| THE MAN BEHIND THE IBETO GROUP SUCCESS STORY|
Dr.Cletus Madubugwu Ibeto is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Ibeto Group. The titles reflect his total involvement with the organization. In both word and deed, he attempts to inculcate in his employees the full commitment that he expects of them. The people who work in close proximity with him find his driving energy both exhilarating and exhausting. He works very long hours at least six days out of seven. He is tireless and he expects the same amount of dedication and effort from everyone else in his team.
Dr. Ibeto is a man of good character and good business and community reputation, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence.
He has been honoured by the Federal Government of Nigeria with Officer of the Order of the Niger [OON] and Commander of the Order of the Niger [CON]; and by the University of Nigeria with a Doctor of Business Administration, DBA (Honoris Causa).
He demonstrates his love for God through his multi-facetted philanthropic endeavours, perhaps, best symbolized by the imposing St. Cletus Catholic Church with its 2,300 seat capacity Sanctuary, Parish Priest’s House, adjoining 1,300 seat capacity Auditorium dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, guest houses and halls which he donated to his home community, Otolo Nnewi.
Dr. Ibeto served as President, Nnewi Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture from 1994 to 1998. In January 1997 the Anambra State Government accorded him State Honour in recognition of his contributions towards the development of the State and on July 8, 2000 he received the prestigious Gold Service Award of the Rotary Club of Enugu, Rotary International District 9140.
He is an acknowledged industrialist who has advanced the cause of international goodwill and understanding through his extensive international business undertakings. No wonder in 2005 the Federal Government of Nigeria found him worthy to serve as Chairman of Small a n d Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).
He is currently on the Board of many reputable institutions and organizations.
DIRECTORS AND MANAGEMENT TEAM
Osita G. Anigbogu
Executive Director (Nnewi Operations)
Osita Anigbogu holds the demanding position of Executive Director (Manufacturing). Highly resourceful, he has a B.Sc. (Hons) Degree of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Upon graduation, he worked as a surveyor for about 6 years in both the public and private sectors including the Ministry of Works, Lands & Housing at Enugu and Akure.
Two years after joining The Ibeto Group, he felt more challenged by the opportunities then opening up in the group's manufacturing programme of action, at that time in its early implementation stages. Since November 1987, Mr. Anigbogu has held senior positions in the manufacturing sector, is widely travelled and is a member of various local and international professional associations.
He combines his primary duties of piloting the group's manufacturing operations at HQ Nnewi plants (comprising automotive lead acid batteries, lead recycling, brake pads, lube oils and auto components production etc) with responsibilities for Info Technology, Communications, Power & Water supply and the associated infrastructure and equipment. Mr. Anigbogu is a hands-on manager of men and materials who believes in leadership by example.
Executive Director (Cement)
Davender has over 25 years experience in Project Management, Construction Management, Quality Management, General Management, Power
Generation Projects, Cement Manufacturing, Logistics, Shipping of Cement, and Electricity Transmission and Distribution. Most of this time was in cement manufacturing.
He previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Ibeto Cement Company Ltd.
Earlier, he had worked for us as Senior General Manager from January 2003 to August 2006 when he left following the unjust closure of our plant by governmental fiat.
Until he returned to us, he worked for Ambuja Cements Limited, a leader in cement manufacturing and distribution in India.
Devender earned a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from Panjab University in 1986.
Sir Augustine A. Nnabuchi
Augustine Azuka Nnabuchi is a seasoned and well exprienced administrator.
He joined The Ibeto Group in September 1981 as Funds / Projects Co-ordinator and has risen to his present position by dint of hard work and total commitment to the goals of the organisation.
A former senior staff of the Anambra State Local Government Service, he has been able to effectively manage the properties and estates of The Ibeto Group.
Prof. Ben U. C. Aghazu
DSc., MBA, FNSChE
Prof. Aghazu is a Registered Engineer and serves on the Board of many member companies.
