Samson Raphael Osagie, a seasoned legal practitioner, arbitrator and notary public, has been providing efﬁcient and cutting-edge professional services to clients – individuals as well as private and public organisations. With over two decades of professional service, Dr Osagie devotes a good part of his energy to fighting for justice for people that are wrongly accused, the downtrodden, and people who do not have the means to pay for legal services. Dr Osagie is currently the Managing Partner at his Abuja-based law firm with offices in Lagos, Benin, and he is also into partnership with renowned law firms in the United Kingdom. He is the Executive Director of the Centre for Advanced and Dynamic Leadership for Development and the Managing Consultant of Samraph Global Consults Ltd.
Dr Osagie began his legal career in 1996 as a Pupil State Counsel in the Ministry of Justice, Ogun State, and later moved to Benin-City, the Edo State capital to establish his law firm known as Samson Imarhiagbe-Osagie & Co. Apart from being an accomplished lawyer, he has demonstrated competence as a marketer and business development professional. In 2017, he worked as an Executive Director (Marketing and Business Development) at the Nigeria Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT), a position he held until December 2019.
He ventured into politics and contested his first election into the Edo State House of Assembly for three consecutive times, while representing Uhunmwode State Constituency. As a result of his outstanding performance as a vibrant legislator, he was elected into the House of Representatives in 2007 to represent Orhionmwon and Uhunmwode Federal Constituency where he served on some important committees, including being the Chairman, Technical Sub Committee on the Amendment to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Deputy Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee on the Petroleum Industry Bill. He was also the Minority Whip of the House of Representatives between 2007 and 2015. Dr Osagie contested and won the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Edo South Senatorial District in the 2015 general election but lose out.
In the course of his public service, he has contributed immensely to human and infrastructural development of his constituency and Edo State. Dr Osagie has gained national and international acclaim for his vibrant legislative activities, particularly for the introduction of several bills. He also raised critical issues of national importance such as the non-remittance of revenue to federation accounts, the killings of Nigerians abroad, to mention but a few.
As a philanthropist, Dr Osagie has engaged in many community development services. He has facilitated the employment of youths into several government agencies and public services. Dr Osagie gives scholarships every year to indigent but academically outstanding students in secondary schools and universities, regardless of their ethnic background. He has also facilitated the construction of roads, hospitals, and electricity supply to about 20 communities while serving as a representative of Orhionmwon/ Uhunmwode constituency at the National Assembly.
He has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities as a politician and a professional, and these have earned him numerous awards such as Distinguished Service Award (DSA) by SSAUBTH; Africa Democratic Merit Award for Good Leadership; Best Legislator of the Year Award by the NYCN in 2006; African Public Service Award; Voice of Magazine Netherlands, 2015; Benin Achievers Award by the Oba of Benin, 2007; Distinguished Achievers Award by Great Ife Alumni Association, UK Chapter 2012; Certificate of Legislative Excellence, for being the most outstanding Honorable Member of the House of Representatives from Edo State, by Award Media Events (AME), 29 July, 2009; Great Achievers Award for Excellence in Recognition of Contributions to the Development of the Community, awarded by Child’s Dream on 22 May, 2010, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Award of Excellence for Steadfastness and Contribution Towards Upholding Good Representation, by the National Association of Edo State Students at OAU; African Democrat Leadership Merit Award for Outstanding Leader in Africa, by African International Media Organisation, Accra, Ghana, May 2014, among others.
Apart from his training as a lawyer, Dr Samson Osagie has obtained three master’s degrees in Law, Public Administration, and International Relations, he has crowned his academic laurels with a doctoral degree in Political Economy and Development Studies in several universities across Nigeria, including the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He also had training in Leadership, Legislative, and Business Management at Oxford, Harvard, International Law Institute among other Ivy League institutions across the globe. He is a Doctoral Fellow of the Institute of Financial Analyst of Nigeria, a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration, and an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Nigeria and a member of the Nigerian and African Bar Association. He is happily married with children.
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