Commissioner for Industry, Trade & Investment
In a career which started in 1991 at ELF Nig. Ltd. as part of his service year, Dr Kpelai worked variously as Accountant for Nagogi Oils Ltd in Jos; UNDP Makurdi as a Resource Person as well as Consultant for DFID as part time Accountant among several others.
In 2002, he launched into the world of academics as part time lecturer at University of Agriculture, Makurdi from where he proceeded to University of Jos between 2003 and 2008, also as part time lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Management Sciences.
Between 2007 and 2008, he worked as a Resource Person at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPPS) Kuru in Plateau State.
From 2008 to 2010, Kpelai served as consultant to several professional organizations.
He has also been External Examiner at Jubilee University, Wukari in Taraba State, senior Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration, University of Jos as well as a visiting lecturer to Mkar University, Mkar-Gboko.
Dr Kpelai was Associate Professor and Head of Department, Business Administration at Benue State University, Makurdi as well as Associate Professor at University of Agriculture, Makurdi before his appointment as Commissioner.
Married with children and he is a member of several professional and non-professional bodies.