On May 15, 2010 at the most attended LBSAA President’s Dinner, Brigadier General Patrick Olatunde REIS was announced as the winner/recipient of the Most distinguished Alumni Award for the year 2010.
In attendance to acknowledge this great man of our generation were members of his AMP 10 Class who are all men and women of significant accomplishments in their right. Brig-Gen Tunde Reis, we recall, was appointed the class captain and President from inception – a position he has held with grace and service to date.
On hand to present the award was Mr. Christopher Kolade, one of the most distinguished management practitioners of our time and former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Kindly find below a profile/citation on Brigadier general Tunde Reis. He is an inspiration to our generation and Proshare is particularly delighted to commend his service pedigree to all discerning professionals.
Brigadier General Patrick Olatunde REIS was born at his hometown in Lagos Island on 27 April 1960, to Late Sir Albert Olajide Reis (KSM) and Lady Anastasia Reis. His education started at the Holy Cross Cathedral Primary School, Lagos Island and St Patrick’s Primary School, Yaba. He attended the famous St Finbarr’s College, Akoka where he obtained his Ordinary Level Certificate in 1975. He studied for his A levels at the Polytechnic Ibadan, from 1975 to 1977. He obtained his first degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Lagos in 1980 and graduated with a Masters degree in Architecture in 1982.
Between 1988 and 1991, Brig Gen Reis attended the Architectural Association (AA) Graduate School in London, where he did a post-graduate course in Housing Studies. He subsequently obtained a PhD degree from the AA under the United Kingdom Council for National Academic Awards, with a dissertation on “Non-Conventional Housing Finance Strategies for less Developed Countries”. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School, having completed the Advanced Management Programme in 2000. He is also an alumnus of the renowned London Business School. The senior officer is a registered architect and a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (FNIA). He is also a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative - West Africa (ALIWA) and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Patrick Olatunde Reis was commissioned as Second Lieutenant into the Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers in December 1979. In addition to his professional training as an architect, Brig Gen Reis has attended several military courses including the Junior Staff Course and the Infantry Company Commanders Course in Jaji, where he earned awards on both courses. He has served in different locations including the then 331 Engineer Maintenance Squadron in Maiduguri, Adjutant of the 33 Engineer Maintenance Regiment in Jos, as project Officer of the Engineer Construction Regiment in Ede and Bauchi; the Headquarters of Nigerian Army Engineers and School, Lagos; Director of Post-Service Housing (Army) and was the Director of Manpower Planning in Army Headquarters, Abuja, until January 2009. Brig Gen Reis is the Director of Studies at the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering in Makurdi, since February 2009 till date.
As a Captain in 1986, Brig Gen was the Project Officer of the Engineer Construction Regiment, with responsibility for design and direct labour construction of the permanent site for Armoured Corps Center and School, Bauchi. Brig Gen Reis’ directorate was tasked to build 200 units of 2-Bedroom soldiers’ accommodation near Mambilla Barracks, Abuja within six months in year 2000. The Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) also commissioned PHD(A) to build its primary school and national secretariat in Asokoro, Abuja. Brig Gen Reis was also responsible for designing the Nigerian Army Museum in Abuja and starting its construction through direct labour.
In 1993, then Major Reis organized some officers and civilians to establish the Urban Housing Cooperative for the purpose of acquiring land and developing houses into which they can retire in different locations. The Cooperative now has over 600 military and civilian members. More than 300 families are now resident on its first estate, Co-op Villas, which is located in Lekki Peninsula of Lagos State. The estate has over 100 Hectares of contiguous land with infrastructure and world class communal facilities including a mini-waterworks with ample reticulation for 1,000 families. This novel estate has received high commendation from various quarters. The Urban Housing Co-operative was adjudged the “The Best Co-operative Society in Lagos State in 2003”. As the Co-operative’s founder and President, Brig Gen Reis is responsible for the design of the estate and oversees its development by direct labour with entirely Nigerian personnel.
