Olorogun Michael Ibru
Chairman, Michael & Cecilia Foundation (MCF)
Olorogun Micheal Ibru, a foremost businessman and philanthropist was born in 1932. He is the head of the ibru organization,a large conglomerate in Nigeria. He attended Igbobi college and joined the United African Company (UAC) as management trainee afterwards. He left the company to start his own business in 1956 which today spans various sectors of the Nigerian economy from aviation, shipping and construction to oil and gas to mention just a few. He is also credited with pioneering the importation of frozen seafoods into Nigeria.
Over the years, Olorogun Micheal Ibru and his wife Dr. (Mrs) Ceclila Ibru have impacted the lives of numerous people by giving countless university scholarship all over Nigeria. He also established the first secondary school, in his village, Agbarha-Otor. He is known today as an entrepreneurial figure who created one of the largest modern Nigerian owned groups.
Dr. (Mrs.) Cecilia Ibru
President, Michael & Cecilia Foundation (MCF)
Throughout her life and career, versatile executive and entrepreneur Cecilia Ibru has maintained involvement in a wide array of professional, academic, and philanthropic endeavors. Born and raised in Nigeria, Mrs. Ibru moved abroad for her postsecondary education, and she completed her A-levels in economics, British Constitution, and history before enrolling at London University to study Bachelor of Science (B. Sc) Degree in sociology. After graduating with honors from London University, Cecilia Ibru went on to obtain a Masters of Philosophy from North East London University, followed by a Certificate of Eligibility from the Council of Legal Education London.
She commenced her career at the Ibru Organization in 1978 where she held various positions. She launched a successful career in finance and management, beginning with a lengthy tenure at the Ibru Organization, where she served in a variety of supervisory and executive roles. In 1990, she joined oceanic bank and rose to the peak of her career in 1997 as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Oceanic Bank International, where she spent the next 10-plus years. During this time, Mrs. Ibru gained international renown as the “First Lady” of Nigeria’s financial sector, accumulating several honors and awards. Among these, Cecilia Ibru secured nomination to the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame, earned an honorary doctorate from Delta State University.
Noted for her work as a philanthropist as well, Cecilia Ibru formerly served as a Trustee to the United Nations Development Fund for Women, in which capacity she performed as an Honorary Ambassador for the Women Entrepreneurs Forum and took part in the United Nations Global Compact. In addition, she has sat on the Governing Board of Delta State University and chaired the Public Private Immunisation Foundation for the Nigerian National Immunisation Programme. Along with her husband, Michael, she resides in Nigeria.
The contributions made to human development and existence by various non- governmental organizations the world over are absolutely enormous and impactful. These range from diverse areas such as health and education to poverty alleviation and the development of alternative sources of energy which are environment friendly. With this in mind, the Michael and Cecilia Foundation is working actively to provide support in its own way in different focal areas.
Human and community capacity development is vital to the positive transformation we all yearn for in our country and the Africa continent at large. Our Foundation will be supporting this aspiration with the establishment of a world class university set to raise a new generation of leaders thinkers and nation builders.
The university’s work study program ensures that the less privileged among us are part of this vision. We are driven by the fact that education is a liberator, a perfect vehicle to effect society and to help solve the problem of poverty. The Foundation's focal areas are: Education, Pregnant Teenagers, Teenage Mothers, Vocational Rehabilitation, Elderly Care, Health, Disaster Relief, Orphanage Services, Prison Services.
We call on you to join us and we will grateful for your donation, grants, gifts and support towards achieving the lofty and noble goals set before us.
We allow you to control change with risk and root cause determination; provide infrastructure discovery, fault isolation, root cause analysis, traffic analysis and predictive capacity planning.
"To build Effective, Innovative, Entrepreneural human Capital by providing educational opportunities".
"Inspire, equip and empower people to optimise their God given abilities for self actualisation and make a positive contribution to society".
The Foundation’s orphanage programme caters for orphans at the Lagos state Social Welfare facility in Owutu-Ikorodu (Majedun) by providing them with food every Friday.
Pregnant Teenagers & Teenage Mothers
This programme will offer one on one counseling mother and baby wellness tips, food, clothing, education and vocational rehabilitation for pregnant and teenage mothers.
Cecilia Ibru Classical Concert
Music appreciation: Introducing interested youths to classical music, voice training, instrument training and singing.
Train A Child
Train A Child Programme
We have a strong passion and determination to alleviate poverty from the lives the people in our immediate community. This motivates us to embark on a Scholarship programme for indigent students (especially the physically challenged, orphans, motherless etc) since we believe “Knowledge alleviates poverty”.
This is just one among several other poverty alleviation programmes of the Foundation. This programme tagged “Train-A-Child” hopefully will help ensure that indigent children have access to education and a bright future. Such children are discovered and selected after a rigorous search for children who are ardent about education but are financially handicapped.
Furthermore, thorough background screenings are carried out by a team of consultants who also are trained professionals after which a comprehensive data base is generated for all the children who qualify for sponsorship.
We are therefore soliciting for the assistance of philanthropists and other NGOs who believe in our vision to support us in actualising this noble goal. From our data base, interested sponsor/benefactor can choose a child or more for sponsorship. This programme cuts across all levels of education; from nursery school to the university. Some beneficiaries have graduated from tertiary institutions while many are still spread across all the levels of education as earlier mentioned.
Recently, the Foundation just introduced free remedial classes for secondary school graduates to make up for the deficiencies in the requirements for their admission into tertiary institutions. These students and their counterparts who have obtained their pre requisites for admission are also prepared for matriculation examinations into tertiary institutions alongside the remedial classes.
Phasing of Academic Programmes
The proposed University shall have six Faculties, twenty-four departments and thirty academic programmes at the ultimate year. However, the Faculties shall be established in three phases such that there will be gradual progression of academic activities from inception. In this connection, mostly basic academic programmes shall be mounted in the first phase of development, to lay the foundation for the more professional programmes that shall be mounted in subsequent phases as follows:
Phase I: 1st - 5th Year
Two Faculties and General and Entrepreneurship Studies Unit shall be mounted variously in the first phase as listed below:
1. Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
3. General and Entrepreneurship Studies Unit
The proposed Michael and Cecilia Ibru University will establish a General Studies Unit in this phase of academic development. The Unit, though not degree awarding, will undertake and coordinate the teaching of compulsory general studies courses in liberal education in the humanities, entrepreneurship and social sciences. These general courses are meant to sharpen the entrepreneurial and administrative skills of the students and they are required as the graduates of every discipline are likely to find placement in administrative and advisory positions in their future employment.
Phase II: 5th – 10th Year
This phase will consolidate the development of the programmes of the institution. The Faculties earmarked for this phase are as follows:
1. Faculty of Management Sciences
2. Faculty of Humanities
3. Faculty of Social Sciences
4. Faculty of Law
5. Postgraduate School
The proposed University will establish a Postgraduate School in its sixth year of existence to coordinate postgraduate (PGD, Masters and Ph.D.) programmes in the various disciplines.
Phase III: 11th – Ultimate Years
Faculty of Engineering
which is capital intensive shall be introduced in this phase when the University would have stabilized and the basic courses have matured.