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Ecobank Appoints Akin Dada As Head of Corporate Banking

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Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of the Ecobank Group, has announced the appointment of Akin Dada as the new Executive Director of Corporate and Investment Banking.

Previously Head of Ecobank Group’s Corporate Banking, Dada joined Ecobank in 2017 as the Executive Director of Corporate Banking in Nigeria, according to a statement from Ecobank on Tuesday.

The bank said Dada had over 30 years of banking experience in client coverage, strategic transaction initiation and advisory dialogues across various client segments, including public sector, telecoms, FMCG and oil and gas.

Prior to joining Ecobank, he was the Managing Director for Citigroup Cameroon, where he worked for 26 years in Corporate & Investment Banking as Senior Transactor, Senior Relationship Banker and Business Development Manager.

While at Citi, he handled a wide array of transactions in loan syndications, project finance, corporate finance and advisory, according to the bank.

He also worked briefly with Access Bank Nigeria Plc as Group Head, Oil & Gas.

Ecobank Group Chief Executive Officer, Ade Ayeyemi, said, “Akin’s valuable and varied experience over many years in corporate banking as well as his broader knowledge of banking, credit and risk management position him appropriately to lead our Corporate and Investment Bank.

“There are huge opportunities for the Ecobank Group with the implementation of the AfCFTA, which heralds burgeoning demand for trade finance, advisory services and cross-border payments.”

The bank added that Dada had an MBA from the University of Warwick, UK, and a degree in political science from the University of Ibadan.

He succeeds Amin Manekia, who retired from the group in 2020.

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Ardova Appoints Mr. Oladeinde Nelson-Cole as Company Secretary/General Counsel

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Ardova Plc, an indigenous energy group, headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, with extended operations in Ghana, has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Oladeinde Nelson-Cole as Company Secretary/General Counsel with effect from 1 April 2021.

This was disclosed in a letter signed by Olumide Adeosun, Chief Executive Officer, Ardova Plc.

Mr. Nelson-Cole is a lawyer with over 14 years of experience spanning Company Secretarial, Corporate Compliance and General Legal Practice. He is a graduate of the Lagos State University.

Prior to joining Ardova Plc, Mr. Nelson-Cole was a Senior Associate in the law firm of RouQ and Co.

As the Company Secretary/General Counsel, Mr. Nelson-Cole will continue to guide the Board of the Company in ensuring strict compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements.

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Heirs Oil & Gas Announces CEO and Board Appointments

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Heirs Oil & Gas (HHOG), the leading African integrated energy company, has announced the appointment of Osayande Igiehon as Chief Executive Officer, effective May 4, 2021, together with a distinguished non-executive board, bringing together leading industry figures, with considerable global and regional experience.

Heirs Holdings Limited’s (HH) portfolio company, HHOG, completed the acquisition of OML17 in January 2021, in one of the largest oil and gas financings in Africa in more than a decade, with a financing component of US$1.1 billion. The transaction represents a further implementation of the HH Group strategy of creating the leading integrated energy business in Africa. Through a series of strategic portfolio holdings, HH is executing this strategy. Most recently, affiliate company, Transcorp made a US$300 million acquisition of Afam Power, increasing the Group’s installed electricity generating capacity to 2,000MW.

Mr. Igiehon, who joins from the Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), where he was previously a Vice-President with the Group in the Hague, Netherlands. He brings over twenty-seven years of experience and expertise in the oil and gas sector with Shell, where he held a series of senior management positions. Mr. Igiehon previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shell Gabon, where he led the successful turnaround of the operational, safety and financial performance.

HHOG is also pleased to announce the appointment of the following distinguished private sector and senior industry leaders to the Board:

  • Tony O. Elumelu, CON is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp), and Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
  • Sally Udoma who previously served as general counsel for Chevron Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East Exploration and Production. Previously, she was general counsel for Sasol Chevron Consulting Limited and managing counsel at the London Legal Service Centre for Chevron Global Upstream and Gas. She has also served as general counsel and general manager for Chevron Nigeria Limited.
  • Anil Dua is a founding partner at Gateway Partners Limited, a private equity fund specialising in dynamic growth markets including Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to this, Mr. Dua worked for over thirty-five years with Standard Chartered Bank in Asia, Africa, Europe and the US, where he held various roles including Regional CEO West Africa and Regional Head of Origination and Client Coverage, Africa.
  • Ahmadu Kida Musa who previously served as Deputy Managing Director of Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, has over thirty-two years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry and brings considerable expertise in Nigerian oil and gas.
  • Stanley Lawson currently serves on the board of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc. He is Managing Partner at Financial Advisory & Investment Consultants Ltd. Dr Lawson previously occupied the position of Group Executive Director-Finance & Accounts at Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.
  • Samuel Nwanze is the Chief Finance Officer at Heirs Oil and Gas. Prior to this he was the Chief Investment Officer at Heirs Holdings responsible for investment and capital management.

Commenting, Mr. Igiehon stated: “HHOG represents an extraordinary opportunity, to create Africa’s first true integrated energy company, with a mission to ensure that Africa’s natural resources are directed toward value creation in Africa, powered by sustainable, robust and abundant African energy. I am excited to join the Heirs Oil and Gas leadership team and look forward to the opportunity to transform the energy sector, purposefully address Africa’s energy needs and improve the lives of people across Africa.”

The Chairman of the Board, Tony O. Elumelu, CON, stated: “I am delighted to welcome our new board members. We are building a role model institution for African businesses and our investment in human capital is a further strong demonstration of our intent. The regional and global expertise of our board members will serve to further drive value creation to our continent, as we execute our goal of becoming Africa’s largest, indigenous, integrated, energy company.”

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Buhari Suspends Hadiza Bala Usman as MD of NPA, Appoints Koko

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President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Hadiza Bala Usman as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, according to sources quoted by Peoples Gazette.

The president immediately appointed Mohammed Koko, the director of finance to replace Ms Usman.

While Ms Usman said she was aware of her suspension, she said she has not received any formal letter or communication to that effect from the Ministry of Transport.

However, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has now disclosed in a statement titled ‘President Buhari approves panel of inquiry on NPA, asks MD, Hadiza Usman to step aside.’

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recommendation of the Ministry of Transportation under Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi for the setting up of an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority.

“The President has also approved that the Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, step aside while the investigation is carried out. Mr Mohammed Koko will act in that position.

“The panel is to be headed by the Director, Maritime Services of the Ministry while the Deputy Director, Legal of the same ministry will serve as Secretary.

“Other members of the panel will be appointed by the minister.”

Ms Usman was appointed as NPA chief in 2016 and has repeatedly propagated her reform policies that sought to redirect the organisation, which is one of the top revenue-generating entities of the Nigerian government.

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