Dr. Abdullahi Aliyu is a Nigerian Civil servant who joined the Civil Service in August 1980 and became a Permanent Secretary in January 2001. In 2006, he was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science & Technology. In July 2007, Abdullahi Aliyu said that he had received a presidential mandate to explore use of nuclear energy in Nigeria for generation of electricity.
In March 2008, as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy (Power Section), Abdullahi Aliyu testified before a panel investigating expenditures in the power sector in the previous eight years. Aliyu said that contracts had been awarded by the former minister of Power and Steel and the Presidency, and said that the civil service had not been involved in the contract awards and payments.