Governance Structure

The Governance Structure of the ICRC is designed to facilitate the delivery of the Commission’s mandate.

The ICRC Governing Board

The ICRC Act provides for the establishment of a Governing Board that provides a collective balance of seasoned professionals, technocrats and bureaucrats from strategic government Ministries and Departments, such as the Federal Ministry of Finance; Federal Ministry of Justice, Central Bank of Nigeria, Secretary to Government of the Federation, and the private sector. The Board is the overall policy making body for the Commission and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Commission and creates an enabling policy and environment for PPPs.

ICRC Board Committees

To ensure a seamless discharge of its functions, the Board established five (5) Committees to assist in policy formulation and other statutory functions. The Committees have different responsibilities, including the provision of advice to the Board on their respective areas of oversight. The Committees are:

  • Contract Compliance Committee (oversees activities of the Contract Compliance Department);
  • Audit and Technical Committee (oversees the activities of the PPP Resource Department);
  • Human Resources and Establishment Committee (responsible for HR matters, governance, institutional relations, among others); and
  • Finance and General Purpose Committee (responsible for all finance-related matters); and
  • Media and Publicity Committee (responsible for all communication-related matters).

Key Departments

The Office of the Director-General provides effective, efficient, strategic support and administrative service to the DG in the implementation of his mandate. The core functions of the Office, which include legal counsel, media & publicity affairs, audit, and research & strategy and legal affairs, include to:

  • lead the development and implementation of the yearly work plan for the Commission;
  • communicate to and coordinate the provision of information to internal and external stakeholders;
  • provide advice to the Executive Management on all Commission matters with legal implications;
  • provide sound internal audit and risk management services.

The Public Private Partnership (PPP) Resource Department is charged with the responsibility of providing pre-contract regulatory guidance to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). It also maintains the national PPP Project Database and assists States in setting up appropriate PPP regulatory framework.

The Contract Compliance Department takes custody of and ensures compliance with the PPP contracts validly entered into by the MDAs on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN).

The Support Services Department provides an appropriate level of human, administrative, financial and facility support services to ensure efficient and seamless operations of the Commission.

Executive Management Committee (EMC)

Reporting directly to the Director General (DG) are six Directors responsible for the PPP Resource Department, Contract Compliance Department, Support Services Department, Research & Planning Department, Internal Audit Department and Transportation Infrastructure Department. The DG, Directors and Head Legal and Governance constitute the EMC of the ICRC.

The EMC meets periodically to deliberate on key issues bordering on the smooth administration of the Commission and to provide guidance in areas such as:

  1. Evolving a Strategic Management Development Plan (SMDP) for the Commission
  2. Capacity building for staff of the Commission
  3. Capacity  building for Ministries, Departments and Agencies
  4. Stakeholder dialogue and facilitation of focused meetings with key stakeholders
  5. Staff performance appraisal and Annual Staff Performance Evaluation Report (ASPER)
  6. The Commission’s yearly action plan.

ICRC General Management Staff

Director General’s Office

  • Chidi Izuwah, Acting Director General
  • Togunde Dada, Director, Internal Audit Department
  • Emmanuel Onwodi, Director, Transportation Infrastructure Department
  • Deborah Okafor, Assistant Director, Planning and Research  Department
  • Mukthar  Usman, Acting Head, Procurement Unit
  • Manji Yarling, Acting Head, Media and Publicity Unit
  • Hauwa Kelo, Acting Head, Legal and Governance Unit

PPP Resource Department

  • Mike Ohiani, Director, PPP Resource Department
  • Odili Onu, Head,  Social Infrastructure Unit
  • Olusa Busari, Head, Energy and Urban Infrastructure Unit
  • Amanze Okere, Acting Head, Special Projects Unit

Contract Compliance Department

  • Mohammed A. Bamalli, Director, Contract Compliance Department
  • Felix Ogbera, Head, Policy and Regulations
  • Ahmed Abdulrazaq, Head, Monitoring and Compliance

Support Services Department

  • Executive Director, Support Services Department
  • Jobson Ewalefoh, Head, Information and Communication Technology Unit
  • Mohammed Adam Barma, Head, Finance and Accounts Unit
  • Halima Modibbo- Tukur, Acting Head, Human Resource/Administration  Unit


ICRC Governing Board


Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and in which capacity he is an ex-officio member of the Governing Board of the ICRC.

