Buhari names Adesoji Adesugba as new NEPZA boss


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Adesoji Adesugba as the new Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority(NEPZA), a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment.

The President’s approval was given in a letter addressed to the Minister, dated 26th June 2020 and signed by Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to the President.

According to a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday by the Media Assistant to Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr Julius Toba-Jegede, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo hailed President Mohammadu Buhari over the appointment of Prof Adesoji Adesugba.

The Minister who expressed confidence over the choice of Adesugba said his wealth of experience coupled with his academic exposure would add value to the attainment of NEPZA’s core mandate, urging the new appointee to pilot the affairs of the agency with transparency and an open-door policy that will accelerate Federal Government’s target for economic zones across the country, especially in the area of job creation.

Prof. Adesugba, an accomplished specialist in Investment Promotion and Economic Development, is a lawyer and a veteran of business promotion within and outside Nigeria

An accomplished specialist in Investment Promotion and Economic Development, Adesoji Adesugba is known for his proficiency in organizational development and institutional reforms. He has combined the best in private sector entrepreneurial acumen with an expert ability to navigate public sector practice.

Adesugba is the National Legal Adviser of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and the Chairman of its Education Committee. Adesugba lectures part-time as a Professor of Business Administration at the Roegate College in Dublin, Ireland, and also lectured Investment Promotion at the Baden International Business School, Baden, Switzerland. Until recently, he was a visiting Professor at the American University of West Africa, Banjul Gambia. 

Adesugba is the founder and the Provost at the Business Entrepreneurship Skills and Technology (BEST) Centre and a Vice President at the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI). Prof. Adesugba is also the founder and President of the first Gemological Institute in West Africa, the Gemological Institute of Nigeria (GIN). He is also the founder and the National Coordinator of the Gemstones Miners and Marketers Association of Nigeria (GMMAN). Prof. Adesugba is a Vice President at the Nigerian Chamber of Mines.

A certified international arbitrator and mediator, Prof. Adesugba worked as the Chairman of the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP), a Federal Government of Nigeria agency set up for the resolution of industrial disputes. Before working at the IAP, Prof. Adesugba served as a Director at the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), where he was responsible for the development of strategies to promote and target investments into the Nigerian economy.

Between 2005 to 2007, Adesugba was seconded from the NIPC to the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) as the Head of Marketing, Communications, and External Relations, to help reinvigorate the privatization exercise of the Federal Government of Nigeria. At the BPE, he served as a member of the National Council on Privatization, subcommittee on marketing, media, and publicity.

Prof. Adesugba started his career in the public service as a Superintendent Collector Grade II, at the Nigerian Customs Service in August 1982 and rose to the rank of Chief Superintendent before leaving the service for the NIPC in 1999.

He serves on the boards of various non-profit organizations dedicated to youth empowerment, economic development, gender, and policy issues. 

Prof. Adesoji Adesugba obtained his doctorate in Business Administration with the highest distinction from the California Southern University in the USA. He has an M.Sc. degree in Investment Promotion and Economic Development from the Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, UK, and his MBA from the Ogun State University in Nigeria, his first degree was a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos in 1981. 

Adesugba also studied law and obtained his LL.B. from the University of Lagos in 1987. Adesugba was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989. Prof. Dr Adesugba has a certificate in Chinese Economic Development from the Normal University, Beijing China; a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK); and a certificate from the Columbia Law School in New York.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, a Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and a Fellow of the Chartered Taxation Institute of Nigeria.

Adesugba is also a media and communication enthusiast and serves as the Chairman, Editorial Board of Sahel Standard Media Group.



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  • Betterman emeka June 30, 2020 11:59:53 PM
    That's a nice information thanks for the update
  • Chukwudi Sopuru June 30, 2020 11:58:52 PM
    Congratulations to him. I wish you successful tenure! Serve humanity
  • DAVID UZOGU June 30, 2020 11:58:33 PM
    Thank you candy news for this information
  • Paul Eduru June 30, 2020 11:57:41 PM
    What crime has people from the Niger Delta committed that Buhari never considers them for appointment into federal parastatal
  • Merit Timothy June 30, 2020 11:57:19 PM
    Thanks for the info candy news
  • Okoro Emeka June 30, 2020 11:56:59 PM
    He should work hard to surpass the work of his predecessor and guide the confidences imposed on him.
  • Elizabeth Ferdinand June 30, 2020 11:55:31 PM
    This is good for the development of our country I hope he plays his role well.best of luck to him
  • Atanda Grace June 30, 2020 11:55:30 PM
    Congratulations to him He deserves it More wisdom
  • Eberechi Kingsley June 30, 2020 11:55:18 PM
    Thank God for the good news from candynews
  • Holyfield Kelechi June 30, 2020 11:54:38 PM
    Thanks very much candy.
  • Maxwell Ezekiel June 30, 2020 11:53:15 PM
    congratulation adesoji in your new post as the boss
  • Obanijesu Sunday June 30, 2020 11:51:15 PM
    This is good for the development of our country I hope he plays his role well.best of luck to him
  • Ibe ansel June 30, 2020 11:51:09 PM
    I rejoice with Professor Adesoji with a good profile...may God grant him the wisdom to deliver in his new post
  • Wisdom Alex June 30, 2020 11:51:09 PM
    My wish is that the federal government does the right thing
  • Ayoola Opeyemi June 30, 2020 11:51:04 PM
    He deserves it congratulations to him
  • Oluwaseyi Osuntope June 30, 2020 11:50:43 PM
    Congratulations to him for the new appointment
  • Onyebuchi Nwewe June 30, 2020 11:50:18 PM
    All I pray is that he should represent us well.
  • Sunday Gabriel June 30, 2020 11:49:58 PM
    With all this qualifications , l think he really deserve the position given to him . l hope he delivers
  • Hassan Olakunle June 30, 2020 11:49:51 PM
    Congratulations to him. He needs to geer up now
  • Sagama Santos June 30, 2020 11:49:44 PM
    With all this qualifications , l think he really deserve the position given to him . l hope he delivers.
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