THE ACCELERATED AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEME (AADS) – (June 2019 – May 2021), Member, STEERING COMMITTEE, WATER SUPPLY, SANITATION AND HYGIENE, SERVICES (WASH) – (June 2019 – May 2021), Member, STATE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT COUNCIL – (July 2020 – May 2021), Member, DELTA STATE TASKFORCE ON IMMUNIZATION – (July 2020 – May 2021), Member, State Project Implementation Committee on KWALE INDUSTRIAL PARK (PIC) – April, Member/Secretary, DELTA STATE ECONOMIC PLANNING COUNCIL – (August 28, 2020 – May 2021), Member, COMMITTEE TO NEGOTIATE SHAREHOLDERS AGREEMENT WITH MESSRS ADVENTIUM GLOBAL ON SONGHAI DELTA AMUKPE – (August 2021), Member, Steering Committee on DELTA STATE COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE PROJECT (CoPREP) COORDINATING UNIT – (August 2021), Member, Steering Committee on SPECIAL PROJECTS – (July 2022), Member, Steering Committee to Coordinate the State’s Participation in the World Bank Government Technology Maturity Index (GTMI) Survey, 2022, and Member, Steering Committee for the Coordination of the AUDA-NEPAD Innovative Strengthening of Small-Holder Farmers.

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