Engr. Babajide A. Soyode was born 2ndSeptember, 1941 in Abeokuta, Ogun State. He attended CMS Grammar School, Lagos from 1956 – 1960, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA 1961 – 1965, and Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, USA 1965 – 1967. He obtained B.S. and M.S.Degree in Chemical Engineering respectively from the latter two Institutions. After 7 years of working as Process Engineer in Petrochemical and Petroleum Refining Industries, Engr.
Soyode returned to Nigeria in mid – 1974, and joined the Nigeria National Oil Corporation as Senior Process Engineer on the Warri Refinery Project Team which was then taking off. NNOC merged with the then Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources in 1977 to form the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. Engr. Soyode played prominent role in the establishment of Warri Refinery, Kaduna Refinery, and the successor Refining Division of NNPC, having served as Refinery Manager and General Manager of Warri Refinery, and General Manager of Kaduna Refinery at various time.
Engr. Soyode worked 1986 – 1988 in the Petroleum Inspectorate, now the Department of Petroleum Resources, and helped to expand and establish in its current form the Downstream Operations of the Department. Following the reorganization of NNPC in 1988, Engr.
Soyode returned to NNPC as the first Group General Manager, Corporate Planning and Development Division, from where he retired in 1990 In 1990, on entering the Private Sector, Engr. Soyode established B.A. Soyode & Company Ltd to offer Process Engineering and Project Management Consultancy Services to the Oil & Gas Industry. One of the notable achievement of this Consultancy Service was the cooperation over many years with Niger Delta Exploration and Production Plc to develop surface facilities at the Marginal Field Developer’s Farmout at Ogbelle, Rivers State in OML-53, including the Flowstation, the Gas Plant, and a mini Refinery.
Engr. Soyode is Chairman of Petrodata Management Services Ltd, a petroleum data storage and management company, and Managing Director of Freezone Plant Fabrication International, an equipment fabrication company based in Onne Oil & Gas Free Zone. Presently, Engr. Soyode is the Technical Consultant to the Group President/CE of Dangote Industries Limited for Refinery and Petrochemicals Projects.