The Executive Chairman of Ekeremor Local Government Area, Hon. (Barr.) Billy Tobiyei has appointed Pst. Nurseman Isaac Derepamo-Owei as the Press Secretary, EKELGA. Until his appointment, Pst. Nurseman was the Secretary to the Special Assistant 1 to the Governor on Religious Affairs.
Derepamo-Owei Isaac Nurseman is an Astute Chartered Administrator, School Proprietor, Author,Strategic Planner, Organizational Development Expert and Pastor. Born on January 26, 1968 to Mr. and Mrs. Nanakumo Nurseman of Chief Etei family (father of Ebi and grandfather of Nanakumo, Owotorufa and Ebiama) is paternally from Toru-Ndoro Town, Abukobulou quarters, Ekeremor Local Government Area, Bayelsa State and maternally from Oboro Town, Egadiwari quarters, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State respectively.
Academic/ Professional Qualifications: He attended Deinbonughan Primary School, Oboro, between 1975 and 1980 and proceeded to Government College Bomadi the following year where he had his West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in 1985 and General Certificate of Education (GCE) in 1989. He was sponsored by DCLM to read a Course on Modern Telecommunications at the Nitel Engineering Training School, Oshodi, Lagos State and passed out with distinction in 1995. While working in the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, he proceeded to undergo an academic and professional degree course at the Nigerian College of Administration (NCA) and Chartered Institute of Administration (CIA), Lagos, between 1996-1999 where he obtained his Graduate Professional Diploma (GPDPA) and Final Professional Certificate (FPCPA) in Public Administration with NYSC Exemption Certificate in year 2000. Thereafter, he had his Masters in Business Administration – MBA (Human Resources Management) from the School of Post Graduate Studies, Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO).
Special Awards :As an Inspirational, Analytical, Motivational and Prolific Writer, he became one of the few beneficiaries of Bayelsa State Government Indigenous Authors’ Special Award in 2007, Industrious Sons of Niger Delta Award by the National Association of Ijaw Female Students (NAIFS) 2005, Humanitarian Service Award by Ijaw Youth Development Association (IYDA), 2006 and recently was awarded ‘Fellow’ the highest Professional Membership Status of the Institute of Data Processing Management of Nigeria.
Political Involvement: Derepamo-Owei Isaac Nurseman, a balanced student of the Bible strongly desires the realization of the biblical principle that says, ‘When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoices…’. Hence, during the 2007 Yar’adua / Jonathan and 2011 Jonathan/Sambo Presidential Campaigns, he was actively involved and more so coordinated the South-West Axis on Non-Partisan Basis through the Ijaw Monitoring Group. His passion and desire to be involved in his home state development motivated him to shift base from Lagos to Bayelsa and was among the few Pastors chosen to pray with His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson in his house every morning under the platform of Bayelsa Restoration Prayer Team established personally by his Excellency to strategically pray for the actualization of his Restoration Plan, Dream, Vision and Activities before, during and after the gubernatorial election. Besides, he and one Pastor Hardy Theophilus, Co-Founders of Integrity Prayer and Campaign Network, went further to put their faith in action by using Integrity built over the years to campaign amongst Christians, Churches and Christian Organizations especially those with Valid Voters’ Registration Cards in Bayelsa with a developed seven strategic reasons Bayelsans should vote for Hon. Henry / Jonah (PDP).
After the election, he became the Secretary to the SA1 to the Governor on Religious Affairs, where he has been involved in organizing Monthly Last Friday Fasting and Prayer Programme for Bayelsa State Government and President Goodluck Jonathan at the King of Glory Chapel, GovernmentHouse, Yenagoa.
As an Author, Researcher and Media Involvement on leadership / Nation Building
Derepamo-Owei Isaac Nurseman has authored books on Leadership, Youth Empowerment, Nation Building, Niger Delta Matters, Female Gender Discrimination etc. Among his collections are: “The Weapon and Formular of Success for Niger Delta People” – 2002, “Uncommon Actions in Uncommon Circumstances that Achieve Uncommon Results” – 2005, “Principles and Techniques of Electing Visionary Leaders for Nation Building” – 2007, “The Transformational Impact of Visionary Leadership… Goodluck Jonathan’s Challenge” – 2011 (about to be published), The Impact of Commercialization and Privatization Policies on Government Parastatals – 1999 (in view), “Because of Me”- 2013 (in view)
He has also carried out Research work and Studies on Inter-governmental and Comparative Studies on Leadership/Nation Building at the University of Ghana, Accra, Paper Qualification in Nigeria Educational Sector-Casues and Solutions, Techniques of Electing and Appointing Visionary Leaders for Nation Building’, ‘The Place of Intellectual and Ecclesiastical Empowerment and Development of the Core Niger Delta Region.