Based on the success of the Co-op Villas initiative, Brig Gen Reis proposed a post-service housing scheme for the Nigerian Army in 1995. This led to the establishment of the Post-Service Housing Directorate (Army_ - PHD(A), to implement the Scheme. As a Lieutenant Colonel in 1995, he was appointed the founding Director of PHD(A), Brig Gen Reis has taken the Nigerian Army Housing Scheme from the drawing Board to becoming an institution that is acknowledged as a pace setter in Nigeria’s housing industry. Under his leadership, the Scheme obtained a mortgage license from the Central bank of Nigeria and he set up the Post-Service Homes (Savings and Loans) Ltd to mobilize funds and offer mortgages to military personnel and the public. As at June 2005, the Scheme had delivered 1,721 houses in 19 locations all over the country. Brig Gen Reis later introduced the “Veterans Plaza” - which are shopping/office complex and light industry parks for retirees, to complement the estates. The Nigerian Army Housing Scheme was awarded the “The most Affordable Housing Scheme and best product for 2005”, by the Nigerian Institution of Marketing.
Brig Gen Reis was a member of the Presidential Committee on housing for the Riverine Communities of the Niger Delta in 2006. The Committee produced comprehesive proposals on addressing housing issues in this peculiar location, based on its extensive visits to the area. The professional track record of Brig Gen Reis culminated in his appointment as Executive Chairman of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) in December 2006, with a mandate to carry out enterprise wide transformation of FHA and focus the ailing organization on social housing. In recognition of the commendable initiative and progress made towards transformation of FHA and strategies for affordable housing delivery, Brig Gen Reis received commendation in April 2007 from the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria. The affordable housing initiative he pioneered while in FHA culminated in the setting up of an all stakeholders implementation committee by the President in August 2007. Sequel to the dissolution of all the boards of Federal Government parastatals in October 2007, Brig Gen Reis returned to military duties and was later seconded on part time basis to assist the Lagos State Government with setting up a framework for affordable housing delivery in 2008. This led to the initiation of the Cooperative Home Ownership Incentive Scheme (CHOIS), aimed at delivering 10,000 affordable homes within Lagos State in 5 years. He also served as Chairman of the Committee for Policy Reform on Planning Regulation and Building Control in Lagos State, which produced the blueprint for the “Lagos Habitat 2011 Project” – an agenda for transformation of Lagos into a homogeneous and sustainable megacity.
Brig Gen Reis is a regular facilitator at the Real Estate programme of the Lagos Business School for over 5 years and was the Guest Speaker at the Pan African University’s 2009 Alumni Conference. He has also been the lead speaker at events organized by various professional bodies including the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), the Nigeria Institute of Builders (NIOB), Mortgage Bankers Association of Nigeria (MBAN) and State Cooperatives Federation.
His outstanding career has been recognized with several awards, including the highest award for unblemished long service in the Nigerian Army, the Grand Service Service Star (GSS). He was awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s commendation in 2004. The citation for his 2001 National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) award described Brig Gen Reis “as a profound strategist, a symbol of innovation, creativity and a versatile manager of men and properties”. The property and Environment Writers Association of Nigeria also honoured Brig Gen Reis in 2004 for his vision and contributions to the built environment in Nigeria. In appreciation of his professional achievements and exemplary character, Brig Gen Reis was conferred with the National Honour of “Officer of the Order of Niger” (OON) in 2005.
In his spare time, the General likes to introspect, read, write, and watch football or documentaries, particularly on military affairs, architecture and nature. He goes on long walks, preferably in natural environment to keep fit. He engages in practical philosophy, enjoys classical or instrumental music and loves spending time with his family. He is married to ‘Yinka, a Pharmacist who is an alumnus of the LBS and now works as a Human Development consultant (mentoring and executive coaching). In collaboration with his wife and their four lovely daughters, ‘Tunde started the Borikan Self-Reliance Initiative, which is aimed at providing extra tuition, scholarship and mentoring for indigent primary school children, in the hope that their education will facilitate the transformation of their families and communities. Over 50 children have already benefitted from this scheme which has been established in Badore village, Lekki, where his family lives and in Makurdi, where the General is currently serving