Royal Man of Honor whom the Cap fit: Charming Prince of Sokoto Caliphate Dynasty, YUSUF SULEIMAN reigns as Chairman, Governing Board NAFDAC, Ready to keep Safeguarding Public Health in Nigeria …plans to implement new innovations for adequate regulation of food, drug administration * Highly skilled Maritime industry and Public Sector specialist bringing wealth of experience to bear *Scholar of Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Graduate in School of Business Administration (Univ of Virginia) turbaned the prestigious ‘Dan Amar of Sokoto’ *Endowed in Negotiation, Business Planning & Development virtue laced in leadership and inter personal communication aura *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF


Royal Man of Honor whom the Cap fit:

Charming Prince of Sokoto Caliphate Dynasty, YUSUF SULEIMAN reigns as Chairman, Governing Board NAFDAC, Ready to keep Safeguarding Public Health in Nigeria

…plans to implement new innovations for adequate regulation of food, drug administration

* Highly skilled Maritime industry and Public Sector specialist bringing wealth of experience to bear

*Scholar of Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Graduate in School of Business Administration (Univ of Virginia) turbaned the prestigious ‘Dan Amar of Sokoto’

*Endowed in Negotiation, Business Planning & Development virtue laced in leadership and inter personal communication aura

*BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

Royal Man of Honor whom the Cap fit:

Charming Prince of Sokoto Caliphate Dynasty, YUSUF SULEIMAN reigns as Chairman, Governing Board NAFDAC, Ready to keep Safeguarding Public Health in Nigeria

…plans to implement new innovations for adequate regulation of food, drug administration

* Highly skilled Maritime industry and Public Sector specialist bringing wealth of experience to bear

*Scholar of Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Graduate in School of Business Administration (Univ of Virginia) turbaned the prestigious ‘Dan Amar of Sokoto’

*Endowed in Negotiation, Business Planning & Development virtue laced in leadership and inter personal communication aura

*BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

HE IS A distinguished Nigerian in all ramification. YUSUF SULEIMAN, a member of the Royal Sokoto Caliphate dynasty is a successful entrepreneur, yet imbued with humility. He derives daily happiness in impacting positively in Africa’s populous black nation and putting smile on the faces of the Nigerian people. Millions of Nigerians were elated when Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari appointed the royal prince Chairman, Governing Board, The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), a federal agency under the Federal Ministry of Health responsible for regulating and controlling the manufacture, importation, exportation, advertisement, distribution, sale and use of food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, chemicals among others.

Since assumption of office, ably assisted by other governing board members at NAFDAC, this soft-spoken man recently turbaned ‘Dan Amar of Sokoto’ is doing all to continually see to safeguarding public health in Nigeria by consistently ensuring all laws, visions, mission and programs are all adhered to fully.

Naija Standard Newspaper gathered this Alumni of Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Kelloggs Graduate School of Management (NWU) and Darden Graduate School of Business Administration (Univ of Virginia) plans to implement new innovations for adequate regulation of food, drug administration.

Suleiman, an experienced Chief Executive Officer has a demonstrated history of working in the Maritime Industry and the Public Sector. He is skilled in negotiation, business planning & development, contract management, infrastructure financing and energy. Famously reputed as strong in leadership, inter personal communication and business development.

Earlier Service in Nigeria:

Suleiman was appointed Minister of Transport on 6 April 2010. On assumption to office he declared his two priorities to be the completion of dredging of the lower Niger River to ensure year-round navigation from Warri in Delta State to Baro in Niger State. And the rehabilitation and modernization of railways. In December 2010 he made an official four-hour boat trip from Lokoja in Kogi State to Onitsha in Anabra State along the newly dredged rivers.

And in March 2011, he said the ministry was working with other regencies to ensure both the rehabilitation of the narrow gauge network and the railway modernization efforts, so they could be brought into operation through concession .

As a minister then, he said “The ministry was committed to transforming the nation’s shipping industry to comply with global best practice”. In December 2010 he was reported to have changed the director general of the Nigerian maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for abuse of office and subsequently recommended his removal

Another federal responsibility:

Suleiman was made Minister of Sports in July 2011 cabinet shuffle. He was generally believed to have restored stability to the sports section. His effort in bringing together all the warring factions in football Administration, a feat hitherto believed to be impossible, finally ended the crises.

The general Dominc Oneya committee he set up to reposition soccer administration in the country, greatly succeeded in brokering peace in the sector. One of the members of that committee, Hon Elegbeleye was latter appointed Director-General of the national sports commission to succeed Mr. Patrick Ekeji who retired from service.

Accordingly, in July 2011, Suleiman met with representatives from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the rival Nigeria Football Association (NFA) and secured the commitment of the two groups to suspend all litigation. A condition for the committee which includes both NFF and NFA as members was firmly agreed upon by all. The committee inaugurated in (August 2011) was charged with reviewing the Nigerian Foot ball Federation. The committee was inaugurated on 1 August 2011 charged with reviewing the Nigerian Foot ball Federation.

On 2 December 2011 Suleiman resigned to contest for the governorship election in Sokoto State. The other candidates then were incumbent Governor Aliyu Magatakardan Wamako and Senator Abubakar Gada.

For the record, Suleiman, born 30 January 1963) was a civil servant before entering politics in Nigeria. He joined the Sokoto state service in September 1986 where he rose to the position of state director of industry in 1991. He worked in various positions in both the state and the federal government since then. His father, Alhaji Sulaiman Isa ibn Ibrahim, was great-grandson of Sultan Aliyu Karami ibn Muhammad Bello bn shekh Usman bn Fodio.

He holds a B.Sc Degree in business administration from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1986) and MBA (1989) from the same university. He attended the Harvard university Flagship course on privatization, the public Enterprises management program in 1995. He was also at the Kellog School of Management’s Executive Development program in (2002), Harvard University Kennedy School’s Senior Managers in Government Program (2001), University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business program on managing critical resources (2002): Cambridge Academy of Transport Shipping Insurance Course (2002), Kellogg Graduate school of Management Certificate in the soul of Leadership Program (2003).

Before being appointed Minister of Transport then, he was the Chairman of the Governing Council of the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna (NTI). He became Chairman and CEO of Afro investors limited, private Equity firm after resigning as federal minister in 2012. In addition, he is also the current President and Chief Executive Officer of Caspian Oil and Gas Limited, an energy and petroleum service company. He is also the chairman of Afro investors Limited, a private Equity and venture capital firm.

He has remained in politics since leaving office in December 2011. He is a major political force in Sokoto his home state.

In , he joined All Progressive Congress (APC), where he was appointed the Director-General of the APC campaign council in Sokoto State for both the Gubernatorial and presidential campaign in (2019) general election. He directed and spearheaded a very successful campaign which produced all the three senators, nine out of eleven members of the house of representatives and sixteen out of thirty members of state house of Assembly. The governorship was lost narrowly with the least margin in the history of election in Nigeria.

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