Engr. Mujaidu Stanley Dako: A world class engineer
Honour is not bestowed; it is earned through hardwork, professionalism and ardent commitment to excellence in all endeavours.
These are some of the virtues that have earned Engr. Mujaidu Stanley Dako, the enviable recognition as one of the most respected professionals in Nigeria and indeed a role model in the engineering profession globally.
Born on October 08, 1954 at Ogbido-Uzairue, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, he attended the prestigious University of Benin, Benin- City (UNIBEN), where he obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree (B.Eng.) in 1979. He travelled to England in 1982, armed with a Federal Government of Nigeria scholarship and enrolled for his Post Graduate degree at the University of Aston in Birmingham, England. He obtained his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1983.
In 1990, he proceeded to the University of Strathclyde Graduate Business School, Glasgow, Scotland where he obtained his Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) in !991.
Engr. Dako is a Chartered Engineer of the Council of Engineering Institute, UK and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK; and he has the Seal and Stamp of each of the two Institutions.
As a man who has made his mark in his profession, Engr. Dako belongs to different professional bodies including, Member, Chartered Management Institute, Britain (MCMI); Member, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK, (MIMechE); Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers,( MNSE}. He is registered with Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, (COREN).
After completing his NYSC at the Project Development Institute (PRODA) in Enugu, Enugu State in 1980, Engr. Dako started his Engineering career as pioneer staff of Delta Steel Company Limited, (DSC LTD), Ovwian- Aladja. He was employed as a Design/Planning Engineer. In September,1980, he was sent to Austria on a one-year Industrial Attachment at the Voest Alpine Foundry, Liezen, Austria. He returned to DSC LTD in 1981
He resigned from his employment with DSC LTD, Ovwian-Aladja, in 1984 to take up an employment with Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) in Warri, as Project Engineer (Oil/Gas Facilities). After the confirmation of his appointment, he was sent to Den Hague, Holland by the Management of SPDC on an oil/gas engineering course in 1985.
In 1986, he returned to SPDC, Warri and resigned in the same year, to take up an employment with Bendel Feed and Flour Mills LTD , Ewu in Edo State, as pioneer Technical Manager. He was promoted in 1991 to the post of Assistant General manager (Production and Procurement)- the second highest position occupied by a Nigerian in the Company. He was there until 2003 when he was appointed by President Olusegun Obasanjo as Adviser on Informal Sector.
In 2005, he resigned his appointment as Presidential Adviser on Informal Sector to join his family in Canada where he worked as Plant manager, INDUSPACK, Calgary, Alberta, Canada up till 2006, when he set up his own private engineering firm, MN Energy Management & Technology Inc. Ontario, Canada.
In 2008 when his childhood friend and brother, Adams A Oshiomhole, became the Governor of Edo State, Engr. Dako was called to service in his native land as Managing Director, Edo State Rapid Response Agency, a position he occupied from 2009 to 2016.
Following his appointment in 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari and his subsequent confirmation by the Senate in 2019, he assumed duty at the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, Abuja where he is currently the Executive Director (West Operations)/ Member , representing the South-South geo- political zone in the Governing Board of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA, Abuja.
Engr. Dako was a Member of the Board of Directors, Bendel Cement Company Ltd, Ukpilla from 1997 to 1998 and was also a Member of the Board of Directors of TRW SOCKBROCKERS Ltd, Lagos from 1994 to 2005. Hs happily married with children and grandchildren.