UNODC ITS Staff Member of the Year 2008

I was presented the award at the occasion of the 2008 Annual General Meeting of the Information Technology Service (ITS) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) held on 15 August 2008 on the campus of the United Nations of Vienna (UNOV) by the Chief of ITS.

Regularly represented UNODC's Country Office in Nigeria) in various high level events and meetings. The mission of UNODC is to support the Nigerian Government and non-state actors in strengthening the rule of law and human security in line with the international treaties against drugs, crime and terrorism. Areas of intervention include anti-corruption, criminal justice reform, drugs, organized crime and terrorism, and human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.

Built the largest, most efficient IT team in the U.N. System in Nigeria to implement the IT component of a 32-million USD of the European Union funded project. The project was designed to complement Nigerian government's efforts in fighting corruption, economic and financial crimes, through support to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and the Nigerian Judiciary in the areas of improving its operational and institutional capacity.

I built and developed an exceptional IT team (38 IT engineers and technicians) and a culture of performance excellence. My team and I consistently exceeding expectations by transforming a paper-based law enforcement agency into a thriving corporation with worldwide recognition and the highest equity valuation of all organizations in its sector in Nigeria. We designed and deployed the ICT Infrastructure and Data Centre model (goIDM) and other telecommunication and distributed connectivity technologies. We managed the development and acceptance by end-users of integrated database and intelligent analysis system to track money-laundering and terrorist financing, investigation case-management system, Lotus Notes-based applications to optimize and automate existing office procedures, and web services applications.

I created dominant coalition networks with various stakeholders in Nigeria including the U.S. embassy, the European Commission, the State House (Presidency), the National Assembly, Academic institutions, and all Law enforcement and anti-corruption agencies. I facilitated the Database and automated records working group (DARWG) initiated by the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria and the Federal Government of Nigeria with the objective of improving cooperation among all national law enforcement agencies and public agencies.

I exhibited exceptional leadership and negotiation skills by raising funds from States Government for the deployment of Judicial Research Centres (JRCs) in 10 states in Nigeria and the initiation of the Public Procurement Review Software (goPRS), a corruption prevention tool for public procurement regulatory authorities.