ORITSEJAFOR Roland S.

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CITATION OF CHIEF (DR) ROLAND LERE ORITSEJAFOR, FORMER HONOURABLE MINISTER OF STATE FOR DEFENCE

Chief (Dr.) Roland Lere Oritsejafor, a former Honourable Minister of State for Defence, was born on the 21st of November 1943 in Lagos. He attended Government College Ibadan between 1958 and 1964. In 1966, Chief (Dr.) Oritsejafor enrolled into the Medical Institute of Pediatrics St. Peter’s Burg in the then USSR where he trained in Pediatrics.To further enhance his training, Dr. Oritsejafor in 1977, went to Royal Hospital for Sick Children, YorkHill, University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Chief (Dr.) Roland Oritsejafor has held several professional and non-professional appointments. Between 1972 and 1974, he was a Medical Officer at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Kaduna, Senior Medical Officer, Registrar, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Department of Child Health – 1974 – 1976. From 1980 to 1982, he worked at Central Hospital, Department of Pediatrics Warri, in the then Bendel State.Though a trained Medical Practitioner, Dr. Oritsejafor has been involved in the Administration of Traditional Institution in his native home. Hence, he was in 1988 appointed Secretary, Warri National Council, an advisory body to Olu of Warri, a position he has held till date.Due to his managerial ability, Dr. Oritsejafor became the Director, Bendel Newspapers Co-operation Benin City, between 1985 and 1987, and Board Member, Nigerian Telecommunications Limited 2000 – 2001.

As an astute politician, he has actively been involved in Nigerian politics since 1990 when he became the Chairman of the defunct Social Democratic Party, Warri Local Government Area. In 1992, he was appointed a member of the caretaker Committee of the defunct National Republican Convention, representing Delta South Senatorial District, while between 1992 and 1998, he was the Chairman, Democratic Party of Nigeria, Delta State, and later, a foundation member and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, Delta State. In 2001, he was appointed a member of the International Monitoring Committee that observed the general elections in Sao Tome and Principe.

Since the formation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Oritsejafor has played significant role in piloting the affairs of the party. In 2002 and 2003, he was the Secretary, Chief Solomon Lar’s Reconciliation Committee on the face off between the Executive and Legislature Arms of Government and Post Special National Convention issues. Until his appointment as the Honourable Minister of State for Defence on the 16th of July 2003, Chief (Dr.) Roland Oritsejafor was the Deputy National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party.

As a GCIOB in Abuja, he was elected Vice Chairman and later Chairman which he voluntarily relinquished in 2012 due to his busy schedules. He was honoured by the Branch for meritorious service to his nation and especially to the development of the Branch with the ABUJA GCIOBA DISTINGUISHED OLD BOY AWARD in December, 2004 and was also honoured by the National Body of the GCIOBA with the 2006 NATIONAL GCIOBA MERIT AWARD for his services to the GCIOBA and the Nation.

Chief (Dr.) Oritsejafor is happily married with seven children.

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