About The Edet Amana Foundation
The Edet Amana Foundation is an independent Nigerian charity established in 2017 as the platform to coordinate and enhance the philanthropic interventions of Sir Edet James Amana, OON, the founder and Chairman of the Amana Group of Companies
“We all share a common humanity”
The Foundation was inaugurated as part of the build-up to the celebration of the 80th birthday of Sir Edet Amana with the long-term view to perpetuate his legacy.
The Foundation focuses on Education, Health, Economic Empowerment, and Disaster Relief.
The Edet Amana Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees and has its headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria.
I am delighted to welcome you to the website of the Edet Amana Foundation which carries a synopsis of the direct interventions and collaborations we embarked upon over the years before the formal inauguration of the Foundation last year. It also states our imminent areas of cynosure and amelioration for society. I give Almighty God thanks and praise for the opportunity He has provided for me to be of service to humanity in this way.
Education is the fulcrum of what we do and will continue to do. I believe that the greatest investment one can make is in the development of human beings and communities through education. I have a passion for education, the endowment of a chair in Early Childhood in the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, and endowment of a law library in the University of Calabar, Cross River State. Assistance and support to Student Unions and related associations.
Additionally, I have trained some youth in relevant skills in collaboration with our partners, providing an enabling environment suffused with appropriate moral and spiritual values in such a way that beneficiaries are inspired to make a difference in their communities. With the formal inauguration of the Edet Amana Foundation, I believe the stage is set for converting our vast untapped potentials into actualities that will benefit and empower our people.
I invite all likeminded individuals or groups to collaborate with us towards the achievement of the objectives of this Foundation. Together, we can overcome poverty and raise the living standard of our people and communities, freeing our people from the ravages of ignorance, superstition, want, fear, disease and death thereby releasing their creative energies into productive endeavours that make for peace and progress of our society.
I envision a nation with a vibrant economy based on self sufficiency in such critical areas as food, shelter, health, good education and sustainable environment. Giving inspiration to our youths, especially with the vision that they are indeed the leaders of today and tomorrow by equipping them with the knowledge and skills for a meaningful existence in an enriched community.
I derive immense personal satisfaction from these activities as they represent the fulfilment of God’s purpose for my life and my modest effort to give back a little of what had been invested in me at different stages of my life by my community, state and nation. My social horizons have been broadened to embrace the whole nation and the world by my involvement in these activities.
The Edet Amana Foundation is devoted to restoring, promoting and sustaining human dignity, because we all share a common humanity.
Sir. Edet James Amana, KJW, OON
The Amana family shares a rich and interesting history in the education arena. Late Chief James Bidiak Amana was a specialist in early childhood education and taught young people in various schools across Nigeria’s South-South geopolitical region for a period spanning over four decades. His passion for and devotion to the wholesome education of children made a great impression on his young son who from a tender age nursed the desire to impact the lives of the less privileged members of society through education.
Sir Edet James Amana was born on December 11, 1938 in Oyubia, Oron, into the Royal family of Chief James Bidiak Amana and Madam Arit Amana. He passed his West African School Certificate in Grade 1 at Methodist College, Uzuakoli and obtained his Higher School Certificate with distinction in all his subjects from King’s College, Lagos. He graduated with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, and obtained a PhD in Structural Engineering from the same University in 1967.
After working with Flint and Neil Consulting Engineers London (1963 – 1964) and Sir Bruce White, Wolf, Barry & Partners Consulting Engineers London (1967 – 1969), he returned to Nigeria to work with Shell-BP in Warri, Port-Harcourt and Lagos (1969 – 1972). He set up engineering practice as a consulting engineer in the name Amana Consortium Ltd in January 1972. The Firm has undertaken several landmark projects in Nigeria including the structural design and building consultation of several hospitals, schools, highways, bridges.
Sir Amana is a Fellow Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) (R.00325) and is registered by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigerian (COREN) (R.0077) , Foundation Fellow Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (FNICE), Foundation Fellow Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (FNIStructE), Foundation Fellow Nigerian Academy of Engineering (FAEng), Fellow Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM), Fellow Institute of Directors (FIoD), Past President Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN) (2004 – 2005) ,and Past President Nigerian Academy of Engineering (2010 – 2012). He is a Foundation Fellow and Trustee of Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria (PEFON). Presidential Committee on Strategic Plans for Engineering Development and Control in Nigeria. Director of 3-Member team (3 Firms) which prepared the Transportation Master Plan for the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (1980 – 1983). He designed several highways in FCT, Abuja and other parts of the country. Member of the team appointed by the Nigerian Society Engineers which carried out the planning and design of the Second Bridge across the Niger between Asaba and Onitsha. Transport Sector Consultant for the Niger Delta Region Development Master Plan and joint consultant (Amana Consortium and Etteh Aro and Partners, joint consultants) for the Design of Road and Bridge linking Oron to Calabar – East-West Road Section V.
He has served on the boards of several companies as Chairman, or Director, including at different times Chairman of Cross River Basin and Rural Development Authority (CRBRDA), Calabar, Asbestonit Ltd, Oron, Western Holdings Ltd Lagos, Desam Development Company Limited. He was a Founding Director of Citibank Nigeria Ltd and remained Director for a period of 26 years (1984 – 2010), Founder/Member of G-15 Economic Co-operation Council; he attended several G-15 meetings in Caracas, Venezuela, India and the countries of Southern Africa.
Born into a Methodist home, Sir Amana, has been active in the construction of God’s house for various denominations, including the erection of The Cathedral of the Cross, Diocese of Oron, Methodist Church Nigeria (2003) and Lady Doris Amana Memorial Methodist Cathedral, Oyubia (2010). He is the Lay President Diocese of Oyubia, Methodist Church Nigeria and the immediate past Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the Wesley University of Science and Technology Ondo (2012 – 2017).
His political activities include; playing a leading role in the agitation for and creating of Akwa Ibom State (1987), and autonomous local government areas for minority peoples in the State. In 1997 he won election as Senator for Akwa Ibom South Senatorial district (Eket Senatorial District) under the platform of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP). In 1999 he aspired to the highest office in the land – office of President of the Federal republic of Nigeria under the platform of All Peoples Congress (APP).
He is the recipient of many titles and awards from engineering society, the church, academia, and the nation. These include
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