CHIEF Sarafa Tunji Isola was born in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State on November, 25, 1960. He had his education as follows: Oke-Ona United Primary School, Ilugun, Abeokuta, Ogun State between 1966 and 1971; Nawair-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Obantoko, Abeokuta (1973 – 1977). Chartered Institute of Marketing, England (1978 – 1981) ; Principles of Investment Course, South West London College, Tooting Broadway, London, United Kingdom (1981); US Financial System (Organised by the Department of State, Washington, USA) – 2002; Leaders in Development Course at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (2009); University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria (Masters of Business Administration) between 2009 and 2011.
Chief Isola as a politician was Chairman, Abeokuta North Local Government between 1997 and 1998; Special Assistant, Hon. Minister of State for Finance between 1999 and 2003; Secretary to the Ogun State Government between 2003 and 2007. He was appointed Hon. Minister of Mines & Power; Steel Development in 2007 – 2008.
Isola Work Experience are as follows: NYSC as Lecturer, Department of Business Studies, Federal College of Education, Katsina (1982 – 1983); Lecturer in Business Statistics, Marketing and Economics at Federal College of Education, Katsina (1983 – 1986); Sales Executive, Commercial Services Division, Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (1986 – 1990); Executive Chairman, Taist Nigeria Ltd. (1990 – 1997); Elected Chairman, Abeokuta North Local Government Council (1997 – 1998); Elected Chairman, Conference of Local Government Council Chairmen, Ogun State, Nigeria (1997 – 1998); Member, Audit Committee of Gateway Bank PLC – 1998. Executive Chairman, Taist Nigeria Ltd; Taist Merchants; Eshawller Investment Ltd; Platisol Investment Ltd. (2014 till date Date).
CONFERENCES, RETREATS & SUMMITS ATTENDED IN NIGERIA:
- Chairman, Conference of Local Government Council Chairmen in Southwest of Nigeria, 1997/1998.
- 18 – Member National Co-ordinating Committee of the Local Government Chairmen Forum in Nigeria, 1998.
- National Congressional Conference on Economic and Development Issues in Nigeria during the visit to Nigeria by the President of the World Bank Group, Mr. James D. Wolfensohn, October 7th – 9th , 1999, Abuja, Nigeria.
- Twenty-Seventh Meeting of the Administration and Finance Commission (ECOWAS), 27th Nov – 3rd Dec, 2001, Abuja, Nigeria.
- National Council on Finance and Economic Development, (Fiscal Federalism Under a Democratic System of Governance) 16th to 18th October, 2002, at Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.
- Presidential Retreat for Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and other top officials of the Federal Government of Nigeria, 16th – 18th August, 2007 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigeria.
- African Mining Partnership, an initiative of NEPAD for championing and co-ordinating mining and minerals-related initiatives in Africa -23rd – 25th August 2007 in Abuja, Nigeria.
- Presidential Retreat at the State House, 23rd October 2007, Abuja, Nigeria.
- 44th Annual Conference of Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) and investiture as Patron of NMGS, 10th – 12th March, 2008, Abuja, Nigeria.
- Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS) 2009 – 11. Budget Office of the Federation in collaboration with DFID and World Bank, 14th – 19th July, 2008, Abuja, Nigeria.
- Nigerian Iron and Steel Summit, ‘Towards the attainment of vision 20/2020 in the Mineral and Metals Sector’’ 31st July – 1st August 2008, Lagos, Nigeria.
- Northern Nigeria Economic and Investment Summit, Conference of the Northern States Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, (chairman Solid Minerals Session), October 6th – 8th , 2008, Abuja, Nigeria.
OFFICIAL VISITS, MEETINGS & CONFERENCES ATTENDED ABROAD
- First Consultative Committee Meeting of the Board of Governors, African Development Bank, 18th -19th November, 1999, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
- Meeting of the ECOWAS Trade, Customs, and Immigration, 22nd – 23rd November, 1999, Lome, Togo.
- 44th Session of ECOWAS Council of Ministers, 5th – 7th December, 1999, Lome, Togo.
- 22nd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), 9th – 10th December, 1999, Lome, Togo.
- Ministerial Meeting on Accelerated Implementation of ECOWAS Priority Programmes, 27th – 29th January 2000, Bamako, Mali.
