This week’s guest: Osita Chidoka Ofr, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, transport logistician, political economist, It afficianado, public servant, avid reader.
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Osita Benjamin Chidoka is Corps Marshal and chief executive officer of the FRSC. He is also President of the West African Road Safety Organisation and President of the Africa group of the International Road Safety Organisation. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Master’s degree in Transport Policy and Logistics from the School of Public Policy, George Mason University, U.S. Osita is also a holder of a certificate in Global Strategy and Political Economy from Oxford University, U.K and a Graduate Diploma from the National University of Singapore. An NYSC award winner, he served in the FCT and was given automatic employment with the FCDA.
He has served on many international and national committees including the National Committee on the Visit of Pope John Paul II, where he served as secretary and the Committee for the Review of the Abuja Master Plan among several others.
Before his appointment as Corps Marshal, he was senior adviser on Government and Business relations with Mobil.
His leadership at the FRSC has been driven by the use of ICT tools which has transformed the corps as a functional lead agency in traffic administration and safety management. Under his leadership, the corps has worked hard to trend down crash fatalities through road safety activism and aggressive advocacy for safer roads. Under his watch, FRSC has won the Prince Michael International Road safety award in 2008, among several others awards. Osita Chidoka was recently conferred with the Public Servant of the year award by The Sun newspapers . He is a holder of the national award Officer of the Federal Republic, OFR, and the traditional title of Ike-Obasi. He is married with children. I first met Osita Chidoka at his office when the publicity team for my first book, In the Blink of an Eye, were seeking book reading hosts. He was excited by the very mention of books and displayed that thing that all book lovers have; passion. He was also deep in his discourse, his analysis and his take on all manners of books. He seemed to have been reading a lot of philosophy at the time but his profundity on contemporary fiction, non-fiction and biographies was not in doubt. He added to his reading resume psychology, development politics and other such matters. I knew then as I do now that he would make a good guest for this column. Time of course prevented this from happening before now as we are both busy in our lives. Recently the FRSC celebrated 25 years of existence in grand style. I believe it is fitting to put the frontman of the corps who describes some books as “becoming like one’s children” on the page. Enjoy his five favourite books.