Mr. Mustapha is a professional lawyer, management consultant, ardent politician and businessman who earned his Bachelor of Law from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1979 and was called to bar in 1980.

One of Mr. Mustapha’s career highlights was his appointment as a member of Interim Management Committee of the defunct Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF), where he served from 2000 to 2007. Until his recent appointment, he was the former Managing Director/CEO of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).

Mrs. Zainab  Shamsuna Ahmed is Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, a position she assumed in September 2018. Prior to this appointment, she was the Minister of state for Budget and National Planning from 2015 – 2018.

Ahmed is a professional accountant who graduated in 1981 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state. She obtained her master’s degree from the Ogun state University, Ago Iwoye in 2004. She did her National Youth Service in Kaduna State from 1981 – 1982 after which she was employed in 1982 as an Accountant in the Ministry of Finance, Kaduna State. After several promotions in the Ministry, she resigned in 1985 to join the Nigerian Telecommunication Ltd (NITEL). In 2010, Ahmed was appointed as the Executive Secretary and National Coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

Ahmed is a fellow of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Taxation and the Nigerian Institute of Management.

Mrs. Zainab Ahmed is an ex-officio member of the ICRC Governing Board.

Mr. Godwin Emefiele is the current Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), a position he has held since June 3, 2014. A seasoned banker with over 26 years experience, Mr. Emefiele had before his appointment as CBN Governor served as Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank Plc from August 2010 and Deputy Managing Director of the same Bank from 2001, among other previous banking responsibilities.

Emefiele holds both a B.Sc (1984) and MBA (1986) Degree in Finance from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also an alumnus of Executive Education at Stanford University, Harvard University (2004) and Wharton Graduate Schools of Business (2005).

Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) is presently Nigeria’s Minister for Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation. He is an ex-officio member of the ICRC Governing Board.

Mr. Malami is a law graduate of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University and bagged his Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Maiduguri.

As a legal practitioner, Abubakar has served in various capacities including counsel and magistrate in Kebbi State and National Legal Adviser of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change party.

Engr. Chidi K.C. Izuwah Snr is currently the Acting Director General of ICRC and the Secretary of ICRC Governing Board.

He joined ICRC in 2009 as the pioneer Executive Director, PPP Resource Department (EDP3RD) where he set up the Department from scratch. In this role, he was responsible for catalysing Public and Private expertise and resources towards putting in place a world class PPP pre-contract regulatory framework and guidelines for driving the preparation and development phase of Federal PPP Projects. Izuwah was the EDP3RD until June 2016 when he was made the Executive Director, Support Services Department (EDSS).

Izuwah has a first degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a Master’s degree in Hydraulic Engineering from the University of New Castle Upon Tyne in the United Kingdom. Izuwah is a Harvard, Wharton, Columbia University and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad Executive Education Alumni.

He started his career as a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 1986. Thereafter, he held several senior oil & gas asset management positions in a career spanning over 21 years with SPDC (Shell Nigeria). He was at various times Project Manager and Contract Manager for the Deepwater Bonga Mooring and Installation Contract. Izuwah also held the position of Corporate Pipelines Asset Manager responsible for Shell´s entire crude oil evacuation network in Nigeria.

Engr. Chidi K.C. Izuwah

ICRC Management Team

Engr. Chidi K.C. Izuwah is currently the Acting Director General of ICRC. Before his appointment, he was the Executive Director, Support Services Department where his immediate responsibilities included providing leadership and coordinating the activities of the various units in his directorate including Finance & Accounts; Human Resources and Administration; Procurement; and Information & Communications Technology (ICT).

Izuwah is a seasoned and professional Oil, Gas, Civil and Hydraulic Engineer who started his career as a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt.

Thereafter, he held several senior oil & gas asset management positions in a career spanning over 21 years with SPDC (Shell Nigeria). He was at various times Project Manager and Contract Manager for the Deepwater Bonga Mooring and Installation Contract. Chidi also held the position of Corporate Pipelines Asset Manager responsible for Shell´s entire crude oil evacuation network in Nigeria.

He started his career in ICRC in 2009 as the pioneer Executive Director of the PPP Resource Department (EDP3RD) where he set up the Department from scratch and divided them into workable and manageable PPP Project Delivery Units each covering various sectors of the economy. He was EDP3RD until June 2016.

