GBOYEGA NASIR ISIAKA (GNI)
Gboyega Nasir Isiaka is a formidable and frontline politician in Nigeria. He is also a governorship aspirant to reckon with in Ogun State concerning 2019 gubernatorial election. He has commenced massive campaign to actualize his 2019 gubernatorial ambition. He is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that he emerge victorious.
The astute politician was born in February 1962 into the family of late Prince Tijani Adebowale Isiaka and Alhaja Adijat Agbeke Isiaka of Remo Quarters, Imeko in Imeko Afon Local government area of Ogun state. His father was a respected transporter, philanthropist, community leader and politician in the then Egbado district and his mother is a trader. Growing up in Imeko was not much of a challenge for him as a little boy he learnt very early in life that, to become great you must endure whatever situation you find yourself, and coming from a very strict, religious and disciplined home he had no choice but to conform to the best standards possible. This to a large extent molded him into the person he is today.
Schooling and Early days
His quest for academic excellence began from the Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Imeko between 1968 and 1973 after which he proceeded to Nazareth High School, Imeko between 1973 and 1978.
Prior to his tertiary education, he worked as a Clerical Officer at Yewa (then Egbado) North Local Government; and later Office of the Presidential Liaison Officer, Abeokuta. His first point of call for higher education was the Ogun State Polytechnic (now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic), Abeokuta where he was admitted to study Mass Communication in 1981. While there for a few months, his innate drive made him to realize that he was not getting a feeling of full satisfaction with the career path he was towing and consequently, he quit the school to pursue a different career path. He was subsequently offered admission into the University of Ife (now OAU) to study Accounting in 1982. He committed himself vigorously to his academics, and after four rigorous years, he graduated in 1986 with a First Class category in Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting (B.Sc Accounting).
While in “Great Ife”, his penchant to add value to others committed him to other engaging activities as he was the Director of Organisation, Yewa (then Egbado) Students Association in 1983/1984 and became the President in 1984/1985. A major highlight of his activities in the association was giving career talk and organising what was then called the “Brain Trust Competition” among Secondary Schools in Yewa land. After his graduation from the University, he proceeded for the one year compulsory NYSC programme in Jos, Plateau state. He served with Joseph Akande & Co, a firm of Chartered Accountants.
In furtherance to his academic attainment, he proceeded to pursue his professional certifications and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 1988. He also completed a Masters programme in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Lagos in 1995 and attended the Senior Management Programme (SMP) of the Lagos Business School in 1998. After a decade of post-Associate membership, He was bestowed with the Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) in 2003.
In addition to being a Chartered Accountant, he is an Associate of Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (ACS) having completed the Institute’s three stage examinations in 2001, and an Associate member (ACIT) of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN). In furtherance of his bid to attain professional and leadership excellence, he has taken and undergone several courses in different parts of the world including Investment Banking & Corporate Finance Course by Euromoney, United Kingdom, Leadership in the 21st Century from the prestigious John F. Kennedy Centre, Harvard University, United States of America and Institute of Public Private Partnership , Washington DC courses on Development, Structuring and Execution of Public Private Partnership transactions to mention but a few.
Private Sector Experience
His exposure to corporate experience commenced when he was retained after the completion of the NYSC scheme by Joseph Akande & Co. Chartered Accountants. He was involved in statutory audit especially of public sector institutions as well as management consultancy services. These he did for two years before quitting the organisation to pick up his first major career employment with Lion Bank in 1989.
At Lion Bank, he functioned in the Internal Control and Audit department and he was also able to deploy his professional knowledge and experience to assist in strengthening the internal control in various spheres of the bank. He left Lion Bank plc in 1990 with a track record of performance and moved further the professional ladder.
His foray into Investment Banking commenced with his employment with ICON LTD (Merchant Bankers) in 1990, where he served with the Capital Issues and Investment division after a rigorous three months training by the bank. He spent six years with the bank with major focus on financial advisory and issuing house functions.
In February 1996, he joined Lead Merchant Bank Plc where he was involved in various wholesale banking activities that included Project Financing, Financial Advisory, Privatization Advisory, Equity and Debt raising activities. He was also involved in Asset Management and Stockbroking under the Lead Investment Limited brand of Lead Bank.
During his seven years sojourn with Lead bank, he rose from the position of Assistant Manager to that of Assistant General Manager and Group Head of Investment Banking overseeing Investment Banking services. He was at the forefront of various corporate finance transactions that include equity raising for First Bank Plc, Union Bank Plc, Afribank Plc (now Mainstreet bank), Lion Bank Plc, Nigerian-German Chemical Plc, International Breweries Plc, and Wema bank Plc among others. He worked alongside the Credit Suise First Boston (CSFB) team to win the bid for the privatisation of the then NEPA by the BPE and he was the team leader for the financial/lead advisory services for both the privatization of Nigerdock Plc and Benue Cement Plc by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).
It is interesting and instructive to note that during this period when he led these initiatives, the then Lead Bank won the best Issuing House award in Nigeria for three consecutive years; between 2001 and 2003. He left Lead Bank Plc and indeed the corporate sector in October 2003 with high sense of fulfillment, having made up his mind to go and join the Ogun State government.
His exposure to public service commenced in 2003 after taking up an appointment as a Special Assistant on Investments to the Governor of Ogun State. In April 2004, he was appointed the pioneer Group Managing Director of Gateway Holdings Limited (GHL), the investment company of the state. Pioneering any new initiative is never an easy task but he was undaunted and he painstakingly set the structures for the then new pseudo-private organization. He put together a team of dedicated professionals with relevant skills and led them to achieve the company’s global mandate amongst which were; Project Development and Structuring, Investment Management and Trade Finance. The team was able to spearhead and/or assisted in the development of various projects in the state. These include but not limited to, the first Industrial Park, Grand Manufacturers Cement Company, Urea Plant, Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone and Gateway Savings & Loans Limited.
Investments and committed investments from these sources were substantial. The Company under his headship was also involved in the project development and structuring of the then proposed Gateway International Airport and Olokola deep seaport projects in partnership with the Ondo state government.
