Renowned security expert and Chairman of Trans-World Security, Dr. Ona Ekhomu has been honoured by the Port Harcourt Chapter of ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security) for his outstanding pioneering efforts in Nigeria’s security industry.
Ekhomu was bestowed with the prestigious SECURITY PIONEER award on 25th February 2014 during the ASIS Port Harcourt Chapter two-day International Security Conference held at the Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt.
The Assistant Regional Vice President of ASIS International, Mrs. Elizabeth Yakubu who chaired the conference organizing committee described Dr. Ekhomu as a distinguished security expert who became the first Chartered security professional in West Africa when he obtained the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation in September 2000. Ekhomu is the first Nigerian to achieve the Quarter Century designation of ASIS International (January 2011).
Ekhomu, who is the Chairman of the School of Management and Security is also President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON). He held the following positions in ASIS International: Member of the IDG of the Professional Certification Board (2009); Regional Vice President – West and Central Africa (2002 – 2007); Chairman of ASIS Nigeria Chapter 1999 – 2001; Vice Chairman of ASIS Nigeria Chapter (1997), Program Chairman of ASIS Nigeria Chapter, (1995 – 1996), Membership Chairman of ASIS Nigeria Chapter (1995) and Chairman of Chapter Launch Committee (1994).
A native of Irrua, Edo State, Ekhomu aged 58 received the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a specialization in Policy Management from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. He is the author of Effective Personal and Corporate Security (2009) a seminal book in security awareness. He recently co-authored a book with Solomon E. Arase and others titled: National Security: Intelligence and Community Partnership Approach (2013). From 2005 to 2010, he authored a weekly newspaper column entitled “Red Alert” in the Punch Newspaper. He currently writes a weekly column by the same caption “RED Alert” in ThisDay Newspaper.