Barr. Deborah Usman
GENERAL MANAGER, LEGAL AND COMPANY SECRETARY/ LEGAL ADVISER
Education: Barr. Deborah Usman hails from Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State. She attended the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, where she obtained her first degree in Law (LLB) with excellent grades in 1988. She was later called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990 and has currently completed her course work for a Masters Degree in Law (LLM) at the University of Abuja.
Career: She started her working career as a Youth Corp member in 1990 with the then Continental Merchant Bank Plc (CMB) and remained in full employment in the Bank’s Legal Department for upward period of nine (9) years until 1999.
In 1999, Barr. Deborah Usman joined Visa Investments & Securities Co. Ltd (Affiliate of African International Bank) as a Senior Legal Officer and Assistant Company Secretary.
In her drive for excellence, she joined the apex regulatory authority of the capital market being the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2001 as a Manager in charge of the Investigation and Compliance Department at SEC’s Lagos Zonal Office, a position she held for over five (5) years until May, 2007 when she voluntarily resigned from the financial sector. Her amiable disposition, investigation skills and leadership qualities earned her several commendations.
In June 2007, she joined the Oil and Gas industry - Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as Chief Legal Officer (Litigation & Property Law Department) in the Corporate Secretariat & Legal Division (CSLD). She has at various times worked in different departments within the CSLD, a class member of 2010 Chief Officers Course 049 (Change Drivers) and an awardee of the 2nd Runner Up (Course Work).
Between 2012 and 2014, Barr. Usman was promoted to Deputy Manager, Corporate Law and subsequently in charge of Board Matters & Management Committee (BMMC) where she worked from February 2012 – June 2014.
In July 2014, upon her promotion, she was transferred to NPDC as Manager, Legal a position she held until her appointment as General Manager, Legal and Company Secretary/ Legal Adviser on the 14th November, 2016.
External Role: Barr. Deborah Usman has in the past twenty-five years served in various capacities and has attended several leadership and management trainings, seminars and workshops both locally and internationally within the Banking & Financial/ Capital Market as well as the Oil and Gas sectors. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), International Bar Association (IBA) and the Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria (CPIN). She is also a certified children’s teacher of the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). She is a princess and daughter of Magajin Rafin Jaba in the Ham Kingdom of Jaba LGA of Kaduna State and happily married with children.