Also, assets and investments that were either drain pipes to the state or being grossly underutilized or out rightly bankrupt especially State Owned Companies were restructured under his headship of Gateway Holdings Ltd. The principal objective was immediate stoppage of the drain on the State’s lean resources and ultimately contributes to the revenue generation capacity of the State. Furthermore, Gateway Holdings Ltd consolidated the shareholding of the State and ensured an optimal and effective management of the state’s quoted stocks which hitherto were not only scattered in various ministries and parastatals of government but were not been effectively managed. From near zero revenue on gross reliance on subventions from the state government in previous years, the company generated revenue to the State Government coffers that was close to #1billion during his tenure. In addition to the stock investments, the company held or supervised investment by the State in various other businesses.
Gateway Holdings under his leadership also funded and managed the state’s empowerment programme in transportation notably, the State metro scheme project under which over 650 motorcycles, 600 taxis and 150 buses were given out to indigenes of the state under a short/medium term lease arrangement. The company also financed the leasing of tractors to farmers during the period.
The company also carried out other activities that have various positive impacts on the socio-economic development of the state; including the financial structuring advisory of 42MWpower station which the present government currently uses to power all government agencies, residences of government functionaries and other close locations. Another of such was the establishment of Abeokuta trading floor of the Nigeria Stock Exchange and the establishment of Ogun Shandong Business Council which was aimed at enhancing business relationship and joint venture between private business men in Ogun State and Shandong province in China.
Overall, the positive effect of the activities of Gateway Holdings under his leadership are legion and these to a large extent contributed to the enhancement of the economic base of Ogun State, generated employment and empowerment for the people, utilized the natural resources and other competitive advantages of the state and more importantly recorded respectable returns on the investments and generated revenue to the state government; all to the benefit of the people of Ogun State.
During his stewardship in public service, he also served in different capacities such as Chairman, Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone working implementation committee; member, Ogun finance committee; member Economic Summit planning committee and member, Ogun Economic Advisory Council (EAC) among others.
Honours and Awards
In the course of his private and public life, several awards and honours have come his way. They include the prestigious “Good Leadership Award” by the Network for good leadership in Nigeria; “Award of Excellence” by the National Association of Ogun State Students; “Techno-Entrepreneurship Award” by NANS Ogun state; “Icon and Epitome of Success” by West African Student Union (WASU); “Excellence Award” by Yewa Awori Youth Agenda Forum (YAYAF) Ogun state; “Distinguished Director of the Year 2006” by NAYS; “Meritorious Award for Community Service” by Imeko Afon Local Government, “Exemplary Professional” by Federation of Imeko Afon Local Government Union; “Award of Excellence” by Nazareth High School Old Students Association; “Leadership and Excellence Recognition Award” by the Ogun West Women Ambassadors; “Distinguished Alumnus”, Obafemi Awolowo University; “Patron, National Association of Small Scale Industries” (NASSI) Ogun state branch, “Akogun Adini of Yewaland” by Yewa Muslim Community, “Merit Award” by the Jamhiyat Nuru Samodani Foundation (JANSAF) and “Award of Excellence” by Pentecostal Methodist Church. These are but a few of such numerous recognitions that have become a permanent feature of him.
In April 2011, he contested an election for the office of the Governor of Ogun State and lost to the incumbent. He has since moved from that worthwhile experience to set up the Edgefield Group providing professional and non-banking financial services.
Amongst the companies within the group are Edgefield Development & Investment Partners Ltd (a PPP advisory firm with emphasis on Infrastructure Development Advisory) which he runs as the Chief Executive Officer; Edgefield Capital Management Ltd (a Stock broking/Corporate Advisory Company) where he serves as the Chairman; and GNI & Associates (a Professional Services firm) which he provides with supports on consultancy basis.
Sociable Family Man
Inspite of these engagements, he is a happy family man, a loving husband and dutiful father. He is happily married to Mrs. Oluwatoyin Isiaka and they are blessed with lovely children that are nurtured in the finest moral and academic standards. Despite his conservative mien, he is a social, jovial and relatively outgoing but in a measured manner.
It is no longer news that All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared Dapo Abiodun the winner of the Ogun state governorship primary. He was declared the winner after polling 102,305 votes, against his closest contender, Jimi Lawal, who polled 51,153.
If elected in the forthcoming 2019 general elections, Dapo Abiodun will take over the Ogun state governorship seat from Governor Ibikunle Amosun. Here are 14 key facts about Dapo Abiodun, the official flag bearer of the ruling APC in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Ogun state.
1. Dapo is a native of Iperu-Remo in Ogun state and belongs to a royal family
2. Prince Abiodun was born by Dr Emmanuel and Mrs Victoria Abiodun from Iperu-Remo, in Ogun East senatorial district on May 29, 1960
3. He is the father of late Olugbenga Abiodun aka DJ Olu, a close friend of the Nigerian Music star Davido
4. He studied civil engineering at the then University of Ife (now, Obafemi Awolowo University), Ife, Osun state and subsequently, Accounting at Kennesaw State University, Atlanta Georgia, United States of America (USA)
5. He holds a Honours et Doctorate Degree in Finance from Ekiti State University and another in Business Administration from Adeleke University, Ede, Osun state.
6. He is the managing director/CEO of Heyden Petroleum Ltd [HPL], one of the largest indigenous players in the downstream, midstream, and upstream oil and gas industry in Nigeria
7. He is also reportedly the founder of First Power Limited, among others
8. Dapo Abiodun is a founding member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state
9. He contested the Ogun East senatorial seat on the platform of the PDP in 2015 general elections
10. Abiodun was elected a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) at a younger age of 33 in 1993
11. He has served as a member of various presidential committees and organisations, including the Presidential Think-Tank in 2001, appointed Chairman, Oil and Gas Committee, Ogun state in 2009, chairman, Depot and Petroleum Product Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN) in 2012 and also appointed chairman, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 2018.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu is the Lagos State governorship candidate for All Progressives Congress (APC). He defeated the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode at the primary. He has since commenced massive campaign to achieve his 2019 dream.
Born Babajide Sanwo-Olu Olusola on June 25, 1965 in Lagos state, is a Nigerian politician, trained Surveyor and public sector expert in human resources.
