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One federal government agency that has made the nation proud and contributed immensely to the economic and social development of the country is the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA under the leadership of Mohammed Bello Koko Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Authority.
Mohammed Bello Koko is clearly one of the Chief Executive Officers in Nigeria that has distinguished himself not only as a dynamic business administrator, innovative manager, and technocrat but also shown a high degree of integrity and transparency in both private and public affairs.
His ingenious, creative, pragmatic and resilient approach to leadership has brought a lot of transformation to the NPA which has continued to surmount some of the known challenges that have made the nation’s ports largely inefficient over the years, which include infrastructure shortcomings, policy and regulatory inconsistencies, overlapping functions, and duplication of roles among ministries, departments and agencies operating at the ports and high incidence of infractions.
Since his assumption of office Bello Koko, a financial expert, technocrat and seasoned professional has put in place policies and strategies that helped transformed NPA and increased its revenue base as one of the foremost government agency. Indeed, he has demonstrated passion, dedication, competence, commitment and dynamism required to build a leading port in the world today.’’
No wonder he is today celebrated as the recipient of Champion Newspapers 2022 ‘Maritime Icon of the Year Award’.
Mohammed Bello Koko was born on 25th March 1969 in Koko-Besse Local Government Area of Kebbi State. He attended and completed his secondary school education at the Federal Government College Sokoto in 1986. He then proceeded to the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto for his bachelor of science (B.Sc.) degree in Management Studies and Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 1992 and 1995 respectively.
Imbued by his penchant for continuous learning, he proceeded further to the Harvard Kennedy School, USA where he bagged an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership.
Bello Koko started his career with FSB International Bank Plc from the year 1996 to 2004 and functioned across several strategic portfolios including Banking operations, Credit-Risk Management, Treasury Operations, Retail banking and Corporate Marketing that found him in charge of Energy sector and Public Sector, thus responsible for managing accounts of several multinational oil and Gas companies, Public sector relationships.
He joined Zenith International Bank Plc in the year 2005 where he grew at various times to be Branch ahead, zonal Head Public Sector and also Large Corporates from where his exceptional contribution to the bank’s globally referenced profitability and balance sheet in the period 2005 to 2015 earned him numerous awards in the bank and a spot in the bank’s Executive Management Team as Deputy General Manager and Zonal Head.
In the year 2016, Mohammed Bello Koko was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as Executive Director Finance and Administration of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), a role he held with distinction till May 2021, when he was appointed Acting Managing Director.
His sterling performance as acting Managing Director evidenced by plugging of income leakages, unprecedented growth in revenue and improved operational efficiencies that led to significant increase in container traffic to Onne Port and the demonstrated resolve to open up the other Eastern Ports of Warri, Calabar and Rivers convinced President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm Koko as substantive Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the NPA on the 15th of February, 2022.
Bello Koko who is a fellow of both the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and the Institute of Strategic Management (ISMN), is also member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and has attended several domestic and international trainings.
Below are the Productivity and Performance Highlights of Mohammed Bello Koko, Managing Director/CEO Nigerian Ports Authority:
Keen on supporting the national economy Mohammed Bello Koko spearheaded the implementation of prudential initiatives that resulted in unprecedented revenue generation and remittances to Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) of the federation with revenues steadily growing from 317Billion in 2020 to 361Billion in 2022 and remittances progressively soaring from 80Billion in 2020 to 91Billion by financial year end 2022.
As a measure of support for the resolve of the Federal Government of Nigeria to diversify the national economy from being solely dependent on oil export to non-oil exports, the Authority driven by his vision undertook the following:
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