USMAN, Hadiza Bala

Born January 2, 1976




Hadiza Bala Usman (born January 2, 1976) is a Nigerian politician who since 2016 is serving as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority.[1] She was previously the chief of staff to the Governor of Kaduna State from 2015 to 2016. Hadiza Bala Usman was born on January 2, 1976 in Zaria to a Fulani ruling class family of the Sullubawa clan. Her father, Yusufu Bala Usman, was a prominent academic and historian. He later founded the Centre for Democratic Development, Research and Training in Zaria. Her great grandfather , Abdullahi Bayero (father to her paternal grandmother), was the 10th Emir of Kano from 1926 to 1953, her paternal grand father was the Durbin Katsina and her grand uncle was Usman Nagogo the Emir of Katsina.[4] Hadiza grew up on the campus of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, where her father worked.[5] She started her education at the university staff primary school and went ahead to complete her secondary education. In 1996, she enrolled at the university and received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2000. She later received a masters degree in development studies from the University of Leeds in 2009.She then worked at the Bureau of Public Enterprises from July 2000 to August 2004 as an enterprise officer. From October 2004 to January 2008, she was then hired by the UNDP for the Federal Capital Territory Administration as a special assistant to the Minister on project implementation. In 2011, Hadiza campaigned and lost for the federal constituency of Musawa/Matazu as a candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change.[8] She then joined the Good Governance Group in Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, as the country director of strategy from 2011 to July 2015. In 2014, following the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping by Boko Haram,[9] Hadiza Bala Usman noticed that the Jonathan administration was not prioritizing the kidnapping, she then co-founded the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group to advocate the rescue of the abducted schoolgirls.[10] She chose the colour red for the campaign because it is a sign of "alarm, danger, a warning."[11] Hadiza Bala Usman has also helped coordinate meetings with the parents of the kidnapped girls and members of the Nigerian government.[12] She has continued to protest with the group into 2016.[13] In 2015, following his election Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai appointed her as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kaduna State.[14] She was appointed as the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari. Hadiza Bala Usman was married to an economic analyst Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi who served under the former (Late) President Umaru Musa Yar'adua as economic adviser and together they have two boys
Gender: Female
Name of Spouse
Father's Name Bala Usman
Mother's Name
Number of Male Children 2
Profession Public servant , Administrator , Politician
Working Experience Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority , chief of staff to the Governor of Kaduna State , Research Assistant,Centre for Democratic Development and Research Training , Enterprise Officer,Bureau of Public Enterprises , Special Assistant, UNDP
university staff primary school..Ahmadu Bello University...University of Leeds
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