President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Adesoji Adesugba as the Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority(NEPZA), a parastatals 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 Adeniyi Adebayo hailed President Buhari over the appointment of Prof 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 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
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.