Ahmed Bolaji Nagode (ABN), the Director-General of the National Power Training Institute (NAPTIN) is a man with a sterling track record.
ABN, a pragmatic, result-oriented and eminent personality from Ilorin, Kwara State, was born on the 10th of August 1962 to the family of Late Alhaji S. A. Nagode and Alhaja Hanatu Nagode (Nee Belgore).
He had his early childhood education at Ireti Primary School, Ikoyi, Lagos State, and United Primary School, Ilorin, between 1968- 1974. Thereafter, he was offered admission into Government Secondary School (GSS), Ilorin in 1974.
Having graduated from GSS Ilorin with flying colours, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode proceeded to the School of Basic Studies (SBS) under the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, between 1979 and 1980 for his A’ Level. He eventually gained admission into the prestigious ABU Zaria from where he bagged a Bachelors Degree in Political Science in 1984.
On completion of his 1-year mandatory NYSC in Benue State in 1985, ABN took up a teaching job with the Kwara State Education Management Board in 1986. He had a brief stint as a classroom teacher at Iyeru Okin Secondary School in Offa before he was appointed as a Personal Assistant to the then Honourable Commissioner for Education, Late Dr Rahamatu Abdullahi.
In 1988, he was posted to Baboko Secondary School to continue his teaching job. While at the school, he gained admission into the University of Ilorin where he bagged a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in 1991.
ABN made an effort at career advancement in 1993 when he took up an employment opportunity with the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) as Manager (Personnel and Administration) in charge of recruitment.
As someone with a flair for personal advancement, ABN went for further studies at the University of Lagos where he bagged a Post Graduate Diploma in Management in 1994. At that time, he was still a staff of NEPA.
Due to sheer diligence and hard work, ABN rose to the rank of Senior Manager (Personnel and Admin) in charge of Staff promotion in 1996.
ABN’s career progression took him to the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) in 2013 as Deputy Director (Training Programme). He got elevated to the post of Director (Business Services) a year later, 2014.
He was appointed as the Acting Director General (DG) of NAPTIN in December 2016 and got confirmed to the substantive grade of DG by President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) in June 2019.
The versatile and well-travelled ABN has attended several training courses and conferences both locally and Internationally.
He also belongs to several professional bodies. He is a Fellow of Institute of Corporate Administration; Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and Member of Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), Chartered.
In 2017, he was elected as the President of the Third Estate Ilorin Emirate – a prestigious socio-cultural group of professionals from Ilorin Emirate. He is also an active member of GSS 79 set ably led by Alh. Larongbe Idiaro.
This illustrious son of Ilorin Emirate has always blazed the trail in Human Capacity Development. His philanthropic and humanitarian gestures are worthy of commendation.
Not only has he used his position as a springboard to lift several youths out of unemployment, but he has also given some indigent in the society a new lease of life.
Through the efforts of ABN, selected Kwara youths have secured overseas scholarship while others have been given an opportunity to participate in the NAPTIN Photovoltaic (Solar) installation training programme in the country. The aim is to empower youths who will, in turn, become highly skilled professionals in their fields of endeavour.
This quintessential man has edged his name in gold in the hearts of people who have been opportune to cross paths with him. His demeanour, humane nature and pragmatism are the unique qualities that distinguish him from his contemporaries.
Ahmed Bolaji Nagode is happily married and blessed with adorable children.
His sterling track record has over the years, earned him several awards.
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