He is from a Christian family and an entrepreneur turned politician with vast experience in both the public and private sector.
Jide Sanwo-Olu has a robust public sector service experience spanned over eight years during which he was honorable commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Commissioner for Budget and Planning and Commissioner for Establishment and Training.
He also has an enviable background in the private sector with almost ten years’ experience in the banking sector having contributed to the growth and development of Lead Bank plc, UBA and First Monument Bank.
Here are the 10 other interesting things you don’t probably know about him.
1. Sanwo-Olu is a native of Lagos state.
2. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Lagos and also an MBA in surveying from same university.
3. He attended the Kennedy school of Government, USA; the London business school as well as the Lagos business school (LBS).
4. He is married to Dr. C. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and their union is blessed with 4 children.
5. Babajide is over 53 years of age.
6. He was appointed special adviser on corporate matters by the then Deputy governor, Femi Pedro in 2003.
7. He was appointed commissioner for Commerce and Industry in 2007 during Bola Tinubu Era.
8. He also served as Babatunde Fashola’s commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pension between 2007 and 2015.
9. Sanwo-Olu is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personal Management (CIPM) and fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).
10. Babajide Sanwoolu has won numerous awards which include the symbol of excellence award from the Civic Enlightenment Association of Nigeria, a gold mentor award from the National Association of Nigeria Nurses & Midwives (NANNM), a platinum award from the Lagos state Public Service Club and the 2009 best in Human Capital Development award from the Industrial Training Fund (ITF).
BAYO ADELABU PENKELEMESI
Bayo Adelabu is the Oyo State governorship candidate for Oyo State. He is a notable gubernatorial aspirant in the state. It was gathered that he is enjoying tremendous support of all the stakeholders to actualize his dream.
Early life and education Adelabu was born to Aderibigbe Adelabu of Oke-Oluokun compound, Kudeti Area in Ibadan. His grandfather is Adegoke Adelabu.
Adelabu attended Ibadan Municipal Government Primary School, Agodi Ibadan from 1976 to 1982 and Lagelu Grammar School, Ibadan from 1982 to 1987.
Adelabu received a First Class Degree in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and an Associate Member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Adelabu has also taken up professional courses in various business schools, including Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, Kelloggs, Euromoney, and the University of London.
Adelabu started his career with PriceWaterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), an international firm of Chartered Accountants and Management Consultants. During his seven years with the firm, he led and managed various audit and consultancy engagements for large banks and non-bank financial institutions within and outside Nigeria.
He was on secondment to the Central Bank of Nigeria for one year in 1999 when he led the finance team on the CBN re-engineering and corporate renewal project tagged “Project EAGLES”. He left the firm in year 2000 as an Audit Manager and Senior Consultant to join First Atlantic Bank as the Financial Controller and Group Head of Risk Management and Controls. He was later promoted to Chief Inspector of the Bank in 2002 and Group Head of National Public Sector Business in 2003
Adelabu moved to Standard Chartered Bank as the West African Regional Head of Finance and Strategy (Consumer Banking Business) with dual offices in Lagos and Accra. He was there till 2009 from where he became an Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Nigeria’s largest bank, First Bank of Nigeria Plc. (FBN) at the age of 39. L
Adebayo was appointed by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in February 2014 as Deputy Governor, Operations of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Adelabu serves as the Chairman, Board of Directors of the Nigeria InterBank Settlement Systems (NIBBS) and has chaired the board of Financial Institution Training Centre (FITC). He is also a serving member of the Board of Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC), the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL).
Engineer Seyi Makinde is the Oyo State governorship candidate under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He is a leading governorship aspirant in the state.
Seyi Makinde was born on 25 December 1967. Makinde was born to a renowned teacher turned accountant; late Pa Olatubosun Makinde and Madam Abigail Makinde of Aigbofa Compound in Oja’ba, Ibadan. He is the third child of the family.
Seyi Makinde is a Nigerian businessman, politician, and philanthropist from Ibadan, Oyo State. He is an Engineer and a subject matter expert on fluid and Gas Metering. He is the Group Managing Director of Makon Group Limited; an indigenous oil and gas company in Nigeria. Also, he established his first oil and gas private business called Makon Engineering and Technical Services, (METS) at the age of 29 in the year 1997. After earning years of work experience with international oil and gas companies.
Otunba Seyi Abiodun Makinde was born and grew up in Ibadan and is a successful businessman. The son of a chartered accountant, late Pa Olatunbosun Makinde. Seyi had the spirit of service instilled in him at an early age involving himself in sports and church. While in primary and secondary school, Seyi was selected to attend most of the school academic external events. No doubt, this experience opened Seyi’s eyes to public service.
Otunba Seyi had begun thinking about entering politics in the early age of his youth partly based upon Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s ideology and legacy “Free Education” to give back to the community. He is “moderate” with “progressive” views as a Democrat and has the people’s welfare at heart. Seyi had managed to work his way out of poverty through hard work and his commitment to the plight of ordinary citizens of Oyo State is undisputed.
Makinde began his education at St Paul Primary School and completed his primary education at St Michael Primary School, Yemetu, Ibadan. His secondary education was at Bishop Phillips Academy, Monatan, Ibadan.
In 1985, Seyi gained admission to the University of Lagos (Unilag) where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. While still in school, he worked for Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited for one year before leaving school in 1990 to work full-time for the same company. In 1997, Seyi Makinde left Shell to set up his private business and ever since then, he has never looked back for sixteen years as Group Managing Director of Makon Engineering and Technical Services International.
In 1998, Oluwaseyi trained at Industrial Control Services in Houston, Texas on Safety Shutdown System; and Development of Analytical Competence for Managing Operations at Lagos Business School (now Pan-Atlantic University) in 1999. In 2000, he had training in automation. In 2002, he studied Fundamentals of Crude Sampling at Jiskoot Auto Control Training Centre, Kent, England. Also, in 2005, he studied Understanding and Solving Complex Business Problems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.
Professional and Business Career
Makinde did his national service (NYSC) with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria, where he was later engaged as a pupil engineer. He served in different capacities; handling and partaking in several key projects between 1990 and 1992. From 1992 to 1997, he worked as a Field Engineer (Eket operations) for Rebold International Limited and in 1995, he was appointed as Field Manager in the same company.
