Bashir Abiola Are is a dynamic, innovative, result driven private and public sectors executive with over 26 years of proven technical, entrepreneurial, and managerial expertise. He’s vastly skilled in conceptualizing and implementing transformative business solutions, his background includes Business Process Reengineering (BPR), Project Management, Strategy Planning, Systems Integration, ECommerce, and International Trade. Bashir distinctly worked as Principal Consultant for Getronics, EMC, and Northrop Grumman Corporations at U.S. Departments of Treasury, Energy, Labor, U.S. Patent & Trademarks Office (USPTO), and U.S. Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) long-term projects. He also worked as Senior Systems Engineer and Network Operations Manager for Lockheed Martin Corporation and Large-Scale Proteomics Corporation respectively in Germantown, Maryland, USA.
He recently served as Sole Administrator (Mayor) at Lagos Island East (LCDA) Government between June, 2016 and August, 2017; where he actively participated in strategic collaborations with Lagos State Ministries, Departments and Agencies on Growth and Employment in States (GEMS3), a U.K. DFID funded project designed to boost employment opportunities and promote “ease of doing business” framework in Local and State Governments.
Prior to Sole Administrator calling, Bashir worked as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Funds & Electronic Transfer Solutions (fets) Limited in Lagos, Nigeria. He superintended the operation of revenue collections and electronic payments for public and private clients in excess of $31M monthly, managed 12 District Managers and 3,782 Agents nationwide. He also oversaw development of Lottery, Payment Aggregation and Mobile-Money platforms that saved the company more than $1.8m of annual software licensing fees and co-authored an innovative concept to amplify Mobile Money and Cashless Nigeria policy adoption that won fets $4 million in the IFC, DFID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded EFInA Innovation Grant.
He liaised copiously with Telecommunication companies, Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System (NIBBS), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and National Communication Commission (NCC) on regulatory compliance, policy advisory and technology platforms inter-operability strategies. As an entrepreneur, he operated MoneyMart in Maryland, USA between 1994-1996 serving the unbanked and underbanked clienteles with licenses from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission, Western Union and Global Express Money Order Companies as a payment processor, lottery and global remittance agent. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer for Lagos State Lotteries Board, Bashir was an Executive Director at Itex Integrated Services Limited.
He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Information Technology from University of Maryland University College and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Salem University in West Virginia, USA. He also attended several workforce development training and workshops in Project Management, Organization Design & Leadership, Innovation and Strategy Management. He’s one of the foremost Nigerian FINTECH executives in the United States of America and Africa
OLOTU JOAN OLUWAFUNMILOLA has a degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Lagos with a specialty in Strategic Management. She has 15 years working experience and has held several roles in Telecommunication, Public Service, and NGO. Her expertise includes Project Management, Business Intelligence, Tax Administration and Business Consultancy. She is a strategic thinker with proven record of hard work and integrity.
Funmi is a certified Social Entrepreneur with a Certification on Social Sector Management from the Enterprise Development Center (EDC) of the Lagos Business School (LBS).
In Addition, she has completed several courses and programs. Funmi’s excellent leadership, communication, collaboration, and organizational skills has over the years sharpened her ability to identify, analyze and proffer strategic transformational change.
Funmi is a life coach for youths/young adults and enjoys giving back to the society by reaching out to the less privileged and alleviating poverty.
Funmi is currently the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of the Lagos State on State Lotteries.
Adetoun Julianah Adeyemi is the Board Secretary/Legal Adviser of the Lagos State Lottery Board. She is responsible for ensuring policy formulation, compliance, monitoring and corporate due diligence in the Lagos State gaming industry. As part of her responsibilities, she oversees the application review process, LSLB’s secretariat, dispute resolution proceedings and manages communications between LSLB and industry stakeholders which include the State Government, regulatory agencies, gaming licensees and the general public.
She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) as well as a Masters degree in Law from the prestigious University of Ibadan. She was also called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
She is a lawyer with over 25 years experience in several legal spheres. She started her career with a brief stint at J-K Gadzama LLP. She was an administrative officer with the Project team responsible for the design and installation of the Automated Systems for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) for the Nigerian Customs Service. She was also a part-time Law Lecturer at the Lagos State Polytechnic before she joined the Lagos State civil service as a State Counsel.
