Chief Richard Onwuka Egbule Ph.D, FNIM, MFR, was appointed the Executive Chairman of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission by the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 7th August 2009 after his retirement from the Federal Public Service on 5th August 2009.
He attended among others, St. Eugene’s Primary School, Aba, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. He later proceeded to Peter Noster Secondary School Ekwerazu, Mbaise, Imo State where he held the post of Senior Prefect and 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. Chief Egbule graduated from the 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 and a PhD in Management from the Commonwealth University, Belize, 2010.
Chief R.O. Egbule started his working career as an Administrative Officer on grade level 08 with the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation where he rose to the post of a Chief Management Consulting Officer in the Management Service Department. He was drafted by Chief Augustine Okafor, the pioneer Secretary to National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission when it was about to be inaugurated in October, 1992, to help him structure and build the Commission. This task, he carried out most diligently, producing the needed structural framework and manning levels of the Commission. Following the take off of the Commission under the amiable leadership of the first Executive Chairman Owelle Gilbert Chikelu, CON, and injection of additional hands, Chief Egbule was assigned the task of heading and nurturing the then embryonic Compensation Department, one of six of such Departments in the Commission.
As Head of Department, he steered the Compensation Department to the prime position of the mainstay of the Commission. From there he rose to the post of Deputy Director in 1999 and became the Director, Compensation Department in January, 2004. He was appointed Secretary to the Commission in 2007.
Chief R.O. Egbule is among others, a Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Management (FNIM), Associate Member, Nigeria Institute of Personnel Management (ANIPM), and a Fellow of Corporate Institute of Administration (FCIA). Chief Egbule has been widely exposed both locally and internationally in workshops, attachments, study visits, training programmes organized by renowned institutions which focused on various aspects of compensation policies and pay practices, among others.
Among his numerous contributions are:
- Member, National Committee of Experts on Wage Determination, 2011
- Secretary, Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage; 2009 - 2010
- Membership of Emolument Consolidation Committee; 2006 – 2007
- Secretary, Presidential Panel on Wages, Salaries and Emolument Relativity; July, 2004 – 2006
- Secretary, Presidential Committee on Mortgage Financing; April 2004 – April, 2005.
- Chairman of several technical Sub-Committees on Public Service employee remuneration review Committees
- Contributed immensely to the existing monetisation of fringe benefits in the Federal Public Service
- The determination of the appropriate remuneration package for the military;
- Contribution to the Revision of the National Minimum Wage (2000), etc,etc
Based on his numerous contributions to the upliftment of Nigerian workers, Chief R. O. 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,
In further recognition of his enviable record of service to his fatherland, Chief R.O. Egbule was in 2010 conferred with the National Honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), by the President, Commander-in-Chief, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.
Chief Egbule numerous selfless services to humanity earned him lots and lots of national awards. In a similar way, he has been honoured with several chieftaincy titles, most prominent of which is “Obanze Akoji” of Umunakanu Ancient Kingdom. Dr. Egbule is a Roman Catholic Christian and a Knight of St. Mulumba, whose devout Christian life and contributions to the Church has earned him several awards by several Catholic
Chief R.O. Egbule is happily married with children and hails from Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria.