The first and the only female Registrar/Chief Executive of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) to date, Mrs. Patience Anabor, fondly called PATITO by loved ones, was born in Benin City on July 14, 1948 to Mr.& Mrs. Abel Agheisi Addo of blessed memory.
She attended Fiwasaiye Girls Grammar School, Akure, from 1961-1966 and Edo College, Benin City for her A levels. This alumnus of California State University, San Jose, California, USA, graduated with bachelors and masters degrees in January 1973 and June 1974 with a major in English and Librarianship respectively. An accomplished and renowned librarian, Mrs. Anabor is a time tested manager of men and materials.
Prior to moving her services to the Nigerian Institute of Management as the Institute’s librarian, Mrs. Anabor had worked with the University of Benin where she assiduously worked her way from Assistant Librarian in 1974 to become Senior Librarian in 1981, a position she held till 1985 when she joined the Institute. Perhaps the highpoint of her work life at the University of Benin was making history by becoming the first elected female member of the University Senate in 1977.
On joining the Institute, her knack for hard work and dedication to duty became also noticeable and she was rewarded with more work and promotions. This saw her climbing up the management ladder swiftly, moving from being the Institute’s Librarian at the point of entry to becoming the Chief Executive eighteen years later in 2003. In addition to receiving letters of appreciation from three past Presidents of the Institute (Mrs. Margaret Adeleke, Mr. Akinbayo Adenubi and Late Dr. (Chief) Lugard Aimiuwu) for discharging her duties creditably, Mrs. Anabor is the recipient of 1997 NIM Presidential Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of the Institute. She became a Fellow of the Institute in 2002.
She scored another first by being the first retired Registrar/Chief Executive to be elected into the Council of the Institute in 2011. Before becoming a member of Council, she had served as Secretary to Council during her tenure as the Registrar/Chief Executive (2003 – 2008). She served also as chairman of several committees of Council inclding Publications and Library; Awards, and Membership Committees of Council. Her innumerable contributions to the advancement of the Institute and the management profession culminated in her being elected the National Treasurer in 2015 for a two year term. She was elected the Deputy President of the Nigerian Institute of Management in 2017.
Mrs. Anabor is a member of the Nigerian Library Association and she has attended many leadership and management courses in Nigeria and the business schools of Ivy League universities across the world. She belongs to some social clubs such as the Inner Wheel Club of Satellite Town, Lagos, Club Unique, Benin City and Blessed Sisters, Lagos where she served as Treasurer and Assistant Secretary respectively. Mrs. Anabor is very active in her church, Saints Michael, Raphael & Gabriel Catholic Church, Satellite Town, Lagos, where she served as a member of the church council. She belongs to the Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) of the same church and is an active member having served the organization as Financial Secretary and Treasurer at different times.
She was married to Late Mr. Philip Anabor, FNIM, and the marriage is blessed with children and grand children.
This Amazon of many firsts, woman of integrity and compassion, a manager of men and materials, a.k.a. “Mama NIM”, became the 22nd President and Chairman of Council of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) in December 2019.
Engr. Ibrahim Khaleel Inuwa was born in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria in April 1949. He attended Kofar Kudu Elementary School in the Kano Emir’s Palace, Gwale Senior Primary School and Government College, Kaduna for his West African School Certificate and Rumfa College, Kano for Higher School Certificate before proceeding to study Mechanical Engineering at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and graduated with a Second Class Honours degree in 1973, He studied Automobile Engineering at University of Cranfield, England and graduated with a Master of Science degree (M.SC.) in 1978. He did group training in the field of Construction Machinery organized by Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA under the international cooperation program of the Government of Japan in 1975. He did a course in senior management in University of Manchester, England under British Government Technical Cooperation program in 1985. He was registered by COREN to practice in 1979.
He was president of the Nigeria Society of Engineers NSE, (1989 to 1990) the umbrella body for all engineers in Nigeria and its fellow since 1988. He was President of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria COREN, 1991 to 1994, the Government Regulatory body for Engineering in Nigeria. He is Fellow of the Nigerian academy of engineering since 2010. He is a Fellow and Council member of the Nigeria Institute of Management NIM and the Chair of its works Committee 2016 to 2107. He is a member of the Energy Committee of the World Federation of Engineering Organization WFEO since 2006.
