Management Team

Senator Tijjani Yahaya Kaura: Senator Tijjani Yahaya Kaura is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA) Nigeria. He is a seasoned administrator, a diplomat, an astute technocrat, and a tested and trusted politician whose footprint in public affairs management is conspicuous for all to see. He was born on February 3rd, 1959 in Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State, Nigeria.

Over the years, Senator Yahaya Kaura has served the nation in various capacities at Local Government, State and at the National levels. Due to his impeccability and meticulous posture, Alhaji Kaura has always been the head wherever he finds himself.

Between 1991 and 1998, he served twice as elected Executive Chairman of Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara State. He is the Founder, former Director and pioneer Chairman of Namoda Community Bank.

Moving into the state from the local government level, Senator Kaura served both as Investment Adviser as well as Secretary to the Government (SSG) of Zamfara State at various times within the period under review.

He also served as Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission in charge of Zamfara and Anambra States respectively (2001-2003 and 2003-2007) during which time he served as Member in Finance &Audit, Publicity and Inter-Agency Relation Committees.

Senator Kaura also served as Minister of state for Foreign Affairs in 2007 to 2009, where he took charge of Eastern Europe, Asia and America as well as International Organisations except United Nations. He visited all of the ECOWAS member states on different occasions while on special assignments.

He was later elected into the 8th Senate as Senator, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2015 to 2019 to represent the good people of Zamfara North Senatorial District where he was also a member of the ECOWAS Parliament during the same period.

During his time in the 8th Senate, he served in various capacities as chairman of many important committees, vice chairman and a member of many committees. He served as Chairman of the following committees; Senate committee on Police Affairs, Senate committee on Federal Character Commission and Senate committee on Inter-governmental Affairs. Senator Yahaya Kaura also served as Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institution. He was also a member of the following Senate Committees; member, Senate committee on Banking, member, Senate committee on FCT as well as member, Senate committee onForeign Affairs consecutively.

Senator Kaura completed his primary education at Mohammed Aisha Primary School Kaura Namoda, where he obtained the First Leaving School Certificate in 1975. He then attended Government Teachers’ College Bakora, where he obtained his Teacher’s Grade II Certificate in 1980 and proceeded to college of Education Sokoto, where he obtained his National Certificate in Education (NCE) in 1985.

In his quest to acquire more academic qualifications, Senator Yahaya Kaura bagged both a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Masters in International Affairs & Diplomacy from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1989 and the year 2000 respectively.

He started his career as a teacher before delving into politics. The new MD/CEO is bringing with him to the Authority, a wealth of managerial and operational proven experiences to build on the achievements and legacies of the previous leadership of the Oil & Gas Free Zone Authority and to leapfrog the organization to a high pedestal.

Senator Tijjani Yahaya Kaura, whose hobbies are teaching, reading and travelling is married and blessed with children.

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).

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).

SIMON OVBE AKPADAKA: Akpadaka is Deputy General Manager/HOD Finance. He holds a M.Sc. in International Finance and Accounts from University of Liverpool, UK and HND in Accountancy from Lagos State Polytechnic. An alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School (Executive Education), and he holds a certificate in Financial Markets from Yale University, Certificate in Digital Transformation Strategies from University of Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a merit award holder at the ICAN professional examination in May 1999.

Akpadaka, worked as an accountant with several private sector organisations before joining OGFZA in 2004 as an Assistant Manager, Finance. He was the head of the Lagos Regional Office, subsequently headed the Warri Oil and Gas Free Zone and thereafter became the Head of Internal Audit. He joined the management team of OGFZA in 2015 as Acting Head of Department and subsequently confirmed as substantive Head of the Department in 2016.

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.

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).

OBI AGUSIOBO: Obi Agusiobo is a Deputy General Manager/HOD in charge of Legal Services and the governing board secretary, OGFZA.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B (Hons.), University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus and Certificate of Call to the Bar, Nigeria Law School, Lagos. He was called to the Nigeria Bar, in 1991. He began his career as a private legal practitioner.

He joined the Federal Ministry of Justice in 1997 where he served in various capacities.

He has served as Assistant Legal Adviser in the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Assistant Director, Legal and Prosecution Department and Head of Reforms Unit of NAPTIP.

He was the Deputy Director, Legal Services in the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and He is an alumnus of the International Visitors and Leadership Programme, organized by the United States Department of State, 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.

He has attended various bilateral and multilateral meetings, local and international conferences, workshops and Expert Working Group meetings organized by various international organizations, including Offices of the United Nations, as well as the governments of The Netherlands, Austria and Germany.

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 is Principal Manager/ HOD Registry holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B (Hons.), from Bayero University Kano, He was called to the Nigeria Bar, in 2000.

He began his career as a private legal practitioner at En-consult, 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 the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, OGFZA in 2009.

Momoh Sani Shaibu is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association,

international dispute resolutions, international investments and investor state arbitrations. He also obtained certificates in Management and leadership training, Trade and investment promotion, Advanced procurement management and ease of doing business.

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