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Umar Sanda Mairami, HCIB, a 1985 B. Sc. Building graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria commenced his working career with Habib Nigeria Bank Limited as a Trainee Officer at the Yola branch of the bank on June 1, 1990. Since then, he has ventured into several aspects of banking covering Operations, Business Development & Marketing, Credit Management & Recovery and Branch Management as well as Branch Operations Coordination at the Head Office.
He joined Intercity Bank Plc in 1999 as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director and doubled as head of Corporate Planning and head of Corporate Promotions departments. He was subsequently redeployed to oversee the Credit Administration Department of the Bank. In recognition of his versatility, Intercity Bank Plc redeployed him to the Training Department as head to enhance the skills of the workforce. Mr. Mairami eventually ended his career at Intercity Bank Plc as Deputy General Manager – Group Head, Corporate Services with supervision spanning over Human Resources, Administration, Financial Control and Information Technology departments. The banking reforms of 2004 resulted in Intercity Bank Plc fusing with eight (8) other banks to form Unity Bank Plc where Umar was appointed as its pioneer Head, Human Capital Management Department. After successfully integrating the human resources of the bank, he was redeployed to the Assets Remediation Department to manage hardcore loans and advances. He ended his five year career at Unity Bank Plc as Divisional Head, Operations after serving in that capacity for two years. He obtained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Ahmadu Bello Unuversity, Zaria and he is a member of Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Mr. Mairami joined the pension industry on September 19, 2011 when he assumed duty as Executive Director at Legacy Pension Managers Limited. He has during his six year service at Legacy Pension Managers Limited held the positions of Executive Director, Operations & Services as well as Executive Director, Business Development & Investments. These two positions afforded him the opportunity of direct supervision of both the market facing and support departments. He also acted as Managing Director during the absence of the substantive Chief Executive Officer.
Kabir A. Tijjani is an Executive Director in the Company. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer, Head, Corporate Services and Company Secretary / Head Legal Services. A product of Barewa College, Zaria, Mr. Tijjani is also an alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Lagos Business School and Howard University, Washington DC, USA. He graduated from ABU in 1992 with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree. He qualified as a legal practitioner the following year having been called to the Nigerian Bar in 1993. He started his working career with the Nigerian Export-Import (NEXIM) Bank where he did his mandatory national service. He had a brief stint with the Federal Inland Revenue Service as an Inspector of Taxes and later transferred his services to the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) as a Senior Legal Officer.
In NITEL, he rose to the position of Zonal Legal Adviser and Head, Legal Department, at the Abuja headquarters of the Company’s Central Zone comprising Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi and Kwara States, as well as the FCT. He held this position for over five years before he was transferred to the Company’s Corporate Headquarters where he worked in the Board Secretarial until he voluntarily retired in 2005.
He joined Premium Pension Limited at its inception in 2005 as a pioneer management staff. He served as Company Secretary/Head Legal Services and was responsible for the establishment of the Company Secretary / Legal Services Department. He also assisted greatly in developing various structures and policies that guide the conduct and affairs of the Board and Management.
Following the retirement of the then Head, Corporate Services, in July 2011, he was appointed to head the Department in an acting capacity; a position he held in addition to his substantive position as Company Secretary / Head, Legal Services. In October 2012, he was redeployed as the substantive Head, Corporate Services. In this capacity, he supervised HR, Facility Management and Admin Functions. Between November 2012 and October 2015 he also acted as the Executive Director, Operations and Services whenever the substantive Executive Director was out of office.
From November 2015 to October 2017, Mr. Tijjani served as the pioneer Chief Marketing Officer and also acted as the Executive Director, Business Development and Investment whenever the substantive Executive Director was out of office.
Mr. Tijjani has attended several professional courses, seminars and workshops on Corporate Legal Practice, Telecommunications, Pension Matters, ICT, Finance and Leadership within and outside Nigeria in some renowned institutions such as Lagos Business School, Phillip Consulting, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Crown Agents, UK, Howard University, Washington DC, IT Institute Columbia – Tennessee, Huawei Telecommunications, China and National University of Singapore.
Mr. Tijjani is a Certified IT Manager in the USA and member of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), as well as Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM).
Mrs. Oluwashina holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and a Masters in Business Administration from Manchester Business School. She also attended Leadership Development programs at Harvard Business School.
