Profile of Alhaji Dr. Bamanga Tukur
Dr. Bamanga Tukur was born in the year 1935 in Jada, Adamawa State. He started his education at Bauchi Secondary School and attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the largest university in Nigeria and second largest in Africa. He has been increasingly portrayed as an amorous husband and devoted father. He is a businessman, a politician, an elder statesman, an entrepreneur and an ambassador. He is one of the high profile civil servants and military officers who acquired large areas of farmland along the various River Basin authorities. He has devoted his intellectual and political gifts in ensuring that a good heritage is built upon outstanding global practices to ensure a good business environment for the nation. Dr. Bamanga Tukur has held various national appointments in Nigeria, including being the Minister of Industry in the Federal Government. He has extensive experience in the country’s transportation and logistics systems with significant investments both within and outside the continent. He was at one time the Governor of Old Gongola State, which encompasses Adamawa and Taraba States.
In 1959, he served as Executive Officer at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Northern Nigeria. He subsequently, attended the London School of Economics to study Transportation and Economics. In 1965, he received his Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon his return to Nigeria, Alhaji Tukur was appointed Ports Manager of the Lagos Port Complex, and he served as the General Manager and Chief Executive of Nigerian Ports Authority from 1975 to 1982. In 1982, he left his position as general manager and soon contested the Gongola gubernatorial race, which he won.
Alhaji Tukur has held numerous national appointments in Nigeria, including the directorships of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, the Nigerian National Shipping Line, Nigeria Airways, Central Water Transportation Company and the Board of Customs and Exercise. Dr. Tukur is a member of the International Business Advisory Council (IBAC) of UNIDO and a member of the OECD Africa Investment Advisory Board. He was elected Chairman of the NEPAD Business Group in Monterrey, Mexico in March 2002. In the same year Mr Tukur was conferred with the National Honour of the Commander of the Order of the Mono (COM) by the President of Togo, His Excellency President Gnassingbe Eyadema, in recognition of his contribution to business in Africa. He was also appointed to the Ghana Investors Advisory Council by H.E. President John Agyekum Kuffuor in June 2002. In December 2003, Mr Tukur was conferred with the National Honour of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by His Excellency, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria. He was once the governor of the old Gongola State, which encompassed Adamawa and Taraba States. He served as Governor for three months before the democratic administration was abridged by a military coup. After leaving the Gongola State House, he entered full scale entrepreneurship, and was the founder and chairman of BHI holdings (DADDO group of companies). Dr. Bamanga Tukur was also a former member of the board of Trustees of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). He came to national attention in the mid 1970's, as the general manager of the Nigerian Ports Authority; it was a time the agency was having problems with congestion as a result of a massive cement importation scheme that was started at the twilight of Yakubu Gowon's administration. During his tenure, the government built a few more seaports to ease the transaction cost associated with shipping and to ensure adequate facilities for Nigeria's import and export needs. He was awarded CON in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the year 2003.
Dr Bamanga Tukur is presently the Chairman, NEPAD Business Group; Chairman, BHI Holdings Limited; Chairman, Afripractice Group and Executive President of African Business Roundtable.
Dr. Tukur was eunanimously elected National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the PDP’s National Convention on the 24th of March 2012.
March 5, 2013
The attention of the South East Zone of the People's Democratic Party has been drawn to spurious publications in a section of the media alleging unfounded claims of bias against the Hon Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah in the recruitment exercise carried out by some parastatals in her ministry.
The leadership of our great Party in the southeast makes bold to state categorically that this baseless allegation is yet another futile attempt by opposition elements to smear the image of the Minister and denigrate her well earned reputation as a distinguished Nigerian and a worthy assets of our great Party, the PDP.
Princess Oduah, though a proud daughter of the Southeast zone, has proven herself to be a detribalized Nigerian both in her private business and in the discharge of her duties as Minister. The current massive upgrading of airports in all the geopolitical zones in the country bear testimony to this.
We are proud to observe that Princess Oduah's performance in office is a major plank of President Jonathan's transformation agenda.
These sponsored provocative publications are designed by opposition elements who are envious of her sterling performance and who feel threatened by her rising profile as a dedicated minister and exemplary member of our great Party.
For the records, Princess Oduah is not involved directly or indirectly in staff recruitment of any parastatal under her. There is a well established bureaucracy to handle such matters while she concerns herself with the huge task of driving the well applauded reforms in the aviation sector.Read more...
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