Newly appointed Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, NIPC, Mrs. Uju Aisha Baba Hassan has assumed duties with a promise to chart a new way forward for the realization of the Commission’s mandate.
Hassan, according to a statement by the NIPC Assistant Director/Head, Media & Public Affairs, Mr. Joel Attah stated this while addressing the staff members at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
The new Chief Executive enjoined them to bury all grievances and forget the past but work with her to achieve results.
“We should not dwell in the past, but now be more focused to deliver on the Commission’s mandate of attracting and facilitating investments into the nation’s economy”, she said.
She added, “The role of the Commission has become more relevant now with the declining of oil revenue and charge the staff to work assiduously to lead in the crusade of diversifying the nation’s economy from oil sector to non-oil sector through massive investments”.
The new NIPC boss who was given tumultuous welcome by the entire staff of the Commission was full of happiness and expressed determination to turn the fortunes of the Commission around, and later held a closed door meeting with the directors to put up strategies in place for a new NIPC.
The statement informed that the two directors who were suspended by the former Executive Secretary, Ms. Ladi Katagum and Reuben Kifasi have resumed duties.
It stated that the new Executive Secretary had served previously as Director-General, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Anambra State and Director, Legal Services, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.
She is until her new appointment a Non-Executive Director of Bank of Industry, BoI while she also headed the panel that reviewed the pioneer status scheme of NIPC recently.
She is a Law graduate of University of Nigeria and the Nigeria Law School, attended the International Law Institute, Washington D.C, where she got a certificate in International Project Procurement and Contract Negotiations, as well as the University of London for a certificate in Legislative Drafting.
Hassan has 30 years’ post-bar experience in the Nigerian legal space. She is a one-time Anambra State Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice, Director-General of the Legal Aid Council, Director of Legal Services at the Federal Ministry of Education, and current Director of Legal Services, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Abuja.
She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK and Nigeria, the Commonwealth Bar Association, the Editorial Board, ThisDay Newspapers, and the National Health Research Ethics Committee.
She served on the team that reviewed the Police Duty Solicitor Scheme while she worked with the Legal Aid Council, developed the Anambra State Water Law, and authored the 2008 Review of the Justice Sector of Nigeria. She effectively repositioned the Legal Aid Council to boost access to justice, and is an Officer of the Order of the Niger, OON.

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