He also serves as the Chairman of Niger Farms (Nigeria) Limited and a Director of several other successful companies in Nigeria engaged in integrated poultry farming, water supply and geological services, information technology, building construction and engineering and business consultancy.
His professional career covers nuclear engineering, tertiary education, process engineering, food technology, poultry farming, project management, building construction, new venture creation and company administration.
His passion in life is service to humanity through Rotary International, having served in several capacities, including District Governor, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for East and West Africa and Rotary Coordinator also for East and West Africa.
Ben has authored five books dealing with Rotary and Community Service.
In 2000, Rotary International bestowed upon him its highest award: the Service Above Self Award. In 2009, he received the Gold Service Award from the Rotary Club of Enugu, for his outstanding humanitarian service to many global communities.
Ben earned a M.Sc. (1970) and a D.Sc. (1972) in Chemical Engineering from MIT and an MBA (1973) from Northeastern University, both in the USA, as well as a B.Sc. (1969) in Engineering Science from the University of Leicester in England.
Sir V. O. Agbasimalo
Victor Okey Agbasimalo is the director, ‘New Projects’ Development of Ibeto Group. He holds a diploma in accountancy from Institute of Management and Technology Enugu (1974), Bachelors degree in Communications from University of Washington, USA 1978 and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Univeristy of Puget Sound Washington USA 1981.
He started his career in sales/distribution of ANNAMCO Mercedes trucks and Buses throughout Nigeria and later joined Pokobros Group as Group Marketing Manager. He resigned in 1990 to become a “New Projects” Advisory Consultant. He developed new business concepts for various organisations such as A-Z Petroleum Products Ltd, Dozzy Group of Companies, Golden Oil Industries Ltd., etc.
In 1996, he joined the Ibeto Group as “New Projects” Development Director, with the company taking giant steps in areas like Petroleum Lubricants, Down Stream Petroleum Retail and Bulk Storage, Cement Manufacturing, Shipping Services, etc.
Chief Kofi Obijiofor
Ajie Kofi Obijiofor holds degree in Accountancy from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus.
He had stint of military service with the Biafran Army during the Nigerian Civil war rising to the rank of Captain. When the civil war ended in 1970, he proceeded to Government College Afikpo where he passed his Higher School Certificate (HSC), in 1972 and went ahead to pursue a degree in Accountancy
After his National Youth Service in Kaduna State in 1977, Ajie Kofi Obijiofor incorporated and nurtured a construction company, OMEGA ENGINEERING SERVICES LTD which is today a very successful and leading engineering services provider in Nigeria. He also has substantial interest in other top rate companies like Kenoch Ventures, Danstacher turnkey Contractors Ltd and Universal Estate Developers Limited.
He is a holder of the traditional title of Ajie Nanka conferred on him by his town for his numerous services to humanity.
Ajie Obijiofor brings a wealth of experience in diversified fields like engineering, project management, real estate and accountancy.
Barr. Victor Udeh
Barr. Victor Ude, the principal partner of the law firm, Udeh & Associates is an alumnus of both the University of Ilorin and the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus where he bagged his law degree.
Between 1991 and 1995 while working with University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus he sat on a number of committee and boards charged with various responsibilities for the proper running of the University campus.
He served as an associate counsel with Lorphil and Associates before taking his present position as Principal Partner of Udeh & Associates.
He has vast legal experience spanning company law and practice, alternative dispute resolution and civil litigation.
The firm has served as arbitration registrar and conciliation registrar to a couple of blue chip clients.
He brings his vast experience of commercial law to bear in his capacity as a director of the Ibeto Group.
Dr. Amamchukwu Ezeike
In addition to serving on the Board of a member company of The Ibeto Group, Dr. Ezeike has been the Medical Director, FIRST MAF HOSPITAL, Nnewi since 1985.
He has been active in community service. He is also involved in the political development process of Nigeria and served as State Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, Governorship Aspirant and member of several committees of that party.