- Second Meeting of the Governor’s Consultative Committee (GCC). 6th – 7th April, 2000. Helsinki, Finland.
- 7th General Meeting of Shareholders’ African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim), 8th May, 2000, Tunis, Tunisia.
- The 6th Meeting of Afrexim Advisory Group on Trade Finance and Export Development in Africa, May 9th, 2000, Tunis, Tunisia.
- African Development Bank, African Development Fund Extraordinary Meeting, Board of Governors, 29th and 30th May, 2000, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
- The OPEC Fund for International Development, 22nd Annual Session of the Ministerial Council, 13th June, 2000, Portschch, Netherlands.
- Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting, 19th – 21st September, 2000, Malta 12. International Monetary Fund World Bank Group, Board of Governors Annual Meeting, 18th -29th September, 2000, Prague, Czech Republic.
- The African Development Bank Group Third Meeting of the Governors’ Consultative Committee, 8th – 9th April, 2001, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
- The Joint Conference of African Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Planning and Economic Development, 6th to 10th May, 2001, Algiers, Algeria.
- United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Joint Conference of Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Planning and Economic Development, 8th – 10th May, 2001, Brussels.
- 3rd Conference of Least Developed Nations, 14th – 20th May, 2001, Brussels.
- Ministerial Meeting on the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Integration Process in West Africa (ECOWAS), 19th – 20th November, 2001, Bamako, Mali.
- Sixth Meeting of the Convergence Council of Ministers and Governors of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), 15th – 21st December, 2001, Dakar, Senegal.
- ECOWAS Macro-Economic Convergence Council, First Meeting of the Convergence Council (Ministers of Finance and Governors of Central Banks), 18th December, 2001, Dakar, Senegal.
- Study Visit to Washington DC, USA, 5th – 13th February, 2002.
– US Department of State
– US Capitol Hill (Senate & House
Committees on Finance/Appropriation)
– US Security Exchange Commission
– US Federal Reserve Bank
– International Monetary Fund Headquarters
– World Bank Group Headquarters
– US Overseas Private Insurance Corporation.
- Study visit to New York City, USA, 13th – 17th February, 2002 – New York Stock Exchange
– New York Times
– Goldman Sachs
– Statue of Liberty
- Study visit to Chicago, Illinois, USA, 17th – 20th February, 2002 – Chicago Commodity Exchange
– Sears Towers (Architecture)
– Michigan Lake
– Chicago Zoo.
- Study visit to Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 20th – 24th February, 2002 – Phoenix City Council
– Bank of America
– Visit to a typical America family
– Housing Estates Development.
- Study visit to San Francisco, California, USA 24th – 28th February, 2002 – Silicon Valley
– Venture Capital Management
- African Development Bank (ADB) Governors’ Consultative Committee, 8th and 9th April, 2002, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
- Seventh Meeting of the Convergence Council of Ministers and Governors of the West African Monetary Zone, 11th – 12th April, 2002, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
- The OPEC Fund for International Development, 12th June, 2002, Vienna, Austria.
- ECA’s (Economic Opportunity for Africa) 8th Session of the Conference of Ministers of Finance (21st – 22nd November, 2002) and the High Level Regional Consultative Meeting on Financing for Development (15th – 17thNovember) in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.
- Amir-Hajj of Ogun State Pilgrims during Hajj 2004 to Saudi Arabia.
- Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), May, 2007, Houston, Texas, USA.
- Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, 17th – 19th September, 2007. Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
- Ministerial Meeting of the African Mining Partnership, 1st – 2nd February, 2008, Cape-Town, South-Africa.
- The Annual Conference for Natural Resources Professionals, 4th -7th February, 2008, (Mining Indaba), South-Africa.
- World Mines Industries Forum 08, 28th February- 2nd March, 2008, Ontario, Canada.
- Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), 2nd – 5th March, 2008, Toronto, Canada.
- Africa Downunder Conference, 4th – 5th September, 2008, Perth, Western Australia.
- Korea Africa Economic Cooperation Conference (KOAFEC), 27th – 30th October, 2008, Seoul, South Korea.
Personality: VISION A model in Good Governance & Best Practice.
MISSION: Constructive Development.
People Welfare: ETHOS *Service *Trust *Integrity.
PASSION *Law & Order *Peoples Welfare *Social Justice.