Dr. Adamu Abubakar


director and member, projects implementation team


With Two (2) decades of diverse engineering experience across Telecommunication, ICT, Power Generation, Digital Technologies, Project Management, Operational Management, Project Financing, Corporate Financing, Financial Management & Analytics, Steel Industry, and Public Sector, I bring a unique and well-rounded perspective to any organization. As a former Chief Operating Officer, and Special Assistant to a Nigerian Federal Minister, I have an exceptional ability to lead teams and drive business growth by leveraging on my skills and experience to help drive strategic initiatives and deliver results.

  • Project Management
  • Engineering & Asset Valuation
  • Operational Management
  • Financial Management & Analytics
  • Risk Management
  • Technology Architecture & Integration
  • Network Design, Planning & Optimisation.
  • Strategic Planning & Management Processes, Policy & Procedure Development
  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills Digital Technologies.
  • Stakeholder & Client Management.
  • Corporate Finance.
  • Supply Chain Management.
  • Cost Engineering & Optimisation.
  • ICT Strategy & Planning.
  • Concession of Ajaokuta Steel Company & National Iron Ore Mining Company: March 2020 to Date
  • Remote Monitoring System Program (IHS Nigeria); Sept 2016 to Sept 2018
  • MTN Managed Service Project (Ericsson); April 2014/July 2016
  • Network BSS Modernization Project (MTN); August 2012/Sept 2013
  • Zodaphone LTE Network Design & Rollout; July 2012/January 2014
  • Radio Network Redesign Project (MTN); August 2011/May 2012
  • Radio Network Audit (Areeba Guinea Conakry); March 2011/April 2011
  • MTNs 3G Pilot test & initial Rollout in Abuja (MTN); June 2007/January 2008
  • Rollout & Implementation of Aperto (3.5 GHz), (Microaccess Nigeria); September 2003/Nov 2004
Professional Experience
Ministry of Mines and Steel Development March 2020 – Date
SA (Delivery of Ajaokuta Steel Plant) to Honourable Federal Minister of Mines and Steel Development
  • Project Managing and coordinating the resuscitation of Ajaokuta Steel Plant (One of the largest megaprojects in Africa)
  • Researching, Developing Policies related to the sustainability and operation of Ajaokuta Steel Plant and advising the Honourable Minister accordingly
  • Managing internal and external Stakeholders expectations as related to the Ajaokuta Plant.
  • Handle and Manage Special assignments as directed by the Honourable Minister Assist in developing policies and guidelines to enhance opportunities in the Mining and Steel industry in Nigeria
  • Provide strategic technical and policy support to the Honourable Minister in the performance of his duties
Gel Utilities (Subsidiary of Genesis Energy Holding Limited). April 2019 – March 2020
Chief Operating Officer
  • Dual Reporting line to Managing Director of Gel Utilities & CEO/Chairman Genesis Energy Holding
  • Accountable for Operations, Project, Development and coordination of all daily administrative activities.
  • In charge of Strategic New Ventures & Prospects : 50-100MW Solar Project in Kano, 84MW thermal plant project in Kaduna, Closure of NNPC/PHED Excess power project in port Harcourt ,chasing 38MW Operations and Maintenance Power Project in Sokoto and MTN Switching centre & Fibre landing port IPP Projects.
  • Driving strategy and new business development activities in Gel Utilities/Genesis Holding Limited to secure profitable businesses and improve profitability.
  • General Administration and management of all existing projects (84MW off- grid dual fired gas turbine power plant in Port Harcourt Refinery, Operation and maintenance of Banana Island power)
  • Ensuring Genesis Energy Staff Welfare and compliance to corporate guidelines
  • Ensuring & sustaining good relationship with all major customers and stakeholders.
IHS TOWERS NIGERIA  – Aug 2016 to Sept 2018
Head of Operations / Associate Director (Abuja Region)
  • Managing over 3,000 colocation infrastructures for multiple Mobile Operator Base station, Fibre and transmission equipment using state of the art Remote Monitoring System, resources, and tools.
  • Deploying Energy solution DC Generators and reducing diesel & operational costs.
  • Developed Operational Handbook/Policies related to contractor swapout/handover and supported in drafting New Site integration policies and processes.
  • Overseeing all operational activities for the region, providing strategic and operational leadership to the sales and operations team and associated support functions.
  • Developing budgetary plans for the region, and monitoring, tracking, and approving CAPEX and OPEX trends in the Region.
ERICSSON NIGERIA LTD. April 2014 – July 2016
