Chief Philip C. Asiodu CFR, CON, MA (Oxon), occupies a unique position in the history of Nigeria’s public service.
Chief Asiodu was born February 26, 1934 in Asaba, present capital of Delta State, married and has seven children, three sons and four daughters. He is a product of the famous King’s College Lagos and Queen’s College, Oxford where he read Philosophy, Politics, Economics and French language
His career began from joining the Nigerian foreign service in 1957 through to Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in 1975 when he retired. He was appointed a Permanent Secretary at under 40 years of age. He was adviser to President Shehu Shagari on Economic Matters in 1983 and a member of the Constituent Assembly in 1988 to 1989.
He was appointed the Secretary (Minister) for Petroleum and Mineral Resources, 1992 to 1993 under the short-lived Interim National Government.
Chief Philip Asiodu returned to the national limelight in 1999 when he ran as a presidential aspirant in the PDP. He was to become President Obasanjo’s Chief Economic Adviser from 1999 to 2001. Active in the private sector since he left public service, Chief Asiodu is a director of several companies in manufacturing, oil and banking sectors. He is a life honorary vice president of the Lagos Chamber Commerce and Industries, was president of Nigerian-German Business Council and a former President, The Metropolitan Club.
Chief Asiodu left the nation’s civil service with the unofficial tag of super Permanent Secretary, a reputation largely associated with immense stature he acquired in government and the influence he wielded in public service.
Chief Asiodu is the current Grand Patron of The Oxford and Cambridge Club of Nigeria.