New Dawn @ Nigeria Railway • Enter the prolific profile of Okhiria....the man who is bringing innovations to the front

Once maligned... Nigeria Railway now a pride to behold 



By  Mike Cerutti Osagie



Was it not the great thinker and 

inventor, Sir Steve Jobs who once stated that " It is only innovations that  can differentiate leader's from followers"


Such is the apt way to describe the new dawn of life at the once maligned and disregarded Nigeria  Railway Corporation


A recent visit to one of their newly commissioned terminal got this writer  mesmerized and absolutely impressed


It spurred me to look again at the man in charge of the corporations








• Engineer Freeborn Edetanlaen Okhiria is the  Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigerian Railway Corporation.


He  is from the heart beat state of  Edo  and was born in Iruekpen Ekpoma, Edo State


He attended Ujeolen Primary School from 1967 to 1972 and Ujeolen Grammar School from 1973 to 1977 both in Ekpoma, Edo State. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc Electrical Engineering) from University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos. 

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He served his National Youth Service (NYSC) programme with National Electrical Power Authority (Now PHCN) from 1985 – 1986.

Okhiria began his engineeringbetaken career right when he served as Youth Corps with NEPA between 1985 – 1986. 


He worked as Electrical Engineer in Nigerian Institute of Instrument Engineering between 1986 -1987, in March 1987, Engr. Okhiria joined the service of Nigerian Railway Corporation as pupil Engineer and rose to the present position as Director, Mechanical/Electrical/Signal and Telecommunication. 


From 1992 – 1996, he was District Mechanical/Electrical Engineer, Chief mechanical/Electrical Engineer (Running) from 1996 – 1999, Railway District Manager (Northern), Assistant Director (C&W) from 1999 – 2001, Manager, Romania Project (2001 – 2003) and District Manager (LD) from 2003 – June 2006. 


He became the Director, Mechanical/Electrical from June 2006 to June 2011. Since June 2011 till today, Engr. Freeborn Edetanlen Okhiria is the Director, Mechanical/Electrical/Signal and Telecommunication.


Engr. Okhiria is a Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineering (NIME), Chartered Member, Institute of Logistics and Transport (CMILT), Member, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Member, Institute of Director (IOD), Member, Institute of Strategic Management (ISM) and Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (NMIM).



 His hobbies are squash and badminton playing and meeting friends. He is widely travelled and enjoy the beautiful game called soccer as a form of relaxation

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No doubt, history has a special place for him and his present team when the story of Nigeria's Railway Corporation is being discussed

© Osagie, a brand,& image consultant ,wrote this piece after a recent train ride from Lagos to Ibadan




He can be contacted via: chiefcerrutti@gmail.com 

Or Corporate network 

+ 234 8124230110

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