……… Untold story of Chief Sarafa Tunji Isola, The New Nigerian Ambassador to UK
A PROFILE IN TRUST, SERVICE, INTEGRITY
Alhaji Sarafadeen Tunji Isola (was born 25 November 1960) and became Nigeria’s Minister of Mines and Steel Development on 26 July 2007.
In July 2020, was announced by the President of the Senate that Hon Isola had been appointed as an ambassador designate by President Muhammadu Buhari. As the new High Commissioner to the Court of St. JAMES, Nigerians are looking forward to a new era with the erudite professional person.
CHIEF SARAFA TUNJI ISOLA
Chairman, Abeokuta North Local Government – (1997 – 1998)
Special Assistant, Hon. Minister of State for Finance – (1999 – 2003)
Secretary to the Ogun State Government – (2003 – 2007)
Hon. Minister of Mines & Steel Development (2007 – 2008)
Other Names: Sarafa, Tunji, Taiwo
Date of Birth: 25 th November, 1960
Marital Status: Married with Children
State of Origin: Ogun State
Local Government Area: Abeokuta-North
Permanent Address: 100A Ilugun Road, Mokola, Abeokuta, Ogun State,
Oke-Ona United Primary School, Ilugun, Abeokuta, Ogun State – 1966 – 1971
Nawair-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Obantoko,
Abeokuta – 1973 – 1977
Chartered Institute of Marketing, England – 1978 – 1981
Principles of Investment Course, South West London
College, Tooting Broadway, London, United Kingdom – 1981
US Financial System (Organised by the Department of
State, Washington, USA) – 2002
Leaders in Development Course at Harvard University,
Boston, Massachusetts, USA – 2009
University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
(Masters of Business Administration) – 2009 – 2011
NYSC as Lecturer, Department of Business Studies,
Federal College of Education, Katsina – 1982 – 1983
Lecturer in Business Statistics, Marketing and
Economics at Federal College of Education, Katsina – 1983 – 1986
Sales Executive, Commercial Services Division
Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation – 1986 – 1990
Executive Chairman, Taist Nigeria Ltd. – 1990 – 1997
Elected Chairman, Abeokuta North Local Government
Council – 1997 – 1998
Elected Chairman, Conference of Local Government
Council Chairmen, Ogun State, Nigeria – 1997 – 1998
Member, Audit Committee of Gateway Bank PLC – 1998
Special Assistant to the Honourable Minister of State
for Finance – 1999 – 2003
Secretary to the Ogun State Government – 2003 – 2007
Minister of Mines and Steel Development,
Federal Republic of Nigeria – 2007 – 2008
Executive Chairman, – 2008 – Date
o Taist Nigeria Ltd
o Taist Merchants
o Eshawller Investment Ltd.
o Platisol Investment Ltd. – 2014 – Date
CONFERENCES, RETREATS & SUMMITS ATTENDED IN NIGERIA
1. Chairman, Conference of Local Government Council Chairmen in Southwest of Nigeria, 1997/1998
2. 18 – Member National Co-ordinating Committee of the Local Government Chairmen Forum in Nigeria, 1998
3. National Congressional Conference on Economic and Development
Issues in Nigeria during the visit to Nigeria by the President of the World
Bank Group, Mr. James D. Wolfensohn, October 7th – 9th , 1999, Abuja, Nigeria
4. Twenty-Seventh Meeting of the Administration and Finance Commission
(ECOWAS), 27th Nov – 3rd Dec, 2001, Abuja, Nigeria
5. National Council on Finance and Economic Development, (Fiscal
Federalism Under a Democratic System of Governance) 16th to 18th October, 2002, at Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.
6. Presidential Retreat for Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and other top officials of the Federal Government of Nigeria, 16th – 18th August, 2007 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigeria.
7. African Mining Partnership, an initiative of NEPAD for championing and
co-ordinating mining and minerals-related initiatives in Africa -23rd – 25th
August 2007 in Abuja, Nigeria
8. Presidential Retreat at the State House, 23rd October 2007, Abuja, Nigeria
9. 44th Annual Conference of Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society
(NMGS) and investiture as Patron of NMGS, 10th – 12th March, 2008,
10. Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS) 2009 – 11. Budget Office of the
Federation in collaboration with DFID and World Bank, 14th – 19th July,
2008, Abuja, Nigeria.
