Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Tukur Mohammed Lawal Funtua as the new Managing Director of Nigeria Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), following the retirement of the erstwhile Managing Director, Dr. Abimbola Alale.

Funtua’s appointment is immediate effect, according to a statement released this morning in Abuja by Senior Special Assistant /Spokesperson Media to the Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman.

NIGCOMSAT falls under the purview of the Ministry of Communications & Digital Economy.

Funtua, born on 24th November 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. He 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.

Funtua, who has thirty 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 a Registered Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), a member of numerous professional bodies and institutes. He is an author and is married with children.




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