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BORNO: Zulum appoints ex-minister Tijani as SSG 

GOVERNOR Babagana Umara Zulum has approved the appointment of Nigeria’s former Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Malam Bukar Tijani as Secretary to Borno State Government.

The Governor has also reappointed Professor Isa Hussaini Marte as Chief of Staff.

The two appointments were announced by the Governor’s spokesman Malam Isa Gusau in a statement issued on Wednesday.

The statement noted that Zulum considered Tijani’s very high-level experience from his services as minister from July 2011 to September 2013 and as Assistant Secretary-General/Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

Sixty-two-year Tijani was born in Damasak but hails from Dikwa local government area of Borno State. The former minister holds a Master of Science (degree) in Tropical Agricultural Development from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, obtained in 1989.

He had earlier obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Plant and Soil Science from 1982 to 1984 at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in Alabama, United States of America.

The former minister is a Fellow of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria, Fellow, Soil Science Society of Nigeria, Fellow (Honourary), P.R China, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Recipient of Letter of Commendation for Meritorious National Service as a Minister of the Federal Republic by Nigerian President, Recipient of letter of Commendation for a job well-down on the formation of first Farmer’s Council in Borno/Yobe States, Certificate of Merit – American National Dean’s List (1984), Certificate of Merit – American National Dean’s List (1983), Recipient of Honour Roll Scholastic Achievement Certificate of Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA (1983) and is a best overall student during his Diploma in Agriculture at Borno College of Agriculture, Maiduguri (1980).

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