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Management Team

KOLADE O. MORAKINYO, PH.D., FCA, FCTI, FCIB, ACIPFA, MNIM

MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO

KOLADE O. MORAKINYO, PH.D., FCA, FCTI, FCIB, ACIPFA, MNIM - MANAGING DIRECTOR/CEO
Kolade Morakinyo is a seasoned professional with over two decades of distinguished experience across the financial, communication, audit, taxation, consultancy, and oil and gas sectors.
Commencing his career at NNPC, where he earned accolades as the best Corp Member, Kolade had consistently delivered exceptional results. His tenure at the Professional Imports Duty Administrators (PIDA), operating under the auspices of Balogun Badejo & Co (Chartered Accountants) in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Finance, was marked by strategic initiatives that significantly boosted revenue, minimized leakages, and optimized port operations. Notably, he facilitated the recovery of over N12 billion in debit notes for the Federal Government during his tenure as PIDA buff.
Kolade has held pivotal roles at some prestigious organisation including Tele Ogunjobi & Co. (Chartered Accountants), ATL Communications & Advertising Ltd, Guardian Express Assurance Ltd, and Index Asset Management Ltd. His extensive expertise is underscored by esteemed Fellowships from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN). This is in addition to memberships of Certified Institute of Forensic Professional Accountants (Canada), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (UK), the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), the Association of Pension Funds of Nigeria (APFN), and the Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria (ELAN).
Academically, Kolade holds Ph.D. in Accounting from Nasarawa University; MSc (2.1) and B.Sc. (2.1) also in Accounting from the University of Lagos, along with an H.N.D (2.1) in Accountancy from the Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti. His professional journey includes distinguished positions such as Heads of Internal Audit and Risk Management at Future Unity Glanvills Pensions Ltd, and First Guarantee Pensions at a different time. He was once the Chief Auditor in the Nigeria Police Force Pensions, and due to his dedication, passion and unwavering commitment to excellence and attention to detail, he was engaged to be the Chief Risk Officer of the Organisation.  
Renowned for his leadership qualities in strategic foresight, meticulous planning, and adept utilization of information and communications technology, coined in humility and integrity, all of which position him as a driving force in organizational success, Dr. Kolade was considered worthy to be the Managing Director/CEO of Nigeria Police Force Pensions.
MR. NICHOLAS N. NNEJI

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INVESTMENT

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

ABDULKAREEM S. GEZAWA (FCIA, MNIM, ACTI, CNA, ACS) - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS

A versatile professional with an impeccable character coupled with core competencies in budgeting, investment and financial management, strategy as well as Human Resources management functions, Mr. AbdulKareem Shehu Gezawa has a diversified cognate experience of thirty-one (31) years, acquired from very reputable private and public sector organizations cutting across Nigeria’s Banking, Insurance and Pension industries.

Currently serving as an Executive Director (Operations) in NPF Pensions Ltd, he is saddled with the responsibility of providing day-to-day supervisory oversight as well as strategic and directional leadership to four (4) Departments in the Company namely, Administration & Human Resources, Benefits Administration, Business Development, and Information & Communications 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) in Year 2019. He has also acquired the membership of many Professional Institutes 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), Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN); and Associate, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (ACS).

He had earlier obtained Master of Banking & Finance (MBF, 2006) as well as B.A.(Ed) Economics (Upper Second Class Honours, 1991) degrees, both from Bayero University Kano (BUK), topping his class in each.

During both his educational pursuit and professional career, Mr. Gezawa has obtained many awards to his credit. Similarly, he has, at various times, attended several capacity-building, management and executive leadership courses both locally as well as overseas in some top rated educational institutions in the United States of America (USA) and Europe including Kellogg School of Management, North-Western University, Chicago, Illinois, Harvard Business School (HBS), Boston, Massachusetts; The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and INSEAD (the Business School for the World), Europe Campus, Fontainebleau – France.

Before joining the Board of NPF Pensions Limited in 2015, he had worked with the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) between 2009 and 2015, where he attained the position of Deputy Director (Finance & Accounts Directorate) from which he voluntarily resigned. During his Public Service career, he represented NAICOM in many strategic National Committees and assignments which supplemented his broad experience in the Nigerian Financial Services Sector.

