Engr. Lawrence Abiodun Oike Amu was born in Ojokoro in Lagos State on 23rd of December, 1933. He attended Government College Umuahia, between 1948 and 1954, before proceeding to the University College Ibadan in 1954 for an Inter B.Sc. In 1956, he travelled to the United Kingdom on a Western Nigerian Production Development Board scholarship, and was apprenticed to the General Electric Company of UK on a thick sandwich course (that is one â€“ three - one, year course). He enrolled at The Imperial College of Science & Technology, in London in 1957 and received his B.Sc. in Engineering in 1960.
In 1961, he was employed by the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN), in London, and was posted to Lagos in 1962 after completing his apprenticeship and taking specialist courses in Power system protection with English Electric Company of Stafford and Reyrolle of Hepburn, Tyneside UK.
He worked in Lagos as Distribution Protection Engineer from 1962 to 1965, and was transferred to the Head Quarter as System protection engineer 1965, during which time he commissioned the 132 kV lines from Lagos to Ibadan to Oshogbo, Oshogbo to Akure, and Kaduna to Zaria to Kano. Also during this period he helped to commission the following power station projects â€“ Ijora 2 x 30 MW Parsons steam turbines, Ughelli 2 x 35 MW Stal Laval gas turbines, Ibadan 7.5 MW gas turbines, Kano 2 x 3 MW free piston gas turbines and Kaduna 2 x 6 MW MAN diesel generators.
In 1967 he was posted to the Generation Department as a Project Engineer and in 1968 he left the ECN to the Niger Dams Authority (NDA). He became the manager of operations of the NDA, in 1970 with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the entire Kanji Dam power house, all the 330KV sub stations and transmission lines.
After of ECN and NDA were merged in 1973, he was appointed the first Assistant General Manager (Engineering) with responsibility for System Planning, Engineering and Construction of the NEPA development plan, as detailed in the Power System Development Plan report by the Motor Columbus Engineers of Switzerland, and approved by the NEPA board and Federal Government. The Planning, Engineering and Construction of the entire NEPA grid, including major distribution as they existed in year 2000 were undertaken during his tenure as AGM, Engineering (1973 -1981). During this period the present NEPA eight Power Stations of Egbin, Jebba, Shiroro, Sapele, Ugheli were built while Kanji, Afam and Ijora were expanded.
In August 1981 while he was in Canada clarifying the final engineering designs of the 6 x 230 MW Egbin Power Station, he was announced as the new group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), a post he never applied for.
He initiated the re-organisation of NNPC for enhanced efficiency and the implementation of key projects which included, the Escravos to Lagos pipeline project for the supply of gas to Egbin Power Station, the second Port Harcourt 150,000 barrels per day refinery, the Eleme Petrochemical in Port Harcourt, the Carbon Black project in Warri, the Linear Alkyl Benzene plant in Kaduna, the de-bottlenecking of both Warri and the old Port Harcourt refinery, the supply of Venezuela Lagomar crude oil to Kaduna Refinery and the commissioning of the second wing of Kaduna refinery and the Lube Oil plant.
He retired from the public service in 1984 and has since been managing an oil drum production factory, and cashew nut processing factory. He is also commodity export marketing and private energy consultancy. He is currently the Chairman of an NGO, African Hope Organisation, a charity raising funds for the rehabilitation of Discharged Leprosy Patients, (DLPS), and the education of their children.
He was course 1. member of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.
- Power Systems Protection, Power Systems Management, Engineering Design & Construction