HAMZA SULE WURO BOKKI, PH.D - MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO
Hamza Sule Wuro Bokki, Ph.D., is the Managing Director/CEO of NPF Pensions Limited and brings on board his over 26years of experience as a manager of resources, Investment Banker, Community Leader, and Corporate Governance.
Dr. Hamza was the immediate past Commissioner for Trade and Industry in Gombe State; pioneer MD/CEO of Apt Pension Funds Managers Ltd.; Pioneer MD/CEO of Gombe State Investment and Property Development Co. Ltd., Vice-Chairman/Supervisory Councillor, Primary Health Care, Yalmatu/Deba LGA of Gombe State, Supervisory Councillor for Education and Works, Gombe LGA of Gombe State.
Hamza holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration & Policy Analysis from the University of Abuja. He graduated with a First Class Honours Degree (top of class and department) in 1990 and subsequently a Masters Degree in Public Administration both from the University of Maiduguri.
He is a fellow of the Chartered Pension Institute and a Member of, Nigerian Institute of Management. He has served and is still serving on the Boards of several companies since the year 2000. He chaired the Audit Committee of Ashakacem Plc for 8 years.
Dr. Hamza was appointed as the MD/CEO of NPF Pensions Limited in February 2014. His experience as a pioneer in the new scheme has been the driving force for NPF Pensions Limited.
He has attended courses in various training schools including the Harvard Business School, Boston MA, USA, and Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. Hamza is married with children and loves reading, writing, and traveling.
MR. NICHOLAS N. NNEJI - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INVESTMENT
Mr. Nicholas Nwalozie Nneji is a seasoned Commercial and Investment Banker. He graduated with a BSc. Degree in Accountancy from the Abia State University in 1987 after completing his secondary education at Federal Government College, Ijanikin-Lagos in 1983. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990 and obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos in 1997.
Mr. Nneji started his career at Central Bank of Nigeria, Bauchi Branch as NYSC member in 1987 and thereafter trained at Olatunde Ayoola & Co. Chartered Accountants from 1989 and left in 1990 as Audit Senior. He joined Afribank Nigeria Plc (Renamed Mainstreet Bank) in 1990 and left in 1992 as an Interbank Treasury Dealer. Between 1992-2005 he traversed several departments/ positions at FBN (Merchant Bankers) Limited, a subsidiary of First Bank, as Foreign Exchange Dealer, Deputy Lead –Treasury department, Lead- Operations, Financial Controller and Lead- Funds Management in Corporate Finance Division.
From 2006, as a pioneer staff and Lead-Funds Management at FBN Capital Limited (the Investment banking subsidiary of First Bank) he developed and launched as at then, the largest industry-size Mutual Fund; the N5 billion FBN Heritage Fund, as the first Fund Manager, in 2008. Later in 2008 he moved to ARM (Asset and Resource Management Company Limited) as Vice-President/Financial Controller. From 2009-2012 he served as the Managing Director/ CEO of Summit Finance Company Limited(Member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange).
From 2013-2014 he was engaged by First Bank Nigeria Limited as Technical Assistant to the Ministry of Finance (working with the Commissioner of Finance) Cross River State, Nigeria.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria since 2002 and member, Chartered Institute of Taxation since 2003. He attended the Complete Management Programme at the London Management Centre in 2001, U.K.
He had attended Executive Management programs at Kellogg School of Management, Chicago on Corporate Governance/ Board Evaluation and Finance for Executives in 2017 and 2019 respectively.
He is also a Alumni of the prestigious Harvard Business School - Advance Management Program - 194 from 2018.
He is happily married with children and loves travelling and playing chess.
ABDULKAREEM S. GEZAWA (FCIA, MNIM, ACTI, CNA, ACS) - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS
As a versatile financial management professional, Mr. AbdulKareem Shehu Gezawa has a diversified cognate experience of close to three decades, acquired from various private and public sector Organizations cutting across Nigeria’s Banking, Insurance and Pension industries.
He is saddled with the responsibility of providing strategic and directional leadership for four (4) Departments in the Company namely, Administration & Human Resources, Benefits Administration, Business Development as well as Information & Communication Technology (ICT).
