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Godknows Igali

Amb. Godknows Boladei Igali, PhD, OON, FHSN, FAIA

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

1. Surname: Igali
2. Other Names: Godknows Boladei
3. Date of Birth: 4 April 1960
4. Sex: Male
5. Marital Status: Married (Mrs. Tokoni Igali)
With Five Children
6. Home Town: Eniwari
7. Local Government Area: Southern Ijaw Local Government
8. State of Origin: Bayelsa State
9. Address: No. 8, Mambilla Street, Off Aso Drive, Maitama, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria.
10. Email: igalibuea@yahoo.Com
11. Tel: +234-7063620770
12. St. Stephen Primary School, Amassoma: 1966-1970
13. St. Paul’s Primary School, Port-Harcourt: 1970-1972
14. Federal Government College, Port-Harcourt: 1973-1977
15. University of Port-Harcourt: 1977-1981
16. Foreign Service Academy, Lagos: 1986-1987
17. University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba: 1987-1988
18. Pakistani Diplomatic Academy, Islamabad: 1991
19. University of Venezuela, Caracas: 1993-1998
20. First School Leaving Certificate: 1972
21. West African School Certificate (WASC): 1977
22. Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), History: 1981
23. Masters in International Law and Diplomacy (MILD): 1989
24. Post Graduate Diploma, (International Relations) 1991
25. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Politics and International Studies: 1998
26. Teacher, Lennon Memorial Grammar School, Okene, (NYSC): 1981-1982
27. Recruited into the Nigerian Foreign Service, (External Affairs Officer, GL 08): 1982
28. Served in Several Departments in Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Including:
 Administration, Protocol, International Economic Cooperation, Trade and Investment;
 Posted To Nigerian Missions In:
• Czechoslovakia (1983 – 86);
• Venezuela, Colombia & Ecuador (1991 – 98);
• Sweden, Denmark, Norway & Finland (2008 – 2010)
29. Federal Permanent Secretary, Consolidated Grade Level (2010 – 2015)
30. Secretary to Trade Missions to Namibia, Ethiopia, Jamaica, United Kingdom, United States of America, Liberia, Ghana, Zimbabwe: 1988 – 1991
31. Secretary, Committee on Export to West Africa:
1988 – 1991
32. Special Assistant to Minister of Foreign Affairs: 1998-1999
33. Consul General of Nigeria to Cameroon, Buea: 1999 – 2005
34. Special Assistant (Special Duties), State House: 2005 – 2006
35. Secretary, Presidential Committee on Nigerian Delisting on Financial Crimes: 2005 – 2008
36. Secretary, Presidential Sub-Committee on Review of Public Service Rule: 2005 – 2008
37. Secretary to Bayelsa State Government: 2006 – 2007
38. Honorary Adviser to the President & Liaison Officer on the Niger Delta: Jan – June 2007
39. Ambassador Plenipotentiary/Extraordinary of Nigeria to the Nordic Countries, 2008 Till 2010
40. Appointed Federal Permanent Secretary for Water Resources Ministry: May 2010 – March 2013
41. Appointed Federal Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Power: March 2013 – November 2015
41. Chairman, Sub Committee on Flood Prevention and Rehabilitation, 2012 – 2015
42. Chairman Governing Board, Institute Of Natural Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development, University of Port Harcourt, 2013 to Date
43. Co-Chairman, Nigeria-German Energy Partnership, 2013 – 2015
44. Chairman, Energy Working Group, Nigeria-United States
Bi-National Commission, 2013 – 2015
45. Chairman, Presidential Visitation Panel to Federal University, Lokoja, 2021
46. Pro Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Federal University of Technology, Akure: July 2021 to Date
47. Elected Alternate Chair, Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Federal Universities
48. Implementation of comprehensive Reform Policies in the Power Sector leading to the privatisation of the Sector; a process that was highly commended by the World Bank.
49. Chairman, Technical Implementation Committee on the Privatisation of the Power Sector
50. Chairman, National Council on Power and Water
51. Secretary, Presidential Action Committee on Power
52. Acting Minister, Federal Ministry of Power (May 2015 – November 2015)
53. Initiated the Nexus between Water, Energy and Agriculture with the Construction of Multipurpose Dams in Nigeria (Kashimbilla & Gurara) to supply portable water, electricity, and irrigation of farmlands
54. Creation of an enabling environment for the injection of private sector funds in the power sector
55. Negotiated $1.6 billion with multi-stakeholders for the funding of Transmission Projects
56. Negotiated $900 million for the construction of Zungeru Hydro Power Plant with China EXIM Bank
57. Negotiated $3.6 billion procurement for the Mambilla Hydro Power Project with China EXIM Bank
