David Nweze Umahi, fondly called Engineer Dave was born to the humble family of Elder and Deaconess
Joseph Umahi Nweze in Umunaga Uburu in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. He attended Umunaga Primary
School in Uburu from 1971-1977 where he bagged his First Leaving Certificate with Distinction.
Engr. Umahi started his secondary education at Ishiagu High School in 1978 and in 1979, transferred to the prestigious
Government Secondary School, Afikpo, where he completed his secondary education and passed his WASC Examinations in
Division 1 grade with excellent Alpha performances in Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Statistics, Physics and
Chemistry. While in Government Secondary School Afikpo, young Dave was made a Library Prefect. This was predicated on
his academic exploits in spite of the fact that the tradition in the school was that only students who started in class
1 were qualified to hold any position in the school such as School Prefect.
In the quest for higher education, the young but hardworking Dave got admission into the Anambra State University of
Science and Technology where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from 1982 to 1987. While in
Anambra State University of Science and Technology, he was elected into the Students’ parliament as a Senator representing
Engineering Faculty and was very outstanding in all proceedings of the school’s Students Union Government senate.
At the completion of his university education, he enlisted for the NYSC scheme. Between 1988 and 1989, he did his National
Service in SAIPEM SPA in Benin City. While serving there, he was made a Sectional Head (CATHODIC PROTECTION ENGINEERING SECTOR)
in the 2.8 billion naira gas pipeline project from EXCRAVOS IN WARRI to EGBIN GAS PLANT IN LAGOS. He was honoured with the
NYSC State Award for his outstanding performance.
After his National Youth Service Programme, the vibrant Engr. Dave worked with SCC Nigeria Limited; an Israeli Company
(Water Engineering Giant) and rose to the position of Project Engineer. It was here that his managerial and technical
competence was brought to the fore in his supervision of the historic Umuahia Water Project and the Ndiegoro Aba Flood
Control Measures between 1988 and 1990.
From 1990 to 1993, he became General Manager and Shareholder in NORMAN ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION NIGERIA LIMITED, a
company which he co-founded with the then MD of NAFCON Port-Harcourt, Dr. Ombo Isokarari.
Chief Engr. Dave Umahi was also the Chairman and CEO of the following companies until March 2011, when he resigned
his position and membership of all the companies due to his election into public office.
- Chairman and CEO of Brass Engineering & Construction Nig. Ltd
- Chairman and CEO of Fucus Investment Nig. Ltd
- Chairman and CEO of Osborn La palm Royal Resort Ltd
Chief Dave Umahi is a unique personality. He is a man of many parts. In politics, he exhibits outstanding leadership
qualities that make him a credible politician. From 2007 to 2009, Chief Umahi was appointed the Acting State Chairman
of Peoples Democratic Party, Ebonyi State. Following his performance as Acting Chairman, he was elected the substantive
state Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Ebonyi State during the 2009 State Congress of the Party ; a position he held
till 2011. From 2010 to 2011, he was also appointed the Chairman, Governing Board of the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba,
In the year 2011, Chief Umahi was chosen by His Excellency, Chief Martin N. Elechi CON as his running mate in the
governorship election of Ebonyi State. Subsequently, he was elected the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State on 26th April,
2011 and was sworn-in on 29th May, 2011. His Excellency, Engr. David Umahi has since assumption of office proved himself
a very dependable assistant to Chief Martin N. Elechi in the administration of Ebonyi State.
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
- Fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE)
- Member, Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE)
- Member, Council of Registered Engineers (COREN)
- Fellow of Council of Technologists of Nigeria (FCORTN)
His Excellency, Engr. Chief David Umahi is very philanthropic, with numerous chieftancy titles, including Ekubara oha.
As a cheerful giver, he has given meaning and value to the lives of many people of different ethnic nationalities. Under
the “ENGR. DAVE UMAHI EDUCATION FOUNDATION”, Chief Umahi has given full scholarship to over 750 undergraduates from the
inception of their tertiary education to final year, from 2009 to date. He also runs a Charity through which he distributes
essential materials and cash to widows, orphans and the less–privileged periodically. Through his Youth Empowerment Scheme,
he has sponsored the training of young peoplein entrepreneurial skills, mobilized many financially and today, many of them
are proud owners of thriving businesses.
