Sakiru is a graduate of Computer science from Olabisi Onabanjo University (formerly Ogun State University) with over 15 years’ experience across IT and Financial sectors. He began his career as a programmer on Microsoft platform and later went into implementation, customization and support of Finacle Banking application.
Following the enactment of the Pension Reform act and the issuance of license to interested operators, Sakiru was invited by First Bank team in setting up their Pension custodian unit – First Pension Custodian – working as the pioneer Head, Information Technology. In this role, he set up the corporate IT infrastructure from scratch. Sakiru formulated policies, implemented infrastructure (hardware and network), deployed appropriate solutions that won First Bank 7 out of the 13 PFAs as at the time with the remaining 6 shared among the other 3 PFCs. He also worked closely with the Head, Operations to define the process and procedure and align solutions to support the business processes.
After 5 years of operations and having achieved stability both in the Pension industry as well as in the company itself, Sakiru proceeded to join First Bank as the Lead, Finacle Customization and Reporting, a role that he held for a year before assuming the role of Head, Core Application Management which expanded to other applications such as Treasury, Online Banking and Trade solutions among others. Yet in 2013, he was promoted to the Head, Application Solutions.
Major skills include adoption and implementation of international best practices in change management, SDLC, project management, incident management, secure coding etc. Other areas of expertise include IT strategy, business-IT alignment, IT governance and people and team management.