He has served as a member of the Board of the Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba. Dr. Ezeike has practiced Obstetric and Gynecology in Harvey Street, London.
He is a 1978 graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Chief Operating Officer (Eastern Bulkcem)
Mr. Chike Okoye started his professional career with KPMG, a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax & Advisory services. He spent 8 years with KPM and KPMG Consulting (later BearingPoint Inc.) where he audited many US Federal Government Agencies and served as a consultant to the District of Columbia Government respectively. He left BearingPoint as a Managing Consultant to join IBM Business Consulting Services.
Chike has over eighteen years experience in federal accounting, financial statement support, audit readiness, financial systems implementation, business process re-engineering and systems support and project management.
Chike is an alumnus of University of District of Columbia where he obtained his MBA (summa cum laude) and B.Sc. degree from University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus. He is a Certified Public Accountant
Emmanuel O. Agu
Group General Manager
Engr. Emmanuel Agu is an outstanding mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Ibadan. He has had an extensive experience in manufacturing, Engineering and management spanning over 20 years in reputable organisations including Cross River Basin Development Authority Calabar.
He joined the Ibeto group in 1987 and has served in different technical and management positions. He became the General Manager Union Autoparts in 1999 and in 2007 he was appointed Group General Manager (Manufacturing).
Chinonyerem J. Ogbonna
(Personnel & Corporate Affairs)
Mr. Chinonyerem Joe Ogbonna is an accomplished Human Resources and Administration practitioner with over 20 years hands-on experience. He started his career in administration with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
He joined The Ibeto Group in 1985 and has served in many senior management positions. He was appointed General Manager [Personnel & Corporate Affairs] in March 1996. Since then he has brought his resourceful character to bear on his functions and has been involved in a number of the Group's key projects relating to Restructuring, Strategic Planning, NIS-ISO 9001-2000 and SAP.
Mr. Ogbonna holds a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Imo State University, Owerri. He has attended many management and executive development courses which has helped broaden his vision. He is a member of many local and international professional bodies.
(Operations & Business Development)
Igboazam graduated from Ebonyi State University with a degree in Economics. He is also versatile in computer applications especially database oriented research.
His role in operations of the Ibeto Cement Plant demands a team player who is able to work under pressure while remaining amiable. These are qualities he has in abundance.
A very persuasive young man he is an asset in difficult negotiations and make or break presentations.
Eze S. Eze
Financial Controller &
Head (Finance & Accounts)
Mr. Eze, an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) manages the finance function of the Group. A dynamic and highly experienced professional, who also holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from the Imo State University, Owerri.
Before joining the Group in 2001 had worked at different times and in various divisions of UAC of Nigeria Plc as Financial Accountant and Commercial Manager. He was in 1997 seconded to General Cotton Mill Ltd., Onitsha as Senior Accountant.
Mr. Eze has attended many local and international financial and management courses.
Head (Union Recycling Plant)
Engr. Ejike holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He joined the Group in 1989 and has held many management positions. He has proved to be a seasoned administrator and was nominated for the 1996 Distinguished Leadership Award and the 1997 International Man of The Year Award of the American Biographical Institute.
He currently heads our Union Recycling Plant and our Friction Parts factory. Engr. Vin Ejike who is widely travelled and is at home with international trade oversees our Export business. An emeritus President of the Nigerian Universities Engineering Students Association (NUESA), Engr. Ejike is a corporate member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and is a COREN registered engineer.
Okeke Anthony has over 12years working experience in the cement industry, before he joined the IBETO group in March 2012.
He held positions in Dangote Cement, Port Harcourt, as Production Manager , Head Distribution Unit, also Rock Cement , Port Harcourt, as Shift Manager, Discharge Supervisor, and other blue print companies.
Okeke is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering(production), upper division from Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu (1996) and other certificates from Centre For Management Development, Lagos – 2005, College Of Art And Science, Abia state - 2011
He is a very resourceful and dynamic young man, with vision and strength to continue to make a difference.
