First Bank Appoints Alhaji Ado Yakubu Wanka As Non-Executive Director


First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading
financial services provider, today announced the appointment of Alhaji
Ado Yakubu Wanka as Non-Executive Director.

Speaking on his appointment, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited said, “We
are delighted to welcome Alhaji Ado Yakubu Wanka, to the FirstBank
Board. We are especially excited that he is bringing a combination of
complementary skills and rich experience to the table which will no
doubt enhance the quality of governance towards meeting our strategic

Alhaji Ado Yakubu Wanka attended Government Secondary
School, Bauchi (1966 – 1970), Federal School of Science, Lagos (1971 –
1973), holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello
University, Zaria (1973 – 1977) and an MBA from the same institution
(1982 –1984). He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and
Switzerland’s Institute of Management Development, Lousanne. Alhaji
Wanka served in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as a graduate
assistant with the Department of Chemical Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo
University (OAU), Ile Ife. Thereafter, he started his managerial career
as a young process engineer with Ashaka Cement Company Plc where he rose
to the position of Deputy Production Manager

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After completion of
his MBA degree, Alhaji Wanka acquired further managerial competence
during his stay with the Northern Nigeria Development Company (NNDC),
Kaduna. During the period, he participated actively in new business
development and monitoring of NNDC’s quoted and unquoted investments and
left as Principal Investment Executive.

Alhaji Wanka began his
banking career in April 1988 with the then Nigerian International Bank
(Citibank Nigeria) where he served for six months as Deputy Manager. He
was with the FSB International Bank Plc from 1991 to 1997 and rose to
become Executive Director. He assumed duty as the MD/CEO of the then
Gamji Bank Limited in 1997, moved to First Bank of Nigeria Plc in 1998
as Executive Director, where he spent about eight (

years. In between his banking career, Alhaji Wanka spent three years in
the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) – September 1988 to
April 1991 – where he was Acting Head, New business Development Unit and
later Head, Strategic Planning Unit of the Corporation.

experience in Corporate and Investment Banking, he served in various
capacities in other organisations, most notably as Executive Director,
Finance and Administration and also, Chairman of the Board of the
Nigeria and Sao Tome Joint Development Authority (an agency which
oversees the commercial exploration of mineral resources in the Joint
Development Zone covering the overlapping maritime boundary between
Nigeria and Sao tome & Principe).

Alhaji Wanka joined Unity
Bank in March 2008 as a Group Executive Director, initially in charge of
Retail Banking and later Risk Management & Control Directorates. He
retired in August 2013, after serving as the Bank’s Managing Director
for two (2) years.

Alhaji Wanka is currently the Chairman, APT
Securities and Funds, APT Pension Fund Managers and Director, Arewa
Metal Containers (ARMECO) Ltd.

Alhaji Wanka is a fellow of
Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN); Nigerian Institute of
Management (Chartered) (NIM); Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers
(NSCHE); Institute of Chartered Management Accountants (ICMA) and
Institute of Credit Administration (ICA). He is also an Honorary Fellow
of the Nigerian Chemical Society and a member of the Institute of
Directors (IoD).