Babs Omotowa

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Babs Omotowa
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NationalityNigerian
CitizenshipNigeria
Alma mater
  • Baboko Primary School Ilorin
  • Federal Government College Ilorin
  • University of Ilorin
Occupation
  • International oil
  • Gas executive

Babs Omotowa FCIPS is an International oil and gas executive with expertise in strategy, commercial, technical, operations, governance, energy transition, stakeholder, change and supply chain management, built though an expansive career at Shell International[1]. Has wide international portfolio of Board and Advisory roles including as Foundation Chairman, Advisory Board Montserrado Oil and Gas B.V Netherlands[2]; Independent Director Pearlhill Technologies[3], Idaho, USA and Trustee JT Omotowa Foundation (JTOF Foundation)[4].

Education

Babs attended Baboko Primary School Ilorin, Kwara State of Nigeria and then had his secondary school education at Federal Government College Ilorin[5].

He proceeded to University of Ilorin where he obtained a BSc in Industrial Chemistry (1988) and subsequently earned an MBA in the same University.

He obtained a second Masters degree in Strategic Supply Chain Management from the University of Leicester United Kingdom in 2002. He is currently progressing a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) degree from the Heriot-Watt University - Edinburgh Business School, United Kingdom.

His wide executive education includes the General Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2003; the IBM Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt in 2004; the Senior Development Program at IMD Switzerland in 2012 and the Leadership Development Program from INSEAD France in 2015.

He earned a Diploma from United Kingdom Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply in 1997. He was conferred with a Fellowship (FCIPS) of the Institute in 2008 and was elected as the Global President for the CIPS United Kingdom, from 2014 - 2015. [6] [7]

Career

Babs started his working career as a College Tutor in 1989 at Bishop Smith Memorial College, Ilorin[8], Kwara State, Nigeria.

In 1992 he joined the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC)[9] in Lagos, Nigeria, as a Commercial Officer.

He then joined Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)[10] in 1993 as a Management Trainee in the SPDC Western division operations in Warri, Delta State.

He proceeded to Shell UK[11] in Aberdeen in January 2000 as a Business Improvement Manager and later appointed Regional Supply and Marine Manager across UK, Holland and Norway and subsequently became the Production Superintendent responsible for the Pierce Field in the Central North Sea.

He returned to Nigeria in July 2006 as General Manager Supply Chain Management for Shell’s Offshore business (SNEPCO)[12] and later across all Shell Companies in Nigeria (SPDC/SNEPCO).

In 2008 he was appointed a Director of SPDC and later appointed Vice President for Shell companies across Africa, responsible for Infrastructure, Logistics, Health Safety and Environment[13].

He was Non-Executive Director of West African Gas Pipeline [14](WAPCO) in 2010 and Non-Executive Director of Nigerian Economic Summit Group#:~:text=The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) is that is globally competitive on a sustainable basis(2012 - 2016).

In December 2011, he became Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director (CEO/MD) of Nigeria LNG#:~:text=Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) is a liquefied natural,liquefied natural gas plant on Bonny Island, Nigeria and Vice President for Bonny Gas Transport Bermuda. [15]

In 2016 Babs was appointed into Royal Dutch Shell Upstream Leadership Team at the company’s head office in Hague, Netherland as a Global Vice President covering Climate Change, Environment, Process and Personal Safety, across 40 countries. [16]

Babs is the Founding Chairman, Advisory Board of Montserrado Oil and Gas Limited, registered in Netherlands and with Oil, Gas and Infrastructure projects in emerging markets including in West Africa and South America. [17]

He is Independent Director of Pearlhill Technologies, Idaho, USA, a Nuclear, Carbon Capture and Storage technology company since 1 October 2019.[18]

He also sits on the board of trustees of JT Omotowa Foundation (JTOF Foundation)[19].

Contribution to Development

During Babs’ tenure at Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), the company generated $40 billion with $22billion going to the Nigeria Government, representing 14% of the nation’s revenue.[20]

The contributions included the payment of $1.6billion dollars to Government as Company Income and Education Tax in 2014, which was then the highest income tax payment by any company in Nigeria's history. The Government had received from NLNG in 2014, income of N220billion.[21] [22]

Contribution also included the payment of $2.1billion to Government as Dividend and Income Tax in 2015, popularly called the “Bailout Fund”. [23]

He led NLNG in 2016 to actualise the Bonny Bodo Road[24] which had been uncompleted by Government for 40-years, with the provision of N60billion support [25] that has enabled the construction of the road. [26]

Babs also led the development of a 25-year Masterplan for Bonny [27] [28], with NLNG contributing N3billion [29] each year over a 25-year period and SPDC contributing N600m per annum.