11. Nigerian Iron and Steel Summit, ‘Towards the attainment of vision
20/2020 in the Mineral and Metals Sector’’ 31st July – 1st August 2008,
12. Northern Nigeria Economic and Investment Summit, Conference of the
Northern States Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture,
(chairman Solid Minerals Session), October 6th – 8th , 2008, Abuja, Nigeria
OFFICIAL VISITS, MEETINGS & CONFERENCES ATTENDED ABROAD
1. First Consultative Committee Meeting of the Board of Governors,
African Development Bank, 18th -19th November, 1999, Abidjan, Cote
2. Meeting of the ECOWAS Trade, Customs, and Immigration, 22nd – 23rd November, 1999, Lome, Togo.
3. 44th Session of ECOWAS Council of Ministers, 5th – 7th December, 1999,
4. 22nd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), 9th – 10th December, 1999, Lome, Togo.
5. Ministerial Meeting on Accelerated Implementation of ECOWAS
Priority Programmes, 27th – 29th January 2000, Bamako, Mali.
6. Second Meeting of the Governor’s Consultative Committee (GCC). 6th – 7th April, 2000. Helsinki, Finland.
7. 7th General Meeting of Shareholders’ African Export-Import Bank
(Afrexim), 8th May, 2000, Tunis, Tunisia.
8. The 6th Meeting of Afrexim Advisory Group on Trade Finance and
Export Development in Africa, May 9th, 2000, Tunis, Tunisia.
9. African Development Bank, African Development Fund Extraordinary
Meeting, Board of Governors, 29th and 30th May, 2000, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
10. The OPEC Fund for International Development, 22nd Annual Session of
the Ministerial Council, 13th June, 2000, Portschch, Netherlands
11. Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting, 19th – 21st September, 2000,
12. International Monetary Fund World Bank Group, Board of Governors
Annual Meeting, 18th -29th September, 2000, Prague, Czech Republic.
13. The African Development Bank Group Third Meeting of the Governors’
Consultative Committee, 8th – 9th April, 2001, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
14. The Joint Conference of African Ministers of Finance and Ministers of
Planning and Economic Development, 6th to 10th May, 2001, Algiers, Algeria
15. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Joint Conference of Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Planning and
Economic Development, 8th – 10th May, 2001, Brussels
16. 3rd Conference of Least Developed Nations, 14th – 20th May, 2001,
17. Ministerial Meeting on the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Integration Process in West Africa (ECOWAS), 19th – 20th November, 2001, Bamako, Mali.
18. Sixth Meeting of the Convergence Council of Ministers and Governors of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), 15th – 21st December, 2001.
19. ECOWAS Macro-Economic Convergence Council, First Meeting of the
Convergence Council (Ministers of Finance and Governors of Central Banks), 18th December, 2001, Dakar, Senegal
20. Study Visit to Washington DC, USA, 5th – 13th February, 2002.
– US Department of State
– US Capitol Hill (Senate & House Committees on
– US Security Exchange Commission
– US Federal Reserve Bank
– International Monetary Fund Headquarters
– World Bank Group Headquarters
– US Overseas Private Insurance Corporation
21. Study visit to New York City, USA, 13th – 17th February, 2002
– New York Stock Exchange
– New York Times
– Goldman Sachs
– Statue of Liberty
22. Study visit to Chicago, Illinois, USA, 17th – 20th February, 2002
– Chicago Commodity Exchange
– Sears Towers (Architecture)
– Michigan Lake
– Chicago Zoo
23. Study visit to Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 20th – 24th February, 2002
– Phoenix City Council
– Bank of America
– Visit to a typical America family
– Housing Estates Development
24. Study visit to San Francisco, California, USA 24th – 28th February, 2002
– Silicon Valley
– Venture Capital Management
25. African Development Bank (ADB) Governors’ Consultative Committee,
8th and 9th April, 2002, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
26. Seventh Meeting of the Convergence Council of Ministers and Governors
of the West African Monetary Zone, 11th – 12th April, 2002, Freetown,
27. The OPEC Fund for International Development, 12th June, 2002, Vienna,
28. ECA’s (Economic Opportunity for Africa) 8th Session of the Conference of Ministers of Finance (21st – 22nd November, 2002) and the High Level
Regional Consultative Meeting on Financing for Development (15th – 17th
November) in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.
29. Amir-Hajj of Ogun State Pilgrims during Hajj 2004 to Saudi Arabia
30. Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), May, 2007, Houston, Texas, USA
31. Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable
Development, 17th – 19th September, 2007. Palais des Nations, Geneva,
32. Ministerial Meeting of the African Mining Partnership, 1st – 2nd February,
2008, Cape-Town, South-Africa.
33. The Annual Conference for Natural Resources Professionals, 4th -7th
February, 2008, (Mining Indaba), South-Africa
34. World Mines Industries Forum 08, 28th February- 2nd March, 2008,
35. Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), 2nd – 5th March, 2008, Toronto, Canada.
36. Africa Downunder Conference, 4th – 5th September, 2008, Perth, Western
37. Korea Africa Economic Cooperation Conference (KOAFEC), 27th – 30th October, 2008, Seoul, South Korea.
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