Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono is the minister of Agriculture in Nigeria, Having held the capacity of Managing Director/CEO of African International Bank Limited.

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Date of Birth: 11th April 1946
Nationality: Nigerian
Place of Birth: Tofai-Zakirai District of Kano State
Marital Status: Married with two wives
Number of Children: Eight [8]

Academic Qualifications :
Primary School Certificate, Zakirai, and Gwarzo

 Birnin-Kudu Secondary School – WASC, 1966

 Government College, Kano – HSC, 1968

           Ahmadu Bello University [ABU], Zaria B.Sc [Business Administration]: 2nd Class Upper Division] – 1972

     The University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA Masters in Public Policy & Administration [Development Economics] – 1977           

Advanced Management Program [AMP] Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA – March to May 1994.

Other Qualifications:

 Certificates of Attendance:

World Bank organized Project Analysis Course, ABU, Zaria – November 1972    Financial Control & Reporting Systems and Management of Public Enterprises,

Administrative Staff College of India – February to April 1975

 Seminars on various aspects of World Capital Market organized by Business      Research International, London – October 1981-82 and 1985.

 Various Seminars organized by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.  Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria.

       Member, Nigerian Institute of Management.

     Member, Institute of Directors

       Participant, Forbes Annual CEO Forum,1997 and 1998.

Employment :

Central Bank of Nigeria, Kano: Clerk Grade ‘C’ – January 1969 to September 1969.

                Kano State Government: Planning Officer – 1972 to October 1973].                        Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria: Lecturer – October 1973 to June 1978.                      New Nigeria Development Co. Ltd., Kaduna: Senior Investment Executive – July 1978 to January 1980.
Kano State Investment & Properties Limited: Managing Director & Chief                   Executive – February 1980 to May 1983.

Bank of the North Limited:

Assistant General Manager [Corporate Finance] – June 1983 to March 1988.
Executive Director – April 1988 to June 1990.

African International Bank Limited:
General Manager – December 1991 to August 1995.
Managing Director & Chief Executive – August 1995 to date

Board Memberships:

Served as a Director on the Boards of the following institutions on a part-time basis:
Benro Packaging Co. Limited, Gboko, Benue State – 1978 to 1979.

Ceramics Manufacturers Limited, Kano: 1978 to 1983.

  Kano Textile Printers Limited, Kano – 1980 to 1983.

                            National Trucks Manufacturers Limited, Kano – 1980 to 1983.                    Kano Cotton Ginnery Limited, Kano – 1980 to 1983.

Kapital Insurance Co. Limited, Kano – 1980 to 1983.

Nigerian Victory Assurance Limited, Kano – 1980 to 1983.
Nigerian Hotels Limited, Lagos – 1980 to 1983.
Northern Nigerian Flour Mills Limited, Kano – 1980 to 1983.
Roof Company Limited, Kaduna – 1983 to 1988.
Gaskiya Textile Mills Limited, Kano – 1984 to 1989
Kano Hotels Limited [as Chairman] – 1987 to 1982.
Matasa Community Bank Limited, Kano – December 1992 to March 1996.
Academy Press Business Forms Limited, Lagos – 1994 to date.
Visa Investments & Trust Limited, Lagos – 1995 to date
Express Discount Limited, Lagos – 1996 to date

Committee/Council Membership
Also served on the following Committees and Councils:

                     Governing Council, Kano State Foundation – 1988 to 1992.                              Sub-Committee on Privatisation & Commercialisation of Nigerian Ports                                                                Authority – 1988                                                                                        Hadejia/Ja-amaare River Basin Authority – 1989                                 Kano State Privatisation & Commercialisation Committee [as Chairman] – 1990 to 1992

Hobbies :
Horse Riding

Watching Documentary Videos

In an Interview, while serving, Here are his response on a New Nigeria.

He gave an honest reply stating that the President has international connections that will serve to improve the global image of Nigeria. However, the President is only one man, the Government as a whole needs to be influenced. he stressed further stating that institutions that administer the public needs to be rebuilt, reform cannot proceed without these institutions being reevaluated, the public education system has virtually collapsed, the government needs to rationalize its education program even if it only touches 5% of the population to make a start.
However, in all of this, we must remember that it is not possible to do all these things at the same time.

The economy is very complicated and also very resourceful, it is divided into 3 main areas, agriculture, agro-allied industry, and oil and gas. We need to look at the industries where the maximum impact can be created and give emphasis to that area. We need to create sustainable democracy. Design policies to create a large middle class in order for us to do that we need a good education system.

Education and development of a middle class are paramount to the future of Nigeria. The long term solutions are what we need to look at not the short term ones that Nigeria has emphasized for too long. The economy is improving and any business here makes money. However major restructuring is required on behalf of the Government. Most business here have reached optimum output and without large scale restructure they will cease to grow. The needs to look at the structure of the country not just at the balance of payments and the devaluing of the Naira.

This writeup first appeared on Agx Africa’s website


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