Executive Governor of Nasarawa State
I started my education in the Roman Catholic Mission (RCM) Primary school, Gudi station in 1968. Upon my completion, I passed the entrance examination into Zang secondary commercial school, Bukuru in 1974. In 1977 I passed the Bukuru, before proceeding to Plateau state polytechnic, B/Ladi and later Indiana state university , Terre haute, Indiana, USA towards the end of 1980. Through my determination, extra classes hard work and God on my side, I utilized my 4- year scholarship to obtain both a BSc (1983) and Msc (1984) degrees in mechanical technology and industrial technology respectively from the same Indiana State university USA.
My work experience began in 1980 when I was offered employment by the Plateau electricity Corporation, Jos even before my graduation in may 1980. Upon graduation from govt technical college, Bukuru I worked for about 3 months with the corporation before proceeding to plateau state polytechnic in sep. 1980. While at Indiana, state university upon my return from the USA, I did my national service, NYSC with the plateau utilities board, jos and later joined the jos steel Rolling company ltd in 1985 as a production Engineer. In 1987 I was accelerated promotion from GL 9 to GL 12 in recognition of my performance and hard work. I left jof steel rolling company as a principal production engineer in 1989 and returned to the USA.
On my return to the US , I went to Texas (san anthonio and later houston) where I worked for the following companies: Lancer corporation, san Anthonio OEM components, Houston Houston
engineer, Houston Morgan performance, Houston Dril-Quip incorporated, Houston Osyka corporation, Houston.
I worked in various capacities from workshop engineer computer Numerical control (CNC) programmer, CNC operator, Facilities Engineer, project/ production engineer and finally the director of business development for Africa and the middle east for osyka corporation.
I returned to Nigeria in the year 2000 and along with some friends started a company called sadiq Petroleum Nigeria limited in lagos. I was made the pioneer managing Director/ CEO.
Later in that tear, sadiq petroleum company participated in the privatization of African petroleum plc and won the bid. Upon acquisition of the 30% ownership of AP plc sadiq Petroleum, I was appointed the executive Director operations of AP in November 2000. On April 2, 2001 I was appointed by the board of AP plc as the fourth MD/CEO.
I inherited a highly indebted AP Plc which was running as a government parastatal. The company had its share capital eroded and negative balance sheet of over N22 million. My colleagues and I worked tirelessly in making the historic turn around of AP along with all the other stakeholders . By the time I resigned from Ap in July, 2006, the company was N5 billion positive balance sheet.
Upon my resignation from AP, I took another job with an American Multinational oil service company called Tetra International in July 2006 as a Director of Business Development / Country Manager.
I left Tetra in December 2006 to join partisan politics and serve the people of Nasarawa State and Nigeria in general. While in AP as the MD/CEO, I also served as a Director in IMB International Bank Plc, Ulti-Care Pharmaceutical and Chrismatel Holdings. I was also the chairman of AP Oilfield Service Ltd and Partner in Star – AP Oilfield Services.
Since my return to Nigeria in 2000, I have participated in several private and public projects in Nasarawa State. I have also invited and funded
prospective foreign investors to come and take a look at the prospects of our state. I have participated and/ or single handedly renovated and build schools, clinics, houses of worship, security posts, now Ag GMD dangote sugar refinery lagos.
God bless Nigeria God bless Nasarawa state God bless you all