Mr. Gezawa is an Alumni of the prestigious Harvard Business School (HBS), Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America (USA) having attended “Course 196” of her Advanced Management Program (AMP) between March and May, 2019. He has earlier obtained Master of Banking & Finance (MBF) in 2006 as well as B.A.(Ed) Economics (Upper Second Class Honours) degrees, both from Bayero University Kano (BUK). He has also acquired membership of many Professional Institutes/Bodies in Nigeria which include Fellow, Chartered Institute of Administration (FCIA); Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM), Associate, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (ACTI), Certified National Accountant (CNA) of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and Associate, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (ACS).
Before joining the Board of NPF Pensions Limited in 2015, he has worked with National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) between 2009 and 2015, where he attained the position of Deputy Director (Finance & Accounts) from which he voluntarily resigned. During his Public Service career, he represented NAICOM in many strategic National Committees which added to his broad experience in the Nigerian Financial Services Sector.
He had, at different times within Years 2006-2009, held the position of Head, Investment Department in both Apt Pension Funds Managers Ltd and Penman Pensions Ltd (now Tangerine Pensions Ltd), Abuja.
As a fresh graduate, Mr. Gezawa started his career in the banking industry in 1992 which spanned to 2006, within which period he held several responsibilities covering Branch Banking Operations, Credit, as well as Marketing & Relationship Management functions, at different times, in a number of commercial banks which included the then Oceanic Bank Nigeria Ltd (Kano Branch); Habib Nigeria Bank Ltd; Citizens International Bank Ltd (Kano Branch); as well as Assurance Bank Nigeria Ltd where he served as the Kano Branch Manager.
In the course of both his education and career, Mr. Gezawa has obtained many awards to his credit. Likewise, being a passionate reader who leverages on continuous learning opportunities in order to sharpen his multiple skills, he has, at various times, attended many capacity-building courses, seminars and workshops locally as well as in some highly rated educational institutions in the United Kingdom (UK) and the USA including “Corporate Governance: Effectiveness and Accountability in the Boardroom” at the Kellogg School of Management, North-Western University, Chicago, Illinois.Mr. Gezawa is happily married with children and enjoys reading and travelling.
IKECHUKWU G. UTAZI, Esq., ACIS (LL.B. HONS; BL. HONS) - COMPANY SECRETARY/LEGAL ADVISER
Ike Utazi, prior to joining NPF Pensions, was serving in the Legal Department of the Nigeria Police at Force Headquarters, Abuja. He was a member of the Project Team that worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Ltd. (the Consulting firm engaged by the Police authorities) to undertake the whole processes for the establishment of NPF Pensions Limited and the eventual grant of a PFA license by the National Pension Commission.
He is a stickler for excellence and his involvement from inception has been of immense benefits to NPF Pensions and its stakeholders.
As Company Secretary, he is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Company Secretariat and overseeing the Governance and related statutory compliance/reporting issues. He also doubles as Head of the Legal Department of the Company.
Barrister Utazi has attended trainings in Corporate Governance, Management and Legal matters at the Kellogg school of Management (USA), Lagos Business School, Society for Corporate Governance, Financial Institutions Training Centre, Nigeria Institute of Advance Legal Studies, among others. He is a member of many professional bodies such as Nigeria Bar Association, Institute of Chartered Secretaries, Administration of Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Fraud Examiners, Computer Forensics Institute, Nigeria.
He is married and the marriage is blessed with five wonderful children (three boys; two girls). His hobbies include reading, motivational speaking, football and philanthropy. He is the Chairman of Mama Eliza Utazi Discovery Foundation which is committed to fostering of the dreams of helpless youth and children in the society.
MUHAMMAD M. DUTSE MCSA, MCSE, PMP - HEAD INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
Muhammad Dutse is a renowned ICT professional with experience spanning almost two decades. He is a graduate of Computer Science from Federal University of Technology (ATBU) Bauchi and is currently a postgraduate student of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with the University of Texas (at Austin), Online Higher Education.
Mr. Dutse is highly-skilled in various technologies including Database Management and Administration, Database development and programming, ICT Project Management and Implementation, Data Center Management and Disaster Recovery Implementation, IT Security, and Ethical Hacking.
