By Sandra Chukwunyere

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mohammed Bello Koko as the substantive Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

According to press statement issued the Federal Ministry of Transportation  on Tuesday in a circular signed by Eric Ojiekwe, Director, Press and Public Relations.

Prior to this appointment, Koko was the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of NPA,” the statement said.

Koko was born on the March 25, 1969 in the Koko-Besse Local Government area of Kebbi State.He attended the Federal Government College, Sokoto, for his secondary education before proceeding to the University of Sokoto for his First Degree in Management Studies (B.Sc) in 1992.

Koko obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, in 1995.

Koko started his career with FSB International Bank Plc, Port Harcourt, in 1996 as Executive Trainee-Banking Operations.

He rose to several positions – Banking Officer-Credit and later Senior Banking Officer-Senior Treasury Officer, Senior Banking Officer-Energy Sector (ENSEC) in charge of managing various oil and gas related multinational accounts and sub-contractors.

He joined Zenith Bank Plc in 2005 as a Manager-Team Head, Public Sector and Large Corporate and rose to the position of Deputy General Manager and Zonal Head which made him a member of the bank’s executive management team, a position he held since 2013 until he proceeded on leave of absence in 2015 before he was appointed Executive Director Finance of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)

Usman was suspended based on a recommendation by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to set up an administrative panel of inquiry to investigate the management of the NPA.

After Usman’s suspension, Bello-Koko was appointed by the President to take over as acting head, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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