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CHIEF RAYMOND ALEOGHO DOKPESI, PhD, OFR a Marine Transport Engineer was born in Ibadan, Oyo State on 25th of October 1951. He hails from Agenebode in Etsako East Local Government Area in Edo State of Nigeria.He attended Ebenezer African Church School, Ibadan, Loyola College, Ibadan and Immaculate Conception College, Benin City. He worked briefly with the Nigerian Ports Authority as Marine Office Cadet in 1969 before proceeding to Poland for further studies.
He attented Wyzsza Szokta Morska Gdynia and University of Gdansk Sopot for his Bachelor, Masters Degree and Doctorate Degrees. He made a first class with distinction and was also the best graduating student in fifty years in Poland in Marine Transport Engineering.
He lectured in the University of Gdansk, Poland as Assistant Lecturer in Marine Transport Economics before proceeding to Nigeria on the invitation of the then, Nigerian Head of State who was on State visit to Poland. While schooling, he held the following positions; President, Nigerian Students Union Gdansk Poland (1972 - 1974), President, African Students Union, Poland (1973), President, International Students Association, Poland (1974), President, Nigerian Students, Eastern Europe (1974).
He worked with the Federal Ministry of Transport and Aviation as the Head of Water Transport Division on Secondment from Nigerian Ports Plc (NTCC) between 1978 - 1983.
He was the Chief of Staff of the Gongola State Government from October to December 1983.Managing Director of African Ocean Line Limited from 1984 - 88, Chairman of Baldok Shipping Lines Limited from Feb. 1989 till date. Executive Chairman - DAAR Holding Company Limited and Rimat Properties Limited. Founder/ Chairman- DAAR Communications Limited: Proprrietor/
operator of the first Independent Radio Station in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, RayPower , Africa Independent Television (AIT); the first Afrocentric Global Television Station,DAARSAT,a fully Nigerian based DHTV and DAAR Investment.
High Chief Aleogho Dokpesi’s remarkable role in broadcasting in the federal Republic of Nigeria apart from pioneering private radio and global satellite broadcasting, he also revolutionized the sector through the introduction of 24 hours transmission on both radio and television right from inception, introduction of cyber and chroma technology for television operations and digitalized audio and video signals on both radio and television. Through his efforts Africa Independent Television (AIT) became the first African broadcast station to transmit from and into the United States of America (USA).
To his credit and exceptional scholarship prowess are the following publications: Optimal size of Tankers for International Trade (1974), West African Shipping Range (1975), Technology Change in Shipping and its impact on Ports (1976), Consultation Machinery in Shipping - The West African Experience, International Multi-modal Transport System - Implication on Nigeria Economy (1980), Thoughts on Nigeria National Shipping policy(1980),Fiscal and Financial Arrangements to Encourage Investment in Shipping in Nigeria (1986), Security in Cargo Handling - The Nigerian Experience Bulk Fleet Development (1986), The Issue of a Shipping Agency in the Maritime Industry (1987), The role of the Seaport in the Structural Adjustment Programme, Problems of Liner Shipping Policy and the review of the United Nations Convention on a Code of Conduct Linear Conferences - Present Status and Prospects (1991).
He is a fellow of several professional and management institutes: the Nigerian Institute of Shipping, Chartered institute of Transport, Institute of Transport Administration, Nigerian Institute of Management, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and the Institute of Directors.
The following are some of the National Assignments that he had been called upon at various times to perform for the Federal Republic of Nigeria: Member - Presidential Committee on Long Term Measure to solve Piracy and Security Problems in Nigerian Sea Ports and Territorial Waters (1981), Member - Chief of Defence Staff Board on Boarders and Harbor Security Force (1982), Member - Committee on Decentralization of Nigeria Ports Plc (1983), Member - Shipping Policy Implementation Committee (1987).
He is a recipient of several national and international awards amongst which are: Dr. Kwame Nkurumah Africa Leadership Award and Gold Medal for Excellence in Business Practice, awarded by the Foundation for Excellence in Business Practice, an organ of the United Nations based in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Institute of Directors (10D) 2007 Entrepreneurial Award.
In recognition of High Chief Dokpesi contribution to the Nigerian communities where DAAR Communications Plc stations are cited, Local Governments, State Government and the Federal of Nigeria through employment generation, mass socio- cultural,political and economic education/mobilization/emancipation of the citizenry, the President/Commander-in-chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, GCFR on Feb 14, 2008 conferred National Merit Award on him; Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR)
He holds the following chieftaincy titles: Ogieorumoa of Weppa Wanno - 1986, Araba of Osooroland 1987, Osese of South Uneme - 1990, Gbobaniyi of Ilawe-Ekiti-1994,Oganigwe Umu Orji Ako Nibo-1999, Sardaunna of Kpaduma, Abuja 2002 and Ezomo of Weppa Wanno Land, 2003.
He is a member of Island, Ikoyi and Apapa club. He is an avid reader, researcher, philanthropist and humanitarian. He also loves sports, traveling and music.
Chief RAYMOND ALEOGHO DOKPESI is happily married with children.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS UNION ACTIVITIES
1. President, Nigerian Students Union Gdansk, Poland 1972 -1974
2. President, African Students Union Gdansk, Poland 1973
3. President, International Students Association, Poland 1974
4. President, Nigeria Students, Eastern Europe 1974
i. Co-Chairman- Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON)-2001
ii. President - Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria
(IBAN) - 1999 -2003
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