She joined Premium Pension Limited, effective 30 Apr 2018, as an Executive Director Business Development (South) and Strategy. She comes with over 18 years’ experience in Asset Management, Strategy and Investment consulting and has extensive institutional and retail interaction.
Prior to joining Premium Pension Limited, she was an Executive Director at ARM Securities Ltd, a role she functioned in after a 10-year stint in the Pension Industry with ARM Pension Managers. She joined ARM Pension Managers as a pioneer staff in 2006, went to head the investment management team and later rose to become the Executive Director overseeing Investment Management, Business Development, Relationship Management, Human Resources and Risk Management functions of the business.
During her initial time in the pension industry, she was an active member of the Technical Committee of Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp) and was involved in the input/recommendation and review process of various versions of regulatory investment guidelines.
Prior to her time at ARM Pensions, she worked as a research analyst and Portfolio Manager at Asset & Resource Management Company Ltd (ARM Investment Managers) for 6 years.
Fatai Olufeso is a seasoned Life & Pension specialist with over two decades experience in Insurance, Pension Administration and Management. He started his professional carrier with Crusader Insurance (Nigeria) Plc in 1993 in Technical Operations, Premium Income and Secure Funds Accounts. He later joined Capital Express Assurance Company in 2001 as Head of Technical Operations and Individual Life Portfolio.
Mr. Olufeso moved up in his career when in 2003 he joined Standard Life Assurance Company Limited – a subsidiary company of Standard Alliance Group – as Group Head, Technical Operations/Public Sector Marketing. He occupied this position until 2005 when he joined First Guarantee Pension Limited as pioneer staff and Head of Business Development (Lagos/South West).
He is a specialist in Life & Pension Technical Operations, Product Design, Business Development, Agency and Branch Coordination. He has brought his wealth of experience to bear in his present position.
Mr. Olufeso attended Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife where he obtained B.Sc Economics and MBA (Marketing) respectively. He is also an Associate Member of both Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) and Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN). He was a part-time lecturer at the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria.
He has attended several management and professional courses within and outside the country including those on Strategic Management, Strategic Marketing, Brand Management and Public Relations from London Corporate Training, United Kingdom and also others on Effective Leadership and Building Successful Team in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Paddy Ezeala is a highly experienced professional and was the best graduating student in French from the University of Calabar in 1990. He also holds a Master’s degree in English and Literary Studies from the University. He was the Africa Communications Officer in the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Africa Communications Network. He has held several other positions, including Senior Manager, Media and Public Affairs, of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) for over six years.
Until his current appointment as the Regional Manager South-East region, he was the Head of Corporate Communications of the company. He was also the Corporate Affairs Manager of First Guarantee Pension Limited and the General Manager of 1st October, Nigeria’s country book, a publication named after the country’s national day. This was before joining Oxfam America as West Africa Regional Communications and Campaigns Coordinator based in Dakar, Senegal.
He is a literary and highly analytical mind and a prolific writer and publicist with a vast network of local and international print and electronic media connections from which he has profited to excel immensely in his career. He has several published articles on various subjects related to Nigeria, especially its environment, politics and economy. Among the most impactful of such publications are his writings on the newly deregulated Nigerian pension industry, which highlight efforts in improving public awareness about the new pension scheme. He also produced the communication strategies for WWF West Africa Region in 1999, WWF West Africa Marine Eco-region Project in 2002, and Oxfam America West Africa Regional Office in 2010. He also developed the communication strategy for response to West Africa Sahel food crisis in 2012 among others.
Mr. Ezeala is widely travelled in Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia. He has attended many training programs across the world, including those on Advanced Writing and Media Relations, Photography, Radio Programming and Production Management, Campaign and Advocacy Leadership, and Public Speaking. He has also attended the ‘Leadership Communication’ program of the Harvard University, Division of Continuing Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts and another in ‘Managing the Media in Crisis Situations’ at the School of Media and Communication of Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.
He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Maryam L. Mohammed is a self-motivated team player with over 15 years vast experience in Operations, Telecommunications and Information Technology related works. She graduated with a first class degree in Computer Science from University of Abuja and obtained a masters degree in Information Technology from University of Lagos. She did her NYSC with CBN Head Office, Abuja.
She started her working career with NITEL, Kaduna (NW Zone) as a programmer and rose to the position of Head, Billing Administration in Lagos Zone. She was an active member of the project team that handled the evaluation of the on-line billing system in NITEL.