58. Commenced the construction of the 700mw Zungeru Hydro Power Plant
59. Completed the design of the 3,030mw Mambilla Hydro Power Plant
60. Completed 10 National Integrated Power Plants
61. Led a delegation to seek for private sector investment for 10 new National Integrated Power Plants
62. Initiation of comprehensive policy on renewable energy
63. Embarked on robust programmes for rural electrification
64. Training of 3,600 youths in the power sector through the National Power Sector Apprenticeship Scheme
65. Initiated Operation Light-Up Rural Nigeria Project by setting up off-grid pilot projects across the country using renewable energy
66. Undertook the most comprehensive Water Sector Reform Policy in Nigeria
67. Introduction of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in water supply in Nigeria
68. Initiated the Nexus between Water, Energy and Agriculture with the Construction of Multipurpose Dams in Nigeria (Kashimbilla & Gurara) to supply portable water, electricity, and irrigation of farmlands
69. Implementation of World Bank Policies on Water in Nigeria
70. Supervision of River Basin Development Authorities in Nigeria
71. Coordination of Several Development Partners and Donor Agencies funding in the water sector
72. Chairman, Implementation Committee on Water and Sanitation
73. Chairman, Implementation Committee on Open Defecation
74. Chairman, Planning Committee on International Conference on Innovative Funding of the Water Sector sponsored by the United Nations and African Development Bank
75. Chairman, Technical Committee on Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Lake Chad Basin Commission
76. Chairman, Niger Basin Authority
77. Presented Several Papers on Water and Hydrology
78. Member of the Committee of 8 Pro-Chancellors that dialogued with ASUU to bring to an end the 8 month strike
78. Took Federal University of Technology, Akure to number 5 position of best Universities and number 1 position of best Universities of Technology in Nigeria
80. Presented a Paper on Sustainable Funding of Universities in Nigeria
81. Presented a paper as the eminent lecturer at the first Founders Day Lectures at the University of Port Harcourt
82. Chaired the first International Conference on Deltas in Africa at the University of Port Harcourt
83. Negotiated with militants in the Niger Delta and came up with the idea of the Amnesty Programme to the militants and the Government
84. Formulated several policies that later culminated in the formation of the Presidential Amnesty Programme
85. Held several discussions and negotiations with the Niger Delta Avengers that brought about cessation of hostilities and improvement in the daily oil production as Honorary Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Pan Niger Delta Forum
86. Organisation of several training programmes for youths and community leaders in the Niger Delta on Peace, Environment, and Sustainable Development
87. Played a major role in the formulation of Nigeria’s foreign policy in the 1980s – 2000s
88. Pioneer staff in formulation of Nigeria’s Economic Diplomacy policy
89. Carried out peace building during the row between Nigeria and Cameroon on the disputed Bakassi Peninsula
90. Successfully initiated and supervised the return of over 100,000 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon following inter-ethnic crises in the 2000s
91. Successfully negotiated the release and return of hundreds of Nigerian fishermen from Cross River State that were captured by Cameroonian authorities
92. Built robust investment relationship between the Nordic countries and Nigeria by bringing over 100 foreign direct investments to Nigeria
93. Key writer on issues of foreign policy and diplomacy
94. A History of the Bomo People, 1981
95. The Status of the Antarctica in International Law
96. Nigeria’s Economic Diplomacy: The Ike Nwachukwu Years, 1992 (Co-Ed)
97. State Formation & National Integration: The Africa Experience versus the World, 1998
98. Virtues within the Vile: Performance and Integrity in Public Service, 2006
99. The Diplomacy of Economics & Development, 2010
100. Global Trends in State Formation, 2014
101. Perspectives on Nation-State Formation in Contemporary Africa, 2014
102. Signposts to Success, 2015
103. Several (National & International), especially Officer Of the Order Of the Niger (OON), 2005
104. Seats on the Board of Several Charities, NGOs as well as Religious and Cultural Organizations (Including African Leadership Forum, Guardians of the Nation, African Girl Child Foundation, Proclaim Peace Foundation, Faith Revival Ministries, Bomo Royal Council)
105. Fluent in English & Spanish
106. Working Knowledge in French
107. Fluent in three Nigerian Languages
108. Swimming, Golf and Reading

