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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 a product of the famous Barewa College, Zaria. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria in 1992 with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1993. Mr. Tijjani is also an alumnus of Harvard Kenny School, Howard Business School, Loyola University Chicago, National University of Singapore and Lagos Business School.
Mr. Tijjani 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 Department until he voluntarily retired in 2005.
He joined Premium Pension Limited at its inception in 2005 as a pioneer management staff. He first 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, Kabir 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.
From 12th November, 2017 to 1st January, 2018, Mr. Tijjani held the position of Managing Director of the Company in an acting capacity.
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.
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.
Mr. Sadi Abdu is a versatile financial manager and a seasoned professional auditor. He is also a chartered accountant (ACCA) and professional banker of repute. He graduated with B.Sc. (Hons) (Second Class Upper Division) from the Bayero University Kano (BUK) where he won the Shell Petroleum Development Company Scholarship.
He is a distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration of Nigeria (FICA), an Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (HCIB), an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) United Kingdom, a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), as well as a Certified Islamic Finance Analyst (CIFA).
He is an Oracle 10g Certified Professional and a holder of Higher Professional Diploma in Computer Studies.
He began his career as an Assistant Lecturer with College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Kano, before moving to Messrs. Muhtari Dangana & Co Chartered Accountants as a trainee accountant in Lagos.
Mr. Abdu worked in FSB International Bank Plc and was part of the team that worked to re-brand the Bank as part of its strategic plan. He later joined Access Bank Plc and subsequently Unity Bank Plc. He held very important strategic and technical positions.
He was later to become a pioneer management staff of Jaiz Bank Plc and team leader in the Internal Audit Division. He assisted in setting up the Operations, Financial Control and Compliance Departments of the Bank. Again, he was a member of all strategic committees including the IT Steering Committee, Disciplinary Committee, Technical & Strategic ALCO, as well as Procurement Committee.
He acquired extensive banking experience heading major strategic core banking activities including Branch Operations, Management Information System under Financial Control division and Internal Audit.
He served as a member of the Investigative Panel of the Sub Committee on Ethics and Professionalism of the Bankers Committee profiting from his knowledge as a seasoned mediator and conflict manager.
Mr. Abdu is a member of Research & Publication and Interbank Arbitration Committees under the Committee of Chief Audit Executive of Banks in Nigeria.
During his illustrious banking career spanning over two decades, he attended several prestigious strategic leadership training programmes at leading business schools both within and outside Nigeria including the prestigious MISTI (United Kingdom); ORCA (Johannesburg), Lagos Business School (LBS) among others.
He has also attended over 50 different training programmes cutting across various functions including Customer Service Excellence, Effective Risk Management, Human Resources Management, Information Security, Change Management, Effective Governance, Strategic Planning, Compliance AML/CFT, and Team Building among others.
Fatai Olufeso is the Head Business Development South of Premium Pension Limited and prior to his appointment, he was the Regional Head, Lagos Mainland and South West Regions respectively. He was also, Head, Lagos & South West.
He is a seasoned Life & Pension expects with over two decades work experience in Insurance, Pension Administration and Management. He started his professional carrier with Crusader Insurance (Nigeria) Plc in 1993 in Technical Operations and Services, Premium Income and Secure Funds Accounts.
He later joined Capital Express Assurance Company in 2001 as Head of Technical Operations & Services and Individual Life Portfolio. At Capital Express Assurance Company, he was member of the Team that designed a special product “Guaranteed Tuition Protection Plan (GTPP). A product designed and targeted at securing the Education of School Children at all levels in the event of sudden death of parents or guardians to Unity Schools, Command Schools and Private Schools across the Federation.
Mr. Olufeso advanced his career when in 2003 he joined Standard Life Assurance Company Limited – a subsidiary company of Standard Alliance Group – as Group Head, Technical Operations & Services/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). And in December 2007, he returned back to Standard Alliance Group before joining Premium Pension Limited in March 2010.
He is a specialist in Life & Pension Technical Operations & Services, 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 Members 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
Maryam L. Mohammed is a self-motivated team player with over 20 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 master’s 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). Maryam is also an alumnus of Lagos Business School, Senior Management Programme (SMP).
