Born on 14th June, 1948, in, Nnewi North, Anambra State. She attended the Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls Secondary School Elelenwa, Port Harcourt, where she came out with grade 1 in the West African Certificate Examinations in 1965. She then proceeded for her A level education at the college for girls, Southampton, England. Thereafter, she was admitted into the University of Southampton England and graduated with B.Sc. Second Class Hons. in Civil Engineering in 1971. She then did a post graduate course in ground water in the University of Technology, Loughborough and Hydrology and Hydrogeology at University College, London in 1979 and obtained a post Graduate Diploma and MBA from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2001.
She worked as a public Health Engineer with Sanford Fawcett Wilton & Bell Consulting Engineers, London, Highways and Transportation Engineers and Gifford & Tolefe Consulting Engineers, Ibadan as a Highways Engineer.
Engr. Ebele joined the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and water Resources in August 1978 as a principal water Engineer and rose to the position of Director, Department of Rural Development in January 1997. She was appointed permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources in March 2005. In July 2007, she was appointed to the exalted position of Head of the Civil Services of the Federation and thus became not only the first female to occupy the position but also the first Engineer to hold this esteemed position. She was inducted into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame in November, 2007 and retired in 2008.
Engr. Ebele had contributed immensely to the development of engineering in Nigeria. She was the founder of the Association of Professional Women Engineers, (APWEN) Abuja Branch. She presented a number of technical papers at different National and International fora including: the World Bank; the India Water Works Association, Bombay, India; the International Water Resources Association, (IWRA) Ottawa, Canada; Water and Wastewater Publishers, Barcelona, Spain; Afro-Asian Conference II and IV; Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria; National Institute of Water Resources and Nigerian Economic Summit Group.
Engr. Ebele has received numerous honours and award which include Certificate of Distinction awarded by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria, 1992. Achievement award presented by the Association of Professional Women Engineers, 1995 and 2004.Distinquished Award for Holding the Integrity of Civil Engineering Practice in Nigeria, 2005. Fellow and Chartered Civil Engineer of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Great Britain and Ireland, Fellow, Nigeria Society of Engineers.
A registered Engineer with the Council
of Engineering regulation of Nigeria (COREN), Member, College of Fellows
of Nigeria Society of Engineers,. In 2006, Engr. Ebele was awarded the
distinguished National Honour Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) by the
President of Nigeria to be followed by the Commander of the Federal
Republic (CFR) in 2008.
- Highway, Transportation & Public Health (Water Supply & Treatment)