MERA, Ibrahim Mohammed (OON)

Born February 18, 1961
Ibrahim Mohammed Mera is a well trained and accomplished public Administrator with credible records of excellence in Customs administration and modernisation. He has three decades of working experience in Customs and international trade environment . Always willing to make customs profession a model of universal integration and development. He cherishes Trade facilitation, working hard to become a world class authority in Customs and Global Trade solutions , create more jobs and help alleviate poverty in sub Saharan Africa and the world in general.
Gender: Male
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Profession Public Administrator , Politician
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Member, Board of Trustees, Muhammadu Buhari Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group; Member, Elders Committee, Buhari Support Group, Kebbi State; Member, Buhari Campaign Organisation, Kebbi State; Chairman/CEO, Mera Agric and Food (Owners of Mera Farms Company limited); Chairman & Chief Consultant , Customs and Global Trade Consultancy Limited (Nigeria and Europe); Director, M& E Global Migration (UK) Ltd; Director, Kanta commodities Nigeria LTD.

Previous Appointments:

– Assistant Comptroller of Customs, Federal Operation Unit Lagos;

– Deputy Comptroller of Customs Enforcement, Apapa Port Complex;

– Deputy Comptroller Intelligence, Tin-can Island Port;

– Customs Area Comptroller, Kano State & Jigawa State Area Command, January, 2004 – December 2006;

– Comptroller of Customs Intelligence Unit, December 2006 – June 2007;

– Customs Area Comptroller, PTML Area Command, June 2007 – March 2009;

– Customs Area Comptroller, Tin-can Island Port, March 2009 – October 2009;

– Comptroller Investigation Headquarters, October, 2009 – October 2010;

– Assistant Comptroller General, Investigation & Inspection, June 2011 – Sept 2012;

– Assistant Comptroller General of custom (Administration and Technical Services), September 2012 -January 2013;

– Deputy Comptroller general of Customs HRD, Head of Human Resource Department ; Member of the Management and Nigeria Customs Service Board, Nigeria Customs Service Board , January 2014 –November 2015.


– Fellowship of the Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC), June 10, 2019
– Fellow, Institute Of Security Management & Operations in Nigeria, June 16, 2014
– Fellow, Institute of Industrialist & Corporate Administration (Fiica)
– Fellow, Certified Institute Of Management (Fcim)
– Member, Chartered Institute Of Administration Of Nigeria
– Member, Nigeria Institute of Management
– Member, Institute of Directors
– Member, Institute Of Personnel Management of Nigeria

SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Tudun Wada Primary School, Argungu – 1977; Kanta College, Argungu, 1979; Government College, Sokoto, 1981 – 1986; University of Sokoto, 1986 – 1987; University of Lagos, 2003 –2004; Munster University, Germany, 2016.


– All Progressive Congress (APC)


– Ciroman Kebbi (since 1992)


– IMPACT OF TAX ADJUSTMENT POLICIES IN NIGERIA ; challenges to WTO laws ; submitted to AWA and Munster University for Award of Master of Customs Administration, International Trade and Taxation. 2018.

– INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMPLIANCE AND NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE ; Paper presented at Aussenwircrafts-Akademie Munich/Munster Germany August,2017.

– REFORM OF MARITIME SECTOR, A case study of CABOTAGE LAW { X-ray of National Maritime performance} 2005 ; a Masters Thesis for MPA Public Administration with specialization in Public Policy Formulation and Implementation at University of Lagos.

– PROBLEM AND PROSPECT OF EDUCATION CURRICULA , Case study of Sokoto State, 21987.


– The first and only serving officer to be commended for Outstanding Performance by Two Serving Presidents Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria (President Obasanjo 2005 & President Goodluck Jonathan 2014).

– Made the largest ever single seizure of smuggled textile in the over 120 Years in the history of Nigeria Customs Service in 2005 as Customs Area Comptroller of Kano/Jigawa States Command. This resulted in official Commendation of the then President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. The seizure has duty paid value of over Four Billion Naira (N4,000,000,000.00).

– Re-activated Kano/Jigawa State Command to meet and exceed revenue target in 2005 and 2006 by 100%. It should be noted that Kano/Jigawa Command was not able to meet its annual target for over 6 previous years and still failed to meet its target since 2006 when he left the Command.

– In 2007, he was posted to Tin-Can Island II (PTML) Command as Custom Area Controller. He modelled the port to achieve the government desire of 48 hours clearing Period as at then and improved the revenue collection of the command by over Two Thousand percent a month (200m – 2.4b monthly), consequently reduced the cost of doing business.

– In 2009, he was appointed Customs Area Comptroller Tin-Can Island I Port. Within five (5) months, he was able to raise the monthly revenue from 3.7 Billion Naira to over 11 Billion Naira monthly.

– He was the Assistant Comptroller General who promoted the establishment of Computer Forensic Unit of the Nigeria Customs Service to tackle the challenges of Automation and Modernisation and Online Frauds to the System.

– He modernised and automated the Human Resource Management Process that comprehensively remove subjective, nepotism and favouritism in promotion processes of the Nigeria Customs Service and increase credibility and acceptance.



– Master in Customs, Taxation and International Trade; University of Munster, Germany, 2016.

– London Business School, Strategic Investment Management Course 2016.

– Cambridge University Business School; Business Accounting for Non Accounting Executive course, 2016.

– Workshop on Human Resource Development System of Customs Services from
European Union Countries at University of Muenster, Germany May 2015.

– Israel 2014 Security Programme, “Current Challenge and Strategies” Israel – HomeLand Security.

– The 3rd International Conference Israel Home Land Security 2014, November

– American University Of Sharjah, School Of Business Administration Certificate In
Budgeting & Financial Management October, 2014.

– Course In Capacity Building For Human Resource By Crown Agent International
Training – Abuja 9 – 13 October, 2014.

– Diploma Certificate “Picard 2014 From Technologies De Monterrey, Puebla Mexico – 2014.

– Certificate On Leadership Training On Change Management By Karmas Institute For Transformative Leadership At Pittsburgh, P.A. United State Of America.

– Advanced Leadership Training On Ethical Leadership & Managing Change From Seneca College, Toronto, Canada December 2014.

– Certificate On Trade Facilitation In Africa From Crown Agents May 2010.

– Certificate Of Professional Leadership Development, “Multi-Dimensional Leader” By Transformation Initiative, Toronto, Canada May 2010.

– Certificate On Management And Leadership Development Programmed By Hensley Fraser, London July 2011.

– Course On Risk Management Principles Held By NCS Service Providers, December 2007.

– Certificate On Introduction To Wealth Management By 7 City Learning Institute,
London 15 July 2008.

– Certificate On Change Leadership In A Customs Environment By Crown Agent
International Training Centre Sutton, Surrey, United Kingdom.

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