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Buhari Appoints Umar Sodiq As CEO Of NSIA

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Aminu Umar-Sadiq as the managing director and chief executive officer(MD/CEO) of the Nigeria sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

President Buhari also appointed Kolawole Owodunni and Bisi Makoju as executive directors.

The appointment of the new MD/CEO came after the expiration of the tenure of Uche Orji whose tenure expiree on September 30, 2022 after serving for 10years.

Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, special adviser, media & communications to the finance minister, said this in a statement made on Monday.

The NSIA (Establishment) Act 2011 grants power to the president to appoint individuals to the board of directors on the recommendations of the minister of finance, who shall consult with the NEC

WHO IS AMINU UMAR-SADIQ?

Aminu Umar-Sadiq, former executive director and head of infrastructure at NSIA, has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Engineering Sciences from the University of Oxford (Saint John’s College), Oxford, United Kingdom (UK), his profile on the NSIA website reads.

He is Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow (ATLF) and also Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF).

Umar-Sadiq commenced his professional career in Mergers and Acquisitions M&A) focused on Infrastructure and Energy at Morgan Stanley Investment Bank, proceeding to Infrastructure-focused private equity at Denham Capital Management, all in the UK.

He has worked on several projects, including the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative, an import substitution program for the delivery of 1 million high-quality, lower cost to farmers at lower cost metric tons of fertiliser. He was also a part of the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund, an investment fund focused on the actualisation of five strategic nationwide projects in the transportation and power sectors.

He has a vast experience in the investment and infrastructure industry. 

OTHER EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

The statement described Bisi Makoju as a financial expert with vast experience in risk management while Kolawole Owodunni as a professional in the financial services sector with an emphasis in investment management, risk management and treasury. 

“They are all expected to help steer and transform the investment and infrastructure industry and propel the sector to a high pedestal,” the statement added.

Last week, the National Economic Council (NEC) approved new nominees for the NSIA top positions.

In a statement issued at the end of the NEC meeting presided by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, his media adviser, said the names of the nominees were presented, approved and forwarded to the president for his approval.

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