The Board of Directors of Seplat Energy Plc has announced the approval of the appointment of Mr. Christopher John Okeke, Mr. Udoma Udo Udoma and Mr. Babs Omotowa as Independent Non-Executive Directors of the company.
Okeke and Udoma will be joining the Seplat Board with effect from 1 December 2023, while Omotowa, a former managing director of Nigeria LNG, will be joining the Board on 1 April 2024.
Mr Basil Omiyi and Dr Charles Okeahalam will step down from the Board on the 31 of March 2024 after the 2023 Annual Report and Accounts have been finalised and approved by the Board. The election for the next Seplat chairman will take place thereafter.
Okeke is a Nigerian corporate commercial lawyer, diplomat, and agribusiness expert. He graduated from Georgetown Law School with an LLM in 1979 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1980. He co-founded a major Nigerian commercial Law firm, Ajumogobia & Okeke, in 1984, where he served as the managing partner until his retirement in 2009. While in active legal practice, Okeke led his firm’s Project Financing and Privatisation Group, representing investors and banks over many years.
Udoma is an accomplished lawyer and seasoned board administrator. Mr. Udoma attended St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, England where he obtained a B.A. (Law) degree and a B.C.L. degree in jurisprudence. He was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1978. He founded the Law Firm Udo-Udoma & Belo Osagie in 1983 and retired from active legal practice in early 2020. Whilst in practice, Udoma specialized in advising on Nigerian investment laws and the investment environment, particularly in the petroleum, energy, and natural resources sectors. He advised Nigerian and international companies on company law, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and the raising of financing in the capital and money markets, as well as on major construction and engineering contracts.
Omotowa is an international leader in the energy industry across Europe, Africa, the United States of America, Asia, and the Middle East, in organisation leadership, commercial, strategy and operational roles spanning over 26 years. He holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry, masters degree in – business administration, specialising in Operations Research and Supply Chain Management, and an Honorary Doctor of Science. Omotowa was the Managing Director/CEO of Nigeria LNG Limited for almost five years from December 2011 to September 2016.
“The Board of SEPLAT Energy is pleased to welcome Mr. Christopher Okeke, Mr. Udo Udoma and Mr. Babs Omotowa to the Board of SEPLAT Energy and the Board, eagerly looks forward to the enormous contribution they will make towards the Company’s strategic growth plans and achieving global success,” Omiyi, chairman of Seplat, said.