She joined Premium Pension Limited as a pioneer staff in 2005 as Head, IT and Operations Lagos, then the Head, IT & Operations, Lagos and South-West in 2011 and Deputy Head, Lagos Region in 2013. Until her redeployment as Head of Operations, she was the erstwhile Regional Manager of Lagos Island.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Nasiru Isyaku was the Managing Partner/CEO of Business Process Solutions (BPS) Consult from 2013 – 2018. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of Finance and Administration at Guinea Insurance Plc from 2009 – 2013. He is a top rate financial analyst and highly numerate with a strong passion for organizational transformation using tested strategic planning tools. He served as Head Finance/Treasurer of Nigeria Sao-Tome & Principe Joint Development Authority from 2007 to 2008.
He started his illustrious career as a Senior Audit Trainee with Sada Idris & Co. (Chartered Accountants) in 1996. As a seasoned banker of repute he worked with FSB International Bank Plc, Intercity Bank Plc and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc from 1996 to 2005. He left Guaranty Trust Bank in 2005 to join Backbone Connectivity Network Nigeria Limited as the pioneer Financial Controller from 2005 to 2007.
Mr. Nasiru graduated with BSc (Hons) Accounting (2nd Class Upper), from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. He is a distinguished Fellow of – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), obtained at the prestigious FTMS Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia, Member – Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA),Member – Chartered Institute of Taxation (ACIT) and is presently a Level 2 candidate of the renowned Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute.
Mr. Nasiru has attended several technical and professional courses in Oil & Gas, Scenario Planning, Business Strategy and Organizational transformation both at home and abroad. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession
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.
Aliyu Mohammed Ali is a highly experienced corporate communication professional and a versatile public relations practitioner. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Bayero University, Kano in 1994. He also attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy in 2004. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) and the Institute of Industrialists and Corporate Administrators (IICA)
Mr. Ali commenced the professional practice of public relations when he joined the services of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna as the Deputy Public Relations Officer in 1998. Subsequently joined New Nigerian Development Company (NNDC) Limited; a Northern Nigerian Financial holding conglomerate as a Manager, Corporate Relations in 2005. He was later promoted to Senior Manager and redeployed to Management Services Directorate as head of Human Resources.
While at NNDC Limited he served as a director on the boards of Hill Station Hotel Limited, Jos and Gaskiya Corporation Limited, Zaria. He served as the Deputy Editor of NDA newsletter and also the Editor of NNDC Group Newsletter at various times.
Mr. Aliyu Mohammed Ali was the desk officer of Association of Nigerian Development Finance Institutions (ANDFI) and Northern Development Finance Institutions (NODFI); an umbrella body of all the DFIs in Northern Nigeria and the other parts of the country at large.
He has attended several courses in Strategies for Optimizing Corporate Communications Potentials (SOCCS), Creative Presentation and Public Speaking (CPPS), External Relations and Reputation Management at School of Media & Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos. He has also attended training programmes in Media, Corporate Communications, Human Resources and some other courses on Strategic Management with Phillips Consulting.
Jude is a distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an Associate member of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN). He holds a B.Sc Degree in Accounting from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State and an M.Sc Degree in Accountancy from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State.
He started his career in 1995 with Olusimbo Agunloye & Co, a firm of Chartered Accountants as an Audit Trainee, he moved to E. M. Olaleye & Co, also a firm of Chartered Accountants in 1999 as an Audit Senior and joined Patrick Uwakwe & Co (Chartered Accountants) in year 2000 as Assistant Audit Manager.
He worked with NITEL in 2001 as an Officer in the Internal Audit Department, Central Zone Abuja and resigned in 2008 as Senior Officer (Internal Audit, Corporate Headquarters).He joined Premium Pension Limited in 2008 as a Fund Accountant.
Jude served as the Acting Chief Compliance Officer between 2010 and 2013, he was redeployed to Benefit Administration Department in 2013 to head the Benefit Reconciliation Unit and redeployed back to Compliance Department in 2015 as Head, Compliance Operations Unit.
Mr. Iriemi attended a number of courses covering Investment & Risk Management Analysis & Modeling, Practical Portfolio Management (Equity & Bonds), Personal Investing & Multi-fund Structure, Financing Infrastructure Projects, Leadership Competencies, Fraud Investigative Audit & Internal Control, Intensive Training in IFRS, Capacity Building on Customer Care/Service Workshop among others.
A seasoned banker of repute for over two decades, Mr. Ladan started his banking career with former African International Bank Limited (AIB) in 1987. He worked in all aspect of branch operations and managed many branches of the bank.
Mr. Ladan attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated in 1985, and obtained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) in 2003.
Prior to his redeployment as the Head of Benefit Administration, he served the company in different capacity which includes Head Contribution Processing, Head, Facility Management and Acting Head of Human Recourses and Administration. He attended various local and international courses and seminars.