As a friend of the media, over 350 of his strategic views and activities on topical issues affecting Education, Niger Delta, Religion, Politics, Leadership, Governance, Youth Empowerment among others has been published in Local, National and International News Papers and Magazines.
Membership of Professional, Non Governmental Organizations and Charitable Institutions
Derepamo-Owei Isaac Nurseman is a Founder and member of Professional Bodies and Charitable Organizations. For instance, he is an Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Administration (ACIA), Fellow, Institute of Data Processing Management of Nigeria (FIDPM), Founder/President, Niger Delta Three-fold Empowerment Mission, Founder, Reward Educational Foundation, Program Coordinator, Reward Continuing Education Center (Lagos State Ministry of Education Approved), Founding Director, Employment / Empowerment and Coordinator of Education Support Program, Ijaw Youth Development Association (IYDA).
Working Experience: On completion of his Secondary School Education, he worked in General Oil Company Limited, Lagos as Petrol Attendant and rose to the position of Petrol Station Supervisor between 1987 and 1989 before he resigned honourably to further his education. He later served in the Deeper Christian Life Ministries as a Full – Time Minister, Clerical Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Communications Officer, Senior Administrative Officer and Pastor withwork area that covered the International Headquarters location at Gbagada, International Bible Training Center (IBTC), Deeper Life Conference Center (DLCC) along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ikorodu Regional Headquarters etc and was saddled with responsibilities of attending toAdministrative, Information, Communications/Technology (ICT), Pastoral, Financial, Leadership, Lands, Building and Vetting Maters as well as involvement in National and International StrategicLeadership Training / Development Programmes / Work-Shop and Seminars.
He joined the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries Int’l Headquarters Ijesha, Lagos in January 2006 (after spending about 20 years in the Deeper Christian Life Ministry) with an intention not to hold any leadership or management positions.
However, he was spotted out again and from January 2007 to December 2011 he had occupied strategic positions first to carry out Organizational Development Exercise in all the Department andSections of the Ministry. Thereafter he was appointed Transport Administrator, Head of Disciplinary Department, Director of Foreign Missions, (in charge of Foreign Pastors in Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East, America, Canada etc), Camp Commandant, Coordinator, Concern Professional Group and precisely October 6, 2011 appointed the new Church Administrator by the Founder / General Overseer of the Ministry.
As a School Proprietor: His desire to empower Nigeria youths specially the less privileged educationally made him to established a humanitarian school named Reward Private School (Nursery, Primary and Secondary) and Reward Educational Foundation in the outskirt of Lagos State, Maya, Ikorodu Local Government Area – a vision born out of the legacies of the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo in year 2000 where he has been using his God-given talents, privileges and resources to provide discounted school fees, free writing and learning materials, scholarships among others which beneficiaries cuts across all ethnic groups in the South-South, South-East, South-West etc irrespective of political and religious affiliations.
Reward Private School which he established is being regarded as one of the best in Lagos State in terms of qualitative education and disciplined life style. The school is equally noted for its regularExcursion / Study visits within and outside Nigeria and has obtained one of the best results in Junior Secondary Certificate Examination (JSCE) in Lagos State 2007 and 2008 respectively. Beside, foundational SSS2 students attempted May/June WASSCE and obtained eight (8) credits including distinctions in Commercial and Science subjects. Reward Private School also became 3rd PlaceWinner with a Plaque out of one hundred and fifty eight (158) Private Schools during Children’s Day Fun –Fair at the MITV/Star FM, Ikeja, Lagos State in May 27, 2005.
