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
Dauda has vast legal experience in the Nigeria Police Force. He attended the old Bendel State University now Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma where he bagged his first degree in law. He obtained certificates in Bank Fraud Detection & Investigation and International Criminal Justice and its Administration from the Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos.
He started his work career as a legal officer with the Nigeria Police Force and has served as a legal adviser and prosecutor in the Nigeria Police in different capacity across different states of the federation. He was the legal adviser to the United Nation Mission on Criminal Justice/Reform and Restructuring/Rehabilitation (UNMIS) in Sudan until his appointment by the Lagos State Lotteries Board. Umaren Dauda hails from Edo State of Nigeria.
Adebanke.J. Ogunode graduated from the University of Lagos, where she obtained a Bachelors in Law degree (LLB) and a Masters in Law (LLM) respectively. She was called to Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Adebanke started her legal career in the chambers of Oluwole Akanle & co before joining the Lagos state Government as a state counsel. She has over 21 years’ experience cutting across Litigation, Mediation ,Negotiation and Conciliation.
She is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK (Nigerian Branch), a member of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators and also an Associate member of the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates Uk.
Her passion for Human Right advocacy made her attend some courses in the University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights and Development.
Adebanke is the Board Secretary/Legal Adviser of LSLB. Her role is to ensure policy formulation, compliance, monitoring and corporate due diligence in the Lagos State gaming industry. She also oversees the application review process, LSLB’s secretariat, dispute resolution proceedings and manages communications between LSLB and industry stakeholders including the State Government, regulatory agencies, gaming licensees and the general public.
Aside Adebanke’s passion for Law, She is a woman Leader who has a genuine passion for women.she devotes her time and resources through various outreaches to ensure they are better in all spheres of life.
She has supported hundreds of pregnant women towards safe delivery through counselling and health care support.
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.
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.