In 1997, Makinde established his first business, Makon Engineering and Technical Services Limited (METS), after working for five years (1992-1997) with various international oil and gas companies (IOCs), as the Engineering Manager. He is now the Group Managing Director of Makon Group of Companies.
Makinde is a member of national and international professional bodies notably: Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Council for Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Oil and Gas Design Engineers of Nigeria (OGDEN), International Society of Automation (ISA), Institute of Measurement and Control UK; and American Measurement Institute (AMI).
In 2007, Makinde contested for the Oyo South Senatorial seat under the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). Though he lost to the People’s Democratic Party candidate- Kamoru Adedibu. Moreover, Makinde remained undeterred by his first failed attempt and in 2010; under the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, he aspired for the Oyo South 2011 Senatorial seat but lost the primary to the incumbent Oyo South Senator.
In 2014, Makinde aimed for the Oyo State 2015 governorship ticket under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In December 2014, upon the conclusion of the party’s primary election, he was denied the governorship nomination ticket. Makinde however, remained true to his ambition and defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Under which platform he contested for the Oyo State 2015 SDP gubernatorial candidate, but lost out in the end.
In September 2017, the Caretaker National Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi visited him in Ibadan. Following extensive, deep and wide consultations with National Leaders, Oyo State leaders and elders of the Social Democratic Party, and cross sections of strategic partners within Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde returned to his former political party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He maintained that joining the PDP was not for personal gains. He, however, stated that it is for the development of the State by finding lasting solutions to the array of problems facing the State.
Awards and Recognition
Nigerian Union of Journalists (Oyo State Council)-Laudable Contribution to Humanity Merit Award.
National Association of Oke-Ogun Students (Ibadan)-Merit Award.
Fiditi Grammar School (Oyo State)-Old Student Merit Award in appreciation to the commitment, dedication, and service to the association and humanity.
Nigerian Association of Social Workers Merit Awards (Oyo State Chapter)-Philanthropic gestures and contribution to Social Care Delivery Services.
Junior Chamber International (JCI) University of Calabar Chapter.-Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.
CCII National Merit Award.
Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (Ibadan) – awarded Seyi Makinde “Astute Politician of the Year 2018” for his resilience with which he had continued to assist the less privileged in the society.
Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (Oyo State Chapter)-Gold Merit Award for immense and invaluable contribution to sports development.
He has also touched many indigenes by awarding student bursaries. In addition, he donated blocks for school building, provision of boreholes for clean water and financial assistance to the less privilege. He has also been creating job opportunities through vocational courses to mention a few through his philanthropic foundations.
Seyi faithfully has consistently kept his promise to spend his own money to touch peoples’ lives in his community and in Oyo State at large.
Moreover, he was worried by the infrastructural decay and perpetual darkness in a small town called Ajia Community in Ibadan. Therefore, he donated a 65 megawatts turbine rural electric power plant to serve the people of the community. Thus putting an end to the era of darkness in the community.
Without a doubt, he has also created over 2,000 jobs for Oyo State indigenes alone through his Youth Empowerment programmes initiated 8 years ago. Seyi Makinde also remains committed to helping Oyo State’s private sector create 250,000 jobs by 2017.
Seyi Makinde is married to Tamunominini, and they have three children.
Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime is the Benue State governorship candidate on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC). He has since commenced massive campaign to actualize his dream. He is a frontline governorship aspirant in the State.
Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime is a man who is a symbol of the typical story of the Benue child. His particular story is that of starting life like every other ordinary child and facing the challenges that one encounters while growing through the ranks and yet achieving extraordinary things through doggedness, perseverance, hard work and total belief in God.
He is a man who believes in mobilizing and influencing those around him, through intellectual engagements and focused leadership, towards achieving common good. Indeed, he is a man who has combined the power of purpose and vision to do extraordinary things in so short a time and with such doggedness that cannot be missed. Come with us as we take you through the highlights of a life so interesting and inspiring as we present to you Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime.
BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD
Emmanuel Lyambee Jime was born on the day 20th of June, 1962 to the family of Pa Jime Tsav of Anter in Mbalagh Council Ward of Makurdi Local Government Area, Benue State. His father was a police officer who served his nation with honor and pride. As it were, Emmanuel Jime grew up in the barracks – a completely secular society or mini-Nigeria where he found himself interacting freely with people of diverse tongues, cultures and religious beliefs. Instructively, the people as diverse as they were in their backgrounds were united first as Nigerians by common aspirations and hopes of a great nation. Young Jime would be even more so influenced as he watched the ease with which his own parents related with other people in exemplar love, peace and harmony. These, no doubt, greatly helped in forming his opinion about life. It is evident that he began to realize (at such an early age) the overwhelming strength in unity. To date, this phenomenon greatly impacts on his public life. That is why he is a bridge builder across all divides within Benue and Nigeria at large.
Another thing that greatly influenced his early life and worldview was that he grew up during the formative years of Nigeria as an independent nation, at a time when African nationalism was becoming more popular. This gave him the opportunity to witness the emergence of independent African nations through the spirited doggedness of renowned activists such as Chief Luthuli, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela of South Africa who looked apartheid in the face and mobilized their nation towards its freedom. Elsewhere, the likes of Kwame Nkrumah, former President of Ghana envisaged and fought for African unity; Martin Luther King and others who changed the course of history through self-sacrifice in order to achieve the desired liberation for all. These developments began to unleash the advocate in young Emmanuel Jime as he discovered that determination coupled with sincerity of purpose and faith were powerful tools that could defeat the worst or even strongest enemy. That is why, today, the man Jime will spare no righteous way in getting justice. This is obviously a very rare and outstanding character trait to be found in public life, especially in our Nigeria of today.
He began his quest for knowledge at St. Williams Primary School, Keffi from 1968-74 where his young and curious mind was activated to prepare for the world ahead.
He then proceeded to Community Secondary School, Makurdi (1974-79) where he got his WASC and was ready to launch into the deep. At this point the young and grateful Emmanuel Jime also learnt the importance of community and communal service. He understood what a people can achieve by simply coming together and rallying around one another through every circumstance.