Maryam is an Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), IT Infrastructural Library (ITIL) certified, a student member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a member of Computer Professional Council of Nigeria (CPN). She is well experienced and knowledgeable in both technical, operational and management.
She joined PPL as a pioneer staff in November 2005 as Head, IT and Operations Lagos and is currently the Head, IT & Operations, Lagos and South West.
Maryam has attended various trainings, workshops, seminars and professional courses on IT, Telecommunications, and world class Customer Care and Pension Administration both within and outside Nigeria. Maryam is widely travelled in USA, Europe and Asia.
Ismaila, a pioneer staff, is a specialist in Client Interaction Services. He is a Senior Member, Institute of Customer Service of Nigeria and a Certified Customer Service Associate from Service Quality Institute.
He began his work career with Holgate Haulage Limited as Administrative Officer, and later rose to the level of Branch Manager Jos Office, before he joined Premium Pension Limited. A recipient of several commendations for exceptional performance, he was awarded double promotion in 2007 for being customer-centric. He is the Pioneer Head of Customer Care Department. Untill his current redeployment he was the immediate past Regional Manager in charge of FCT.
Ismaila holds a B.Sc degree in Political Science from the University of Jos, Plateau state.
Manasseh Egedegbe is the Head of Investment. He moved into this position after serving as the Head of Investment Research for two years.
Before joining Premium Pension Limited he was the Lead Portfolio Manager at CSL Stockbrokers Limited – a subsidiary of FCMB PLC – where he managed the Legacy Equity Fund, non-discretionary funds and the proprietary equity portfolios. He was involved in the structuring of multi-million dollar products for high net worth clients and the bank. He supported the Investment Banking division of FCMB to manage huge transactions and positioned CSL Stockbrokers as a key player in the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Interestingly, Mr. Egedegbe is a trained medical doctor and graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, before he veered into asset management. He is a CFA Charter holder and has attended numerous courses including a short course on Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Funmi Femi-Obalemo is the Chief Compliance Officer of Premium Pension Limited. Funmi heads the Compliance Department which is responsible for proactively identifying, evaluating, mitigating and reporting on compliance and reputational risks across the enterprise. She oversees all aspects of the Company’s Compliance program, including regulatory requirements, company policy and procedures regarding business conduct and corporate governance.
Prior to joining the Company, Funmi had gained cognate experience working with reputable companies both in Nigeria and England including Dangote Group, Mitsui OSK Lines, London and The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, where she gained experience in Auditing, Management Accounting, Human Capital Development, Training and Development and Management Consulting.
A pioneer staff of Premium Pension, Funmi started off in the Compliance Department and has held several managerial responsibilities within the Company before her recent appointment as Chief Compliance Officer. She has over 16 years working experience.
She is a strategic thinker with managerial and excellent communication skills. A University of Lagos graduate of Finance, she holds an MBA from University of Ado Ekiti and is an alumnus of Emile Woolfe College, London. A member of the Chartered Institute of Management and Advertising Practitioners’ Council of Nigeria, she has attended several local and foreign trainings in Finance, Management and Communications.
Yusuf has a huge working experience across companies with interest in Constructions, Educational Services, Trading concerns and leading International Banks. Yusuf has acquired extensive and proven practical experience in Accounting, Financial Management, Project Designs and Implementation, Risk Management Framework and Implementation and Total Business Solutions. An astute banker of many years with an enviable bias for customer service excellence, Yusuf takes pride in having worked in every aspect of Branch Operations and Management. He facilitated the opening of many branches of Oceanic Bank within the country, providing sustainable take off solutions. He has also offered services in Real Estate Investments, Infrastructural Financing and International Financial Bridging Services.
Yusuf has a degree in Accountancy from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and an MBA from the Bayero University, Kano. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Economics Of Nigeria. He has attended various local and international courses and seminars and has also presented papers in different forums.
Yusuf is presently the Head, Corporate Strategy Department of Premium Pension Limited.
Bello Ibn Aminu is an independent professional and team player with years experience in Operations. Member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM Chartered), holds a Masters in Business Administration Technology Management from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. Mr. Bello is also an alumnus of Lagos Business School, Senior Management Programme (SMP).
A pioneer staff of Premium Pension Limited, he has worked in various capacity at different times which include Coordinator – Outstation procession and Centers, Head Client-Intake, Head Contribution and Reconciliation, Head IT System. Until his appointment as Head; Human Resource & Administration he was the Head of Contribution Processing.
