President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Adesoji Adesugba as the Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA).
The President’s approval was given in a letter addressed to the Minister of Trade and Investment, 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, Julius Toba-Jegede, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo hailed President Buhari over the appointment of 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.
Adesugba, said to be an accomplished specialist in investment promotion and economic development, is a lawyer reportedly known for his proficiency in organizational development and institutional reforms.
He has reportedly combined the best in private sector entrepreneurial acumen with an expert ability to navigate public sector practice.
He 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.
He is also the founder and the National Coordinator of the Gemstones Miners and Marketers Association of Nigeria (GMMAN).
He was a Director at the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC). 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.