He is a member of various technology platforms and groups including the renowned IDC CIOs (International Data Corp) and had been involved in the implementation of various technologies in the Pension Industry.
Prior to joining NPF Pensions Limited, Mr. Dutse was a pioneer staff of Sigma Pensions Limited where he worked for more than eight years in the ICT department.
ADO ABDULLAHI - CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER (CCO)
Ado Abdullahi is a holder of a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy, he graduated in 1993 from Federal Polytechnic Bauchi and has been working for over 20 years in public and private sectors before joining the NPF Pension Limited.
Among the places he worked are Jewel Investment Co Ltd, Gombe State Investment & Property Limited, and Apt Pension funds Managers Ltd.
He had attended training, seminars, and workshops on Managerial, Admiration, Accenting Risk Management, and Compliance courses within the Country.
KOLADE O. MORAKINYO, B.SC, MSC, FCA, FCTI, NIM, ACPFA - CHIEF RISK OFFICER (CRO)
Kolade’s wealth of experience spans over two decades with groundbreaking track records in the financial industry, communication, audit, taxation, consultancy, oil, and gas.
He started his career with NNPC, where he was awarded the best Corp Member. He later joined the Professional Imports Duty Administrators (PIDA), supervised by Balogun Badejo & Co (Chartered Accountants) under the Federal Ministry of Finance with mandates to increase revenue drive, reduce leakages and sanitize the ports. In PIDA, Kolade had the highest debit notes worth over N12Billion to the credit of the Federal Government. Among other places he has worked are: Tele Ogunjobi & Co. (Chartered Accountants), ATL Communications & Advertising Ltd., Guardian Express Assurance Ltd, and Index Asset Management Ltd. Kolade is an expert with diverse professional qualifications. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN); Associate Member, Certified Institute of Forensic Professional Accountants (CIPFA); Associate Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM); Associate Member, Association of Pension Funds of Nigeria (APFN) and a Member of Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria (ELAN). In academic, he holds both MSc and B.Sc. (2.1) in Accounting from the University of Lagos and H.N.D (2.1) Accountancy from the Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti. Before crossing to Nigerian Police Force Pensions Limited, he had worked as Head of Internal Audit and Risk in Future Unity Glanvills Pensions Ltd. With an extremely creative background, he was the pioneer Head of Internal Control/Audit and Risk Department of First Guarantee Pension Ltd. He is a great thinker; proficient in planning, development of strategies, a solutions-focused, detailed analyst with in-depth knowledge in information and communications technology.
QARIBULLAH A. ARABI, CPAM - CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER (CIO)
Qaribullah has over 16 years of industry experience. Before Joining NPF Pensions Ltd, he had spent 5years with Apt Pensions Ltd and 3years with First Alliance Pensions Ltd (now ARM Pension Managers Ltd) both as head of investment, performing broad functions across investment strategies and executions, portfolio construction, management, and related miscellaneous duties. He has attended various courses on investment management both within and outside the country.
He holds BSc Econs (UNIMAID), a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (ABU Zaria), and undergoing an MSC program. He is a qualified Chartered Pension Analyst Manager (CPAM) of the American Association of Financial Management and; a CFA student member.
LAWAN BAMUSA - HEAD, HUMAN RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION
Lawan Bamusa is the Head of Human Resources and Administration. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities from the University of Maiduguri and also a pioneer Masters degree Holder in Industrial Relations of the same University.
He went into a Private Business, before proceeding to join the former Inland bank Plc as a Credit Officer in Lagos. He was moved to the Operations Unit of the same Bank, from where he rose to become the Head of Operations of some branches in Lagos.
The banking reforms and mergers in 2006 saw the emergence of First Inland Bank Plc, where he was promoted to become a Branch Manager of one of the branches in Lagos and Gombe. His area of strength is in Retail Banking, Business Development, and General Administration.
He left the services of FCMB ltd as a Relationship Manager to join NPF Pensions Limited as the Pioneer Head, Human Resources and Administration.
He has to his credit 15 years’ experience in Banking and has attended many courses related to his profession.
He is happily married with two kids.