About Amb. Igali

Godknows Boladei Igali is a retired Nigerian public servant, diplomat, author, and scholar. He was appointed by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in September 2007 as an ambassador to the Scandinavian countries – Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, a position he occupied until he was appointed a Federal Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Water Resources on 4 May 2010.

Amb Igali was born in Oporoma town, headquarters of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, Nigeria on 4 April 1960. He hails from Eniwari town, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State. He holds a Ph.D. in political and international studies from the University of Venezuela, a master’s in international law and diplomacy (MILD) from the University of Lagos, and a B.A. (Hons) in history from the University of Port Harcourt. He also has a postgraduate diploma in international relations and undertook professional studies at the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy and the Foreign Service Academy, Islamabad, Pakistan. He is an author and expert on negotiation, conflict resolution, state formation, national integration, and sustainable development. In 2005, he received the national honors of the Officer of the Order of the Niger, (OON). He is married to Tokoni Igali, and they have four daughters and a son. He holds a chieftaincy title, the Ibetariwei “Guardian of the Interests” of Izon. He underwent theological studies under the late Bishop Harford Iloputaife at the Bible Faith Training Centre in Lagos in 1989.


As a career Diplomat, he has served all around the world since joining the Foreign Service in 1982. During his stay at headquarters, he distinguished himself as an expert on economic diplomacy and served as secretary to about ten (10) Nigerian Economic Missions abroad between 1986 and 1991. He also served severally as secretary, committee on export to West Africa and as a special assistant to honorable ministers of foreign affairs. He was appointed the Nigerian consul general to Cameroon (1999–2005). Igali served as the special assistant (special duties) in the Nigerian Presidential Villa (2005–2006) under the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration. During that period, he was also secretary to the presidential committee on money laundering and financial crimes. In addition, he also served as secretary to the presidential subcommittee on the review of the public service rules (2005). He was later appointed secretary to the Bayelsa State government in January 2006 and was concurrently named an honorary adviser and peace envoy to the President on Niger Delta (2006–2007). He last served as Nigeria’s ambassador to the Scandinavian countries, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway (from 2008 to 2010). He was appointed in 2010 as the Federal Permanent Secretary for Water Resources and then redeployed to the Federal Ministry of Power by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2013.

During his tenure as a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources, he undertook the most comprehensive water sector reform policy including the introduction of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in water supply which has become a reference point in the Nigeria water sector today. He also played a major role in bringing the nexus between water, energy, and agriculture through the construction of multipurpose dams in Nigeria. These dams include Gurara (which provides portable water, 30 megawatts of power, and 3,000 hectares of farmland irrigation) and Kashimbila (which provides portable water, 40 megawatts of power, and 4,000 hectares of farmland irrigation) that have been completed.