The New Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Muhammad Sabo Nanono is a 73-year old Politician, Farmer, and Traditional Ruler. The former chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (Kano) has been a university lecturer, civil servant and banker and has been reportedly long tipped for a ministerial appointment.
Born in Tafai-Zakiria district, Kano on April 11, 1946. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a B.Sc in Business Administration. He later proceeded to The University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA where he obtained a Masters in Public Policy & Administration (Development Economics). He attended the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
He began his professional career as a clerk in the Central Bank of Nigeria and worked at the African International Bank for many years where he rose to become the Managing Director. He is a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria and a board member of numerous organizations in Nigeria.
In his own words: “I studied business administration but have been in the agricultural sector since 1973. I am very much interested in agriculture and most people identify me with that. Agriculture has been a sector that has been holding the economy and we need to work in synergy to move to agriculture to the next level.” A further look at his resume is available here.
The Minister has hit the ground running by directing all staff to be on their toes working and urged the relevant departments to put finishing touches to the ministry’s budget to meet the September deadline given by the National Assembly to receive the budget to enable it to conclude work by October.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister is expected to tour the 40 agencies and parastatals under the ministry to familiarise himself with their activities.