By the way, as a beneficiary of community efforts towards providing education, he remains truly grateful. As a result, has continued to make his modest and humble contributions towards uplifting Community Secondary School, Makurdi and several others across the State. To him, this is a necessary way of giving back to the society that gave him a fair chance to take a shot at life; a community of men and women that rose above their ethnic affiliations and other considerations and united around a common goal of pooling resources together to provide education for children in order to give them a decent future. This is something Emmanuel Jime has done with all sense of responsibility and humility even as he hesitates to count it as an achievement. It is clear that he is willing and eager to even do more if given the opportunity.
His journey of quest for knowledge took him to the famous Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he studied law from 1980-83 obtaining an LLB at graduation. After graduation he moved on to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos from 1983-84; he obtained a BL and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1984. His choice of Law as a course was influenced by a number of factors including:
The effect of the emergence of African Nationalism on his early childhood.
With a father that worked as a police officer, Rt. Hon. Jime began to appreciate the place of law in human society.
As a student in high school, he always represented his school in debating competitions and won most of those debates.
His appreciation of how lawyers can uphold the dignity of man.
The civil rights activities of the African-American people, particularly Martin Luther King (Jnr) and teaching of Black Consciousness as part of the ABU, Zaria curriculum when he was a student there merely added impetus to his decision of being a lawyer.
WORK AND CAREER
Upon successful completion of his mandatory national youth service in Port Harcourt, he began a career at LUWA Chambers, Makurdi which was owned by the late Barr. Gbihi Vembe, a renowned legal giant. Again his choice of where to work was not based on sectional considerations but rather on the need for quality and a sound experience; it was simply the desire for a place that could help him grow into a sound lawyer. Everyone who was around at the time will agree that LUWA Chambers offered one of the best option8s. It never took long for the head of the chambers to discover the content and quality of Hon. Jime. Consequently, Barr. Vembe encouraged him to start his own chambers, a challenge he accepted gladly. This development gave birth to LOBI Chambers where Hon. Jime was a principal partner. At the same time, he served as Legal Counsel to Makurdi Local Government for six months prior to his launch into the world of partisan politics.
HIS FAMILY LIFE
Emmanuel Jime is married to Comfort Jime nee Oklobia and the marriage is blessed with three kids : Emmanuella; Emmanuel and Cynthia.
He fondly calls his wife CJ – the woman with whom he has built a partnership of love and exemplar parenting of the kids the lord has blessed the union with.
In spite of the exacting demands of office and politics which chores mean he is sometimes not home before the kids’ bedtime, he often calls as bedtime beckons, to speak with the family and exchange nighttime farewells. This seemingly small act, undone, distances kids from the love of a father.
As a dad, Emmanuel Jime sometimes shared in the chore of picking up his kids from school – primary school. As they drive home, the House of Reps member would play host as Emmanuel and Cynthia cheerfully take turns to tell the story of what they learnt in school that day. All three looked forward to this special moment.
The family is a devote Christian family firmly of the catholic faith and strongly attached to the moral principles that guide same.
It is said that the gold fish has no hiding place. Same is true of Hon. Jime. While he was settling down to nurse the vision of growing his chambers into one of the most prestigious legal institutions in the country, his people back home had already identified him as a worthy son and ambassador who could represent them. So it was that when in 1992 the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) was formed, he was called to run for a seat in the Benue State House of Assembly (BNHA) on the ticket of the SDP which he did and won. On getting into the House to commence the business of executing the mandate of his people, his colleagues also identified the leader in him. This led to his election as the Speaker, BNHA at the age of 30 years making him one of the youngest in the country at the time.
ACHIEVEMENTS IN BENUE STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
His tenure in the State House of Assembly was cut short by the military abortion of the democratic process by late General Sani Abacha. However, Hon. Jime’s short stint at the House was not without impact. As a man who has always been grateful about how much society has given him, and is also eager to give back in whatever way he can, he stood by the then Governor Rev. Fr. Moses Adasu (of blessed memory) to ensure the birth of Benue State University. As at the time, it would become the first state-owned university in the whole of northern Nigeria. This university has contributed in no small measure in increasing the literacy level of our people and Nigerians at large. Today teeming populations of Benue youth have been given a chance to higher education through these efforts.
When the military took over, Hon. Jime returned to his legal practice and moved to Abuja where he continued his legal practice in a fresh and new firm known as AMINCI Chambers in Garki area of Abuja. He was beginning to settle down when once again his people came calling as Nigeria began another democratic experience. He ran on the ticket of the People’s Democratic Party for the Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency in 2007 and got overwhelming victory. After his first term in the National Assembly, he was returned again in 2011 for the 7th National Assembly whose tenure will expire on 29th May, 2015. Since then he has been executing the mandate of his people with pride and honor.
It is worthy of note that throughout his political career, Hon. Jime has honored his people by keeping a good name by trying very hard to be seen living above board. This is a core value of a true leader.
UCHECHUKWU SAMPSON OGAH
Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah is the Abia State governorship candidate on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC). It was gathered that he is enjoying tremendous support to actualize his dream.
Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah was born on December 22nd, 1969 to Chief Wilson, a sanitary inspector and retired railway staff, and his wife, Ezinne Pauline Ogah. Ogah hails from Onuaku Uturu, Isuikwuato local government area of Abia State, Nigeria. He is a business mogul, politician, philanthropist and the President of Masters Energy and Oil Limited.
Uche had his secondary education at Ishiagu High School in Abia State. He thereafter worked for three years from 1986 to 1989 at the West African Examination Council. Thereafter, he proceeded to the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, where in 1992, he obtained an Upper Credit at Ordinary National Diploma. Three years later, he graduated with Distinction at Higher National Diploma (HND) Level in Accounting from the same institution.
Ogah furthered his studies in 2005 when he earned a postgraduate degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance from the Ogun State University. In 2006, he obtained a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
Uche Ogah spent 10 years in the banking sector. He started with his National Youth Service at NAL Bank PLC. Thereafter, he took up full employment at All States Trust Bank and spent about two years in the bank before joining Zenith Bank in 1997 where he rose to the position of Assistant General Manager (AGM) before resigning in 2007.
