LADAN, Alhaji Muhammadu

DAN IYANZAZZAU, NNDC CHAIRMAN., CLERK TO THE NORTHERN ASSEMBLY. Muhammadu Ladan was bom inHunkuyiin the old Zaria provincein 1914. Afterearly Quranic education, he was admitted into Zaria Middle School at the early ageof eight. By 1928 he proceeded to thefamous Katsina Training College and stayed there forfiveyears 1928-1933. When he passed out from the College in1932 he remained behind to teach for ayear. He moved to Zaria Middle School where he served so well thatfor the next eightyearsof his in-serviceat the school, he became the Headmaster andwas turbanned WakilinMakaranta by the ZariaNative Authority. In1948 afterputtingin what he considereda considerable length of servicein the teachingprofession, he decided to widen his experience. He moved to the North Regional Legislative Councilin Kaduna as Interpreter and Translator. Here Mallam Mohammadu Ladan's charm, patience and diplomacy earned him respect and friendship of all the members of the honourable house. Aftersomeyearsin the house he went abroad to the Cambridge UniversityasanAssistant Lecturerin Hausa. On his return in 1951 hejoined the Nigerian Broadcasting Service later known as the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation ((NBC), thus becoming the'firstNortherner to do so. Seeing his patriotism, he was sent to the BBC coursein broadcastingin London after which he was promoted to the commensurate post of Senior Broadcasting Officer in 1952. In 1953Alhafi Mohammadu Ladan acted as the Controller of the Nothern Broadcasting outfit. In 1956 he was confirmedas the Controller Northern Region of the NBC. Forhislongandfaithful service to Governmenthe was awardedHerMajesty'sCoronationMedal-MBE. It was after his service to the country in broadcasting that he became Clerk to the Northern Assembly. In 1960 Mohammadu was appointed Chairman of the Northern Nigerian Development Company (NNDC) now New Nigerian Development Company. He was turbanned in 1962as the Dan lyan Zasgau and was awarded the Nigerian National honour of the Officerof the Orderof the Niger- OONin 1964. He resignedin 1966following the coup detatand later took up appointment with theNorth Central State Civil ServiceCommission wherehewasa PermanentCommissioneruntilhis deathin 1970.
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