Dr Eruani Azibapu Godbless
President Azikel Group
Dr Eruani Azibapu Godbless shares his birthday with the celebration of Christmas. He was born on the 25th of December, 1973, to the family of Chief Allwell Eruani and Mrs Rachael Eruani. Chief Allwell Eruani is a respected traditional ruler in Ogbia local Government Area of Bayelsa State, his father, Chief Allwell Eruani is the Obanema of Emadike, Aguda the IX. The Colonial Masters trained his father, this his parent revered and ensured that their son got the best of education.
Dr Eruani A.G was trained as a Physician at the University of Port Harcourt (where he bagged the MBBS degree). Thereafter, he proceeded for postgraduate studies in Surgery and eventually Family Medicine in Kansas, USA, where he became a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. On graduation as a medical doctor, Dr Eruani A.G engaged in both private and public medical practice in various medical institutions. It is worthy of note that he had his Housemanship at the University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital and special postings at the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital both in Rivers State and served his mandatory national youth service scheme at the Seafarers clinic (Port Health Clinic) Nigerian Port Authority Port Harcourt.
The Bayelsa State Civil Service later employed Dr Eruani A.G as a Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health were he served for a while and later pursuit a professional industrial medical practice in Nigerian Agip Oil Company. This job exposed him to the structure and operational nature of oil and gas investment in the country. It also gave him a huge network of friends as well as business associates in the industry. Dr Eruani however had a life-long desire; to transit through his working career as a Civil Servant to the Oil and gas industry, then political space and finally end up as an entrepreneur and business executive. After serving successfully in Oil and Gas (often shuttling between Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Italy in onshore and offshore locations of the Nigerian Agip facility), Dr Eruani decided to take the next leap, which offered some form of political opportunity. He accepted an offer as Chief Physician and Logistics Assistant to the first Civilian Governor of Old Rivers State, late Chief Melford Okilo. Under Chief Okilo’s tutelage, Dr Eruani began to learn about the political dynamics, intrigues and political gaming. During the tenure of Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (currently President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) as Governor, Dr Eruani was appointed as his Special Adviser. Dr Eruani’s roles and responsibilities centered on controlling and mitigating the spread of HIV/AIDS and also driving the Governor on critical investment in Community Health. Dr Eruani held the office of Adviser to the Governor on HIV/AIDS and community Health to the Governor of Bayelsa, for a while. His success on the job got him promoted, with the Governor adding to his responsibilities by appointing him as State Chairman of the Action Committee on AIDS.
At the end of the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan as Governor, Dr Eruani was given a much more huge responsibility as the Commissioner for Health in Bayelsa State. The job as Commissioner was held by Dr Eruani for five years with extra ordinary success record in the health sector that would rarely be beaten.
At this stage that Dr Eruani had successfully followed his path from Civil Service to Oil and Gas, and service as a high-ranking political officer. He then decided to step aside from politics and follow his business dreams. As a result, Dr Eruani founded (and owns) Azikel Dredging (Nig) Limited. He also sits and chairs other investment companies like Azimedia (based in Bayelsa), Creamkas Logisitics Solution (based in Lagos).
Based on the success of Azikel Dredging, Dr Eruani has diversified into other sectors of business, forming the Azikel Group of Companies. The companies are Azikel Air, Azikel Petroleum, Azikel Farms and Azikel Construction. Dr Eruani is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Azikel Group.
Besides his professional education as a Medical Doctor, Dr Eruani has undergone further business training at the Lagos Business School where he bagged the OMP (Own Management Program) certification. He has also trained at the London Business School, London, in the Senior Executive Program. Also spicing his educational intellect, he further trained is Advanced Business Management and Leadership at the prestigious Wharton Business School in the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He is a member of professional bodies including the Nigerian Medical Association, World Organisation of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is also an Advisory Member of the University of Port Harcourt Foundation.
Dr Eruani believes that business focus and goal setting are essential to any endeavour. He is a critical part in the Management of Azikel Group of Companies, with a strong and experienced Management Team. He is happily married with two girls and a boy. His hobbies include swimming, reading and hopping round the world in his private jet.