NAME: Ahmadu Abubakar
DATE OF BIRTH: September 15, 1942
PLACE OF BIRTH: Muye
FATHER: Malam Abubakar
EDUCATION: He attended the Okene Secondary School and Kings College Lagos for his ‘A’ levels from 1962-1963. In 1977, he went on to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a diploma in management. He also attended various professional short and long-term courses/workshops and seminars on banking and finance both within and outside Nigeria between 1985 and1990; notable among them is Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton and Stanford universities.
Some of the courses he underwent are Banking and Finance, Budget Planning, Development Economics and Foreign Direct Investment. He also attended a course organised by the World Bank and City Bank of America in 1985. In 1986 he attended a course at the Industrial Development Bank of India in 1986 and another in Arabic language organised in 1994 by the American University Cairo.
CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
Dr. Abubakar started his public service career in 1964 with the defunct Northern Region’s agriculture ministry. He rose to the position of chief produce officer with the Niger State government in 1977. In October 1980, he transferred his services to the federal civil service as administrative secretary with the National Population Commission and where he later acted as the executive secretary. In 1985 he was redeployed to the Federal Ministry of Finance as assistant director and was later promoted to director in charge of home finance in January 1986.
As the director of home finance, he was in charge of banking and finance, revenue allocation committee and also served from 1986-1990 as the secretary on issues related to companies and corporations under the ministry. He represented the ministry as a director on the board of Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation and as the chairman, Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company.
On January 3, 1990, he was appointed Director-General (Permanent Secretary) Federal Ministry of Finance. He was involved in the formulation and implementation of the nation’s economic policies. After serving for more than two years, he was appointed Minister of Finance and Economic Development on June 8, 1992 and served in that capacity until January 1993.