Amb. Sarafa Tunji Ishola : Portrait of Nigeria’s new High Commissioner to UK

CHIEF SARAFA TUNJI ISHOLA  was  born  in Abeokuta,  capital of Ogun State on November, 25, 1960.
He had his education as follows: Oke-Ona United Primary School, Ilugun, Abeokuta, Ogun State between 1966 and 1971; Nawair-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Obantoko, Abeokuta (1973 – 1977) ;Chartered Institute of Marketing, England (1978 – 1981) ; Principles of Investment Course, South West London College, Tooting Broadway, London, United Kingdom (1981); US Financial System (Organised by the Department of State, Washington, USA) – 2002; Leaders in Development Course at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (2009); University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria (Masters of Business Administration) between 2009 and 2011.
Chief Ishola as a politician was Chairman, Abeokuta North Local Government between 1997 and 1998; Special Assistant, Hon. Minister of State for Finance between 1999 and 2003; Secretary to the Ogun State Government between 2003 and 2007. He was appointed Hon. Minister of Mines & Power; Steel Development in 2007 – 2008.
Isola Work Experience are as follows: NYSC as Lecturer, Department of Business Studies, Federal College of Education, Katsina (1982 – 1983); Lecturer in Business Statistics, Marketing and Economics at Federal College of Education, Katsina (1983 – 1986); Sales Executive, Commercial Services Division, Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (1986 – 1990); Executive Chairman, Taist Nigeria Ltd. (1990 – 1997); Elected Chairman, Abeokuta North Local Government Council (1997 – 1998); Elected Chairman, Conference of Local Government Council Chairmen, Ogun State, Nigeria (1997 – 1998); Member, Audit Committee of Gateway Bank PLC – 1998.  Executive Chairman, Taist Nigeria Ltd; Taist Merchants; Eshawller Investment Ltd; Platisol Investment Ltd. (2014 till date Date).
1. Chairman, Conference of Local Government Council Chairmen in Southwest of Nigeria, 1997/1998.
2. 18 – Member National Co-ordinating Committee of the Local Government Chairmen Forum in Nigeria, 1998.
3. National Congressional Conference on Economic and Development Issues in Nigeria during the visit to Nigeria by the President of the World Bank Group, Mr. James D. Wolfensohn, October 7th – 9th , 1999, Abuja, Nigeria.
4. Twenty-Seventh Meeting of the Administration and Finance Commission (ECOWAS), 27th Nov – 3rd Dec, 2001, Abuja, Nigeria.
5. National Council on Finance and Economic Development, (Fiscal Federalism Under a Democratic System of Governance) 16th to 18th October, 2002, at Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.
6. Presidential Retreat for Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and other top officials of the Federal Government of Nigeria, 16th – 18th August, 2007 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigeria.
7. African Mining Partnership, an initiative of NEPAD for championing and co-ordinating mining and minerals-related initiatives in Africa -23rd – 25th August 2007 in Abuja, Nigeria.
8. Presidential Retreat at the State House, 23rd October 2007, Abuja, Nigeria.
9. 44th Annual Conference of Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) and investiture as Patron of NMGS, 10th – 12th March, 2008, Abuja, Nigeria.
10. Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS) 2009 – 11. Budget Office of the Federation in collaboration with DFID and World Bank, 14th – 19th July, 2008, Abuja, Nigeria.
11. Nigerian Iron and Steel Summit, ‘Towards the attainment of vision 20/2020 in the Mineral and Metals Sector’’ 31st July – 1st August 2008, Lagos, Nigeria.
12. Northern Nigeria Economic and Investment Summit, Conference of the Northern States Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, (chairman Solid Minerals Session), October 6th – 8th , 2008, Abuja, Nigeria.
1. First Consultative Committee Meeting of the Board of Governors, African Development Bank, 18th -19th November, 1999, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
2. Meeting of the ECOWAS Trade, Customs, and Immigration, 22nd – 23rd November, 1999, Lome, Togo.
3. 44th Session of ECOWAS Council of Ministers, 5th – 7th December, 1999, Lome, Togo.
4. 22nd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), 9th – 10th December, 1999, Lome, Togo.
5. Ministerial Meeting on Accelerated Implementation of ECOWAS Priority Programmes, 27th – 29th January 2000, Bamako, Mali.
