‘Timi Alaibe is an accomplished technocrat and businessman. His experience has included serving Nigeria in some of its most eminent government institutions.
A graduate of Accounting from the University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, he also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Nigeria.
A seasoned banker with a robust private sector experience of over 20years serving at various levels with KPMG, African Continental Bank, AllStates Trust Bank, Cosmopolitan Bacshares, Societe Generale Bank (now Heritage bank PLC), Zomay Marine and Logistics Group and Zomay Offshore services where he currently sits as Chairman. He is a member of several professional organizations including the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Chartered Administrators, Institute of Corporate Executives, and a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM), amongst others.
In 2001, Mr. Alaibe was appointed Executive Director (Finance and Administration) at the newly created Niger Delta Development Commission and he was undoubtedly instrumental to the establishment of a healthy financial regime for the commission. Along with his colleagues, he set in motion a coordinated response mechanism to the short, medium and long-term developmental challenges of the Niger Delta. These included the development of an Integrated Regional Development Master Plan, Interim Action Plan for key projects in the States, as well as programmes for skill acquisition and a re-orientation and empowerment of youths. In April 2007, he was appointed Managing Director/CEO of the commission; a position he successfully held until April 2009 when his tenure expired.
Shortly after he was appointed Honorary Special Adviser and subsequently Substantive Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and the Chief Executive Officer of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in October 2009. He became the Chief Negotiator for the Federal Government in the disarmament of the militants who had held the Niger Delta region of Nigeria hostage for years. He successfully negotiated disarmament terms and conditions with the Niger Delta Militants and got them to surrender weapons in their possession in an exercise that is arguably the most successful disarmament exercise in the history of Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) in Africa.
He was a member of the Niger Delta Technical Committee appointed by the President Yar’Adua administration in September, 2008 to collate, review and distil the various reports, suggestions and recommendations on the Niger Delta from the Willinks Commission Report (1958) to the present, and propose a summary of recommendations that will enable the Federal Government achieve sustainable development, peace, human and environmental security in the Niger Delta Region.