Mr. Bashiru Bakare graduated from the prestigious London School of Economics with a degree in Monetary Economics. He had over 25 years cognitive and progressive banking experience culminating in his appointment as Executive Director of First Bank Plc. He also functioned as a Director on the Boards of First Bank subsidiaries. Mr. Bakare is an astute financial engineer and management expert. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers (AICB) London and a fellow of the Institute of Sales Management Nigeria. In addition to being a Director of the group, Mr. Bakare chairs both the COSG Board Safety and Implementation Committees.