Regional MSIP (Managed Strategy Implementation & Product Lifecycle) Head/Head of Region
  • Oversaw the entire regional management team in the North and parts of the Eastern regions in the MTN Managed Service contract.
  • Ensured service delivery & SLA fulfilment for all operations, planning, optimization, quality assurance and implementation under contractual agreement with MTN.
  • Handled resource performance & management within the scoped domain
  • Ensured effective management of Financial and non-Financial Performance
  • Conducted business analysis, determined profitability, identified business risks, and implemented intervention strategies which mitigated identified risks.
  • Negotiated and managed SLA and OLA between Ericsson and its partners (I was in charge of Client Relationship).
Regional RF Optimization Manger (North)
  • Managed the deployment, management and optimization of New Wireless Radio Technology in the network and ensured performance and customer objectives are met.
  • Initiated long/short term strategy and ensured implementation of all projects are within budget specification.
  • Developed 11 access optimization processes, procedures, and improved work flow process within MTN Nigeria.
  • Spearheaded the 2012/2013 Network Modernization Project in the North, Network Redesign Project in 2011 and 4G/LTE trails in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos.
  • Supported the Northern region Sales team in revenue growth sales from over 9 to 16 Billion Naira (from August 2010 to January 2014).
Acting Senior Manager Access Network – May 2013 – Dec 2013
  • Ensuring that MTN Nigeria’s radio Network Design and Optimization strategy is in line with European Telecommunication Standard Institute (ETSI) for GSM/3G network.
  • Providing radio network impact assessment to Marketing, Sales, coverage steering committee and MTNs MANCOM as required.
  • Developed Radio Optimization Strategy & Risk Assessment for Managed Service Proposal.
RF Optimization Manager (East) – Feb – April 2013
    • Managed post Equipment Swap-out activities (from Ericson to ZTE BSS equipment).
    • Supported the Eastern region Sales team in Revenue growth sales from over 7 to 9 billion Naira.
    • Developed an end-to-end Optimization process for ZTE post swap out optimization team.
  • Team leader RF Planning & Optimization, MTN Nigeria Communication Limited Abuja; November 2006 – November 2009
  • RF Planning & Optimization Engineer, MTN Nigeria Communication Limited, Abuja; Jan 2005 – Nov 2006
  • Support Engineer, Microaccess Internet and Communication Solution Provider, Abuja; April 2004 to Jan 2005
  • Systems Engineer, Fibre Links Limited, Abuja, Nigeria; Feb 2003 – March 2004
educational background
  • Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) Finance, MSBM UK (In view)
  • Member Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE), Nigerian Society of Engineers
  • Accredited Value Engineer, International Cost Engineering Council, 2023
  • Integrated Total Cost Management for EPCC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning) Projects, Ornament Training Centre, 2023
  • Accredited Cost Engineer, International Cost Engineering Council, 2021
  • Digital Strategies for Businesses, Columbia Business School, 2019
  • 5G Strategies for Business Leaders (Professional Certification), Linux Foundation,2019
  • Fintech Professional Certification, Hong Kong University;2019
  • Certified Management Consultant (CMC), International Council of Management Consulting Institute,2019
  • Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC), Institute of Management Consultants ,2019
  • Mobile Money Operations, Digital Frontiers Institute;2019
  • Mini MBA, International Business Management Institute, 2019
  • Diploma in Global Governance, International Business Management Institute, 2019
  • Diploma in Financial Management, International Business Management Institute, 2019
  • Diploma in Strategic Management, International Business Management Institute, 2019
  • Diploma in Business Management, International Business Management Institute, 2019
  • Diploma in Innovation Management, International Business Management Inst. 2019
  • Senior Management Program (SMP), Lagos Business School;2018
  • Certification in Corporate Finance (CCF), London school of Business & Finance; 2017
  • Executive Masters (Operational Management), Metropolitan School of Business UK;2016
  • Masters Business Administration (Project Management), University of Wales; 2014
  • Project Management Professional Certificate (PMP), Project Management Institute; 2014
  • Mini Telecoms MBA, Informa Telecoms Academy; 2012
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering), Bayero University, Kano; 2002
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