Prior to his employment by Premium Pension Limited, he worked with Electricity Meter Company, Norwest Consultant Limited (PTF Zone 6), International Trust Bank (now ECO Bank), and Intercellular Nigeria Plc as Head Billing and Customer Account Kaduna.
Bello Ibn Aminu has attended several courses, seminars both local and foreign, these includes Senior Managers Programme (SMP59)- Lagos Business School, Developing Leadership Competencies-Phillip Consulting, Lagos, Advance Skills for Senior Managers U.K., Powerful Communication Strategies Crown Agent, U.K., Canadian Pension Administration Software (CPAS) Training Canada, CIO 360 Degree course – IT Management Boot Camp- onsite, Effective Team Building, Human Manage Boot Camp – SystemSpecs, Remita e-Payment Optimization Workshop, Administering and Monitoring Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Customer Relationship Management, Customer Care and Retention Strategies, Introduction to Banking, AS-400 for 500/600 series – DPMS.
Bello Ibn Aminu is a Fellow Institute of Chartered Portfolio Management of Nigeria (FICPM), Fellow Chartered Institute of Public Management, Fellow Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria (FCILRM), Member institute of Professional Managers and Administrators (IPMA), Fellow Institute of Chartered Portfolio Management of Nigeria (FICPMN) as well as Fellow Institute of Humanitarian Studies & Social Development (FIHSSD).
Nasiru Idris Shall holds Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and Master of Laws (LL.M) degrees from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. A Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Nasiru Shall had more than a decade experience in advocacy and corporate legal practice prior to his employment by Premium Pension Limited in 2011. He served as a Private Legal Practitioner, State Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers/Ministry of Justice, Bauchi State and various departments of the Corporate Affairs Commission. Also, while in Corporate Affairs Commission, he served in various investigative and enforcement committees.
Nasiru is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, a Fellow, Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) and has attended several professional courses/seminars, including Government Legal Advisers/Law Officers Course, Drafting Commercial Agreements and Banking Documentations, Company Incorporation and Post Incorporation Documentation course, Effective Management course and courses on Alternative Disputes Resolution.
A banker by profession, Ibrahim worked with various banks including Savannah Bank plc, Inland Bank plc and First Inland Bank Plc. While in First Inland Bank, he facilitated the opening of Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport branch of the present FIN bank and also served as the bank’s CBN clearing representative.
Ibrahim is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management, he worked in many units while in the Banking industry including the Foreign Exchange Unit, Credit and Marketing Unit, Consumer and Commercial Banking before joining Premium Pension Limited (Pension Fund Administrator) in March 2010.
He is a graduate of Business Administration from the Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma. Until his current redeployment to Customer Service he was the Head, Contribution Collections.
Abubakar Masud is a graduate of Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto. He started his career at the Office of the Surveyor General of Bayelsa State and later moved to 803 Nig Plc.
He joined Premium Pension Limited in 2006 as a marketer and rose through the ranks to become a Regional Manager. He has attended several courses and workshops including a Corporate Governance Workshop for Investors and Stakeholders, and a Sales Agent Workshop organized by the National Pension Commission. He has had participatory dealings with the Nigeria Accounting Standard Board.
A seasoned administrator, negotiator and a sales professional, Baridoo Friday holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Marketing from University of Port-Harcourt. He worked extensively in the Oil and Gas Services industry for several years and was in active trade unionism before starting his career as a marketing consultant in 2005 with Nigeria French Insurance Plc (NFI), where he was awarded the best prize as a marketing consultant for the year 2005.
With his excellent marketing skills, he joined Premium Pension Limited in 2006 and was deployed to Yenogoa in Bayelsa State as the state Representative. He was transferred to Port-Harcourt in the latter part of 2006 as the Marketing team leader.
Following his excellent performance, he was made the Zonal business Leader, South – South in 2007 and thereafter was appointed the Head Business, Development SS/SE in January 2012. He is currently the regional manager, South/South of the company.
Baridoo has attended several trainings on Strategic Marketing, Business Development, Customer Relationship Management, Sales, Industrial Relations, Labour Management and Collective Bargaining within and outside the country. He is a full member of Institute of Certified Sales Professionals (ICSP).
