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2021 Independence Edition’s Personality of the Time- Mr. Ernest Ikechukwu Ugwu
Ernest Ikechukwu Ugwu
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2021 Independence Edition’s Personality of the Time- Mr. Ernest Ikechukwu Ugwu 

2021 Independence Edition’s Personality of the Time- Mr. Ernest Ikechukwu Ugwu

Mr. Ernest Ikechukwu Ugwu is the Enugu State Chairman of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS).

Ernest Ikechukwu Ugwu

He is an educationist, geologist, businessman and a techie.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.

Mr. Ugwu is the Proprietor of Swiss Kids Academy, Enugu. He is also the CEO of Afriwice Global Limited and Instant Deposit Nigeria Limited, all in Enugu. He wasn’t born with a silver spoon. In his words “I had my primary school in a very remote village, followed by my secondary education and after that I went into the transportation business. I got an old truck, repaired it and was using the proceeds to train myself in college-two of my elder brothers gained admission and were able to go to school from the proceeds of the business.

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“I later got some buses, registered them under Peace Mass Transit as at then; I was schooling and doing all these things. In school, I went for the competition of a National Scholarship by Elf Petroleum and I won. Elf Petroleum trained me from second year to final year.

“Graduating, my flair for business was still quite high so I ventured into ICT. In 2007 I officially took up an ICT company, Afriwise Global Ltd, which I incorporated. It grew to the point that I ventured into financial businesses, integrating IT with financial payments-Payment Service Bank and we went ahead to get a license.”

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As the Enugu State Chairman of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, which is a body uniting all private schools, Ugwu has injected breaths of fresh air into the system. Recently, he purchased a Hummer Bus for the Association valued at about ten million naira, despite inheriting a lean purse of about twenty four thousand naira from the previous administration. When he assumed office, one of the challenges bedeviling private schools in Enugu state was that of multiple taxation.

“I decided to tackle harassment of the private schools, especially tax wise, which was on the high. What the private schools usually did was just to demonstrate and write all sorts of stories against the government, but I took the matter to the government, sat them down and discussed with them. At the end of the negotiations, the 37 levies the government collected were reduced to just 7”, said Ernest Ugwu.Β 

He has since introduced the training of private school teachers and private school proprietors. He was hugely instrumental in the deployment of the Enugu State students’ portal by the Enugu State Ministry of Education, a portal that has helped to effectively determine students’ promotions and arrest the proliferation of special centers. His antecedents were responsible for his appointment as member into the Enugu State Education Sector Reform Committee by the Executive Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. He is also a member of the Enugu State Education Stakeholders Forum

Mr. Ernest Ikechukwu Ugwu has been a crusader of Youth emancipation through business empowerment and mentorship. He has sponsored the technical training of youths of Nsukka extraction on Programming, CCTV installation, Business Management, etc. His human products have been mentored on how to understand business problems and solve them through writing. At the last count, he had mentored and settled twenty-eight youths financially and otherwise. He is the Convener of the prestigious Nsukka Youth Entrepreneurship Summit, where he hosts all Nsukka Youths and invites technocrats in different areas of life to mentor them on how they can succeed.

Ugwu is married to a beautiful and lovely wife and has three children. He is a commanding force on everything he touches. He does everything with diligence, love, determination and an overall care for humanity. He stays true to his oath as an educationist, with dedication and defiance.

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