Mr. Lawal Garba FNIQS (Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors) , was born in Funtua,Katsina State on 16th December 1959 where he went to primary school at Aya Primary School. Thereafter proceeded to Barewa College Zaria for his secondary school and continued to School of Basics Studies after which he studied Quantity Surveying and graduated with an honors degree all at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He went for his NYSC in Rivers State in 1979. Upon completion of his NYSC, the Governor of Rivers State offered him to work under him on Projects Implementation Committee. Lawal Garba has a world record as being the first graduate Quantity Surveyor to set up the Property Cost Control section in the banking sector when he moved to United Bank for Africa, it’s because of this achievement he was conferred with the fellowship of Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors FNIQS. and was on secondment to Tillyard Chartered Quantity Surveyors in London from United Bank for Africa. He left the bank in 1985 to pursue private business setting up Minsource Limited with his Chinese partner which became one of the largest Cocoa beans exporters in Nigeria. In 1989 his company Emerald Packaging Company bidded and won the one of the earliest privatization exercise in the country by Odua Investment Limited in purchasing the majority shares and took over the management of the the Cocoa Industry Limited which was established by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1967. His enterprises and investments spanning over three decades is in various sectors of the economy. These include Oil & Gas, Defence, Banking, Maritime, Property Development/Investment and Energy sectors .He is the board Chairman with controlling shares in the following companies: Quantilex Nigeria Limited, Trobell International Nigeria Limited, Trobell Power and Energy Limited, Trobell Fertiliser and Agro Allied Limited,Emerald Packaging Company Limited. He’s married with three children and a philanthropist.