Our Team

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Akanimo Udofia

Managing Director

Akan Udofia is the Managing Director of Desicon Engineering Limited.

Having graduated from the University of Uyo and Havard Business School, Boston his entrepreneurial skill has seen him grow to the pinnacle of his industry.

With over 30 years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria, Akan continues to maintain the responsibility for the overall growth, strategy and performance of Desicon Engineering and Saidel Limited. He has successfully orchestrated numerous projects and partnerships with several international companies in the Oil and Gas sector, leading to the successful award and completion of projects.

As an active philanthropist Akan believes strongly in giving back to society. As an indigene of Akwa Ibom State, he has put together medical drives, water projects and is currently advocating for a light up Akwa Ibom Project and continues to be passionate about job creation and capacity development for the people of Nigeria.

Akan is happily married with three daughters and enjoys football, travelling and Formula 1.

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Tomy John

Deputy Managing Director

Tomy John serves as the Deputy Managing Director of Desicon Engineering Limited.

Graduating from Kerala University with a bachelor’s in Commence, he went on to obtain his MBA at the University of South Australia. He is a certified management accountant from the Institute of Management Accountants and an associate member of the Institute of Cost & Executive Accountants London.

Beginning his career in 1986, as a project accountant with Saipem SpA Yemen, he rose to the position of an Administration, Finance & Control Coordinator and in 2009 became a member of the Board of Directors of Saipem Group of Companies, Nigeria.

With over 30 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry, Tomy joined Desicon Engineering Limited in November 2013 as the Group Finance Director and was promoted to Deputy Managing Director in 2014. Here he has strategized the company by positioning it to be a front runner in the industry. He has also formulated policies and introduced business process, re-engineering systems that will help the company assume an unbiased and firm stance in the evolving global oil market.

Tomy is happily married with two sons and enjoys reading, cycling and walking in the countryside with his canine friends.

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Eyado Ocho

Business Development Director

Eyado Ocho is the Business Development Director of Desicon Group.

As a graduate of Banking & Finance Eyado obtained his MBA from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply London.

Eyado started off his career in 1993 he went on to join Shell Petroleum as a material trainee within the procurement and logistics department in the Nigerian Western Region and oversaw many major projects. With over 25 years of experience Eyado is a contracting and procurement strategists and process expert. With varying roles such as category manager for logistics, pipeline maintenance, static equipment and technical buyer he is highly qualified in his field. In all these roles, he has acquired negotiation, contract administration, variation order management, procurement and contracting skills.

He joined the Desicon Engineering Limited in April 2010 as the Commercial Director and was made the Business Development Director in 2014. He has played a major role in the company’s strategic repositioning in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.

Eyado Ocho is happily married with three children. He enjoys playing squash and reading comic books.

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Datonye Alabraba

Strategy, Planning & JV Director

Datonye Alabraba is the Strategy, Planning and JV Director for Desicon Engineering Limited.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Quantity Surveying from the University of Salford, Manchester and earned his MBA from the University of Cardiff, Wales.

Datonye began his career in 1999 with Balfour Beatty as a quantity surveyor and successfully worked his way up to become a project quantity surveyor on a £30m project. Following this he joined Rider Hunt International as a cost engineer, working on all aspects of estimating, quantity surveying, project controls and contract administration focused on the Oil & Gas sector. He has extensive experience within the areas of project controls, system design, implementation and contract management. Working as a senior cost engineer for numerous IOCs he has been an integral part of various multi-billion dollar onshore/offshore projects.

Joining Desicon in 2010 as the Director of Projects he oversaw the implementation of control processes. In line with the company’s growth plan Datonye took on the role of Strategy, Planning and JV Director and is now responsible for Desicon’s interest in new ventures.

Datonye is married with two children and is a keen Formula 1 fan.

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Eyitemi Sule

General Counsel

Eyitemi Sule is the General Counsel for Desicon Engineering Limited.

She is a graduate of Law from the University of Lagos and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria.

Eyitemi started her career in the law firm Babalakin & Co, where she quickly rose in the ranks to the position of senior associate. In 2012 she went on to join Saipem Contracting Nigeria Limited as the Nigerian Content Manager. Here she managed the Nigerian Content compliance on major projects such as Usan, Northern Option Pipeline Project and EGINA SURF Project for Total, as well as the Southern Swamp Associated Gas Pipeline Project for SPDC. In these roles, she acquired skills such as public speaking, negotiation, contract administration, public relations management, corporate strategy planning.

In 2015 Eyitemi joined Desicon Engineering Limited as the Local Content and Sustainability Manager. Here she was responsible for the development of sustainability policy, local content plan and custodian of approved plan with consistent implementation and monitoring of strategies agreed for Desicon. Upon being appointed as the General Counsel in 2019, she is now responsible for compliance, review of legal and contractual documentation to manage the impact of external factors and limit Desicon’s risk exposure.

She is happily married with three children and enjoys listening to music, walking and travelling.

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Maurizio Benassi

Operations Manager

Maurizio Bensassi is the Operations Manager for Desicon Engineering Limited.

Having gained his mechanical engineering diploma, he went on to obtain his PMI Certification from the ENI Corporate University, Italy.

With over 30 years of experience in Business Development, Proposal, Project and EPCC Management Maurizio has worked on projects developed for major international Oil & Gas Companies such as Exxon Mobil, Shell Sonatrach, ENI, Saudi Aramco. Maurizio’s extensive experience such as his 20 years in Saipem saw him develop to a project director in 2014 where he continued to excel in his field. Working abroad he has worked on various Oil and Gas projects in all construction and commissioning phases with expertise in LNG, Power Plant, GOSP, Chemical & Fertilizer, Water and Treatment Plants.

In 2016 Maurizio joined Desicon Engineering Limited as the Operation Manager leading the Operations Department such as PMT, Engineering, Construction and Commissioning, and coordinating with HSE and QA/QC the execution of all Desicon’s Projects starting from the collaboration with Estimation & Tendering Depts. up to the final handover to Clients. From ensuring the development of the company’s policies and procedures to operating the projects in a profitable and optimal manner, Maurizio is highly qualified to face challenges head on and delivery projects to the highest quality.

He enjoys cooking Italian cuisines and sports such as football, skiing, and riding motorbikes.