Yours Truly, Ifeanyi R. Ibekwe, is the Minister of God for Wealth Creation. I am Social Sector Analyst with a deep interest in Public Policy, Conflict Analysis, Peace Building and Wealth Creation.
My key areas of expertise include, but are not limited to the following:
- A solid background in Philosophy, where I obtained my first degree (B.A.Hons) from the prestigious University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and Bachelor of Philosophy (B.Phil) from the Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome
- A convincing track record of Administrative Proficiency gained from my experiences in University Administration, where I currently work as a Principal Assistant Registrar (P.A.R) in the Office of The Vice Chancellor, Directorate of Academic Standards & Quality Assurance, Council Affairs; having worked as Investment Officer and Passages Officer for the University
- Personal interest in Public Policy Research, Analysis and Design; Peace Education; Nation Building; Investment & Investment Analysis; Youth Orientation, Capacity Building and Empowerment.
I also hold Masters of Arts (M.A.) Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and equally a member of different professional bodies. Beside these, I have a proven track record of responsibility, integrity and commitment to organization objectives, with an impeccable personal and work references. I am always comfortable working independently or as part of a team towards achieving any organizational goal. Above all, I strongly believe that my skills, experience and reputation for excellence can also be of great benefit to any programme, project or organisation.
A Social Sector Analyst
As a Philosopher and Track II Diplomat in Nation building, I am basically concerned with the structure of the States (most especially the African States) in relation to conflicts. Notably, some of these conflicts generate from frustrations that arise from failed expectations of the masses on the governments and the structures of governance. I always consider this structure from the perspective of the State policies, which is the simplest framework from which any State can be seen and evaluated. This foundation informs my deep interest in Public Policy. The same interest motivated me into studying the nexus between public policy and conflict, on which I published my first work: Public Policy and Conflict Nexus: The Deregulation of the Downstream Oil Sector in Nigeria 1999 – 2007 (Awka, 2012).
Policies play very important roles in the stability or instability of any State. The present condition of some African States points clearly to this fact. Africa is presently bedeviled with inter-ethnic, inter-religious and inter-group conflicts. Incidentally, as I seriously believe, these conflicts are not inevitable; judging from the fundamental African values, which center on communal sharing, but they have been made necessary and unavoidable by the modern state structures where policies are made to serve the interests of the few who are in the position of power, together with their ethnic groups and religious affiliations at the expense of common good and the detriment of great majority. Based on this, conflict becomes inevitable. The conditions of both the Northern and Niger Delta region of Nigeria, Darfur region of Sudan and, presently, the Southern Syria point to this fact. Examples can also be seen throughout all the states in Africa and the world at large.
Most notable also is that these conflict theatres outgrow their immediate environment to involve people of various nations, race, ethnicity, religion and so on. Imagine what America, for instance, is spending on wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and presently Syria. Also consider what Russia is spending in Syria; they all involve huge human and material resources. This is where policies of states have to take the circumstances of other states into consideration because it involves other states in almost equal measure, and this informs the perspective from which I view transnational policy as pertinent issue to be studied, supported and advocated for by leaders throughout the world.
Based on the foregoing, I became very concerned in the processes of policy formulation, adoption and implementation. More so, I believe that critical analysis of policy in relation to what capacity to generate, escalate and manage conflict is the major responsibility of everyone in governance, policy makers as well as every well-meaning citizens of any state. This is what I tried to portray in my book (cited above).
In addition to this, philosophy, I believe, plays an indispensable role in the social and political development of any state. It does this through a dialectics of reasoning, which constructively criticizes the objectives behind every policy. This was the political strength of one of the foremost Political Philosophers Africa has produced, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo (of a blessed memory). So a philosophy that is African would help in the development of the African mind. This would in turn inform the rationale behind our developmental policies and processes.
My Belief in Humanitarian Work
My first academic work, which was submitted to the Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan was on the topic, The Consciousness In Being Human: A Reflection of Jean Paul Sartre’s Philosophy. My second academic work, submitted to the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan was on the topic, Public Policy And Conflict nexus: The Deregulation Of The Downstream Oil Sector In Nigeria, 1999 – 2006. Based on research, experiences and interests I have developed interests in Track 2 Diplomacy, Economic Policy Analysis, Conflict & Peace Analysis, Conflict Management, Mediation, Negotiation and Workshop Management as detailed in my Curriculum Vitae.
From my studies in Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS), I got acquainted with issues and principles of conflict resolution. Some major issues concerned here include the Laws of Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law, which was based on the Geneva Convention, the same basis on which the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and its subsequent organs were formed based on the “Dunant vision”. With the knowledge of this, and the knowledge of the Conflict of Laws, which is usually the major setback the implementation of the International Humanitarian Law faces, I will always be able and ready to deliver in respect of a correct human and value judgement in the implementation of the principles of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society.
More so, with my background in philosophy and professional training in Conflict and Development, Conflict Analysis, Mediation Process, Negotiation Process, Workshop Management and Multi-Track Diplomacy, I will be able to contribute in applying the synergies of the various sectors of the society in advancing principles and steps aimed at bringing relief to the poor and the primary targets of the Society’s objectives.
As a professional administrator, researcher and Track 2 Diplomat, with academic background in (Existential) Philosophy, and with over ten (10) years of experience in University Administration, Research and Development, I am well positioned to make an immediate positive impact towards achieving the set goals of any organization in line with policy formulation, adoption and implementation.
To achieve my purpose as explained above, I assembled a group of young professionals and highly motivated young graduates, with whom I formed an NGO, Agency for Peace Education and Practice (APEP) Nigeria, for the purpose of advancing peace building through peace education, conflict management/resolution, youth orientation, capacity building, training and empowerment. With my team of professionals and young graduates, I am presently conducting a research on the nexus between poverty and conflict, with special emphasis on the involvements of the youths through thuggery and other social practices that give rise to it.
Our major concern is in getting the youths because they are always the primary actors as well as victims in any conflict and violence.
As we go further into our research, we realize more the positions of various governments and their policies and how these are influencing various nations and breeding unrest, conflicts and crisis. Hence, we designed various programmes through which our objectives would be met and machineries are in motion to commence collaborations with governments at various levels, organizations, vocational and higher institutions to achieve our goal.
A Minister of God for Wealth Creation!
Last, but not the least, I am a Minister of God; My Ministry is all about Wealth Creation! That is why I focus on the Nation and sustainable development in my aspect of Public Policy.
When I say “The Nation and Sustainable Development”, I refer to the youth; my fellow young people because we are The Nation, we hold the power of sustainable development in all aspects/sector of the economy. We have the key for Wealth Creation.
Hence, as the Minister for Wealth Creation, I enjoy sharing views, opinions, knowledge and insights aimed at giving the right information, building capacity and empowering us towards achieving our goals on sustainable development, as individuals and as a people; for that is Wealth Creation.
Join me and you’ll be blessed!