management
 
Our Management Team
 

Urban Shelter Limited has a world class indigenous management team with direct knowledge of the industry, extensive property development experience and unique administrative skills.

The management team has continuously combined an understanding of finance, development in nation’s economy and property development which has enabled them to successfully embark on and execute extensive property development projects that would defy seemingly large companies.

Its day to day operations are currently undertaken by a team of versatile and enterprising young men led by Sa’adiya Aliyu as the Chief Operating Officer.

 
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Saadiya Aliyu
Chief Operations Officer

Sa’adiya has had a varied career in a number of roles, bringing her characteristic drive and inter-personal skills to every position she has occupied. Prior to starting work, she received a Bsc in Economics from Brunel University, following that up with an Msc in Finance and development from the School of African Studies (SOAS) in London…

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Muktar Ibrahim
AGM Building Services

AGM Building Services. He was recently appointed AGM-Building Services overseeing Quantity Survey, Architecture, Mech anical & Electrical Units of Urban Shelter. He is responsible for the design team, quality control and cost management of all USL projects. Additionally he heads the Quality Monitoring Committee…

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Bachir Abba
AGM Residential & Commercial Projects

With over 12 years of international experience in real estate, construction, engineering and project management, Bachir leads, coordinates and oversees the Residential & Commercial developments and operations of USL. He also provides technical support to the quality control team and the business development team. Prior to joining…

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Rilwan Salihu Aliyu
AGM Affordable Housing

He is a holder of Bachelor of Technology Degree in Building from Federal University of Technology Minna with a second class Hons. He has a Proficiency certificate in Auto Cad and Project Management, Member Nigerian Institute of Building Project Manager. Rilwan is saddled with the responsibility of overseeing development of mass…

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Isa Abdullahi Kure
AGM Infastructure

He heads Infrastructure Department of Urban Shelter Limited. His department is saddled with the responsibility of designing and constructing all civil engineering related projects for the company and also championing provision of essential infrastructures for our "Site & Services" projects. Engr. Kure is a holder of an Associate’s degree and…

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Yakubu Hassan Lemu
AGM Finance

He has a graduate degree in Accounting from illustrious Ahmadu Bello University which he followed up with an MBA from Bayero University Kano. Prior to joining Urban Shelter Limited Yakubu worked in the Niger State Government where he was involved in a number of key policy dialogues. He joined the Urban Shelter family as part of the…

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Francis Olorunfemi
AGM Corporate Services

He is a graduate of Economics (Bsc Hons) in 1989 from the University of Jos, Jos Plateau State. He was employed with the Kwara State Ministry of Education where he taught Economics, Mathematics, Government and Commerce in the school where he was assigned. He left the teaching profession after two years and joined…

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Ismail Badru
AGM Internal Audit

Ismail Badru is a Graduate of Accountancy. He passed the qualifying exam of the famous Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in the year 2000 and was inducted Associate member (ACA) of the Institute in the year 2001. He became a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute in the year 2013 having successfully practised the accountancy profession…

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Sa’adiya has had a varied career in a number of roles, bringing her characteristic drive and inter-personal skills to every position she has occupied. Prior to starting work, she received a Bsc in Economics from Brunel University, following that up with an Msc in Finance and development from the School of African Studies (SOAS) in London.

After completing her education, she joined the Debt Management Office as a technical assistant to the Director-General. In addition to her responsibilities organising and drafting documents, presentations and conferences for the Director-General's office, she played a key role in a number of policy objectives. She brought her experience and nous to bear on policy dialogues concerning debt reduction strategy with the Paris and London clubs. She helped draft the “fiscal responsibility” bill, which was passed into law. She also contributed to the National Borrowing Guidelines, interfacing with key parties to deliver a rounded policy.

In 2009, Sa’adiya joined Urban Shelter Limited as a Senior Manager to the Chairman office. In a role requiring a deft hand and a steady touch, she streamlined the operations of the Chairman's office, increasing efficiency and productivity. Her success in this role led to her promotion as Chief Operating Officer, where she aims to leverage her organisational talents to move the company forward. In this new position, Sa’adiya has outlined a bold new corporate strategy that seeks to address imbalances in the housing market and better position Urban Shelter's capacity to take leadership role within it. Her ambition for Urban Shelter includes affordable housing – for which she has a particular passion – and she seeks to provide innovative means for the delivery and payment of these structures.

Sa’adiya is a board director in a number of companies including Shelter Suites & Hotels Ltd and Urban Shelter Infrastructure Ltd. She is passionate about gender equality and lend her voice to some NGOs as part of her civic duties.

He was recently appointed AGM-Building Services overseeing Quantity Survey, Architecture, Mech anical & Electrical Units of Urban Shelter. He is responsible for the design team, quality control and cost management of all USL projects. Additionally he heads the Quality Monitoring Committee and the Tender Board.

