Engr. (Chief) Ebenezer Babaranti Osoba was born on 20th November 1939 at Ile-Ife. After his primary and secondary education (1944-1958), at St. Saviour Primary and Ijebu- Ode Grammar Schools respectively, he followed up with his â€˜â€™Aâ€™â€™ Levels (1960-62). at the Nigeria College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria.
Engr. E.B. Osoba started his professional career with the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) as a pupil Engineer in 1965 and rose to become the head and Director of Engineering, a position he held until his voluntary retirement in January 1988. He thereafter joined a partly foreign-owned company, Netherlands Harbourworks Nigeria, NHW, where as Managing Director he successfully turned around the fortunes of the company within a period of five (5) years. He subsequently left NHW to establish his own company, Ebcon Engineering & Construction Company Ltd in 1993, which has steadily grown over the years to become a reputable Engineering Company, especially in port and harbour development, dredging & reclamation and coastal engineering.
Engr. E.B. Osoba retains membership of several reputable professional bodies including: Chartered Engineer of the Institute of Civil Engineers of Great Britain; Registered Engineer of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers; Past President of the Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI) (1991-96); Past President of COREN (2001-2003); Past Chairman of Central Dredging Association (CEDA) West African Group, Lagos.
To his credit are many publications in Engineering which have tremendously contributed to infrastructural development in the country. A devout and committed Christian, Engr. Osoba served as Past President of the Christian Companions of St. Peterâ€™s Church (Faji) Lagos; Past President of Fountain of Hope Society, Cathedral Church of our Saviour Ijebu-Ode; Member of Ijebu-Ode Club; Past President, Ogudu GRA Residentsâ€™ Association (2006-2010).
Current National President of Ijebu-Ode Grammar School Old Boys Association (JOGSOBA). Based on his avowed industry, service to humanity and philanthropic activities, Engr. E.B. Osoba has been severally honoured, notable amongst which are: Otun Balogun of St. Luke Anglican Church, Ogbogbo, and Baba Ijo St. Lukeâ€™s Anglican Church, Ogbogbo, Ijebu.
He was also conferred with the chieftaincy title of Bobatunwase of Ijebu Mushin in May 1983; and was recently honoured among the Top 100 Nigeriaâ€™s Development Professionals in commemoration of Nigeriaâ€™s Centenary Celebration in 2014. Engr. Osoba is happily married and blessed with many children and grandchildren.