Abubakar Sadiq Aminu is a graduate of Business Administration and holds a postgraduate degree in Business Finance from Bayero University, Kano. He began his working career with NUB International Bank (now Finbank) in 2000, before moving to Access Bank in 2003 as a Relationship Manager, where he rose to a senior level of managing branches in the bank’s northern directorate.
He later resigned and moved to Skye Bank in 2010 as a Regional Business Manager. Prior to his appointment as Head, Contribution Collections, in Premium Pension Limited, he coordinated all recovery activities in Skye Bank for the entire North and the restructuring of non-performing accounts, while liaising with the legal and RMG departments on regularising delinquent accounts.
He was also responsible for planning strategies to grow the branches and businesses under his supervision, coordinate activities of the branches, manage relationships of new and existing customers, and grow deposit portfolio. He also oversaw the issuing of APGS/Bid Bond Securities/Bank Guarantees and reviewing of credit appraisals in his area of supervision.
He is a member of the Dubai Certified Islamic Finance Executive and the Nigerian Institute of Management, and has attended courses within and outside Nigeria.
Until his current redeployment as Head Business Development (North) He was the Head of Benefits Administration.
Mr. Ismaila Musa is a graduate of Economics from the Federal University of Technology, Yola. He is a pioneer staff of Premium Pension Limited who has risen through the ranks to his present position. He has been the Company’s Business Manager for Adamawa State and also the Zonal Business Manager, Adamawa Zone – which comprises of Adamawa and Taraba states.
Mr. Musa brings to bear on his current position a well-tested ability in business negotiation and a knack for details which has sustained the profitability of the region
He has attended several management courses and training across Nigeria. These include courses on Leadership, Customer Service, Team Building, Marketing, Advanced Selling, Relationship Management Skills and Business Networking. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Public Diplomacy and Management
Yusuf Doma, Head, Internal Audit
Mr. Doma is a well-trained accountant who worked with Akintola Williams Deloitte Chartered Accountants between 2003 and 2009. While in the firm, he worked on audit engagement of various companies private and public, financial and manufacturing. He also worked with Muhtari Dangana and Co, Chartered Accountants, as an Audit Manager carrying out audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing and obtaining reasonable assurance that financial statement of the audited company are free from material misstatements.
He also worked with Ashaka cement Plc in various roles between 2009 and 2015, including being the Plant Controller and also the Business Unit Controller in charge of group reporting of the company’s financial details and other milestones in the group’s growth trajectory.
Mr. Doma has attended various on-the-job trainings locally and internationally. He has a degree in Accountancy from Bayero University, Kano and an MBA from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He qualified as a member of ICAN (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria) in 2006 and is also an associate member of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).
Mohammed Wanka oversees the Implementation of the company’s Information Technology strategy. Before joining Premium Pension Limited, he was the Group Head, Structured Transactions and Advisory, ASO Savings and Loans PLC where he was responsible for Investment prospect identification and engagement.
Prior to that he was the Group Head, Corporate Services Group in the same company and oversaw Human Capital Management, Corporate Management, Supply Chain Management and Service Quality Departments. He was responsible for the development and alignment of the bank‘s HR, Supply Chain, Corporate Management and Service Quality Strategy with the bank’s overall Strategy.
Mr. Wanka, as Departmental Head, traversed other departments including Customer Service and Information Communication Technology. As Head Customer Service, he was responsible for implementing the institution’s Service Culture Plan and improving service standards. As Head IT, he was the custodian of the IT vision and responsible for the alignment of IT and Business. He led an IT transformation effort that involved the establishment of the bank’s new IT Governance and Technology Architecture.
He has also worked in some of the top Banks in Nigeria including Guaranty Trust Bank Plc as the Team Lead in charge of IT Security and also First Bank of Nigeria Plc where he was a pioneer member of the Data Center working in different capacities from Banking Operations and Oracle Administrator to Treasury and Core Banking Application Administrator.
Mr. Wanka is a graduate of Computer Science and Mathematics from the Federal University of Technology, Minna. He was a participant at the Innovative Chief Information Officer (CIO) program on Leadership, Innovation and Global Change of Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA and has attended several other courses at the Lagos Business School.
He is an Oracle Certified Professional 9i and 10g, IBM Certified Specialist on AIX 5.3 Administration and Support and also has the IT Business Manager Certification (ITBMC). He is also a member of IT Business Managers Roundtable, USA.