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Dakorinama A. K. George

Rivers State, Nigeria
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Dakorinama Alabo Kelly George, FNIQS, RQS, FASP; popularly called George-Kelly is a Rivers man of Kalabari extraction born by late Evangelist Alabo K.F George; a Russia trained radar engineer, an air force retiree from Buguma in Asari-Toru LGA of Rivers State and Mrs. Mary George, a retired medical practitioner from Ikom in Cross-River State. He has distinguished himself as a world class-chartered Quantity Surveyor and Cost Engineer, highly experienced in Project Management, Cost Planning, Value Engineering, Risk Management and Civil Engineering. After his primary and secondary education in Benue State and Rivers State respectively, George-Kelly proceeded to the Rivers State University of Science & Technology, where he obtained successive degrees - a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Quantity Surveying and Post Graduate Diploma in Civil Engineering. He furthered his studies in the Enugu State University of Technology where he acquired a Masters of Science Degree in Quantity Surveying/Cost Engineering and also emerged as the best graduating student in the department of Quantity Surveying/Cost Engineering. He is at the verge of completing his PhD. program in building (Construction Management option) in the premiere Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; which is at the external defense stage.

George-Kelly continued to excel professionally. He received the award as the Best Overall Performing Candidate in the Federation - NIQS Test of Professional Competence examination and Professional Competence Interview in 2006. He was also presented the prestigious CAP Plc Best Quantity Surveyor Award - 2006/2007. He is a corporate member of several professional bodies including the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (Chartered), Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria, Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineers Int’l, USA, Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria (ISMN), etc. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the immediate-past National Secretary on Marketing & Corporate Affairs at the NIQS national executive council.

As a Principal Manager (Infrastructure) in NDDC, he initiated, planned and managed over 500 Civil Engineering and Building Projects. As well as being a member of the Alumni and other institutions he attended, he is currently serving as the Vice Chairman - League of Rivers Professionals, an aggregation of sharp-witted professionals of Rivers origin.

George-Kelly has practiced both in the Project Monitoring Directorate; Environmental Protection and Control Directorate and Utilities/Infrastructural Development Directorate, for 14 years in the NDDC. He served as the Technical Assistant to the Rivers State Representative (NDDC) in 2006 and also served in several high-profile technical committees in NDDC. While in NDDC, he took his level of excellence steps further - and showcased himself as a good team builder, strategic manager and human resource manager. He is also a Principal Consultant to three construction consultancy firms in Nigeria. In March 2020, he resigned his appointment with the NDDC to take up appointments with the Government of Rivers State.

His public life is common knowledge. He socializes with like minds, believes in developing people and loves the art of politics of wit and strategy. This interest started when he was National President of NURSS in his university days.  He was appointed a member of the governing council of the Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori from June, 2015 to November, 2019. In November 2017, he was appointed as the Special Adviser on Special Projects to the Governor of Rivers State. In 2019 till date, he was reappointed as the Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor & Head, Bureau for Special Projects. In his current capacity as the Special Adviser to the Rivers State Government, he has managed over 100 projects; some completed and others at various levels of completion. George-Kelly He is married to Mrs. Inkoba D.A. George and blessed with three kids, a girl and a set of twin boys (Vera Owanari D.A. George, God’sson Dakorite D.A. George & God’swill Tamunosaki D.A. George).

The first sport to interest him was table tennis, a sport he still enjoys actively to this day. He is a fan of Manchester United Football Club. George-Kelly enjoys dancing and he is often described as a friendly and relaxed character – always willing to help the needy.

Profile created 8 September 2021

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