Babs secured $1.6billion International Financing and built 6 LNG Ships in Korea. The construction enabled training of 600 Nigerians in shipbuilding (30 worked in Korea for 2-years during this period). He also ensured for the first time in history, that tens of millions of dollars of manufactured goods (cables, anodes, furniture, etc.) were also exported from Nigeria to Korea. In addition, the contract was used to encourage the building of a dry-dock in Nigeria[30].

During Babs’ tenure. NLNG became #4 ranked company (#1 ranked home grown company) by the Federal Government of Nigeria. [31]

Babs was also the arrowhead of the novel award of a $630m helicopter seven-year contract the first time in history by an International Company to a local helicopter company in Nigeria and in obtaining support by Shell Companies of $85million [32] loan to enable the company acquire new helicopters [33] .

He was instrumental to the set up in 2012 of the independent IUCN International Panel on improving biodiversity conservation and restoration of the Niger Delta mangrove for the benefit of the environment as well as people who depend on it for livelihood[34].

In 2011, he led the commencement of the global transparency of all oil spills from Shell Nigeria operations and 3rd parties.[35]

Not For Profit work

Babs is a Trustee of JTO Foundation[36], a non-profit organisation that is committed to empowering the educational and entrepreneurial aspirations of youths [37].

Author

Babs is a first time Author[38] with his book Storeroom to Boardroom, to be published 23rd February 2021.

He has also been a speaker at Harvard University [39] , MIT USA [40]and the World Economic Forum [41] .

Personal life

Babs Omotowa [42] [43] [44] is the third of five children of Late Chief Joseph Tolorunleke Omotowa ('JT', 1935 - 2003)[45] of Okoro-Gbede, and Late Dr (Mrs) Margaret Ebuntolu Omotowa (Nee Owonibi - 1944-2020), of Aiyetoro-Gbede, Kogi State.

His father was a farmer and educationist who retired a Director of Education in Kwara State and later appointed Chairman of the Education Management Boards in Kwara and later Kogi State. He held the chieftaincy title of Akoluje of his hometown, Okoro-Gbede in Kogi State [46]

His mother was a princess of the royal Owonibi family in Aiyetoro Gbede of Kogi State, who retired as a Vice Principal and later appointed as a Board Member of the Kogi Schools Board[47].

Babs is married to Helen (nee Adebola) and they have four biological and adopted children; Mayowa, Titobiloluwa, Fiyinfoluwa, Oluwadarasimi,

Babs is epitomised by his personal core values of Humility, Integrity and Excellence.

He lists his hobbies as reading and traveling.

Notable Speeches & Interviews

  • "Nigeria in Need of Dreamers, of a Certain Kind” Keynote Speaker at Harvard University after visit to Office of Marshal [48], March 5 2014
  • Nigeria in the eyes of Babs Omotowa[49]
  • Discussing Nigeria Natural Gas Potential,[50] [51] [52] Interview by Modele Sarafa of CHANNELS TV on July 13, 2015
  • What did Babs do at NLNG[53]
  • The Public School Teacher who became CEO in NLNG[54]
  • Raise Your Game, Raise Your Voice[55], CIPS Presidential speech, November 2014
  • Farewell on my CIPS Presidential Year[56]
  • Farewell to an exemplary executive[57] | Article by Donu Kogbara of VANGUARD Newspaper on September 2, 2016
  • Nigeria has over 200 years of gas [58]
  • Potential opportunities lost to non-execution of NLNG Train 7 [59]
  • Agriculture Is A Key Component For The Development Of Nigeria- LNG [60]
  • Gas – Dominant Energy of the Future Keynote address at a Symposium in honour of Chief F.R.A. Marinho on January 16, 2016
  • Power Generation: NLNG Cautions Against Increases in Gas Taxes, Royalties [61]
  • NLNG Model is worth replicating [62]
  • CIPS Pan-African Conference Zambia Game changing procurement and supply management [63]
  • NLNG floats $1billion loan facility for oil industry contractors[64]
  • How NLNG resisted pressure to release $2.1bn ‘for 2015 elections’ [65]
  • NLNG sets aside N60 billion for Bonny’s first ever road project [66]
  • Nigeria LNG Managing Director & CEO Babs Omotowa on Nigeria's burgeoning gas sector [67]
  • "Nigeria LNG vessel joins Warsash Maritime Academy's fleet [68]
  • NLNG opens $2m Oil and Gas Centre at UNIPORT [69]
  • Nigeria should honour its agreements [70] – Omotowa
  • Nigeria: NLNG Boss Seeks Adoption of Qatari Gas Expansion Model [71]
  • Under New MOU, Shell, NLNG Provide N3bn For Bonny Development[72]
  • Bonny Master Plan [73]
  • After darkness comes light [74] .
  • Glass Half Empty or Half Full Nigeria [75] .
  • Autogas, Modular Refinery: PMB making conquest steadily, surely[76]
  • Changing Nigeria's Narrative[77]
  • Star of the Industry[78]

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