He served as Pioneer Corp Member in Nigeria’s National Youth Service Scheme NYSC in Rivers State Transport Corporation, Port Harcourt 1973 to 1974. He worked with Kano State Ministry of works and rose to become Principal Mechanical Engineer in 1979 in charge of Central Mechanical Workshop. He worked with Kano State Ministry of Rural and Community Development as Chief Engineer/Chief Projects Coordinator 1980 to 1984. He worked with Kano State Agriculture and Rural Development Authority KNARDA as Director Engineering Mechanical 1984 to 1985. In 1985 to 1986 he worked as Deputy Managing Director, National Trucks Manufacturers LTD. NTM, the vehicle assembly plant for fiat truck and tractors. From 1986 to 1988 he served as Kano State Commissioner for the Ministry of Rural and Community and Member Development of the State Executive Council. In 1988, he was transferred to the newly created Ministry for Animal Health and Forestry as Commissioner from where he resigned in 1989 and found Technokonsult Engineering and Management Consultant Ltd where he has been the Chairman Chief Executive Office. He also worked as Coordinator Steel Development for four years 2008 to 2012 in Ajaokuta Steel Company lLtd and National Iron Ore Ltd itakpe in the federal Government Interim Management Committee IMC.
He served in the following companies: Board Member Nigeria LNG Ltd. (NLNG). 1989 to 1992, Board Member Federal Road Safety Commission 1988 to 1994, Chairman National Committee on Engineering Infrastructure Federal Ministry of Science and Technology 1990, Board Member Federal Government Nigeria Uranium Mining Company Ltd. 1990 to 1993, Board Member National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure NASENI 1991 to 1994, Member 1999 Constitution Debate Coordinating Committee CDCC 1998, Chairman ENCON the Projects Management Consulting Company for Ajaokuta Steel Project 1992 to 2005. Member Federal Government Peer Review Panel on parastatals under Federal Ministry of Science & Technology for National Development 2007 to 2008, Chairman Kano State Government Committee for the Verification & Review of Projects Transection and contracts between May 1999 and April 2003, 2004. Member Policy & Monitoring Committee of the National Council on Privatization NCP, 2011 to 2015, Chairman National Board for Technology Incubation NBTI 2009 to 2012, Member Presidential Projects Monitoring Committee PPMC 2010 to 2013, Chairman Kano State College of Arts, Science and Remedial Studies CAS, 1995 to 1997, Chairman Kano State Polytechnic 1997 to 1998, member kano state science & technical schools board 1976 to 1979. Member and later Chairman Basic Tech Industries Ltd. 1986 to 2012 and Chairman Technovation Nig. Ltd. 1989 to date.
Engr. Inuwa was Awarded the National Honor, Officer of the order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria OFR in 2005. He was awarded Fellowship of the Lagos State Polytechnic in 2002. He was awarded Herbert Macaulay Memorial lecturer HMML by University of Nigeria Nsukka in 2003. He was awarded Eight times at different times Merit award by NSE and twice by COREN. Engr. Inuwa is married with children.
Dr. (Mrs.) Christiana Atako, former Ag. Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Development Commission, was born on August 21, and hails from Asang Eniong, Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State. She had her early education at Primary School, Mayne Avenue, Calabar and Union Secondary School, Ibiaku, between 1965 and 1975. She obtained the National Certificate of Education (English/French) from the College of Education, Uyo in 1978. Thereafter, she attended the University of Sokoto from where she graduated in 1984 with a First Class Honours Degree in English. She also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma (Public Relations) from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos in 2000, another Post Graduate Diploma (Cross-Sector Partnership from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and yet another Post Graduate Diploma (Conflict Resolution Skills) from the University of Coventry in 2007.
After her National Youth Service between 1978 and 1979 at the School of Nursing, Oshogbo, she worked with the Cross River State Teaching Service Commission and Cross River State Civil Service Commission from 1979 to 1993. In 1993 she joined the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC) as Assistant Director, Community Affairs, from 1995 to 2001, she was Assistant Director, Public Affairs in OMPADEC. Between 2001 when Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was set up and June 2002, she was Assistant Director and Acting Head of Community and Rural Development Directorate. She became Deputy Director, Community and Rural Development in March 2003, Head, Corporate Affairs in 2007, Director, Community and Rural Development in 2010 and Director, Education, Health and Social Services in 2012. In 2013, Dr. Atako was appointed Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.
Dr. (Mrs.) Atako has attended several courses, seminars and conferences within and outside the country and has also presented scholarly papers in several training programmes and workshops.
A versatile professional, Dr. Atako is a Fellow of several professional bodies such as the Nigerian Institute of Management; Institute of Strategic Management; Certified Institute of Public Administration and Management; Certified Directors Institute, and Institute of Corporate Managers and Public Administrators. She is also a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Nigerian Institute of Personnel Management and Nigerian Institute of Management Consultants.
Dr. Atako who joined in the Institute in 2000 has served in different capacities at Port Harcourt Chapter and Rivers State Branch as well as national level where she has been a four time Council Member. In recognition of her sterling contributions to the development of the Institute and growth of the management profession, she was elected the National Treasurer in December 2019.
Her hobbies are reading, researching and traveling. She is married with children.