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Aliyu Dikko was the pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of Premium Pension Limited (PPL) until he retired in 2011 and was almost immediately elected as the Chairman, Board of Directors of the Company.
Before becoming the MD/CEO of PPL, Mr. Dikko was the Chief Executive Officer of United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) until May 10th 2005, when he voluntarily disengaged from the services of the bank to pursue private initiatives. During the period of his headship at the UBA – one of the largest financial institutions in Nigeria – Aliyu Dikko was rated among the top 20 CEOs in Nigeria by the Vanguard Newspaper in the year 2004. He was also rated by the News Magazine as one of the top 50 acclaimed business titans in 2004. Aliyu Dikko was also one of Business Day newspaper’s 20 CEO’s with high integrity. Mr. Dikko was at various times during his tenure at UBA, the Chairman of the Board of UBA Capital and Trust Ltd and UBA Securities Ltd. He was also the Executive Director Treasury and Consumer Banking, Commercial and Investment Banking and the Deputy Managing Director before he was appointed the Managing Director and CEO of the bank.
Mr. Dikko started his banking career with Icon Ltd (Merchant Bankers), a former affiliate of the USA based Morgan Guaranty Trust. He joined Icon as an officer in Credit and Marketing Department after a first degree in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and a Masters degree in Finance from the University of Manchester, England. Aliyu Dikko left Icon Merchant Bank as Senior Manager and Area Manager, Kaduna Area Office after spending nine years with the bank. Mr Dikko joined the newly established Urban Development Bank Plc from Icon Merchant Bank as the Controller Banking and Finance. After working for a period of two & half years with the Urban Development Bank, Mr. Dikko joined UBA where he progressed from the position of Deputy General Manager to become the Managing Director within the span of about ten years.
During his 21 years career in the financial services industry, Aliyu Dikko attended many courses and conferences, including the Citibank Correspondent Bank School at Athens, Greece in 1985. Mr Dikko was top in a class of 25 different nationalities in the credit Modules of the programme. Other top Management development programmes he has attended are: Equipment Leasing workshop, organised by Amembal and Isom Lease Consultants, Utah, USA; Exceptional Sales performance and face-to-face selling skills, the Forum Corporation USA; the Strategic Management in Banking at INSEAD, Fontableau France; and the Bank Strategy Masters Class Euromoney London. Mr. Dikko also attended the NCR Self Service Universe Executive conference in Athens, Greece and the Fundamentals of Risks Management organised by the International Faculty of Finance, London. He is widely travelled and well exposed in International Finance.
Mr. Wilson Ideva is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) having received a double merit award. He is also an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (AMNIM). Mr. Ideva is immeasurably experienced in finance and administration. He came on board as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) of Premium Pension Limited (PPL) in December 2012 having amassed over 26 years’ experience in finance and general administrative duties in various sectors.
Kayode Akande is the Company’s Executive Director, Business Development and Investment. Prior to his current position, he was Executive Director, Operations and Services. In that capacity, he played the significant role of providing the framework for financial reporting. He is a Chartered Accountant with good systems experience, strong financial control acumen and diverse industry experience. He is well versed in financial planning, with a depth of financial analysis and financial modelling skills.
Prior to joining PPL, he was the Financial Controller of Continental Trust Bank Ltd, and previously held various sensitive responsibilities at different times in several banks.
He started his career in the Budget & Finance Department of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a member of the CGIAR. He later moved on to the IT industry when he joined Computer Systems Associates Nig. Ltd., a leading software provider in Africa, where he acquired requisite skills and experience in implementing business solution systems. The experience covered the areas of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems for Manufacturing Companies and Enterprise Banking Systems for Banks.
A financial systems implementation expert, Mr. Akande is a result-oriented team player with strong leadership qualities and proven ability to achieve targets. He was a member of an expert team of consultants that implemented cutting edge banking software for a number of banks, and successfully led various teams to set-up robust and dynamic Management Information and Performance Measurement Systems for various financial institutions.
Kayode joined PPL as the Chief Compliance Officer and has also served as the Company’s Chief Finance Officer. His meteoric rise in his career has been attributed to hard work, dedication and exceptional execution skills. He has brought his wealth of experience and skills to bear in the company.
