Owelle Chikelu

Chairman of the Board of Guaranty Trust Bank

Education: Economics, University of Ghana; London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.

Commentary: Chikelu is Chairman of the Board of Guaranty Trust Bank. His first position after leaving school in 1948 was at the Bank of British West Africa. He entered public service in 1963.

During Nigeria’s civil war he worked at the Biafran Ministry of Economic Development, the Biafran Economic Planning Commission and the West Niger Affairs Administration. After the war he rejoined the Nigerian civil service.

Since then he has served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Mines and Power and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources; and as Director General of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. In 1991, he was appointed Chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. In 1992, he was named Honorable Minister of Establishments and Management Services. In 1993, he became Chairman of the National Salaries & Wages Commission.  He holds the traditional title of Owelle of Ichida, in Anambra State.