Ronke Sokefun: Intimidating Profile of The New NDIC Chair

Her Exploits In The Corporate Sector, Politics and Governance

The Senate has confirmed Mrs Ronke Sokefun from Ogun State as the board chairman of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) 

Also, five others who were confirmed as members were; Festus Keyamo (Delta, South-south), Garba Bello (Sokoto, Northwest), Brig Gen Josef Okoloagu (Enugu, Southeast), Mustapha Adewale Mudashiru (Kwara, North-central) and Adewale Adeleke (Ondo, South-west).

Sokefun is a consummate lawyer, Chartered Secretary and Land Administrator. She is a 1987 Law graduate from the Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), She emerged as one of the best in her graduating class as she won two prizes – Jurisprudence & Legal Theory and Commercial Law.

Sokefun immediately proceeded to the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos and bagged her Barrister at Law (B.L) Hons. Degree in 1988. She had her mandatory National Youth Service in the old Oyo State from 1988 to 1989.

On completion of her National service, Sokefun joined the law firm of M.P Ohwovoriole (SAN) & Co, as a Trainee Solicitor and Barrister in December 1989 and worked there till June 1990. In September 1990, she moved to Ighodalo and Associates Limited, a thriving audit firm as Company Secretary where she was saddled with the responsibility of running the Company’s secretarial arm and acted as Company Secretary to a number of its audit clients.

In pursuit of professional excellence, she joined Messrs Aluko and Oyebode, Barristers, Solicitors and Trademark Agents in October 1993 as an Associate. And in 1995 she moved a step further in her career as she qualified as a Graduate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria and that of London-ACIS.

In acknowledgement of her sterling professional dedication to her duties, she was promoted a Senior Associate at Aluko and Oyebode in 1995 and became a Partner in 2000. She was responsible for coordinating the firm’s interface with government corporations and institutions as well as developing templates for the company’s legal and commercial transactions among others.

She was with the legal firm until October 2001 after which she briefly worked (on secondment) with the telecommunications firm MTN from October 2001 till January 2002.

In February 2002, she was appointed Head, Management Services, (Legal, Human Resources and Administration) of Ocean and Oil Services Limited.

On the 1″ of February 2005 she joined Oando Group Plc as Head, Legal Services.

Through dedication to duty, she was deservedly promoted to the position of Group Chief Legal Officer on the 1st of March 2007 where she was responsible for setting the strategy direction and allocating resource for managing the Legal and regulatory requirements of all entities and businesses that make up the Oando Group which are geographically spread across the country with subsidiaries in Ghana, Togo, Sierra-Leone, the United Kingdom, Canada and Bermuda. 

Sokefun in this position, was a member of the Group Leadership Council – the highest decision making body of the company.

Despite her high position on the corporate ladder of Oando Plc, she decided to take a break to serve her people by first accepting to serve as a member of the Oil and Gas work Stream of the Ogun State Transition Committee in 2011.

She was later appointed as the Special Adviser and Director General of the Bureau of Lands and Survey by the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, CON, FCA before her elevation to the position of the Commissioner for Agriculture on November 27″ 2012.

On October 29th 2015, she was re-appointed as the Honourable State Commissioner for Agriculture.

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