Adetoun’s tour of duties in the Lagos State Civil Service cuts across Commercial Law, Civil Litigation, Mediation, Negotiation and Conciliation, having worked in the Commercial Law and Civil Litigation Directorates of the Ministry of Justice. She has also worked as the Head of the Legal Departments of Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Ministry of Housing.
She has been involved in several committees within the Lagos State Public Service, some of which include: Member, Technical Committee on Badia East Resettlement Action Plan; Secretary,The Committee to review the non-participation of Lagos State Public Servants in the National Housing Fund(NHF) scheme; Secretary,The Committee on Lagos Affordable Public Housing to mention but a few.
She is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK (Nigerian Branch). In her quest for self development, She has attended several legal and managerial courses, trainings and seminars.
Adetoun is a results-driven and goal-oriented legal practitioner, able to analyze complex legal issues and present sound opinions on them both orally and in writing.Her client services, drafting and summarization, multitasking and prioritization, mediation, oral and written communication as well as problem solving skills have over the years sharpened her expertise in the Public Sector,Real Estate, Commercial Law, Civil Litigation and Legal Research.
Adetoun is a Christian,happily married with children. She loves to spend her spare time empowering women and youths.
Oladiji is a Certified National Accountant (CNA). He is a Public Finance Accountant saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the effective and efficient operation of accounting and financial activities, ensuring that public money is being spent judiciously by providing adequate and timely financial reporting and control in any financial sphere.
Oladiji started his career with Amicable Assurance Company before joining the State Treasury Office of Lagos State Government as an Accountant. He has over 20 years working experience spanning across Twelve MDAs in the Lagos State Civil Service. A technocrat, an astute civil servant per excellence, innovative, dynamic and friendly with figures.
Oladiji graduated from the Federal Polytechnics Idah where he obtained Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy and a post graduate diploma in Information Technology from Federal University of Technology Owerri. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Finance and Control of Nigeria (IFCN). An Associate Member of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN).
He loves football and he is happily married with lovely children.
Remi Iwayemi is the Head of Information Technology LSLB. He is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the Lagos State gaming industry is abreast of technological trends and its operations are in line with global best practices. He has over 15 years work experience spanning across key sectors of the country’s economy, from Banking, Consulting, Manufacturing to Real Estate and more recently Public Sector.
Remi is a business process technology expert having worked on some of the biggest ERP projects within the country He brings to bear valuable managerial experience, successfully managing multicultural resource ERP projects in the Oil & Gas sector like NLNG, NNPC, Kaduna Refinery to mention a few.
He is a graduate of the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife Osun State. A certified SAP implementation consultant, and also has trainings/certifications in Project Management; Business Analytics; Design thinking (Ideation) and Leadership.
In his spare time, Remi loves to sing and is an avid football fan. He also Heads the Cell Network “Friendship” System of a 650 member strong internationally acclaimed Nigerian Church Choir.
Tanko Olaseni Mohammed is a renowned economist from Lagos State University (LASU).
He has acquired over 15 years working experience in both private and public sector.
Tanko Olaseni commenced his sojourn with the defunct reliable finance bank where he fulfilled customers demand in alignment with the principle and policy of the organization.
He later became an assistant operations manager at Saheeto Group of companies where he coordinated eight (8) outlets and ensured continual improvement in service delivery.
Joined Lagos local parliament (Lagos Island Local Government) in the year 2004 – 2011, as the leader of the house with well over 4o new policies formulated to have positive impact on the people. Furthermore, he excellently performed his oversight function over 21 significant local community development projects within the period.
He has also served as secretary to the local government (Lagos Island East) between 2012 – 2015 acting as a link between the State and Local government. He was the driving force of policy formulation and implementation between the Legislative and Executive arm of government.
Nonetheless, he served as the Chairman Revenue Committee (Lagos Island East LCDA) between 2017 – 2018, where he introduced the professional training in methodology and strategic way of wealth creation from the London South Bank university, London, UK. This brought about an unprecedented 45 % increase in revenue generation for the local government.
Olaseni is a distinguished, dedicated and selfless individual who predicates the discharge of his responsibility on international best practice.