Edo State Government has appointed Dr. Tom Obaseki as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Edo State Flood, Erosion and Watershed Management Agency (ESFEWMA).
Dr. Obaseki is currently the Project Coordinator, Edo State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, (NEWMAP), a World Bank assisted project responsible for flood and gully erosion remediation domiciled in the Ministry of Environment.
Obaseki appointment as Head of the newly created agency by the state government was made known in a letter addressed to him by Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Osarodion Ogie.
The letter read: “I write to inform you that His Excellency, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, has approved your appointment as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Edo State Flood, Erosion and Watershed Management Agency with immediate effect.”
Dr. Obaseki provided direction for NEWMAP while he held forte, expertly steering its affairs, which culminated in Edo State placing as the top performing state of the 23 states participating in NEWMAP.
He was a pioneer staff of the NEWMAP since 2012. He thus brings to the agency a strong institutional memory of NEWMAP in particular and environmental management in Edo State that spans over 13 years.
He also possesses expertise in infrastructural and environmental development, and procurement and supply chain management.
Dr. Obaseki who was in 2018, on Residency to the Environment Centre, Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, is also a Recirculate “Ambassador”, a Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) supported project through Lancaster University, which is geared toward a circular water economy for Africa.
He is a Certified Public Leader from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston Massachusetts and a Fellow of the Nigeria Environmental Society.