MRS. CECILIA NKEOMA AQUA-UMOREN

Executive Director Corporate Services(EDCS)


Is an accomplished Legal Practitioner, who was called to the Nigeria Bar in 1979.


Prior to joining Emerald Energy Resources Limited (EERL), she was the principal/founding partner of the law firm Cecilia Okafo & Associates (now Sapphire Partners), a full service corporate and litigation firm, where she gained a wealth of experience in international transactions and local legal practice.  The firm represented many foreign oil service companies in a range of matters both legal and commercial and also acted for them on various areas of law practice including but not limited to contractual, regulatory and policy issues.


Mrs. Aqua Umoren is one of the pioneer legal practitioners of telecommunications in Nigeria. She acted as external solicitor to Nigeria Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and represented NITEL in its first major telecommunications Joint Venture, Mobile Telephone System (MTS) where she eventually served as Company Secretary. She also served on the Federal Governments’ Ministerial Committee to implement the Open Skies Agreement. She joined EERL in 2001 as a foundation Executive Director.


Mrs. Aqua Umoren has a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, BL from the Nigeria Law School, Lagos and a Masters in Law (LL.M) Degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA. She has attended several executive and managerial courses and sits on the Board of several oil and gas companies.