Emeritus Professor Jibril Munzali :: President & Chairman of Council
An alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; University of Leeds, United Kingdom and University of Lancaster, United Kingdom, Prof. Muhammad Munzali Jibril who had very humble beginnings started out as a Grade II teacher with Kano Local Education Authority before working himself assiduously up the leader of his chosen profession to become an internationally acclaimed professor of English with Bayero University, Kano. Having been a teacher for the greater part of his life (1971 to date), he has supervised uncountable undergraduate dissertations, M.A. and Ph.D theses in the areas of language and linguistics. He has also examined for Bayero University, Kano, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, University of Jos, University of Abuja and Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto in the areas of English Language and Linguistics at levels ranging from undergraduate to Ph.D. In addition to these teaching commitments, he was also active on the administrative scene at Bayero University where he was at various times Head of Department, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies, Dean of the Postgraduate School and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. In this last capacity, he played a key role in many administrative reforms which improved the transparency and efficiency of the University. Apart from being Language Teacher, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, he was also a visiting Professor, Department of linguistics and Modern English Language, University of Lancaster, United Kingdom during his sabbatical leave from Bayero University. Prof. Jibril, a former President of Nigerian Academy of Letters has equally been the Academy Provost, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. During his time at there, he functioned as the administrative head of the Defence Academy’s Academic Branch which runs the undergraduate degree courses that all cadets must pass before they are commissioned as officers in the Nigerian Armed Forces. As a result of the solid academic foundation which he alongside others helped to lay there, the Academy was ranked 9th out of the 36 universities which were accredited by the NUC in 1999/2000. Other than teaching, this avid reader and prolific writer has made inestimable contributions to the advancement of the literary world through many publications in local and international newspapers and professional journals. He has also authored and co-authored books. In recognition of his innumerable contributions to educational development in the country, he was appointed the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission by the Federal Government in 1999, a position he held meritoriously till 2001. During his time at the Commission, he was a tireless advocate of reform in the nation’s university system. In this connection, he played a key role in fashioning out a Government policy document on autonomy, which was widely commended as providing a good basis for the de-regulation of the Nigerian University System. It was also in his time that e-mail was first introduced in Nigerian universities. Prof. Jibril, a one time Coordinator, Police Academy, Wudil, who is credited with converting the academy to a degree-awarding institution and being instrumental to the establishment of Umaru Yar’Adua University, Katsina, has held many other public offices at both his home State of Kano and at the centre. These include but are not limited to Chairman, Board of Directors, Triumph Publishing Company, Kano; Chairman, National Planning Committee for Gifted Education; Chairman of Council, of both the Centre for Management Development and the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER); Member, Kano State Flood Disaster Relief Committee; Consultant to the World Bank on Secondary Education in Nigeria; Member, Committee of Deans of Postgraduate Schools in Nigerian Universities and Member, Presidential Advisory Committee, Abuja. A widely travelled personality, he has attended over 100 Conferences, Workshops and Seminars in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Algeria, Egypt, the United Kingdom, Germany France, Switzerland, Bermuda, Canada, the United States of America and other parts of Europe, including attending major Association of African Universities and UNESCO conferences on higher education, often as part of Nigeria’s delegation. An Honorary Fellow of the Mathematical Association of Nigeria and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations as well as a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, Prof. Jibril who was conferred the title Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 1999, joined the Nigerian Institute of Management in 2004 as a Full Member, the same year he was elected to the Council. Since joining the Institute he has served it in different capacities including being Chairman, Accreditation Committee; Chairman, Local organising Committee of 2007 Annual National Management Conference held in Kano and Member, Academy of Corporate Management. In appreciation of his commitment and service to the Institute, Prof. Jibril, a devout Muslim, who was upgraded to the prestigious grade of Fellow in 2007 was elected the President of NIM on Thursday, December 3, 2015.