Manager (Human Resources
Mr. Kingsley Kalio, a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. A political scientist, he had worked with The Code of Conduct Bureau rising to the post of State Coordinator before joining the The Ibeto Group in search of a challenging corporate environment.
He oversees the Human Resource and Administration of Ibeto Cement Ltd., providing policy guideline on employee service motivation, maintaining good relations with trade unions and other bodies concerned with employment and working conditions.
His duties see him striving to ensure a harmonious work environment that guarantees employee job satisfaction and maximizes productivity
Edmund E. Ngini
Head (Lagos Liaison Office)
Edmund Ngini, a resourceful, intelligent, hardworking and thoroughbred professional, is a graduate of the Institute of Management & Technology, IMT Enugu with a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy (1982).
Before joining The Ibeto Group, he had worked at Unipetrol Nig. Plc now Oando Plc, International Merchant Bank among other places in various capacities.
Mr. Ngini, who has attended many courses in Management and Finance, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
Sir Edwin Nwanya
Head (Liquified Gas Plant)
Mr. Edwin Nwanya is a
versatile and experienced Administrator and Transporter. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Nwanya Trading Co. Ltd., until 1997 when he joined The Group. He has a good record of successes in multi-faceted marketing projects.
Kevin, a British national, served for six years in Her Majesty's Forces in Germany, Malaya, Singapore and Thailand.
He worked with Gough Engineers for 22 years installing a wide range of industrial equipment worldwide.
He had varied experience in the Nigerian industrial environment for nearly 12 years rising to General Manager of the Port Harcourt plant of Union Dicon Salt Company Plc. before joining Ibeto Cement Company Limited in March 2009.
He earned an HNC in Electrical Engineering from Stoke Polytechnic in 1974.
Mohan Lal Mittal
Mohan has over 23 years of professional experience in the erection, testing, commissioning, operation and maintenance of electrical equipments in Cement Manufacturing and Power Plants. His experience was garnered working in companies in India, Bahrain and Nigeria.
He was part of the erection team for the Ibeto Cement Company Limited from 2005 to 2006. He returned to the company in November 2009.
Mohan earned a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Board of Technical Education, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India in 1987.
Kushubar U. Aghav
Kushubar U. Aghav has over a decade of experience in erection, commisioning and maintenaince of mechanical equipment in the cement industry. A pioneer staff of Ibeto Cement Ltd, Mr. Aghav was involved in the erection and commissioning of the 5000 TPD Cement Terminal Mechanical Equipment among other equipment in the plant.
Before joining the Ibeto Cement Plant he had worked with JUD Cement Limited, Meghalaya and Gamma Civic Ltd., Mauritius key players in the cement production industry.
Kushubar brings a wealth of experience to bear on his responsibility of ensuring smooth running of mechanical equipment and guaranteeing minimum downtime.
Augustina I. Manafa
(Kings Palace Hotel, Nnewi)
Mrs. Augustina Manafa (Nee Nnacho) is a graduate of Guidance and Counselling of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. As a professional teacher, she worked with the Anambra State Schools Service Commission and taught in many schools in the State. She voluntarily retired from the State Service as pioneer Counsellor of Nnewi North Local Government Education Authority which position she held meritoriously for 5 years.
An astute and resourceful fellow, she joined the Ibeto Group in 2004 and has since held the demanding position of Manager in our Kings Palace Hotels Ltd. She is happily married.
Consistent with our corporate philosophy and culture of excellence, THE IBETO GROUP boasts of a well-trained, versatile and highly motivated work force. The team spirit amongst our staff is the major asset that has made it possible for us to remain ahead of our competitors. Always conscious of the fact that nothing can be achieved without seasoned, productive and highly skilled personnel, staff development and training has remained our deliberate policy.
Our business contributions to the enhancement of our society bear testimony to the consistency and sincerity in our determination to deliver our promise.