Uche is the President, Masters Energy Group, a well-diversified Group which has business tentacles spread across Oil & Gas, Banking, Construction, Security, Insurance, Gas, Aviation, Energy, Shipping, Commodity, Fabrication, among others. He has steered the affairs of his business empire from its humble beginning in 2005 to its present Olympian height. The business grown into a conglomerate with investments worth tens of billions of Naira.
In December 2011, the Executive Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore A. Orji, laid the foundation stone of Masters Energy Industrial City in Isikwuato Local Government for various projects. This multi-billion naira integrated industrial complex on completion is expected to grow the economy of Abia State because of the high number of businesspersons it would attract from across the African continent.
Uche has set-up different arms of his company in Abia State. They include: Fertilizer Plant, Plastic Plant, Lubricant Plants producing five product lines; Engine Oil, Grease, Hydraulic, Transmission Oil, and Gear Oil, Noodles Plant, Steel Plant, which produces pipe for offshore drilling and mechanized palm oil production plants. He has offices in Port Harcourt, Abuja, and Enugu, and in foreign lands such as Benin Republic and Ghana.
The humanitarian and philanthropic disposition of Uche was taken to a higher level when he established a foundation in December 2011, the Uche Ogah Foundation which is primarily for empowerment, poverty alleviation and providing education and has empowered many in their various fields. He also instituted a chair at the Abia State University and is building a 5,000 capacity auditorium in the university.
In 2015, Uche contested the governorship seat of Abia State under the People’s Democratic Party. He lost at the primaries to eventual winner, Okezie Ikpeazu. The primaries which was marred by allegations caused Uche to go to court. He accused Ikpeazu of forging his tax returns. Although he won at the Appeal Court, he eventually lost at the Supreme Court.
Ogah is married to Mrs. Ngozi Ogah and they are blessed with children. They have homes in Rivers, Abia, and Lagos states.
Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) by the Federal Govt. of Nigeria
Honourary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration by Abia State University
Ambassador and Member of the Governing Council of the Nigeria-Turkey Chamber of Commerce and Industry
2013 Nigerian – American Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Entrepreneur by Nigerian – American Chamber of Commerce
Oke Oji Abia by Abia State Government
Pride of Abia by Hallmark Newspaper Ltd.
Ambassador of Peace, UN-POLAC
Effective Leadership Award by Global Youths Awareness & Devt. Initiative (GYADI)
Ikenga Award for Excellence on Entrepreneurship by Ikenga Award for Excellence Foundation
Entrepreneurship Promoter of the Year by Entrepreneurship Promotions Academy
Africa Peace Award by Global Achievers Media Ltd.
Anya Na Eche Ibe by Igbo Speaking Community in Lagos State
Distinguished Award for Excellence for Philanthropic and Developmental Projects by Salvage Africa
Igbo Icon Award by Nat. Assoc. of Igbo Students, LASU
Humanitarian Service Award by Rotaract District 9130 Nigeria
Episcopal Award for Faith Motivation by Bishop Isikwuato/Umunneochi, Anglican
Corporate Excellence Award for Accomplishments in Private Sector Devt by Institute of Mgt. & Tech. , Enugu, (Aba Chapter)
An Icon of Empowerment by National Association of Southern Nigeria Students
Diamond Father of the Year, 2012 by Catholic Men’s Organisation, Masters Dei Cathedral Parish, Umuahia
Razak Atunwa is PDP governorship candidate in Kwara State. 49 year old Razak Atunwa is a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives representing Asa/Ilorin West Federal Constituency.
Hon. Atunwa is the Chairman, House Committee on Justice and currently also heading the House Committee investigating corruption in the award of Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245.
Born on the 17th of October, 1969 in Ilorin, Kwara state, He attended Immaculate Heart Secondary School, where he obtained Ordinary Level Certificate in 1986.
Hon. Atunwa studied law at the University Of East London, graduating in 1992 with LL.b (hons). He further obtained his Masters Degree (LLM) in International Law from the University of London in 1993. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in October 1994 by the Inner Temple Inns of Court.
After 11 successful years as a Barrister at law in London where he specialized in criminal and international law, Hon Atunwa returned to Nigeria in 2005. 36 year old Atunwa was appointed as the commissioner for Land and Housing in Kwara state in August 2005, Commissioner for Information and Home Affairs ( 2006 – 2007), Commissioner for Works and Transport (2007 – 2009) and Commissioner for Finance ( 2009 – 2010). Hon Atunwa has Immense Governance experience in Kwara state after working in 4 different ministries in his thirties.
In 2011, he was elected into the Kwara state house of assembly to represent Owode/Onire Constituency of Kwara State on the (PDP) platform and was later unanimously elected Speaker of the Assembly at the inauguration of the 7th legislature.
Hon Atunwa was elected as a Member of the Federal House of Representatives of the National Assembly to represent Asa/Ilorin West Federal Constituency in 2015.
Asides from his law practice, Hon Atunwa, an avid reader is a licensed pilot certified in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
Razak Atunwa contested the PDP Gubernatorial primaries in Kwara state on the 1st of October 2019 and was duly elected by 1,555 delegates making him the PDP’s flag bearer in next year’s elections.
Honorable Atunwa is running a #Kwara First campaign that focuses on human Capacity development for everyday Kwarans, local content development to drive inclusive growth, and massive investment on health and Education infrastructure.
Tonye Cole is Rivers State 2019 APC Gubernatorial Candidate. He is a Nigerian billionaire and CEO of Sahara Energy.
he is an offspring of Patrick Cole; His wife is Sylvia Cole and he is a father of three children. He is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Sahara Group; a conglomerate which is present in over 13 countries and whose interests cover trading, storage, energy and power resources, aviation, farming and real estate.
From an office in 1996 which “was slightly bigger than a cupboard” to use the innovative man’s words, and the core business of trading excess fuel oil from the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries, the Sahara Group has expanded its tentacles to offices in Geneva, Switzerland -which actively trades in crude oil, gas oil, Jet A1, mogas and bitumen in global markets; Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Cameroon, France, Singapore, Dubai and Brazil.
