FACTS THE ANIOMA PEOPLE MUST KNOW ABOUT PRINCE NED NWOKO.
By Iroroh Frank
In parts one of this series I presented to you, Prince Ned Nwoko, a goalgetter and human resources organiser/ mobiliser and in part two, we gave you the details of his life as a lover and promoter of Anioma rich cultural heritage.
Today we present the extra ordinary curriculum résumé of this rare gem of Anioma land.
AMAZING FEATS OF A RARE GEM.
PRINCE NED NWOKO YOU MAY NOT KNOW.
Prince Ned Munir Nwoko was born on 21st December, 1960, at Idumuje Ugboko Royal Palace, Aniocha north LGA, Delta State.
He want to the United Kingdom for his higher education after his Primary and Secondary education in Nigeria.
At age 22, he was called to bar and became a Solicitor of Supreme Court of England and Wales, having qualified as a Lawyer with BA (Hon), Keele, Law and History. Master degree in Law LLM, Kings, London and Bachelor degree in Law (BL), at Lincorn’s Inn London College of Law.
He is married with Children.
He worked as a legal Assistant, Kummars Solicitors, London
and as a Crown Prosecutor, Pascalides and Company, London.
At age 24, with his rising profile as successful prosecutor and being a brilliant and intelligent Lawyer as well as an ambitious young man who wants to be independent and create a nitche for himself, the young Prince Ned Nwoko set up his own Law Firm and became the Principal partner of Ned Nwoko Solicitors.
The Law Firm is situated at No. 2 Beaufort Road Ealing, London.
His Law firm specialises in Civil and Criminal Litigation, including Insurance, Personal Injury, International Conflict Laws, Immigration, Matrimonial Laws, Wills and Probate, Commercial and Domestic Conveyance, Company and Commercial Laws, including offshore matters.
His Law firm later became the biggest black Law firm in the United Kingdom.
POSITIONS HE HELD.
He was ex- Legal Adviser to Nigerian Liberal Party, Europe.
A visiting advisor Citizens Advice Bureau, London.
A member of the Society of Black Lawyers, United Kingdom.
He was elected member of the Society, England and Wales.
He served as Secretary General, Nigeria Legal Practitioners, United Kingdom.
AS A PROLIFIC WRITER AND AUTHOR.
Prince Ned Nwoko wrote ten articles on immigration Laws in the United Kingdom including;
Advice on Arrest and Detention,
Judicial Review and Deportation,
The Jury System; a Case for Nigeria.
He wrote two articles on Company Directors and their duties.
The duty of utmost Good Faith in Insurance Laws.
And writes on Race Discrimination Laws in England (fortnightly).
He also wrote on the review of the Provisions of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (Nigeria) 1984.
No Win Without Ambazonia. West Africa, 1995.
The Legal Base for Political progress.
Nigerian News, 1995,
1. Early Missionary Activities in Midwest of Nigeria, 1991.
2. You, the Police and Criminal Law Procedure, England and Wales, 1991.
3. Nigeria: Time for all hands on Deck, 1999.
4. Mount of Delta, 2012.
MEMBERSHIP OF NATIONAL COMMITTEE.
He was a member of Nigerian Government Vision 2010 Committee 1997 and served as the Chairman of the Sub committee on External Environment and Capital Market
He was a member of Nigerian Government delegation to Geneva on Human Rights Commission, 1995
TV AND RADIO INTERVIEWS ON NIGERIA IN UK:
He featured on Sky News Interviews on Nigeria and the Military Government, 1995.
On BBC World Service Television, on Crime in Nigeria, 1995.
He also featured on CNN debate with Professor Wole Soyinka on Nigeria, 1996.
He featured on Choice FM Radio, Interview on Nigeria, 1994.
BBC World Service, History of Nigeria with Professor John Peel, 1995.
LECTURES ON NIGERIA IN UK.
He lectured on the futility of Sanctions against Military Government, 1996.
At age 38, Prince Ned Nwoko was elected Member House of Representatives, to represent Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, (1999 – 2003).
Once in the House, he became the centre of all the legislative businesses of the House.
He focused his attentions on his primary responsibility of making quality laws for the good governance of Nigeria, and within just a span of 4 years, he sponsored 21 bills and moved the motion for the convocation of the National Conference.
HOUSE COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP.
As a daring young man, who does not hesitate to grab opportunities at his disposal, he contested for the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative, but lost narrowly to Chibudom Nwuche.
He served in the following House committees;
Judiciary and was the Chairman, House committee on Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority.
He was the leader of the Millennium Group.
A Group in the House, dedicated to fostering closer ties with the Public, Legislator and the Executive.
AS A SPECIAL ENVOY
While in the House, Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko was assigned with the following diplomatic responsibilities;
Presidential Emissary to Ghana 2000 (Pre-election and Post Election).
Presidential visits to London 2000 (Twice).
Presidential visits to Libya 2000.
Presidential visits to New York 2000.
Parliamentary visit with minister of state for Defence to Romania and Israel 2000.
Parliamentary visit to Geneva on inspection of Nigeria Mission, 2000.
Parliamentary visit to International Civil Authority Organization (ICAO), Montreal, Canada, 2000.
PRINCE NED NWOKO AS AN INTERNATIONAL LEGAL ICON.
Prince Ned Nwoko served as a Legal Adviser to the Nigerian Government at the United Nation’s International Court of Justice on Bakassi Boundary Dispute at the Hague.
He was adviser to the Ghanaian Government.
Adviser to Guinean Government.
Adviser to Gambian Government.
Adviser to the Executive Secretary ECOWAS.
Adviser to the Liberian Government.
Legal Adviser to Malian Embassy.
OTHER ADVISORY POSITIONS HE HELD.
Member National Peace Forum.
National Vice Chairman, Cassava Exporters Association of Nigeria.
Nigeria Boxing Federation.
He is currently acting as legal consultant to States and Local Governments and to parastatals and agencies in Nigeria and around the globe.
As a member of House committee on Judiciary, Hon. Prince Ned Nwoko advised on building Industrial Courts in all the States of the Federation.
He also advised on
building Federal high Courts in all the States and the building of Courts of Appeal in all the Zones and the Federal Capital Territory.
He equally advised the setting up of Debt Management Office (DMO), as an independent Office from the Federal Ministry of Finance.
These brilliant professional ideas and advised were implemented by ex President Obasanjo and today the institutions mentioned are fully functional throughout the States of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
THE PARIS CLUB LOAN REFUND.
Prince Ned Nwoko initiated the exit from London and Paris Club loans.
He authored all the reports that led to;
The Federal government stopping monthly deductions from states’ allocations and
the commencement of refunds to the states.
He used two of his firms, ( Ned Nwoko Solicitors and Linas International company), to secure the Refunds from the London and Paris Group of lenders (multinational lenders) and fought the Federal Government in Court for wrongful deductions of Local Government Council funds, to service foreign debts, debts Local Government Councils never collected.
He won the case and the refund of the funds helped States and Local Government Councils to meet their financial obligations to their workers, pensioners and contractors.
The refunds came handy at a time when the economy of Nigeria was heading towards grave recession.
Prince Ned Nwoko is the man who saved Nigeria from total socioeconomic collapse.
The above are actual records of exceptional achievements of a true patriotic Nigerian, a man who is concerned with building strong democratic legacy for institutional growth, infrastructural development and National peace.