NIM elects Atako as new president, other principal officers
The Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) has elected Dr. Christiana Atako as new President and Chairman of Council. She was elected as the 24th president alongside other principal officers to run the affairs of the institute for the next one year.
Atako assumes the position after the demise of the immediate past President of the Institute, Major General Abdullahi Muraina (rtd.).
Also elected are Commodore Abimbola Ayuba (rtd.), a former Director at Defence Headquarters and Naval Headquarters, Abuja, as Deputy President while Dr. Raymond Iheanacho, a former Director at Raw Materials Research Development Council is the National Treasurer.
According to a statement by the Acting Registrar/Chief Executive of the institute, Wasiu Sikiru, the investiture of the new president will be held in the new year.
The new President is a fellow of the institute and a former Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
She attended the University of Sokoto from where she graduated in 1984 with a First Class (Honours) degree in English. She obtained a master’s and a Ph.d degree from the University of Calabar in 1987 and 1992 respectively.
She also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma (Public Relations) from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, a Post Graduate Certificate in Cross-Sector Partnership from the prestigious University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and another Post Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Skills from the Coventry University, United Kingdom.
Atako, who had a distinguished career in both private and public sectors of the economy in different positions worked with the Cross River State Teaching Service Commission and Cross River State Civil Service Commission; the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC) and later moved her services to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
She served in different capacities as Assistant Director and Acting Head of Community and Rural Development Directorate, Deputy Director, Community and Rural Development, and Head, Corporate Affairs.
She grew to the position of Director, Community and Rural Development and Director, Education, Health and Social Services. She got to the peak of her career in 2013, when she was appointed Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.
Atako, who is also a fellow of several professional bodies, has attended several courses, seminars and conferences within and outside the country and has also presented scholarly papers in several training programmes and workshops across the globe.