Prof Iyanda Olukunle :: Deputy President
This erudite scholar of international repute who did not allow indigence to deter him from achieving his set academic goals distinguished himself all through his academic pursuit passing with top grades. He went through the prestigious University of Lagos as one of the pioneer students under the auspices of Esso (West Africa) Scholarship for outstanding performance graduating with second class (Upper Division) in Business Administration. Prof. Olukunle Iyanda was also a beneficiary of the NYU-Nigeria and the USAID scholarship project, which saw him through the Graduate School of Business (now Stern School of Business) of the New York University, New York, USA where he studied for the Master of Business Administration degree and his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in International Business Management and Marketing. In the midst of his academic pursuit, he still found time to be actively involved in activism through students’ unionism and the then ruling political party in the Western region of Nigeria, the Action Group. On graduation from the University of Lagos, Prof. Iyanda who spent the greater part of his work life at the university, worked briefly with the Nigerian Tobacco Company as a Trainee Marketing Manager before he was invited back to the university in February 1966 as a Graduate Assistant in Business Administration. From 1968 when he was appointed Assistant Lecturer at the University, he worked and discharged his duties creditably in different capacities before reaching the pinnacle of his academic career with his appointment as a Professor of Business Administration at the University of Lagos in March 1984. Having served as the Director of the MBA programme and Acting Head of the Department of Business Administration, Prof. Iyanda was elected Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration in 1984 and held the position till 1987 when he accepted the invitation of the Oyo State Government to serve as the Rector of The Polytechnic, Ibadan in order to stabilise the institution which was then experiencing considerable unrest. Having served as Rector for three years, Prof Iyanda returned to his base at the University of Lagos in January 1991 and retired in March of the same year, after 35 years of meritorious service. At the University, Prof. Iyanda served as a member of the Senate and on several committees of either the Council or the Senate. He strengthened the town and gown relationship and attracted corporate sponsorship of several public service activities of the Faculty of Business Administration. In April 1991, Prof. Iyanda took up appointment as Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), and raised the quality of training programmes, restored and strengthened the relationship with corporate members and increased the Institute’s public image through periodic public lectures from leading citizens and management practitioners such as Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Olu Falae, Chief M. K. O. Abiola and Dr. (Engr.) Onyemelukwe. In November 1995, Prof Iyanda resigned from the NIM to accept his appointment by the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, as the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Management and Administration of Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe, where he established the Master of Business Administration Programme as well as the undergraduate programmes in Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, and Economics. In 2000, he moved his services to the University of Botswana serving as Head of Department of Marketing for three and a half years. On his return to Nigeria in December 2010, he took up appointment with Caleb University, Imota, Lagos where he has served as Dean of the College of Social and Management Sciences and currently as Dean of the College of Postgraduate Studies. A fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Management and National Marketing Association, Prof Iyanda who is a recipient of ICON of Marketing of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and Distinguished Achievement Award, Oluyole Club, Lagos among other awards has edited four books and published several articles in learned journals both in Nigeria and internationally. Prof Iyanda who enjoys theatre, literary and debating, sports, and Nigerian indigenous music was married to Mrs. Omotola Iyanda (nee Omopintemi) of blessed memory and the marriage was blessed with three children. In appreciation of his innumerable contributions to the growth of the Institute and management profession, he was elected the Deputy President of the Nigerian Institute of Management in 2015.
Mrs Patience Anabor
The first and the only female Registrar/Chief Executive of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) to date, Mrs. Patience Anabor, fondly called Pat by friends and colleagues alike, is the current National Treasurer of the Institute. A Fellow of the Institute since 2002, this alumnus of San Jose University, San Jose, and California State University, California, United State of America, is also an accomplished and renowned librarian. Prior to moving her services to the Nigerian Institute of Management as its librarian, Mrs. Anabor had worked with the University of Benin where she assiduously worked her way from Assistant Librarian in 1974 to become Senior Librarian in 1981, a position she held till 1985 when she joined the Institute. Perhaps the highpoint of her work life at the University of Benin was making history by becoming the first elected female member of the university’s Senate in 1977. On joining the Institute, her knack for hard work and dedication to duty became noticeable and she was rewarded with more work and promotions. This saw her climbing up the management ladder swiftly, moving from being the Institute’s Librarian at the point of entry to being the chief executive eighteen years later. In addition to receiving letters of appreciation from three past Presidents of the Institute (Mrs. Margaret Adeleke, Mr. Akinbayo Adenubi and Late Dr. Lugard Aimiuwu) for discharging her duties creditably, Mrs. Anabor was the recipient of 1997 NIM Presidential Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of the Institute. She scored another first by being the first retired Registrar/Chief Executive to join the Council of the Institute. Before joining the Council in 2011, she had served as Secretary to Council during her tenure as the Registrar/Chief Executive (2003 – 2008) as well as being the chairman of Awards Committee, and Membership Committees of Council. Her innumerable contributions to the advancement of the Institute and the management profession culminated in her being elected the National Treasurer in 2015 for a two year term. A member of Nigerian Library Association, Mrs. Anabor who has attended many leadership and management courses in Nigeria and the business schools of Ivy League universities across the world equally belongs to some social clubs such as member of Inner Wheel Club of Satellite Town, Lagos as well as Club Unique, Benin City and Blessed Sisters, Lagos where she functions as Treasurer and Assistant Secretary respectively. A devout Christian of Roman Catholic denomination she was married to Late Mr. Phillip Anabor, FNIM, and blessed with two children.