The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) today appointed Augusta Chinwe Ogakwu as its new Secretary.  She will take over from Abdullahi A. Kaugama, whose five-year tenure expired on June 26, 2013.

According to a statement by Kayode Robert Idowu, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mrs. Ogakwu moves to the new office from her present position as Director of the Legal Services Department, a position she assumed three months ago.  Prior to that, she had since May 2009 served as the Head of Unit/Director, Alternative Disputes Resolution since May 2009. She was also Acting Director, Legal Services Department from May 2003 to September 2005.
 
The new Secretary joined INEC as Chief Legal Officer in 1998 from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) where she had been the Assistant Chief Legal Officer.

Mrs. Ogakwu holds a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Lagos, besides several professional accreditations in the field of Law, WorkPlace Conflict Management and Resolution and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). She has also undergone intensive Executive Leadership Training as part of her professional development. Her professional certifications include being Fellow, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) (Nigeria); Completion Certificates, United States Institute of Peace (USIP); Member International Dispute Resolution Institute (IDRI) among others.

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