ABUJA – President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved with immediate effect, the appointment of Engineer Tukur Mohammed Lawal Funtua, as the new Managing Director of Nigeria Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT).
According to a statement signed by Uwa Suleiman (Mrs), Senior Special Assistant/Spokesperson, Media to the Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Funtua takes over from the erstwhile Managing Director, Dr Abimbola Alale who has retired from service.
Engineer Tukur Mohammed Lawal Funtua, born on November 24, 1966 is an indigene of Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State, Northwest Nigeria.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, PGDM, MBA, a Professional Diploma in Education and a PhD in Environmental and Sustainable Development Management, in view at the University of Port Harcourt.
He was before his appointment, Director, Health Community Affairs, Safety and Environment with BUA Cement Plc, served in various capacities including Health and Safety Manager, Country (HSE) Manager and Regional Manager for Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development at Lafarge Africa Plc and Group Head, Environment and Community Affairs at Dangote Cement Plc among others.
Engineer Tukur, who has 30 years professional experience in manufacturing, process engineering, health, production, safety and environmental management, communications and various other fields, is a Chartered Environmentalist at the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, and the Professional Leadership Practitioners Institute.
He is also a Registered Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), a member of numerous professional bodies and institutes.
Engineer Tukur is an author and is married with children.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) falls under the purview of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.