Engr. Dave Umahi became a born again Christian in 1979 when he was at the Assemblies of God Church. In 1990 in Lagos,
he converted to Christ Embassy Church and became Chairman of the Building Committee nationally, a position which saw
him in charge of development of church structures throughout Nigeria. He chaired the church development Committees at
Ikeja, Lagos, Oregun Lagos, many camp grounds in Lagos, Warri Church, Port-Harcourt Church, Calabar Church, Benin Church,
Abakaliki Church and many other camp grounds. He was made a Deacon in the Church in 1994. He single-handedly built an
edifice for God’s worship in Abakaliki Christ Embassy Church. He is a man full of the grace of God and can rightly be
referred to as the David of our generation.
He likes playing football and table tennis
His Excellency, Engineer Dave Umahi is married to her Excellency, Chief (Mrs.) Rachel Umahi and they have
To build and consolidate on the peace and Godly foundations laid by past and present leaders of Ebonyi State, committed
to the ideals of the founding fathers of the State; and to pursue an integrated policy of economic development and
transformation anchored on agro-industrialization, aggressive prospection/exploitation of the rich mineral deposits of
Ebonyi State, to make the state a tourist destination and a haven for investors through a balanced and vibrant economy;
and provide effective leadership and benign political governance that will ultimately lead to significant improvements
in the standard of living for all Ebonyians.
My great people of Ebonyi State, it is for this reason of taking Ebonyi State to the next level that I most humbly offer
myself for service as Governor, and in this regard, I pledge my commitment to work for you and with you to realize the
Ebonyi of our dream, which will have credible, transparent and accountable governance as its sign-posts.
Specifically, the Ebonyi of our dream is that where:
- Peace, brotherliness, God’s love and equity prevails;
- Education, indeed high quality education, is accessible to all – an education that produces young, skilled,
talented and confident people that provide the engine for our growth and development;
- Adequate and quality health care is available to all – a health care system that gives our people good health,
happy, long and productive life;
- High quality and functional infrastructure and social amenities(including roads, electricity, water and sanitation)
power the wheels of our social and economic life;
- A clean, healthy and safe environment guarantees that we nurture a sustainable future for ourselves and our unborn
- Security of lives and properties is guaranteed - such that our citizens and visitors freely engage in their social
and economic activities without fear of molestation or intimidation;
- Open-mindedness, friendship and partnership form the basis of our relationship with the national and international
communities, such that Ebonyi benefits from the global wealth of ideas, innovation and prosperity;
- Above all, to very strongly situate Ebonyi and indeed Ebonyians at the centre of national and international arena,
since we have all it takes to play on those stages
Ladies and gentlemen, I dream of an Ebonyi State that will be a land of abundant opportunities, where every man and woman
will live life to their fullest potential; a land where citizens’ lives and liberties are safeguarded and properties
protected; a land of equity, peace and security where no one is oppressed. I dream of a united Ebonyi where no-one suffers
discrimination on account of gender, tongue or creed. I desire a land where every child will have access to qualitative and
comprehensive education and where qualitative healthcare is accessible and affordable to all; a land where the fruits of our
soil can be harnessed to put food on the table and thereby banish hunger; a land that brims with employment opportunities for
our teeming youthful population.
My dream is that we produce men and women who will not be derided as truck-pushers and street-traders in road traffic, but
men and women who will be renowned as leaders in all spheres of human endeavour: in politics and government as in the
academia, in the arts as in the sciences and technology, in agriculture as in commerce and industry, in sports, culture and
entertainment as in religion.
The full manifestation of this dream will be the creation, through our collective effort, of an Ebonyi State where our
skilled Youth, like elsewhere, will be the most valuable resource, our citizens are warm and friendly, because they are
free from want; where there is social justice and where there is true FREEDOM & PROSPERITY. I see an Ebonyi that will be
the Food Basket of Nigeria - providing integrated, full scale agri-business services across the entire value chain, and
engaged in the industrial conversion of selected agricultural produce into processed and semi-processed forms; leading the
way in green and inclusive growth and wealth generation, e-business and knowledge enterprises; as well as having its fair
share of the commanding heights of the economy, (notably Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Mining, Telecommunications, Banking and
Finance) and its fair share of Federal Government and Private Sector appointments.
Consequently, ladies and gentlemen, we will see
- Rapid industrialization and its multiplier effects;
- Enhanced internally-generated revenue;
- Generation of sustainable employment, particularly in the private sector;
- Financial empowerment of citizens leading to a higher quality of life; and
- A global destination for cultural and eco-tourism and global leisure resort.