Ifueko Omoigui Okauru is the Managing Partner of Compliance Professionals PLC and a member, Board of Trustees of DAGOMO Foundation Nigeria. She is the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, a Non-Executive Director of Nigerian Breweries PLC , Central Securities Clearing System and an Independent Director of Seplat Petroleum Development Company PLC.
From May 2004 to April 2012, Ifueko was the first female Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Chairman of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) comprising representatives of all taxing tiers of government of Nigeria.
Akintunde Oyebode is a trained Economist. He worked as a Research Assistant at the Lagos Business School, and spent over a decade in various banking roles with First City Monument Bank (FCMB) and Stanbic IBTC Bank. Prior to being appointed as Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), he was the Head of SME Banking at Stanbic IBTC Bank.
Dele Martins is a trained lawyer, called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1986, and enrolled as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1992. He is currently the Managing Director of HFP Engineering (Nig) Limited. In addition, he is also the Chairman of Yoruba Tennis Club, President of the Methodist Boys High School Lagos Old Boys Association and a Member, Ansar Ud Deen Education Board of Trustees.
Tunde Bank-Anthony is a public affairs commentator and sports enthusiast. He has more than twenty years experience across public and private sector roles in Lagos and the United Kingdom. He is the immediate past Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Sports Endowment Fund.
Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wecyclers, a recycling social enterprise. Bilikiss is a graduate of Fisk University, Vanderbilt University and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Before founding Wecyclers, Bilikiss worked as a Software Engineer at IBM. While at MIT, Bilikiss was a Legatum Fellow at MIT’s Legatum center for Development and Entrepreneurship. Bilikiss is a Carroll Wilson Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow and is a 2013 recipient of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.
Otto Orondaam is a young Nigerian with a passion for social reform and international development. As a social entrepreneur he founded Slum2School Africa in 2012 during his national youth service, and since inception, has worked with over 5000 volunteers from over 25 countries to provide educational/infrastructural support and scholarships for thousands of children from various communities. Otto Orondaam is a member of the Human Capital Development commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), The Education Reform Team and also an Ambassador for Junior Achievement Nigeria. He is a Social Innovator Fellow and a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow.
Funmi Dawodu is a Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a member, Institute of Chartered Management Accountants UK (ICMA). He is the CEO and Managing Partner of Funmi Dawodu & Co, an accounting, audit and management consultancy firm.
Comrade Ajayi has spent almost three decades participating in civil society activities in Nigeria. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Vital Heritage Renaissance Enterprise and an Executive Director at Centre For Democracy and Socio-Economic Rights, which are both platforms for the promotion and enhancement of social and economic values of individuals, government and corporate entities.
Tunde Durosinmi-Etti has over thirty years experience in both public and private sector roles. He was formerly the Managing Director of Ibile Holdings, and Special Adviser to the National Assembly on Economic Policy. Currently, he serves as the Lagos State Commissioner of Wealth Creation & Employment.
Akinyemi Ashade has a combined experience of over 20 years across private and public sector institutions. Prior to his appointment as the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Finance/ Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Ashade was a Partner at KPMG Professional Services, with specialization in audit, tax and advisory services.
Quite simply, the Lagos State government has created a N25 billion fund to invest in the businesses of small and medium scale entrepreneurs who currently reside in Lagos. The fund will also help to train residents, to qualify them for better jobs.
The initiative is the brainchild of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. It was created to bridge the employment gap in Lagos State and serve as an instrument to galvanise the creative and innovative energies of all Lagosians
The fund will energize the economy in many ways: by removing constraints to production and supporting businesses to grow; and by ensuring the availability of a competent work force to ensure businesses find the right people to hire.
The Fund will use various interventions to boost job creation in Lagos State, energize the Lagos economy to boost the state’s production, support various initiatives designed to make Lagos a preferred investment destination and support Lagosians seeking to start or run their businesses and unemployed Lagosians who lack the skills to take existing jobs.
It is headed by Mrs Ifueko Omoigui Okauru and the Executive Secretary is Akintunde Oyebode. Other members include Mr Dele Martins, Tunde Bank-Anthony, Mrs Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, Mr Otto Orondaa, Pastor Funmi Dawodu (FCA), Comrade Michael Popoola Ajayi, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, and Mr Tunde Durosinmi-Etti.