One of the cabinet members of President Muhammadu Buhari with an intimidating profile is the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Muhammed Musa Bello, a cool-header Yola-man, yet a result-driven
The former banker who underwent banking training at one of the most reputable financial institutions in the world could simply be described as the Governor of Federal Capital Territory.
Apart from the fact that his father, Alhaji Musa Bello, a former Managing Director of Northern Nigeria Development Company from 1970 to 1976, is an ally of the president, the FCT Minister also has some qualities that impressed the Buhari.
Who is Muhammed Musa Bello?
- Date of Birth: January 8, 1959
- State of origin: Adamawa State
- Ethnic group: Fulani
- Geopolitical Zone: North East
- Father: Alhaji Musa Bello
- Assumption of office: November 11, 2015
- Political Party: All Progressive Congress (APC)
- Alma mater: Ahmadu Bello University
He was born in January 1959, 21 months before Nigeria gained independence from its colonial masters
He began his elementary education in Yola and later went to Our Lady’s High School in Kaduna in 1971 and from there headed to Barewa College from 1971 to 1976 for his Higher School Certificate
He is an alumnus of the prestigious Ahmadu Bello Unversity (ABU) where he bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from 1977 to 1980. He would return in 1985 for his Master’s degree in the same department.
Muhammed Musa Bello’s career in the financial sector is one that doesn’t only inspiring but showed on versed the cool-looking 62-year-old man is in the global financial system.
A year before he returned to ABU for his Masters, he had already got a banking job at one of the subsidiaries of Barings Bank and Morgan Guaranty Trust, Icon Limited.
A few months in his first major professional job, he was with J.P Morgan & Co, where he was trained in commercial banking and risk management.
He was also a former Director at Habib Bank Plc and at 33, he was appointed the General Manager at Bakabure Industrial Complex in Yola in 1992.
He was a Member of the Technical Committee on Privatization (TPC) and a Member of the Adamawa State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture.
He was at a time Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria where he served till 2015.
As the head of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), his ministry coordinates 11 departments under the FCDA
As FCT Minister:
He was among the 36 cabinet members of the APC-led government in 2015. He was appointed and sworn in as the Minister of the FCT on November 11, 2015. Again, on July 23, 2019, he was appointed and sworn in alongside 43 other ministers on August 21, 2019.
With several billions of naira worth of projects under his supervision, Nigerians and the rest of the world look forward to see how Muhammed Musa Bello would complement the efforts of other FCT ministers before him.