The Chief Legal Officer of Oando Plc, Ngozi Janice Okonkwo, has passed on.
Speaking through his Twitter handle, Mr Adewale Tinubu, Group Chief Executive Officer of Oando Plc, made this known to the general public, describing her as “a wonderful soul who was ready for every goal oriented endeavor. She was knowledge, efficiency, competence, diligence and true leadership. She was what we hope for in a team member………..”
Also in a statement released by Oando Plc, Ms Okonkwo was described as “an exemplary professional and an astute lawyer who personified values of teamwork, respect and integrity.”
The company noted that “Oando has lost a true leader – kind, passionate, driven, focused and diligent. She was an exemplary professional and an astute lawyer who commanded respect from all who knew her.”
According to the Secretary of Lawyers in Oil and Gas Network, Ms Raqeebah Oloko, the deceased was “a humble, great and kind soul whose love for the Network made her contribute to the success of its programs since 2017. The Lawyers in Oil and Gas Network has indeed lost a true gem and she would be greatly missed…..”
Until her death, Mrs Okonkwo was the Chief Legal Officer of Oando Plc. She joined the company as Head, Legal Services, in 2009.
Media reports said she battled cancer in the past, recovered from the ailment, but died recently.
Mrs Okonkwo worked as Junior Counsel with F.O Akinrele & Co., and also with KPMG Professional Services (previously known as Arthur Andersen) as Manager in the Tax, Regulatory and People Services unit and Head of indirect tax services.
She obtained LLB (Hons) from University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1997 and BL from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, in 1999. She was a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, honorary fellow of the Association of Fellows and Legal scholars of the centre for International Legal Studies, Austria, Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom and Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Nigeria.