Hon. Chief Barr C.O.C Akaolisa, the Attorney General & Commissioner of Justice, Imo State Bags Distinguished Personality Award.
Recall that Akaolisa has earlier received awards as “Outstanding Community Development Award by Arise Africa Magazine and “Distinguished Personality Award” in 2017, 2018 and 2020
It is important to note that well meaning Nigerians nominated him for the Awards
The publisher of Arise Africa Magazine says the Arise Africa Achievers award is geared towards recognizing positive achievements in Africa. He said;
"On behalf of Arise Africa Magazine, we are here to present you with the Award bagged recently for your outstanding community development services, unquantifiable contributions to your community, visions, enterprise and youth development across Africa"
"Arise Africa is so proud of your positive achievements and contributions to youth development across Africa"
Hon Barr. Chief COC Akaolisa, was born into the Catholic Family of Late Nobel Sir H. N Akaolisa KSJ and Lady Josephine Akaolisa of Ezeogwu Okwuamaraihe Autonomous Community of Awo-Idemili Clan in Orsu L. G. A Imo State on the 15th of October 1962. He started his Primary Education at Amaraihe Primary School Ezeogwu Awoidemili and ended at St. John's Primary School Agbani in Nkanu L. G. A Enugu State from where he proceeded to C.I.C Enugu. He completed his Secondary career at Community Secondary School Awo -Idemili before Campus where he was a pioneer student in 1981 and graduated in 1985. He was called to the bar in 1986 and has been in full legal practice since 1990 when he was elected State Legal Adviser of SDP. He was also the Orsu National Delegate to the Jos Convention of 1993. He was the National Coordinator/Campaign Manger of Chief Ralph Obioha Presidential Campaign Organization 1993 and later member of the Chief MKO Abiola Campaign Organization -Eastern Caucus. He left Imo State after the annulment of the June 12 election to join other members of NADECO in the fight to de-annual the 1993 presidential election. He stated his legal Career in the following law firms: MB Alonge & Co. Owo Ondo State, I.I.E NNODUM & CO (Under Late Justice I. I. E NNODUM) Orlu. In 1990 he founded COC Akaolisa & Co, Ultimate Chambers Lagos. He came back to Imo State in 1998 and is the present Principal, COC Akaolisa & Co. (Amaraihe Chambers, Teachers House, Port-Harcourt Road, Owerri)
He has held the following positions in government :
Special Assistant (Political to the Secretary to Imo State Government -1999 -2001, Executive Assistant to the Governor on Administration (Cabinet Office )- 2001-2002.
Executive Assistant to the Governor on Electoral Matters 2002
Member of the Enlarged Executive Council Imo State Government 2001-2002. Transition Committee Chairman Orsu LGA 2008 -2010.
Sole Administrator Orsu LGA 2010
He has served in various Government panels and Committees, including the Chairman Voters Registration Mobilization Committee, Chairman Owerri Timber Market Reallocation and Development Committee, Member Panel on Review of Imo State Local Government System.
He is a member of several professional bodies including the International Bar Association (Anti -Corruption Commitee)
Nigerian Bar Association (Owerri Branch) He is the Founder and President, Citizens Watch Initiative, a Pro-democracy Advocacy group and also President Ezinwanne Foundation -A widow Assistance Network.
He is a recipient of several awards too numerous to mention including NAFDAC GRASSROOT AMBASSADOR 2009, Distinguished Award by the NBA Owerri Branch 2001. Certificate of Merit as PATRON and ADVOCATE by the spinal injuries Association of Nigeria and Award of Special recognition by the Orlu Diocesan Mass Servers Association. As a pioneer Christian Father of St. Paul's Boys Secondary School Chaplaincy. He has received the following awards from the chaplaincy:
1. Special Ambassador Award by the Chaplaincy -2010
2. IDE CHAPLAINCY Award by the CWO -2012
3. Certificate of Merit by the Chaplaincy CMO -2013
4. Pillar of the Church Award by the Chaplaincy Council -2015
He holds the following Chieftaincy titles:
1. Ezinwanne Orsu -Presented by all the Traditional Rulers Orsu LGA
2. Ezinwanne Okporo -Presented by Late Eze Silver Ibenye Ugbala
3. Ezinwanne Okigwe-Presented by HRH Eze Ugochukwu of Ubaha Okigwe
4. Egbe Eji Eje Ogu-Presented by HRH Eze Mike Ebighi Amara of Okwuamaraihe Orsu L.G.A
5. Ezinwa of Awo -Idemili -Presented by HRH Eze Dr I. Okoligwe, Okokoro of Awo -Idemili Ancient Kingdom
He is a prolific writer on National issues whose articles are published by National dailies. He has also written three books one of which has become a highly recommended research document on Igbo legal issues -PRINCIPLES OF IGBO LAW AND JURISPRUDENCE
He is the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Imo State. He is married and has three children
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