Humanitarian, Intellectual and Ecclesiastical Youth Empowerment Activities
He has been using his wealth of experience on educational advancement in Nigeria as well as repositioning and re-orientating the mind-set of Ijaw youths in Lagos, Ondo, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States respectively to drop the use of gun and embrace the Weapon of Education and the Gospel of Jesus Christ as panacea to the socio-economic and under-development problems in the Oil rich Niger Delta region. He’s noted for his contributions to a peaceful co-existence amongst the major tribes (Ijaw, Itsekiri, Urhobo and Isoko) in the Niger Delta as well asInter-tribal peaceful co-existence especially between the Ijaws, Yorubas and Ilajes.
His two (2) school buses, cars and personal drivers were used for humanitarian services within the school community and even extended to Ijaw Youth Development Association (IYDA). Also the school premises with all the available facilities were used ‘Free of Charge’ as one of the ‘IYDA Free Tutorial Centers’ for Niger Delta Youths in Lagos.
As the Founding Director for Employment and Empowerment of Ijaw Youth Development Association, he spear-headed among other Executive members the distribution of youth empowerment materials which includes GCE/Jamb Forms, Complete Business Center Accessories etc worth 10 million naira provided by Bayelsa State Government (during Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration as the then Governor through the Assistance of Ambassador (Dr.) Godknows Boladei Igali as the then SSG) transparently to over 5,000 Ijaw youths in the South-West at the National Art Theatre, Lagos and was widely published in the Print and Electronic Media across the nation.
Another historic and unforgettable achievement of Derepamo-Owei Isaac Nurseman is the Chevron Nigeria Plc Special Scholarship Award to nine (9) members of Niger Delta Blind Students Association in 2007 which resulted from a meeting he (representative of Comrade Joseph Evah of the Ijaw Monitoring Group) held with top management officials of Chevron at Protea Hotel, Lagos on October 18, 2006, where he logically and analytically presented the demand and needs of the blind students. (details in the 24th December, 2007 edition of Vanguard Newspaper, page 12.)
No wonder, Mr. Azu Akanwa in his capacity as Deputy Chief Sub-Editor of Vanguard Newspaper described him as “one of the generation of Ijaw Intellectuals and a major player in the Niger Delta discourse” as captioned on page 46 of Tuesday edition of August 7, 2007.
Guiding Principle, Resolution and values in Life: His major guiding principle and resolve in life is drawn from a wisdom statement of the General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministries, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi in 1989 saying: “Don’t pass through this world like flying birds without leaving any good mark behind for purposes of influencing present and future generations positively, knowing this that we shall only be remembered by what we’ve done”. His never-given-up principle of applying Root-tology and not Branch –tology, Stem-tology, or Fruit-tology approach in solving identified problems in society and organizations cannot be overemphasized. He’s among the few who believes in the theory which states. ‘Acquiring theHighest Educational Certificate yet filled with Indiscipline lifestyle makes a person contributes next to nothing in the development of Nigeria and society at large’.
Attestation by Leaders of Thought: As a matter of fact, his strategic and goal oriented activities are being attested to by recognized political, religious, and traditional leaders in the country including Chief Dr. E.K. Clark, Chief Alex Ekiotenne, Mrs. Jane P. Alek, Mr. Timi Alaibe, Hon. Prince Ebitimi Amgbare, Ambr. (Dr.) Godknows Boladei Igali, Chief Ben Murry-Bruce, Barr. Festus Keyamo, Barr. Kenneth Narebo, Prof. R.O.A Iyagba, the then Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Lagos. Others include: Dr. Leke Pitan, the then Commissioner of Education, Lagos State, Superintendent John P. Kenebi, one time D.P.O, Ipakodo, Ikorodu, Mr. Ebilate Mac-Yoroki, Mrs. Timi Okara Schiller, immediate past Bayelsa State Liaison Officer, Lagos State, Elder P. Z. Aginighan, Comrade Joseph Evah, Oba Ajibade Mudasiru, just to mention a few.
Marriage and Family Life: He’s happily married (in Holy Wedlock) to Esaduvie of the Zudonu family, Joinkarama, Ahoada West Local Government Area, Rivers State at the Deeper Life Bible Church International Headquarters Gbagada, Lagos on October 8, 1994 and the marriage is blessed with four wonderful children; Pere-ere, Ganren-ere, Pere-Owei and Derepamo-ere.