Last Updated on October 6, 2019 by Ope Quadri
Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello, who has been the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) since 2015 hails from Adamawa state, Northern Nigeria. In this we’ll share with a few things about the management-trained FCT minister.
In one of the few interviews he had with the press, Adamawa born politician was quoted by Oxford Business Group as saying, The APC-led government, “have articulated investment opportunities in the city. We have also established strong institutional frameworks to help prospective investors. The Abuja Investments Company, as well as the Abuja Infrastructure Investment Centre, are charged with this mandate.”
He is among the 44 Buhari’s ministers who was sworn-in on August 21, 2019 at the State House.
Mr Muhammad Musa Bello who was born on January 8, 1959 attended the prestigious Barewa College, Zaria.
He earned his first degree in Management with bias for Banking and Finance in 1980 at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, obtaining a B.Sc and an MBA in the same field.
Previous working experience of Muhammad Musa Bello:
Before joining politics, Muhammad Musa Bello worked in banking industry and other business public services.
At a time, he was in charge of credit and marketing at the ICON Merchant Bank Plc and later became a Director at Habib Bank Plc and several other top ranking companies across the country.
Muhammad Musa Bello is an experienced project manager. He managed Bakabure Industrial Complex, Yola as well as been member of several sub-committees of the now defunct Technical Committee on Privatization and Commercialization (TCPC). He was an active member of the Adamawa Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA).
His last position before he was invited to join the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari, was at National Hajj Commission of Nigeria [NAHCON] where he served as the Chairman from 2007 till May, 2015.
Speaking with Oxford Business Group, Muhammad Musa Bello when answering question how he plans to connect the FCT with the rest of Nigeria and the world, he said one of the plans of the APC-led government is the first phase of the Abuja Light Rail system which was commissioned and completed a few months ago.
The FCT minister can be likened to a state governor, unofficially the Minister of FCT is the governor of the territory.
And Mr Muhammad Musa Bello agreed to the fact that Abuja is growing rapidly, “According to the National Population Commission, Abuja is now the fourth-largest city in Nigeria and one of the fastest-growing cities in Africa,” Oxford Business Group quoted him as saying.