Engr. Chidi K.C. Izuwah
Mr. Mike Joe A. Ohiani is the Director of the PPP Resource Department where he is responsible for catalysing Public and Private expertise and resources towards the structuring and development of Federal PPP Projects that are bankable and yield value-for-money for Nigerians. The P3RD has within it a Knowledge Centre and PPP Project Delivery Units.

He studied law as his first and second degrees from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Edo State University Ekpoma, respectively. From 2015 – June 2016, he was the Director of the Contract Compliance Department. Between 2008 – 2015, he headed the Legal and Governance Unit of the Commission which provides informed legal advice and opinions on an on-going basis to various departments and units and also serves as the secretariat to the Governing Board.

Mr. Ohiani has over twenty three years post- graduate experience. Until he joined ICRC, he was the Team Leader, Executive Unit at the Debt Management Office where he had various responsibilities including participation in bilateral negotiations and managing the projects for DFID support programmes.

Mal. Mohammed Aliyu Bamalli is currently the Director of the Contract Compliance Department, comprising the Monitoring & Compliance/Policy and Regulation Units. His responsibilities entail monitoring compliance with the terms and conditions of every concession agreement entered into by the Government, to ensure its efficient execution.

Bamalli obtained his first degree in International Studies from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria; a certificate in Investment Appraisal & Risk Analysis from Queens University Kingston Ontario, Canada. He is also an Accredited Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption Specialist (international) from the Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board & University of Portsmouth.

Between 2015 – June 2016, Bamalli served as Director of Support Services Department of the Commission, before then,  as a key pioneer staff of the Commission, he helped in setting up and building the Commission from scratch as the Head of Human Resources and Administration from 2009 – 2015.

Before joining ICRC, he worked with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission where he gained extensive experience in structural and organizational effectiveness first as Head of Human Resources and briefly as Head of External Cooperation Unit (donor relations). He started his public service career with the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) in 2000 as an Enterprise Officer and later became the Team Leader of the Aviation Unit of the BPE and the Secretary of the Aviation Sector Reform Implementation Committee of the National Council of Privatization.

Mr. Dada Hammed Togunde is currently the Director of Internal Audit having joined the Commission in 2009 as the Head of Internal Audit. His responsibilities as a Director are to provide assurance and consulting services to the Commission in the areas of risk management, control and governance. Other responsibilities include drawing up annual internal audit plans, auditing the payroll, carrying out both pre and post payment audits in line with approved financial regulations, among many others.

Dada Hammed was admitted member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) of United Kingdom in 2015; became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in 2010 and has been an Associate member (ACTI) of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) since 2001.

Before joining the Commission, Mr. Togunde worked as an Audit consultant for the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), headed the Audit unit at the Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications Ltd and was an Operations Manager at Equitorial Trust Bank Limited.

He hold Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from the Polytechnic of Ibadan, and an MBA from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Mr. Emmanuel Oforkanji Onwodi is currently the Director of the Transportation + department where he oversees projects in ports, railways, aviation, roads and bridges sub-sectors. Other sub-sectors include marine, defense, security, interior and the top ten priority PPP projects of the Commission.

Onwodi joined the ICRC in 2010 as Head of Finance and Accounts after which he headed the special projects unit (SPU) where his responsibilities among others included planning and implementation of capacity building for staff of the ministries, department and agencies (MDAs). This helped him build immense capacity as a trainer and eloquent public speaker.

Cumulatively, Mr. Onwodi has  both public and private sector working  experience  spanning  over  twenty  years  in  the  fields  of  accounting,  auditing,  financial modeling, forensics,  credit analysis and management. Other major fields include Public Private Partnerships (PPP), freight forwarding, mortgage banking, Islamic finance, shipping, logistics and supply chain.

Onwodi bagged his B.A (Hons) in International Accounting from Northampton University – UK, a Post Graduate Professional Diploma in Accounting from the Institute of Accounting Technicians – Canada and M.Sc. in Risk Management from the Birmingham City University, UK.

He is a  Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, a  Chartered  Forensic  Accountant  – Canada,  a  Chartered  Management  Consultant – Canada,  a  Chartered  Financial  Consultant  – USA/Canada and Member, Chartered Management Institute (MCIM) – London.