The Secretary

 

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Mrs. Augusta Chinwe Ogakwu

Mrs. Augusta Chinwe Ogakwu(nee Ugwumba) was born in Enugu, Enugu State to the family of late Chief V I O

Ugwumba (retired Commissioner of Police) and Mrs. Anne Azogini Ugwumba of Abidi Village, Umuoji, Idemili North  Local Government Area of Anambra State.

After her primary education at Umuoji, Abakaliki and Enugu, she attended Girls’ Secondary School, Onitsha where she obtained the West African School Certificate (Ordinary Level).She was a pioneer student of Imo State University, now Abia State University and she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1985. She thereafter proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986.


In 1987, she participated in the compulsory National Youth Service Corps programme with the Special Investigations Bureau, Nigerian Police Headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. On conclusion of the NYSC programme, she joined the chambers of A.O. Mogboh SAN and Co. (Legal Practitioners) at Enugu.  She later enrolled at the University of Lagos, where she obtained a Masters Degree in Law (LL.M) in 1990, majoring in Comparative Company Law, Comparative Criminal Law, Secured Credit Transactions and International Economic Law.

She joined the then  newly established National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) as a pioneer Staff of the Prosecution Unit in 1990. Between 1990 and 1996, she was lead Prosecutor of Narcotics and Psychotropic Drug Offenders at the Miscellaneous Offences Tribunal (MOT), in Lagos, and within that period, she rose from the rank of Senior Legal officer to Assistant Chief Legal Officer. She voluntarily resigned from NDLEA in 1996 and returned to private legal practice.

In 1998, she joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a Chief Legal Officer. In this position, her diverse and cognate experience in Academics, Civil and Criminal Litigation remained an asset. While an Assistant Director, in 2003, she was appointed and served as the Acting Director, Legal Services until September 2005. On concluding this tour of duty as a substantive Deputy Director, she began to seriously explore and study the evolving discipline of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), on the conviction that the Nigerian Electoral Process will benefit from the introduction of ADR into Electoral Dispute Resolution. In December 2008 the Commission mandated her to organize the first ever National Workshop on ADR, focusing on the application of ADR to electoral/political disputes. The success of this workshop led to the eventual establishment of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit in INEC in May 2009.


She belongs to several professional bodies including Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), International Bar Association (IBA), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) (CIArb. UK), Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, (ICMC) Member, International Dispute Resolution Institute (IDRI) She is also a Fellow of ICMC, Member International Dispute Resolution Institute and a Certified Professional and Trainer in Workplace Mediation and Conflict Management from the Mediation Training Institute (MTI) Alberta, Canada. Mrs. Ogakwu has taken courses in Conflict Analysis and Negotiation and Conflict Management from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and Senior Executive Leadership Training organized by the Australian Awards in Africa Professional Development.


On 1st January 2011, Mrs Ogakwu was promoted to the rank of Director and while the Head of Unit/Director of the burgeoning Electoral Alternative Dispute Resolution (EADR) Unit of the Commission, she was moved to the Legal  Services Department on 5th April, 2013 as the first substantive Director of the Department since 2002.

She was appointed the Secretary to the Commission on 9th of July 2013 and was sworn into office on the 1st day of August 2013. Augusta Chinwe Ogakwu is married to a serving Federal Judicial Officer and they are blessed with children.