Adamu Mele is a seasoned investment banker with over two decades cognate industry experience. His wealth of experience traverses many financial institutions. He began his working career with Feyton_Keynes Financial Limited with responsibilities in treasury and financial services. He later joined Tiddo Universal Securities Limited (Member Nigerian Stock Exchange) where he rose through the ranks to become the Chief Executive Officer and represented the firm as a council member, Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1998. Mr. Mele also worked in Inland Bank Plc, where he handled corporate finance and capital market responsibilities of the Subsidiary of the Bank; IBN Securities Limited (Member Nigerian Stock Exchange) before joining Premium Pension as a pioneer management staff in 2005.
Mr. Mele has attended many professional training programmes both locally and internationally. He is a Chartered Stock Broker (ACS); Fellow, Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria; and an Alumnus of New York Institute of Finance and Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he holds certificates of United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) on negotiation of financial transactions and legal aspects of public debt management. Mr. Mele also holds an LLB (Hons) BL, and MBA. Until his current appointment as Executive Director Operations and Services, he served the company as the Executive Director, Business Development and Investment.
Ahmed Almustapha graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria in 1978 with LL.B (Hons). He attended the Nigerian Law School in Lagos where be obtained his B.L in 1979. In the same year, he was called to the Bar and enrolled as a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He has held several responsible positions in both public and private sectors. While in Private Practice he has successfully prosecuted and defended cases including appeals in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He was the Registrar-General/CEO Corporate Affairs Commission, the government agency in Nigeria charged with the responsibility of registration of companies, business names and incorporated trustees. He was also a Member, Financial Services Regulation Coordinating Committee (FSRCC); Member, Board of Directors, Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS); Member, Board of Directors, Nigerian Investment promotion Council (NIPC). Before then, he was the Board Secretary/ Legal Adviser of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), the government agency responsible for insuring bank deposits in Nigeria.
Ahmed Almustapha was also a Member, Executive Committee on Bank Supervision (2000-2002); Chairman, Inter-Agency Task Force on the Implementation of Failed Banks Act (1999-2000), among others. Ahmed Almustapha is a recipient of many awards including the National Honours Award of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).
A sucessful consulting architect, Yunusa Yakubu obtained a B.Sc Architecture in 1984 and M.Sc Architecture in 1986. He started his working career with the Ministry of Works and Housing Bauchi State of Nigeria in 1987. While there he worked on the designs and supervision of buildings, including the Local Government Secretariats, Political Party offices and state liason office, Abuja.
Idris Yushau Saeed is a graduate of Accounting (1982) from University of Maiduguri. He also holds an MBA degree (1994) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is an associate member of the Institute of National Accountant of Nigeria (ANAN) as well as Nigerian Institute of Taxation.
Mallam Idris served the mandatory NYSC with the accounts department of Nigerian Paper Mills Limited, Jebba, Kwara State. In 1984 he joined the Federal Civil Service as an inspector of taxes with the Federal Inland Revenue Department. In 1985 he joined the services of Icon Limited (Merchant Bankers) and rose to the position of Area Manager. In 1995, Idris moved to African International Bank (AIB) and rose to the position of principal manager and head of Broad Street branch. In 1999 he joined Intercity Bank Plc where he headed the bank’s International department.
Idris is presently the Managing Director of Linknet Nigeria Limited, a Telecommunication and General Contracting Company, based in Kaduna. He is also a director in Chamsswitch Nigeria Ltd and Oxygen Manufacturing Company Limited.
Mohammed Inuwa is an Accountant by profession and has experience that transcends both private and public sectors. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University in 1983 and is a member of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), and the Chartered Institute of Taxation in Nigeria (CITN).
He started his working career as an Accountant II with the Bauchi State Investment and Property Development (B.S.I.P.D.C) and rose to become the Principal Accountant by 1985. He moved to Nasara Motors Limited first as Admin and Financial Manager and later as General Manager between 1985 and 1991. He became the Group General Manager with additional responsibility of managing other Affiliate Companies namely – Nasara Agro-Industrial Company Limited, Nasara Petroleum Marketing Company Limited and A.Y.U. Civil Engineering Limited between 1997-1998. He capped his career in the Group by becoming the Managing Director between 1999-2003.
