The entrepreneurial audacity that sets Leemon Ikpea apart


By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South.
President Muhammadu Buhari invites the Chairman Lee Engineering and Building And Construction, Mr. Leemon Ikpea while otehrs searched on throughout an audience the President approved a high-powered delegation from Itshekiri leaders at the State Home, Abuja. Image by Abayomi Adeshida 23/02/2018
THE strides of Odonlagbon of Warri Kingdom, Delta State, Chief (Dr) Leemon Ikpea, from his modest environments, days passed, where he hardly had resources to pay his school charges to today day where he takes the chair in a multi-billion naira corporation, bestriding oil and gas services, engineering, building and construction, journeys and trips, incredibly market chain, tool and devices fabrication, production, all under the Lee Group of Companies, validate his option as Lead Business owner of Year..

Those who understood when the Ewato kingdom in Edo State-born organisation magnate began with a rough and all set workplace in Warri, Delta State today admire his transformation, from the fabrication/construction sub-sector which have actually encapsulated in the huge Lee Engineering and Building And Construction Business Limited.

At the minute, Lee Engineering is a primary home-grown oil, gas and power services business carrying out luminously and resourcefully in the confederacy of multinationals. It has branch workplaces in Warri, Delta State, Benin, Edo State, Port- Harcourt, Rivers State and head office in Lagos. Beyond the coasts of Nigeria, Lee Engineering has workplaces in the UK, Italy and the United States of America.
In a rush to make a mark.
Ikpea worked for migrants for several years prior to he departed to begin something for himself. In 1991, Lee Engineering was included to offer engineering, procurement and building and construction services to the oil and gas market.
In 2007, the business broadened its scope to consist of operations in addition to upkeep and accomplished optimum efficiency in the operations and upkeep of Oil Mining Lease (OML)34 It is likewise into refinery building and construction. Lee Engineering has actually broadened into water production and is putting equipment in movement to enter into farming and air travel.
The self-effacing organisation magnate thinks that with understanding, one will rule his world and has actually considerably utilized it to advance his organisation issues. Even with his ever-busy schedule, Ikpea’s mission for understanding is unquenchable.
Info has it that he slips out every now and then to go to business-related courses and workshops at the renowned Harvard University, Boston, U.S.A.. He has a style for selecting brains and dazzling concepts, which is why in his workers are top-class specialists in varied fields, both native and foreign. A few of his previous managers are now in his work and dealing with pleasure and satisfaction.
According to among his supervisors, “Chief Ikpea makes his physical existence felt in all of these areas, you will never ever discover the chairman in one city for one week, even in Nigeria. He is constantly on the roadway, networking, acting on organisation contacts, both within and abroad, and making certain that his many jobs are going great and according to strategy, leading by example.
” If he flies a personal jet, it is since of his extremely congested travel schedules and as a requirement. Another thing that stands him out is his statesmanship. He flights far above essential and devotee interests, as his network of relationships crossed people and races, both within and abroad. His labor force is likewise stabilized along this line; you will never ever discover any reckless or careless declaration originating from him. He is at the leading edge of the promo of native innovation, to use up the difficulties of the oil and gas sector and engineering building and construction, tasks that were hitherto, the strength of huge foreign business.”.
Ethical animosity of a nationalist.
It was discovered that the Utorogu gas plant, situated in Delta State, was effectively built by his business, Lee Engineering and Building And Construction Business on a construct, return and run basis.
Lead found that concerned about the importation of crucial products in the building and construction market from abroad, Ikpea was indignantly encouraged to establish a fabrication plant to contribute his quota to the oil and gas sector and likewise, to take advantage of the regional material drive of the Federal Federal government.
Because of that, following the steps of Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Chief Innocent Chukwuma of Innoson Motors, he chose to indigenize the country’s innovation. The exemplary indigenization is what taken shape in the continuous building and construction of a state-of-the-art $100 million fabrication plant, which the Minister of Market, Trade and Financial Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, examined just recently in Warri.
It is targeted at serving the commercial requirements of Nigeria and Africa, specifically in the oil and gas and power sectors. According to Ikpea: “Our objective is to produce high quality, dependable and resilient items, through qualified labor force and innovation within regulative laws. We mean to alter the current orientation of customers obtaining comparable elements abroad with limited hard cash and, at the same time increase nationwide economy and decrease procurement preparation.
” If you browse the oil and gas sector, many production is done outside the coasts of this nation and if we fold our hands and wait on federal government, foreign companies and partners to move innovation to this nation, I do not see that occurring. Thinking about the marketplace circumstance, if they move innovation to you, the concern to ask will be: who will be purchasing from them?
” We have to do with 85 percent in conclusion, we have actually simply chosen the factory approval test in Europe and by February 2020, the location will be completely finished. We will then do the trial run and after that, we now welcome our President to come and commission the factory.”.
Govt thumbs up Ikpea.
Otunba Adebayo stated after examining the factory, “The devices that are made here are to assist in the production of petroleum and gas, a great deal of the devices being utilized currently are being imported from abroad. By the time this factory is finished, a great deal of the important things that we import will not require to be imported any longer; they will be in your area made here at Lee engineering”.
Pleased with Ikpea’s principle and the task itself, the minister, who worried its significance in regards to task development, stated: “We have an interest in Nigerians being utilized and from what I see today, although the devices are not all here yet, they have actually currently sent out young Nigerians abroad for training and they still mean to send out more, so this is something we are extremely pleased about. By the time the factory is finished next year, the nature of its expertise would develop a circumstance where the nation will not need to import any longer and even individuals abroad can come and purchase from here.”.
The business anticipates to include extra 1000 employees to its present labor force with the native first-rate production and fabrication workshop that will serve the commercial requirements of Nigeria and Africa, specifically in the oil, gas and power sectors.
A wealth re-distributor.
Ikpea, a perfect married man understands that God giveth the power to make wealth and thinks that the method to value his maker is not just committing his life to him, however rearranging his wealth, especially towards advancing God’s kingdom and the less fortunate.
He sees it as a responsibility, having actually gone through that path of absence and desire throughout his developmental years. He understands what it indicates to be denied of standard requirements, specifically school charges for education.
He established the Agbonjagwe Structure to use up problems that worry the less fortunate, specifically as it impacts their education.
He has actually been making soundless contributions to numerous universities and social well-being programs all round the nation and likewise touched the lives of numerous, consisting of member of the family, good friends, coworkers and the public.
He commemorated his 60 th layover in the world earth at the Saint Leo’s Catholic Church, Ikeja, Lagos, just recently, however no one would have understood that he developed the place of the reception and contributed to the church if not that the officiating priest revealed the act of philanthropy. The industrialist is a caring spouse and thoughtful dad to the kids, an unfaltering sibling to his brother or sisters and benefactor to his personnel and coworkers, devoted and devoted good friend, specifically those he had actually understood from youth.
His moms and dads in fact had their roots from Ewato in Esan South City Government Location, Edo State and he holds the popular title of Adolor of Ewato Kingdom. He was raised and reproduced in Warri.
In reality, extremely couple of individuals understand he is from Edo State, as he is more of a Warri kid. He holds the distinguished title of Odonlagbon of Warri Kingdom, a really uncommon honour for a non-Itsekiri, bestowed on him by the present Olu of Warri.
Absolutely with a heart thinking about how Nigeria can conquer its commercial difficulties and putting in location concepts and structures to dominate the determined issues without waiting on federal government, Ikpea deserves our Business owner of the Year award.