The overall strategic direction is set by the a dynamic board of directors made up of exceptional professionals in various fields with experience that cut across financial services, oil and gas, engineering, law and public sector. The Board is supported by a formidable management team led by the Chairman.
Emmanuel is the Group Managing Director/CEO of Equator Capital Limited and supervises ECL Energy as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. An outstanding scholar who won various awards in his school days, he was placed third in a National Essay Competition and was, for three years, while at the University of Port Harcourt, in the Dean List for outstanding performance. At the University of Benin, he was the best graduating student in the M.Sc Economics class of 1986.
A seasoned banker, his career which spanned over a period of 16 years at Allstates Trust Bank Plc, took him through all facets of banking including branch management, credit and marketing, foreign operations, investment banking, private banking and corporate finance; culminating to his being appointed Executive Director overseeing investment banking activities of the bank. He was Team Leader for Prudent Bank Plc restructuring programme that presented to UAC Plc, the majority shareholder of the bank then, the blue print that formed the basis for restructuring the bank. He has attended various banking courses at home and abroad.
As a banker, he was saddled with sensitive responsibilities of managing his bank's liquidity, asset and liabilities as well as funds management. At various occasions, he was mandated to manage branches where he excelled. He also championed the course of shaping the bank's strategic direction in terms of human capital development. His intelligence, diligence and integrity saw him sitting on and chairing different policy making committees notable among them being the Bank's Asset and Liabilities Committee (ALCO). He was instrumental in fashioning some key policies that were in use in the Bank.
A onetime Trustee of Money Market Association of Nigeria, Mr. Agwoje served as a major resource person in articulation of Programmes for the association and played key role in the development and implementation of Treasury Dealership Certificate of Money Mart. Aside serving as member of Rivers State and Bayelsa State Privatization Committee that advised the Governments of these states on the privatization programme, Emmanuel Agwoje, in 1999 worked with the Minister of Science and Technology in the development of the blue print for the Nigerian Satellite Project.
Zira Maigadi, B.Sc (Accounting), MBF
Mr. Zira Maigadi is the founder and Chief Executive of Kwakyama Oil and Gas Limited, a company involved in petroleum product marketing and distribution. A native of Adamawa State, Mr. Maigadi was one time Managing Director/CEO of African Petroleum Plc, the multinational downstream oil company. Prior to his appointment, he had served as Executive Director, Finance. Before joing AP, he worked with Unipetrol Nigeria Plc as Divisional Accountant, Divisional Consolidation Accountant and later the Treasury Manager.
He also worked with Highland Bank of Nigeria Limited before moving to Oil and Gas sector. While at the bank he worked in different capacities and rose to the position of Ag. Assistant General Manager Finance, Treasury & Planning. Earlier in his career, he worked as an Audit Senior with Dala Akpata & Co (Chartered Accounts), Kaduna; Accountant Primary, in the defunct Gongola State Ministry of Education and as a Project Manager in the Ministry of Commerce. He is bringing to ECL Energy Limited competencies spanning corporate strategy, treasury management and petroleum products marketing and distribution.
He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Masters degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Lagos, Akoka. He is a Chartered Accountant and Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ACA and belongs to many other professional bodies in taxation practice and general management.
David Nwaezeapu, LL.B (Hons) B.L, LL.M, MBA
A barrister at Law whose unrelenting desire to excel has taken him to all aspects of business. His remarkable career commenced with Lagos State Ministry of Justice in 1979 as an Accounts Clerk in the Administrator General and Public Trustee Unit. His career, after qualifying as a lawyer has seen him served in various capacities as the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser for various companies. His business acumen endeared him to serve as the General Manager African Petroleum Plc, Director Util Gas Nigeria & Overseas Gas Co. Ltd, Director African Petroleum Plc, Deputy Managing Director, Star-AP Joint Venture and Managing Director, Sadiq Petroleum Nigeria Ltd before venturing into private business.
David holds Law Degrees [LL.B and LL.M] obtained at the Universities of Benin and Lagos respectively, a post Graduate Diploma in Management and an MBA from ESUT Business School.
Anthony Enahoro Edenih, B.Sc, MBA
Edenih was educated at the University of Port Harcourt where he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Science in Banking & Finance. He also holds an MBA Finance, of the University of Calabar and has over 13 years professional experience in the financial services industry, 4 in insurance as Investment Officer at Crusader Insurance Nigeria Plc with responsibility for product costing, portfolio performance and analysis as well as Deals Monitoring and Management. The other 9 years was in banking where he held several challenging positions. His key competencies are in the area of treasury management, money market operations, asset and liability management and investment banking.
He joined Equator Capital group as pioneer Head of Money Market from Allstates Trust Bank Plc where he was manager and Head of Domestic Treasury with responsibility for liquidity management, building and sustaining relationship with financial institutions, fund management, inter-bank trading, investment appraisal and portfolio management. His brilliance and professional outlook were so glaring that he was appointed to serve on the Assets and Liability Committee [ALCO] of the bank as secretary, an appointment he held until leaving Allstates.
In ECL Energy Limited, Tony is responsible for business development.