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Mr Godwin Emefiele
Godwin Emefiele has been Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria since June 3, 2014. He served as Chief Executive officer and Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc. Emefiele served as Deputy Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc. since 2001. He served as Executive Director in charge of Corporate Banking, Treasury, Financial Control and Strategic Planning of Zenith Bank Plc. and had been Management team since inception. Emefiele has over eighteen years of banking experience. Emefiele served as director at Zenith Bank Plc and Zenith Bank (Gambia) Limited. Before commencing his banking career, he lectured Finance and Insurance at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and University of Port Harcourt, respectively. Emefiele serves as Director of ACCION Microfinance Bank Limited. He is also an alumnus of Executive Education at Stanford University, Harvard University (2004) and Wharton School of Business (2005). Emefiele holds a B.Sc. degree in Finance 1984 and an MBA Degree in Finance in 1986, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Dr. Okechukwu Enelemah
Hon. Minister of Industries, Trade and Investment
Okechukwu Enelamah (born 1964) is Nigeria's Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment. He was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari to join the Federal Cabinet in October 2015 and appointed to the Industry, Trade, and Investment portfolio in November 2015
Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi
Hon. Minister of Transport
Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi (27 May 1965) is Nigeria's current Minister of Transportation. He was Rivers State Governor from 2007 to 2015. He was re-elected for a second term on 26 April 2011. Amaechi defected from People's Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress on 27 November 2013, and was appointed as the Director-general of the party's Presidential Campaign for the 2015 general elections.
Born in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State and he raised in Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rotimi began his education at St. Theresa's Primary School from 1970 to 1976, and earned his West African School Certificate at Government Secondary School, Okolobiri in the year1982. This was followed by a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in English Studies and Literature from the University of Port Harcourt in 1987.
The outspoken politician had his first experience in politics when he was appointed secretary of the old National Republican Convention in Ikwerre Local Government, Rivers State. He would later serve as a special assistant to Sir (Dr.) Peter Odili from 1992 and 1994.
In the year 2007, however, Rotimi Amaechi began a campaign against the State government, going as far as unleashing a verbal attack on the person of the State Governor, the afore-mentioned Sir (Dr.) Peter Odili, all in a bid to emerge winner at the governorship elections of that year.
He came out victorious at the Rivers State PDP primaries, but his name was somehow cleared off the record, and replaced with another name. The matter was eventually settled at the Supreme Court, with the court ruling in his favour and thereby declaring him as the winner of the April 2007 Governorship election in Rivers State. He was reelected for a second term of four years in April 2011.
Towards the expiration of his second tenure, and as the 2015 election race was gradually picking pace, Amaechi was appointed the Director-general of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Presidential Campaign. After the success of the campaign, he was on the 11th of November 2015 appointed as the Minister of Transportation by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister is married to Judith Amaechi, with whom he has three boys.
Dr. Patrick Verhoeven
After completing his studies in transport economics and maritime law at the University of
Antwerp, Patrick Verhoeven started his career in the maritime sector in 1991, working in
various departments of the Antwerp-based ship agent Grisar & Velge.
In 1993 he moved to Brussels where he established the office of FEPORT, the Federation of
European Private Port Operators. Patrick Verhoeven was the first Secretary General of the
organisation, a position which he held for seven years. During this period he also represented
the interests of UNISTOCK - the European federation of agribulk storekeepers - and ECASBA -
the European association of ship brokers and agents.
In 2000, Patrick Verhoeven was appointed Secretary General of the European Sea Ports
Organisation. ESPO represents the port authorities, port associations and port
administrations of the seaports of the European Union. The organisation was established in
1993 to promote policies and viewpoints of the European port sector with, primarily, the
institutions of the European Union.
In parallel to his activities for ESPO, Patrick Verhoeven is currently preparing a doctoral thesis
on port management reform in Europe. He is also co-author of the “The Ports Portable”, the
first cultural travel guide on port cities.
Rtd. Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar
Former Military Head of State
Abdulsalami Abubakar was born on 13 June 1942 to his father Abubakar Jibrin and his mother Fatikande Mohammed, in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. From 1950-1956 he attended Minna Native Authority Primary school. From 1957-1962, he had his secondary school education at Government College, Bida, Niger state. From January to October 1963 he studied at Kaduna Technical College.