6. Second Meeting of the Governor’s Consultative Committee (GCC). 6th – 7th April, 2000. Helsinki, Finland.
7. 7th General Meeting of Shareholders’ African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim), 8th May, 2000, Tunis, Tunisia.
8. The 6th Meeting of Afrexim Advisory Group on Trade Finance and Export Development in Africa, May 9th, 2000, Tunis, Tunisia.
9. African Development Bank, African Development Fund Extraordinary Meeting, Board of Governors, 29th and 30th May, 2000, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
10. The OPEC Fund for International Development, 22nd Annual Session of the Ministerial Council, 13th June, 2000, Portschch, Netherlands.
11. Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting, 19th – 21st September, 2000, Malta 12. International Monetary Fund World Bank Group, Board of Governors Annual Meeting, 18th -29th September, 2000, Prague, Czech Republic.
13. The African Development Bank Group Third Meeting of the Governors’ Consultative Committee, 8th – 9th April, 2001, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
14. The Joint Conference of African Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Planning and Economic Development, 6th to 10th May, 2001, Algiers, Algeria.
15. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Joint Conference of Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Planning and Economic Development, 8th – 10th May, 2001, Brussels.
16. 3rd Conference of Least Developed Nations, 14th – 20th May, 2001, Brussels.
17. Ministerial Meeting on the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Integration Process in West Africa (ECOWAS), 19th – 20th November, 2001, Bamako, Mali.
18. Sixth Meeting of the Convergence Council of Ministers and Governors of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), 15th – 21st December, 2001, Dakar, Senegal.
19. ECOWAS Macro-Economic Convergence Council, First Meeting of the Convergence Council (Ministers of Finance and Governors of Central Banks), 18th December, 2001, Dakar, Senegal.
20. Study Visit to Washington DC, USA, 5th – 13th February, 2002.
– US Department of State
– US Capitol Hill (Senate & House
Committees on Finance/Appropriation)
– US Security Exchange Commission
– US Federal Reserve Bank
– International Monetary Fund Headquarters
– World Bank Group Headquarters
– US Overseas Private Insurance Corporation.
21. Study visit to New York City, USA, 13th – 17th February, 2002 – New York Stock Exchange
– New York Times
– Goldman Sachs
– Statue of Liberty
22. Study visit to Chicago, Illinois, USA, 17th – 20th February, 2002 – Chicago Commodity Exchange
– Sears Towers (Architecture)
– Michigan Lake
– Chicago Zoo.
23. Study visit to Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 20th – 24th February, 2002 – Phoenix City Council
– Bank of America
– Visit to a typical America family
– Housing Estates Development.
24. Study visit to San Francisco, California, USA 24th – 28th February, 2002 – Silicon Valley
– Venture Capital Management
25. African Development Bank (ADB) Governors’ Consultative Committee, 8th and 9th April, 2002, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
26. Seventh Meeting of the Convergence Council of Ministers and Governors of the West African Monetary Zone, 11th – 12th April, 2002, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
27. The OPEC Fund for International Development, 12th June, 2002, Vienna, Austria.
28. ECA’s (Economic Opportunity for Africa) 8th Session of the Conference of Ministers of Finance (21st – 22nd November, 2002) and the High Level Regional Consultative Meeting on Financing for Development (15th – 17thNovember) in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.
29. Amir-Hajj of Ogun State Pilgrims during Hajj 2004 to Saudi Arabia.
30. Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), May, 2007, Houston, Texas, USA.
31. Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, 17th – 19th September, 2007. Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
32. Ministerial Meeting of the African Mining Partnership, 1st – 2nd February, 2008, Cape-Town, South-Africa.
33. The Annual Conference for Natural Resources Professionals, 4th -7th February, 2008, (Mining Indaba), South-Africa.
34. World Mines Industries Forum 08, 28th February- 2nd March, 2008, Ontario, Canada.
35. Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), 2nd – 5th March, 2008, Toronto, Canada.
36. Africa Downunder Conference, 4th – 5th September, 2008, Perth, Western Australia.
37. Korea Africa Economic Cooperation Conference (KOAFEC), 27th – 30th October, 2008, Seoul, South Korea.
Personality: VISION A model in Good Governance & Best Practice.
MISSION: Constructive Development.
People Welfare: ETHOS *Service *Trust *Integrity.
PASSION *Law & Order *Peoples Welfare *Social Justice.

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