This is sad news. It is the news of the recent passing away of a successful Lagos businessman, Abidoye Ayoola the Chairman and President of Negris Limited. Dr Ayoola is a Mechanical and Petroleum Engineer. Dr Ayoola has an extensive experience in the Oil and Energy Industry of Nigeria. The Ogbomoso patriot died at 71 in London. Negris Investment Limited is a holding company, consisting of Negris Limited, Energy Company Nigeria Limited (ENCON), OKIPP Limited, as well as the Chairman of All-Seasons Property Company Limited, a property development outfit.
Born on the 22nd of November 1947 to the Royal House of Ibapala Agunbiade of Ajaawa, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Ayoola attended Ogbomoso Grammar School, Oyo State between 1961 and 1965 and passed the West African School Certificate Examination in Division One.
A graduate of University of Lagos where he studied Mechanical Engineering also attended University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, the USA for Master of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering. Engr. Ayoola work experience started with employment by Gulf Oil Company (Nigeria) now Chevron Nigeria Limited in June 1970. He was involved in petroleum engineering including offshore production, operation and maintenance, logistics, reservoir and drilling. Between 1974 and 1975, he worked with Gulf Oil Company (USA) Lafayette, Louisiana where he had responsibility for oil and gas drilling, workover programs, production facilities, design and maintenance programs, reservoir performance tests and evaluation.
Between 1975 and 1977, he was employed by Solar Turbines International Co, San Diego, California, the USA as an Application Engineer. His duty included designing, building and testing of gas turbines, compressors, pumps and generator packages, pipeline system analysis and optimization. Others included preparation of specifications and bid proposals. Between 1977 and 1980, Ayoola served as Manager, West African District of Solar Turbines International with an office in Lagos, Nigeria. His responsibility included sales and service business of company’s turbomachinery in Nigeria, West and Central Africa.
In 1980, he established his own company and thus became Chairman/Chief Executive of Negris Limited. Negris Limited is a foremost engineering services company involved in the design, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance of gas turbines and related rotating equipment in the oil and gas and industrial sectors of the Nigerian economy. The company has grown to become a fully integrated Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) outfit building power plants and similar structures. Engr. Ayoola is currently the Chairman of a number of companies such as
He is a COREN Registered Engineer, Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (FITP), Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FNIMechE). Patron, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineering Foundation.
He was honoured with an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Technology (DSc. Honoris Causa) by the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Osun State. He is a recipient of the member of the Order of Niger (MON), Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Lagos. Distinguished Partner in Science Education Award, Stephen Oluwole Awokoya Foundation.
Negris Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides engineering, procurement, construction, operation, and maintenance services to the oil and gas, energy, and industrial sectors of the Nigerian economy. Its engineering services include conceptual studies, detailed design and engineering, project management, procurement, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance, and management of oil and gas facilities. Negris Limited was formerly known as Capital Equipment Company Limited. The company was founded in 1980 and is based in Lagos, Nigeria. It has branch offices in Port Harcourt and Warri, as well as a representative office in Abuja.