High Chief Richard Onwuka Egbule was appointed the executive Chairman of the Commission by the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 7th August 2009. He was until his appointment, the Secretary to the Commission, a post previously occupied by Permanent Secretaries. He had held the post of Secretary, first in acting capacity with effect from 17th July, 2006 and substantively from 1st January, 2007 to 4th August, 2009.
He attended St. Eugene’s Primary School, Aba, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate with distinction. He later proceeded to Peter Noster Secondary School Ekwerazu, Mbaise, Imo State where he obtained his West Africa School Certificate, Division One in 1971. He also holds a General certificate of Education from University of London, which he obtained in January, 1972. High Chief Egbule graduated from University of Nigeria, Nsukka with a BSc Hons (2nd Class Upper) Economics in 1978. He obtained a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos in 1990. He obtained a PhD in Management from Commonwealth University, in 2010.
High Chief Egbule started his working career as an Administrative Officer on grade level 08 in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and rose to the post of a Chief Management Consultant in the Management Services Office of the Head of Service, the Presidency, Lagos in 1994.
High Chief Egbule was drafted to the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, when it was established in October, 1992, to help structure and build the Commission with the best professional practice. This task, he carried out most diligently, producing the needed structural framework and manning levels of the Commission without the use of any external consultant. Following the take-off of the Commission, High Chief Egbule was assigned the task of heading and nurturing the Compensation Department to become the mainstay of the Commission. He was promoted the Director, Compensation Department in January, 2004
High Chief Richard Egbule is a Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Management (FNIM), a Fellow of Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC), a Fellow Corporate Institute of Administrators (FCIA) and Associate of Nigeria Institute of Personnel Management (ACIPM). He has been widely-exposed both locally and internationally to workshops, attachments, study visits, training programmes organized by renowned institutions which focused on various aspects of compensation policies and pay practices, among others. He is today, a leading authority in the resolution of compensation issues in the Nigerian Public Service.
It is a well-known fact among his peers that Chief Egbule is as efficient in the discharge of his duties as he is amiable and unassuming.
His contributions to employees’ compensation in the Nigerian Public Service span over thirty-four years. Based on his numerous contributions to the upliftment of Nigerian workers and the reduction in the escalation of Public Sector wage bill, High Chief Egbule was presented with the Public Service Award for Excellence in 2006 by the former President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR. To crown it all, High Chief Richard Egbule was in 2010, conferred with the National Honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.
In his service to his community, High Chief Rich Egbule has held several leadership positions too numerous to mention here. In addition, he has relentlessly pursued a programme of empowering the youths of Nigeria, regardless of ethnic origin. He is essentially a true Nigerian.
In recognition of his numerous selfless services to humanity, High Chief Richard Onwuka Egbule has received lots and lots of other awards Nationally and Internationally. A few examples will suffice:
- International Leadership Gold Award for Excellence by the African Age Magazine
- Award for Distinguished Service by the Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria.
- 2008 Award for Excellence Performance by the Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association.
- Statesman Award of Honour and Recognition for Oustanding Contributions to the Development of Okigwe Senatorial Zone.
- Visionary Leader Award by Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) North Central Zone for immense contribution towards the Upliftment and Preservation of Culture and Media Sector
- Meritorious Award for Human Development presented by RATTAWU South East Zone
- Grand Patron and Goodwill Ambassador for Sports in Public Service of Nigeria by Federation of Public Service Games (FEPSGA).
- Honourary Fellow, Nigeria Optometrists Association
He was recently honoured by the Ehime-Mbano LGA Council of Traditional Rulers with the prestigious Title of High Chief, Oba Nze Ako ji of Ehime-Mbano. His other Chieftaincy titles include:
- Oba Nze Akoji 1 of Umunakanu Ancient Kingdom
- Nwa di oha Mma of Abuja – by Eze Ndigbo, and
- Aku fere Mba 1 of Nnebi-na-Asonye Autonomous Community
High Chief Rich Egbule is a devout Christian who, in the course of service to God, has earned many awards in the Catholic Church. He is a Knight of St. Mulumba (KSM).
Above all, High Chief Egbule who hails from Ehime-Mbano LGA, is a great family man, a father every child would wish to have and a Philanthropist who drops his food to give attention to a beggar’s knock.