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In 1999, he proceeded to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi and bagged a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management. He was at the Marquette University, Milwuakee, USA, Aspen Centre and got a Certificate in Good Governance in 2007. Emeka Ononamadu bagged his Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Abuja in 2013. He did his National Youth Service with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Abuja in 1995 and ever since then, Emeka Ononamadu has been actively engaged in the Civil Society Advocacy. The positions he has held in the course of his Civil Society Advocacy include; 2001 – 2004 – North Central Coordinator, Network for Police Reforms in Nigeria 2006 – 2009 – Project Manager, Transformation Education for girls in Nigeria 2003 – 2009 – Deputy Executive Director, Community Action for popular participation 2009 – 2017 – Executive Director, Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights 2016 – 2017 – National Coordinator, Publish what you pay in Nigeria 2016 – 2017 – Member, Steering Committee of Open Governance Partnership, amongst others Emeka Ononamadu belongs to so many professional bodies including;

  • Friends of Mississippi Consortium for International Development, USA, 2002
  • Associate Member, Nigerian Institute of Management, 20103
  • Les Apin Fellow on Anti-Corruption and Good Governance, USA, 2007

He is happily married with children Emeka Joseph Ononamadu is the Resident Electoral Commission, Enugu State.

Name: Mallam Hussaini Halilu Pai

Date of Birth: April 17, 1957

Nationality: Nigerian

State of Origin: Federal Capital Territory

Marital Status: Married


Dawaki Primary School, Abuja (1964 -1970) – FLSC

Government Secondary School, Abuja (1971-1975), WASC

ATC/ABU, Kano (1976-1979), NCE

ATC/ABU (1982-1984), B.Ed. Social Studies

University of Jos, (1991-1995), M.Ed. Educ. Admin & Planning.


  1. Teacher, Games/Health Master, GDSS, Paiko, Niger State, 1980-82
  2. Vice Principal, GDSS, Paiko, Niger State, 1984-1985

iii. Principal, GSS, Yangoji, FCT, 1985-1989

  1. Education Secretary, Gwagwalada Area Council Combined with Kwali, 1989-1997
  2. Education Secretary, Gwagwalada Area Council, 1997-2001
  3. Board Secretary, FCT Primary Education Board, Abuja, 2001-2003

vii. Executive Director, FCT Primary Education Board, Abuja, 2003-2005

viii. Executive Chairman/Director, Fct Universal Basic Education Board, 2005-2008

  1. Secretary For Education, Education Secretariat, Fct, Abuja 2008-2011
  2. Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC, Ekiti State, Feb. 2011- Dec. 2014
  3. Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC, Kogi State, Jan. 2015- Feb. 2016

xii. Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC, Plateau State, 2017-Date.


Obo Effanga, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Rivers State, was born on August 15, 1969 in Calabar, to Chief & Mrs Obo Effanga. He hails from Obutong Clan in Calabar Municipal Local Government Area.


Effanga attended the AME Zion Primary School, Diamond Hill, Calabar (1974 to 1980) and the Hope Waddell Training Institution, Calabar (1980 to 1985), obtaining the FSLC and the GCE O’Level certificates respectively.
He studied at The Polytechnic Calabar (1986-1988) and obtained a National Diploma in Mass Communications and Law at the University of Calabar, graduating with an LL.B in April 1994. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and was called to the bar in March 1995.
In 2010, he studied in the University of Sussex, UK as a Ford Foundation International Fellow and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Human Rights.

Work experience:

Obo Effanga who joined INEC as REC in July 2017 was first posted to Edo State before he was reassigned to Rivers State in April 2018.
Before his appointment as REC, Effanga worked with ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) for more than 11 years, serving as Governance Programmes Manager in his last six years there. He was the points-person for ActionAid intervention in Nigeria’s elections.
He was previously Parliamentary Liaison Advisor and Policy Advocacy & Campaigns Coordinator in the anti-poverty international non-governmental organisation. While at ActionAid, Effanga represented his organisation in the Steering Committee of the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room, an electoral process and governance engagement platform of civil society in Nigeria. This saw him make critical interventions and support to the electoral process in the country.
While still with ActionAid, he was an associate and external trainer for the MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS-TCDC) Tanzania.
He was also responsible for recruiting, training and mentoring young Nigerians as activists and campaigners for ActionAid under the Activista programme.
Effanga had also worked as Programme Officer Human Rights at Gender and Development Action in the dying days of military rule through to the early years of the current Nigerian democratic experience. He currently sits in the National Coordinating Committee of the Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN)
A lawyer and journalist, Effanga is interested in human rights, good governance and democracy.
His journalism career has seen him work with the Nigerian Chronicle newspapers published by the Cross River State Newspaper Corporation and much later with the NewAge newspapers. A consummate writer, journalist and newspaper columnist, he won the ‘Columnist of the Year’ in the Nigeria Media Merit Awards 2004. His incisive newspaper commentaries and analyses since 1988 cover a wide range of issues including law, politics, governance, human rights and social justice.

Other interests:

Effanga is active in humanitarian services. In his youthful years, he belonged to the Leo Club, the youth activity of Lions Clubs and became national president of the group in 1996/1997. He later joined the Lions Club and is a past president of the Lagos Achievers Lions Club as well as a Melvin Jones Fellow.
He is currently the president of the International Ford Fellowships Programme Alumni Association Nigeria and vice chairman of community intervention NGO, the Efik Leadership Foundation.
His hobbies include reading, writing, travelling, philately, photography and mentorship.

Sadiq Abubakar Musa was born on 15th November, 1964 and hails from Kaduna South Local Government of Kaduna State. He attended Government Secondary School, Malumfashi where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC)between 1976 to 1981. In 1988, he gained admission into the University of Maiduguri where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.ScHons) in Public Administration in 1991.

His quest for higher education saw him returning to the University of Maiduguri where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MBA) in 1992. In 1994, he bagged another Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Sadiq Abubakar Musa began his working career with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Kaduna State in 1981. He was employed by Federal Polytechnic, Kaduna, where he rose to the rank of Chief Lecturer, Kaduna State.He is member, Chartered Institute of Administration (ACIA) and member, National Institute of Management (NIM). He was a member, Kaduna State Industrialization and Micro Credit Management Board from 2008 to 2010.

Sadiq Abubakar Musa has written several articles which include;

  • An assessment of Staff Development Programmes in Nigerian Air Force, 1992,
  • The Impact of Distribution Channel on Marketing of Petroleum Product, 1994
  • Military and Socio-Economic Development, an analysis of Nigerian Defence Budget, 1991 and;
  • Public Personnel Administration in Nigeria with extract from Public Service Rule, 2014

He served as Resident Electoral Commissioner INEC from 2010 to 2015

Sadiq Abubakar Musa is married with children.

In his spare time, he loves reading, travelling, sports and seeking the improvement of humanity.

Sadiq Abubakar Musa is Resident Electoral Commissioner, Kebbi State.


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