SULAIMAN YINUSA, FCA - CHIEF INTERNAL AUDITOR (CIA)
Prior to joining NPF Pensions Limited in 2014, Mr. Yinusa had worked with three different PFAs between 2007 and 2014; CRIB Pension, CrusaderSterling Pensions and AIICO Pension Managers Limited. Prior to the Pension industry experience, he had worked with Clariant Nigeria Limited (Former Sandoz) and Daltrade Nigeria Limited.
Mr. Yinusa is a 1994 graduate of Accounting, from Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, holds a B.Sc Accounting from Tansian University, Anambra State and also holds an MBA from LAUTech, Ogbomoso.
He is happily married with children.
OHAKA CHUKWUMA (B.A, MBA, M.SC, FICM) - HEAD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT
Chukwuma Ohaka is a Business Development and Customer Service Professional with many years of experience supervising teams that deliver excellence in Marketing Management and Customer Relations. He has a forte in identifying business opportunities and converting them to mutually beneficial relationships.
Having worked for many years in the Nigerian Pension Industry, he has developed business strategies that have enhanced the operations and delivery systems in the Industry, some of which are pioneer inventions. He thrives in fast paced environments, mostly worked under minimal supervision with high recommendations and has developed the necessary skills to motivate any team to strive to exceed all targets.
He is a versatile man who is also skilled in Entrepreneurship, Life Coaching, Motivational Speaking and Capacity Development. His professionalism, beside his reliable and pragmatic approach to work are keys to his successful career. He has inspired in NPF Pensions Ltd, ambition and determination to every role that leads to the success of the organization both for short and long term milestones.
He holds an MBA and Master's Degree in HRM (Human Resource Management) from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, a graduate of English and Literary studies from the University of Calabar. He is Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants licensed by the International Council of Management, an Associate Member of Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, anipr. He has attended several trainings within and outside the country including the prestigious Lagos Business School. Mr. Ohaka has bagged many awards from most of his past Managing Directors.
JULIET NSSIEN B. SC., ACA - CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO)
Juliet Nssien is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
She is a seasoned Accountant and Auditor who worked with reputable Audit Firms in Nigeria with over 18 years of audit experience gained at KPMG Audit (Now Akintola Williams Deloitte) and Muhtari Dangana & Co (Chartered Accountants).
She was involved in the audit and supervision of the audit of various company accounts including the Nigerian Directorate of Employment (NDE), Laboratory Project of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Garki Hospital Abuja, Pension Fund Administrators, etc. Juliet holds a B. Sc. Degree in Physiology from the University of Lagos.
ABIMBOLA TANIMOWO – MNIM, ACE, SCILRM, ACFIA – HEAD CONTRIBUTIONS AND COLLECTIONS
Abimbola Tanimowo currently heads the Contributions and Collections Department where she deploys and displays her wealth of experience acquired in the pension and customer service industries to drive organizational objectives and enhance customer satisfaction.
Her career journey started in Customer Service where she developed a passion for delivering exceptional service and a dedication to superior customer service. With several certifications on Relationship Management coupled with hands-on experience, she has been able to hone her passion for exceptional service delivery.
In 2005, she made a career transition to the pension industry as a pioneer staff of Legacy Pension Managers. Over the years, her career grew in the Nigerian pension industry with most of her experience spanning across fund accounting, investment, Collections and Customer Service. As a result of her dedication and commitment to organizational growth, she has had numerous opportunities to serve in various leadership capacities in a number of leading pension organizations in Nigeria like Apt Pension Fund Managers Ltd and Trustfund Pensions Plc.
Abimbola holds a B. Sc (ED) degree in Economics from the University of Abuja, Abuja as well as an MBA degree from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. She is also an Associate Chartered Economist of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN), a member of National Institute of Management (NIM) and a senior member of the Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management.
MUSTAPHA SULEIMAN - HEAD BENEFITS & RETIREMENT ADMINISTRATION
Mustapha Suleiman is the head Benefits/Retirement administration department. He has a B. Sc. in Economics from Bayero University Kano and a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the same University. He worked previously with the Kano State Board of Internal Revenue and Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund.
He joined the Pension industry in 2006, where he worked with legacy Pension Managers Limited and recently Nigeria Police Force Pensions as head Benefits/Retirement administration department.