He has, between 2006 and 2009, held the position of Head, Investment Department in both Apt Pension Funds Managers Ltd and Penman Pensions Ltd (now Tangerine Apt Pensions Ltd) Abuja, which added to his expertise in investment management.

Mr. Gezawa started his career in the banking industry in 1992 which spanned to year 2006, within which period he held strategic responsibilities covering Branch Banking Operations, Customer Service, Credit, and Marketing & Relationship Management functions, at different times, in some commercial banks, attaining the position of Kano Branch Manager in the then Assurance Bank Nigeria Ltd.

Mr. Gezawa is happily married with children; and enjoys reading, praying and travelling.

PRISCILLIA EGEDE-NJOWUSI

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SERVICES

PRISCILLIA EGEDE-NJOWUSI - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SERVICES

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IKECHUKWU G. UTAZI, ESQ., ACIS (LL.B. HONS; BL. HONS)

COMPANY SECRETARY/LEGAL ADVISER

IKECHUKWU G. UTAZI, ESQ., ACIS (LL.B. HONS; BL. HONS) - COMPANY SECRETARY/LEGAL ADVISER
Ikechukwu G. Utazi is a seasoned lawyer and an alumnus of Nnamdi I Azikiwe University and the Nigerian Law School. He was the best student in the Faculty of Law of his alma mater in his graduating set.
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 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.
ADEKUNLE JOEL OGUNLADE

CHIEF RISK OFFICER (CRO)

ADEKUNLE JOEL OGUNLADE - CHIEF RISK OFFICER (CRO)

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QARIBULLAH A. ARABI, CPAM

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER (CIO)

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 - 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)

SULAIMAN YINUSA, FCA - CHIEF INTERNAL AUDITOR (CIA)
A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), a Full Member, Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria (ILRM) an Associate of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, with over 24 years’ experience (out of which 18 years were at Management level and of which 14 years were as HOD in pension industry), spanning Financial Control, Internal Audit, Management and Risk Management, garnered in various sectors of the economy.
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

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 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 – 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 - 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.

AHMED MUSA

CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER (CCO)

AHMED MUSA - CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER (CCO)

Ahmed started his career in 2005 as a graduate trainee with First Bank Nigeria Limited. He has cognate experiences in both Operations and Retail banking and left the bank as a Business Manager.

He joined the Services of NPF Pensions Limited in 2015 as a Unit Head in Benefits Administration Department before his redeployment to Compliance Department in 2018.

Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Science Degrees in International Relations and Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Nassarawa State University respectively. He also holds Masters in Business Administration from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

 Ahmed is currently a student member of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria. 

He is happily married and enjoys travelling.

STANLEY NYEKACHI WEJE

HEAD OPERATIONS DEPT

STANLEY NYEKACHI WEJE (BSc, MSc, CRM) - HEAD OPERATIONS DEPT

Stanley Nyekachi Weje is a seasoned professional whose career traverses banking, leadership coaching, risk management, and business development. Commencing his banking journey in 2004 as an Executive Trainee at Allstate Trust Bank (EcoBank), he swiftly transitioned to Afribank in the role of Executive Assistant the same year. Progressing further, Stanley joined Oceanic International Bank PLC in 2008, contributing as a Relationship Officer.

With an extensive tenure in the banking industry, Stanley Weje broadened his horizons by joining TrustFund Pensions PLC in 2010, dedicating four years to Business Development. His next pivotal role was at NPF Pensions Limited, where he served as the Regional Manager for the South South region for a commendable six years before assuming the role of Risk Manager.

His educational background, which includes a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rivers State University of Science and Technology and a master’s degree in human resources management from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, enriches his perspective and supports his work in various domains. Stanley Weje is also a proud member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria (CPSMN) and the Chartered Risk Management Institute of Nigeria (CRMI), further demonstrating his commitment to professional growth and excellence.

A maven of varied skill sets, Stanley Weje amalgamates his wealth of experience to emerge as a dynamic and accomplished professional. His forte lies in steering operational risk management, leadership coaching, and fostering business development strategies that drive success. Stanley’s unwavering dedication to excellence and relentless pursuit of professional development epitomize his steadfast commitment to delivering exceptional results in all his endeavours. He is married and blessed with three children.

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