Muktar spent 5 years in the New York Institute of Technology obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture Degree, where Cum Laude Honours was awarded with the B. Arch Diploma. He was presented with an ‘award of excellence’ at Commencement from the New York Council of the American Society of Registered Architects. Upon graduation he went on to work with the prestigious Femi Majekudunmi Architects (FMA) on a high-rise office design for USL.

Lastly he serves as a Director for Urban Shelter as well as its subsidiary company, Urban Abode. He also serves as a Director for Shelter Clay Products Ltd, Urban Abode Limited and Urban Shelter Ltd.

With over 12 years of international experience in real estate, construction, engineering and project management, Bachir leads, coordinates and oversees the Residential & Commercial developments and operations of USL. He also provides technical support to the quality control team and the business development team. Prior to joining USL, he served in construction management at Clark Construction, LLC in Washington DC; in process engineering at Rohm & Haas in Delaware and Arkema Group in Philadelphia as a quality engineer.

Bachir is a member, and serves on committees of various engineering, project management and real estate affiliated organization in Nigeria and the Washington, DC area such as National Society of Professional Engineers, U.S. Green Building Council and District of Columbia Building Industry Association. He graduated Magma Cum Laude from Drexel University, Philadelphia with a B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering before completing dual M.S degrees in Structural and Mechanical Engineering in 2007. He holds an Executive Certificate in Real Estate Management & Finance from Harvard University.

He is a certified project manager (PMP) from the Project Management Institute in Washington, DC.

He is a holder of Bachelor of Technology Degree in Building from Federal University of Technology Minna with a second class Hons. He has a Proficiency certificate in Auto Cad and Project Management, Member Nigerian Institute of Building Project Manager. Rilwan is saddled with the responsibility of overseeing development of mass affordable housing. He was the Project Manager of Brick city Development Project from 2004, a project which is one of Urban Shelter’s largest projects.

He serves on the Management Team where he contributes to the growth and development of the company.

He heads Infrastructure Department of Urban Shelter Limited. His department is saddled with the responsibility of designing and constructing all civil engineering related projects for the company and also championing provision of essential infrastructures for our “Site & Services” projects.

Engr. Kure is a holder of an Associate’s degree and a BSc in Civil Engineering Technology from the USA. He was registered with the American Society of Civil Engineers and passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in the USA in 2002.

He has a vast experience of over twenty years in civil engineering works. Internationally, he worked in the USA for over a decade in General Construction mostly in the Geotechnical area, and at one time served as Laboratory Manager of Geotechnical Testing Services Inc. in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Locally, he held the position of Chairman, Direct Labour Unit of the Federal University of Technology, Minna.

He has a graduate degree in Accounting from illustrious Ahmadu Bello University which he followed up with an MBA from Bayero University Kano. Prior to joining Urban Shelter Limited Yakubu worked in the Niger State Government where he was involved in a number of key policy dialogues. He joined the Urban Shelter family as part of the Finance & Accounts team where he excelled.

He is currently the Head of Finance at Urban Shelter a position which has enabled him to introduce new cutting edge techniques in corporate finance and investment decision making as well as streamlining the operations of the department.

Yakubu is involved in a few charitable and civic organisations based in Niger State. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAN).

He is a graduate of Economics (Bsc Hons) in 1989 from the University of Jos, Jos Plateau State. He was employed with the Kwara State Ministry of Education where he taught Economics, Mathematics, Government and Commerce in the school where he was assigned. He left the teaching profession after two years and joined Urban Shelter Savings and Loans Limited, Lagos where he worked in the Banking Operations, Mortgage Credit and Administrative Departments.

In 1999, Francis joined Urban Shelter Limited, Abuja. During his 16 years at Urban Shelter he worked for five years in the Purchasing Department before he was appointed Head of the Administrative Department and Personal Assistant to the Managing Director/CEO in 2004.

He has the responsibility of overseeing Marketing & Sales Unit, General Administration of the company, Human Resources unit, Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Unit as well as our Land, Estate & Records Unit (LERU).

Ismail Badru is a Graduate of Accountancy. He passed the qualifying exam of the famous Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in the year 2000 and was inducted Associate member (ACA) of the Institute in the year 2001. He became a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute in the year 2013 having successfully practised the accountancy profession for over ten years. Ismail has over fifteen years work experiences which cut across various economic sectors like banking, manufacturing, financial consulting services among others. He is the pioneer head of our internal audit department.

He set up the internal audit department, developed the internal audit framework and has introduced several turnaround policies to safeguard the company’s assets and guarantee the effectiveness and efficiency of our business operations. Ismail is a member of the Institute of internal Auditors (IIA). He has successfully passed the online Certificate in International Financial Reporting (CertIFR – ACCA, UK).

The internal audit department carries out routine audits of all strategic units and departments of the company to ensure adherence to our established standards, policies & procedures and guarantee success of our developmental activities & operations.