Tonye Cole was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. He attended Corona School, Victoria Island and later King’s College, Lagos before proceeding to King’s School, Ely, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
He is also an alumnus of the University of Lagos and Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil. An Architect, he worked in a Brazilian architectural firm Grupo Quartro SA in Goiania Brazil from 1990-92. He was involved in the design and implementation of the urban planning and city development of Palmas, the capital city of the newly created state of Tocantins in far-away South America.
ALHAJI UMAR MOHAMMED NASKO
Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko is the APC governorship candidate in Niger State. He is a frontline governorship aspirant in the State.
From his early days at the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, to his time serving as the Chief of Staff, government house, Niger State, Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko has been dedicated leader and an excellent administrator who is deeply passionate and committed to the promotion of professionalism in civil administration.
Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko is qualified and has earned years of in-depth experience, building teams, working efficiently, and providing effective leadership to the people of Niger State. Born March 13, 1975 in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko is a native of the Magama local government area of Niger state.
· Changed the dynamics of the tourism and hospitality industry with the establishment of the colorful Sallah Durbar Carnival, which attracts both local and international tourists;
As commissioner of tourism, worked with local governments to organize various annual festivals to include: the cultural festival in Kutigi, Ebiko Fishing Festival, and the Nuwokota; As commissioner of transport and infrastructural development, renovated the Zuma Rock, Gurara Water Falls, and the Zungeru Colonial Ruins; Nasko also commissioned the renovation of roads in the Minna Metropolis, the Lumma-Umma Road, the Batati-Dabban Road, Kutigi-Fazhi Road, Bonu-Gurara, and the Mokwa-Raba/General Hospital Access Road. He supervised the construction of the High Court Buildings at Kuta, Kutigi, and Rijau; the Minna Judicial Service Commission, and the newly-constructed access road to Fuel Dump at Minna International Airport.
Created the “Green the Niger Initiative,” a program that ensured that Niger state wears a new look in terms of serenity, cleanliness, and the evacuation of waste. Dustbins were provided at main intersections and environment-polluting agents were cleared thereby restoring hygiene that would enhance human health and longevity. During his time at the Ministry of Environment, Nasko worked with various local communities to clean up drainages and this prevented flooding.
As Chief of Staff, Nasko worked closely with the current Governor of Niger State, where he supports high-level executives in making decisions and tracking the completion of projects. As a result of his strong team building skills, he ensures that all offices and departments within the government house run efficiently.
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE:
Chief of Staff to the Governor of Niger State,
Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Environment, Parks, Gardens, and Forest Resources, Niger State
Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Youth Development, Niger State,
Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Niger State,
Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Niger State, Member, Niger State Executive Council,
Special Adviser, Tourism Matters, Niger State,
Chairman, Local Organizing Committee for the National Festival on Arts and Culture,
Chairman, Committee on Vehicle Verification, Niger State,
Member, Technical Committee on Harmonization, Niger State,
Member, Committee on Public and Private Partnership, Niger State,
Member, Transition Committee, Niger State,
Managing Director, Madae & Sons Limited,
Project Manager, Fathibro Ventures Nigeria Limited, Abuja,
Assistant Secretary, Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics, Financial Crimes,
Volunteer, United Nations Human Rights Office, Krakow, Poland,
Sky Guard, 311 Air Defence Artillery Detachments, Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.
During his secondary education at the Nigerian Millitary School, Zaria, Kaduna State, Umar Muhammed Nasko performed very well academically and this impressed his Teachers who saw a bright future in him with a tertiary education.
Immediately after his Secondary Education, he was enrolled for the 43rd Regular Combatant Course at the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, he however opted out as fate had decided. After leaving the NDA, he gained admission into the University of Jos, Plateau State, and between 1991 and 1992 he had the University’s matriculation. But due to incessant strike actions, he left for the University of Abuja in 1993 where he undertook a course in Computer Basic Programming And Disk Operating System. At the end of his studies, he was awarded the University of Abuja’s Certificates in Computer Basic Programming and Disk Operating System. Immediately after this course, he gained another admission in 1993 into the Remedial School of the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State. After successfully completing his remedial course in 1995, he was offered Admission to read Agricultural Science in FUT, Minna but he however, decided to proceed to the University of Lodz in Poland an admission which came simultaneously with that of the FUT, Minna.
Alhaji Umar M. Nasko also undertook some courses in Polish Language Sciences at the University of Lodz Poland in 1996. His other qualifications include Masters Degree in Political Sciences obtained from Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland in 2001 and a Mashav Institute Certificate in Citrus and Mango Farming obtained in the year 2004.
Alhaji Umar Muhammed Nasko worked at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja in the 311’s Air Defence Artillery Detachment in the year 1990 as Sky Guard before proceeding to the United Nations Human Rights Office Krakow, Poland in 1999 as a volunteer where he served till 2001.
Between 2001 and 2002, Allhaji Umar M. Nasko served in the capacity of Assistant Secretary , Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics, Financial Crimes before joining Fathibro Ventures Nigeria Limited, Abuja as Project Manager.
As a high flying Administrator, Nasko rendered efficient and satisfactory services where ever he was called upon to serve. Perhaps, this accounts for his appointment as Managing Director of Madae & Sons Limited, Nasko, Niger State in 2003, a position he held till 2005.
Young and talented Umar Nasko has served on various Boards and Committees where he contributed his own quota to the progress of the work assigned to the Committees. He was a member of the Transition Committee in Niger State; Member, Niger State Government Committee on Public Private Partnership 2007; Chairman, Vehicle Verification Committee in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Niger State; Member of the Technical Committee on harmonization of Niger State Action Plan in the State Government, Chairman, Local organizing Committee for the 2009 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), Member of the Niger State Executive Council in his official capacity as the Honourable Commissioner of Tourism and Culture, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Ministry of Youth Development, Special Adviser on Tourism Matters, Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Environment, Parks, gardens and Forest Resources and currently serving as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Niger State,
His contribution to Tourism Development, infrastructural Development youth empowerment and environmental protection is beyond explanation and imagination. Tourism received its greatest boost during his reign till date. Today the State is still recognized with its colourful Sallah Durbar, and Carnival which attracts both Local and International Tourists to the State yearly.