Mohammed Inuwa was appointed to the Executive Council of Gombe in August 2003 and served as the Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development. He was in charge of Budgetary Planning and Financial controls of the state as well as the chairman of the Board of the Gombe State Investment and Property Development Company Limited during the period. He also served as Chairman of the State’s standing committee on payment of compensation as well as the Chairman of the Wages and Personnel Emoluments Review Committee of the state over the period until he voluntarily resigned in September, 2010. A widely travelled man, Muhammed Inuwa has attended various courses and seminars, particularly on leadership and team building at the Crown Agents Training Centre, Worthing, England in 2005 and Total Quality Management at the Fogelman Conference Centre, Memphis, Tenasse, U.S.A. in 2007. He also participated in the study tour on Sub-National Debt Management in Brazil, organized by the Debt Management Office in 2008.
Muhammed Inuwa is currently into mining and produce processing and marketing and is the Executive Chairman of Grand-Concept Quarry Products Limited as well as Superior Cotton Processors Limited.
Mr. Nelson Nweke is an honorary fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and the managing director of Neilville Nigeria Limited, a Lagos-based property and real estate development company.
He is also a non-executive director on the board of Berger Paints Nigeria Plc and Intercontinental Homes (Savings and Loans). Nweke, who also doubles as an associate of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), retired from Intercontinental Bank Plc as a regional chief executive (South-South) in 2008. He served the bank in various capacities such as assistant general manager, deputy general manager and executive director respectively.
Nweke holds a B.Sc in Political Science from the University of Ibadan and an M.Sc in Industrial Relations from the same university. He has attended various courses including Finance Executive Programme at INSEAD Singapore; Corporate Resource Programme at IMD, Lousanne, Switzerland; Human Resource Management Programme at Harvard Business School, U.S.A; and Credit Risk Management at Citibank New York, among others.
Mr. Anohu holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and Masters degree in Programme and Project Management from the University of Warwick. He has nearly 20 years of technology management experience including SIEMENS as an executive engineer among others.
For the past decade Mr. Anohu has successfully managed a Financial Institution, and huge construction projects with emphasis on architectural engineering and energy projects. His area of interest is Risk Management.
His knowledge on Risk Management, multinational project environment and complex IT project management in especially sub-saharan Africa are a few of the qualities which he brings to the board of Premium Pension Limited.
He presently oversees both CLAN GROUP and BDA GROUP as the CEO & Group Managing Director, and serves on the board of Mortgage Guaranty Savings and Loans bank.
Usman Zarma is a Mechanical Engineer by training, and was educated at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Witts University, Johannesburg, South Africa. He worked as a Production Engineer with the Nigerian Tobacco Company Limited (now British American Tobacco Limited) and later for ten years with the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank, NIDB (now Bank of Industries) where he rose to the position of Principal Investment Analyst.
In 1991 he joined Afribank International Limited (Merchant Bankers) as a Deputy Manager and rose to Deputy General Manager and Head of Credits/Investments.
He was seconded to Bank of the North as Executive Director (Operations) in 2005 where he successfully spearheaded the consolidation and merger of the Bank of the North into Unity Bank Plc.
Mrs. Mosun Belo-Olusoga is a versatile Economist, Chartered Accountant and Professional Banker of repute. She is a graduate of Economics from The University of Ibadan. A distinguished Fellow of both Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).
She began her career as a trainee accountant with Messrs Coopers and Lybrand (Chartered Accountants) in 1980, where she excelled by topping her class in the qualifying professional exams. Upon qualifying as an accountant, she joined the Continental Merchant Bank (CMB) Limited where she worked in Budget/ Finance; Corporate Banking; Credit and Marketing departments.
As a thoroughbred professional, Mrs. Belo-Olusoga was selected to be on a team that worked with Accenture to develop the Continental Merchant Bank’s strategic plan.
A pioneer Management staff of Guaranty Trust Bank (GT Bank) and Team Leader in the Corporate Banking Division, she acquired robust experience heading major strategic core banking groups including Investment; Corporate and Commercial Banking; Transaction Services; Risk Management; and Domestic and International Operations departments.
Mrs. Belo-Olusoga retired as Executive Director with GT Bank and Head of the Bank’s South-West division saddled with the responsibility of all marketing operations within the region.
During her illustrious banking career of nearly three (3) decades, she attended several prestigious international training programs and Business schools across the globe including IMD International Lausanne, Switzerland; Harvard Business School Massachusetts; INSEAD, Fontainebleau France; Kellogg Business School, Chicago, Illinois; Phillips Consulting, Johannesburg and others.
Currently, she is on the Board of Access Bank Plc as Non-Executive Director and is also a Principal Consultant/Programme director of KRC Limited. Previously, Mrs. Belo-Olusoga chaired the Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria (ELAN) among other numerous interlocking-directorships.