Management Team

UMANA OKON UMANA: Umana is the Managing Director/CEO of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA). He is a former secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government; former commissioner for finance in the state and former permanent secretary in charge of the state’s budget office. Umana earned a degree in Economics from the University of Calabar and an MBA in Finance from the University of Port Harcourt. He honed up his leadership capacity many years ago with executive leadership training at the London Business School; RIPA International, London and the Columbia Graduate School of Business in New York.

Umana was chairman of the Steering Committee of the Akwa Ibom State/World Bank Community-based Urban Development Project. He also served as chairman of the State Programme Co-ordinating Committee (SPCC) of the UNDP from 1997 – 2003.

He is a member of the Nigerian Economic Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.

ADEKUNLE AJAYI: Ajayi is HOD, Operations and Technical Services. He was the Acting Managing Director from October 8, 2019 till December 22, 2019. He is a graduate of Accounting and holds an MBA in Management from Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Port-Harcourt. He is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.  He worked at various times with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Akintola Williams (Chartered Accountants) and Prodeco Nigeria Limited. He joined the services of OGFZA in 2001 as Manager (Finance & Accounts).

OBI AGUSIOBO: Agusiobo holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B (Hons.) from University of Nigeria, and was called to Bar in 1991. He worked as a private legal practitioner before he joined the Federal Ministry of Justice in 1997. He was Assistant Legal Adviser in the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy; Assistant Director; Legal and Prosecution Department and Head of Reforms Unit of  National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

He served as Deputy Director, Legal Services in the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and is currently a Deputy General Manager, Legal Department, OGFZA.

He is an alumnus of the International Visitors and Leadership Programme, organized by the United States Department of State in Washington DC.

He was a member of the Federal Government Inter-Ministerial Committees of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing, respectively, between 2011 and January 2020.

ALENJU NGOFA: Ngofa is HOD, Administration. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology. He also holds a BSc in Sociology and a Diploma in Personnel Management/Industrial Relations from University of Port Harcourt. At different times in OGFZA, Ngofa had served as HOD, Planning Research & Statistic (PSR), Ag. HOD, Technical Services Department; Unit Head, Monitoring and Evaluation; Head, Lagos Regional Office; Unit Head, Human Resources; and Unit Head, Operations. He had worked as the defunct National Fertiliser Company of Nigeria Limited (NAFCON).

ADAMU MAMMAN KONTAGORA:  Kontagora is HOD, Trade and Investment. He is a graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He had worked in the public service for six before joining the staff of OGFZA. He has attended and presented papers in many local and International conferences, Exhibitions and Trade and Investments seminars among which are:

Kontagora was part of the effort that brought the international conference on PRACTICAL LOCAL CONTENT by the UK group, CWC, to Onne, Rivers State, in 2010.

SIMON OVBE AKPADAKA:  Akpadaka is HOD, Finance and Accounts. He holds a Master’s degree in International Finance and Accounts from University of Liverpool, UK. He also holds an HND in Accountancy from the Lagos State Polytechnic. He is a chartered accountant (ACA). Akpadaka had worked as accountant at different times at Betaview Systems Limited, Smart Mark Limited and Tomez Nigeria Limited before joining OGFZA as Assistant Manager, Finance. He was once the head of the Lagos Regional Office. He was also the pioneer manager, internal audit unit, Warri Free Zone.

MONDAY GBENEKORI: Gbenekori is Head of Procurement Unit. He holds a B.Sc. in Marketing and an MBA in Management, both from the Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Port Harcourt. He has attended several local and International conferences, seminars and trainings. He had served as Personal Assistant and Technical Assistant to the MD/CEO at different times during his career in OGFZA.

IVUOMA MICHAEL OKORO: Mrs Okoro is an Assistant General Manager/the Head, Policy, Planning, Research and Statistics Department.  She had served in the Legal Department /Board Secretariat and at the Human Resources Unit of the Administration Department.

She holds a Professional Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Post Graduate Diploma in Management, University of Calabar; B.Sc. (Hons) in Business Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; National Certificate in Education (NCE), Business Studies, Alvan Ikoku College of Education.

Before she joined OGFZA in 2004, she worked with Intels Nigeria Limited, Onne, Rivers State; Pauliza Computers, Lagos; Ujamma Consultants Ltd. (Management Consultants), Lagos; Nigeria Bottling Company (Coca-Cola), Jos, carrying out administrative/Cost Control functions.

Ivuoma is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).

CYNTHIA EGURIDU: Mrs Eguridu is the Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O) of Freezone Global Investments Limited (the SPV of OGFZA). Freezone Global Investments Limited (www.fzgil.org), is the investment management/commercial subsidiary of OGFZA.

A member of the Harvard University alumnus community with an Executive Certificate in Public Policy, she holds a Master of Laws degree (LLM) in International Commercial Law from the University of Salford England, in addition to an MBA from London School of Business and Finance, M.A in Marketing & Communications and both B.A & MSc degrees in Economics from the University of Leicester, England.

Whilst managing a Business Consultancy & Advisory firm in London, United Kingdom, she was headhunted by the Securities and Exchange Commission Nigeria (SEC) to return to Nigeria and serve as a Special Adviser to the Director General. She has held a variety of Investment Advisory roles for many African Governments such as Sierra Leone, Uganda, Rwanda & Nigeria.

Eguridu was awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award by Women in Business (AWIB) United Kingdom for two consecutive years. She received the UK ‘Individual Merit Award – for ‘Outstanding Performance’ and is a Life Member, SUNTUK Think Tank (Inns of Court London Think Tank on sustainable development in Emerging Economies).

MOMOH SANI SHAIBU: Shaibu holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B (Hons.) from Bayero University Kano. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2000.

He began his career as a private legal practitioner at En-consult, an engineering firm in Kano, where he served as the company secretary before moving to Diko and Mahmood law firm.

He also served as a Senior Legislative Aide at the National Assembly Service Commission from where he joined OGFZA in 2009.

Barr. Shaibu is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.

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