In the same vein, some of the annual cultural Festivals organized by Local governments such as the Gani Cultural Festival, Kutigi in Lavun Local Government Area, Ebiko Fishing Festival, Nuwokota in Gbako Local Government have been brought into more lime light and expected to be raised to international standard in the near future. All the abandoned tourist sites like the famous Zuma Rock, Gurara Water Falls, Zungeru Colonial Ruins were renovated.
Fondly described by many as sarkin Aiki, the Chief Servant had no choice but to appoint him as the overseing Commissioner of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural development.
Some of his major achievements as Commissioner of Transport and Infrastructural Development included renovation of Five roads in Minna Metropolis, construction of Lumma-Umma Road, Batati-Dabban Road, Kutigi-Fazhi Road, Bonu-Gurara, Mokwa-Raba/General Hospital Access Road, supervision of High Court Buildings at Kuta, Kutigi and Rijau, Minna Judicial Service Commission, Construction of access road to Fuel Dump at Minna International Airport.
Owing to his excellent performances, he has attracted Merit Awards from the Media, Academic Institutions and other Organizations, these include: Honourary Doctor of Public Administration by the Atlantic International University, United States of America; Development Merit Award for Excellence by African Age International Magazine, 2007; Distinguished Nigerian Award for Excellence by Time News Magazine, 2007; Distinguished Honour of the Great Achievers Gold Award for Africans, 2007; The Most Resourceful Public Figure of the Year Award, 2008 by NANISS, Africa Success Award in Commerce, Industry, Tourism and Co-operatives by Africa Certified Institute of Public Administrators (CIPA), Republic of Ghana, 13th February, 2008; Great Achievers Gold Award for Africans 2008 by the Bold News Africa; Fellowship Award by the Institute of Co-operative Professionals of Nigeria 2008; Certificate of Infrastructure in a Marketing Economy, Harvard University, 2008; National Quality Commerce, Industries and Tourism Commissioner of the Year 2008 by the Quality Management Development Institute, Lagos; Youth Ambassador in the North Central 2008 by the National Youth Council of Nigeria North Central (NYCN), Outstanding Great African Patriotic Achiever’s Gold Award 2008; Outstanding Leaders Gold Award 2008 by News in Africa; Real Nation Builders Gold Award (RNBGA) 2009 by Realmac; Special Merit Award, 2009 by the Nigerian Who is Who in Management Intelligence; Award of Excellence by the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), Zone “C” Niger State, to mention a few.
He has also obtained Certificates in various fields of endeavour such as Certificate on Benchmarking Emerging Markets, Singapore, 2008; Certificate of Participation in the 2nd Presidential Strategic Leadership and Governance Retreat at the University of Warwick United Kingdom October, 2007. Certificate of Achievement on Designing Legislative, Institutional and Regulatory Frameworks for successful Public Private Partnership from the Institute for Public Private Partnereship, Washigton DC, USA.
He also belongs to the following professional bodies – Fellow, Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (FCIDA), Fellow, Certified Institute of Public Administration, 2008 (FCIPA). Member, harvard University Alumni Society. He was also a graduate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management. And above all, obtained a Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration from the Atlantic International University, okija, Anambra State in 2007.
His involvement in Politics in the years 2001 to 2003 proved him to be an active Party Member of the United Nigeria People’s Party (UNPP) under which umbrella he was Chairmanship Aspirant. From 2003 to date Alhaji Umar Nasko has remained a committed member of the People’s democratic Patry (PDP).
On the professional side, Alhaji Umar Nasko belongs to the Nigerian Institute of Management.
Umar is an intelligent Administrator, a stickler for excellence and someone deeply committed to the promotion of professionalism in Civilian Administration. He is still holding the traditional title of Yariman Nasko, a recognition bestowed on him by his own people for his avowed commitment to excellent service to humanity.
As a concerned Nigerian who has the interest of his people at heart he has donated Seedlings – Flowers and Trees worth thousands of Naira to the General Hospital in Nasko town, renovation of one Mosque each in six Wards of Nasko LGA, provided 250 KVA Transformer and 500 KVA Transformer to Gwagwade and Nasko Communities respectively, in 2008. He donated Six Motor Cycles to Six Imams for the propagation of Islam in Nasko Area. As if that is not enough, he has impacted positively on the lives of the youths in all the Wards of Magama and Kontagora LGAs. to one youth in each of the eleven Wards. His developmental prowess even became more obvious when he was appointed by the Niger State Government as the Coordinator of the Ward Development Project in Magama Local Government Area which according to the peoples confession has transformed the lives of the rural dwellers like never before because of the renovation of roads, Schools, Market Stalls, Boreholes and other infrastructural facilities.
More contributions to the infrastructural development became more glaring when he initiated the “Green the Niger Initiative”. This program saw Niger State, especially Minna city wearing a new look in terms of serenity, cleanliness and evacuation of debris, dust bins and other environment-polluting agents thereby restoring high hygiene with far reaching implications on human health and longevity.
Also within the same period, ecological devastating factors such as erosion, have been brought under control through timely intervention of the Ministry of Environment under Umar Muhammed Nasko. Desilting of drainages around Minna is one of the good things that have ever happened to Minna because dangers of flooding have been averted.
Umar Muhammed Nasko is currently the Chief of Staff Government House, Minna , Niger State. His assumption into this office was as a result of his sterling, charismatic leadership style that brought about unprecedented transformation within the system.
As the Man at the helm of affairs of activities that concern the Chief Servant and Governor of Niger State and personnel of Government House, he has been responsible for supporting high-level executives in making decisions and completion of projects. These projects relate to staffing, contracts and meeting deadlines. In this regard, he has proved to be trustworthy, decisive and loyal over a period of time.
He has also been providing tremendous leadership with effective management of all staff and personnel members. This is because he possesses a strong team building skill which ensures that offices and departments are running efficiently.
He has fostered peace and unity among the Youths in Kontagora Emirate and that brings about economic and social development in the Emirate. This prompted his appointment as the Jarman Kontagora in Kontagora Emirate and Sarkin Kudun Birnin Magaji in Zamfara State.