Alhaji Umar Muhammed Nasko is a Native of Magama Local Government Area of Niger State. He was born on 13th March, 1975, at Ogbomosho in Oyo State. Umar Nasko has served on various boards and committees as the Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Ministry of Youth Development, Special Adviser on Tourism Matters, Commissioner for Environment, Parks, gardens and Forest Resources and currently serving as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Niger State.
His involvement in politics in the years 2001 to 2003 proved him to be an active party member of the United Nigeria People’s Party (UNPP) under which umbrella he was chairmanship aspirant. From 2003 to date, Alhaji Umar Nasko has remained a committed member of the Peoples democratic Patry (PDP). Umar Mohammed Nasko won the gubernatorial ticket under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party( PDP). He defeated the incumbent deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto with 908 votes as against 34 garnered by the deputy governor and 7 others.1023 delegates voted in the primary election.
Alhaji Umar Muhammed Nasko Biography and Profile
During Umar Muhammed Nasko secondary education at the Nigerian Military School, Zaria, Kaduna State, Umar Mohammed Nasko performed very well academically and this impressed his Teachers who saw a bright future in him with a tertiary education. After his Secondary Education, he was enrolled into University of Abuja in 1993 where he undertook a course in Computer Basic Programming and Disk Operating System. At the end of his studies, he was awarded the University of Abuja’s Certificates in Computer Basic Programming and Disk Operating System. Immediately after this course, he gained another admission in 1993 into the Remedial School of the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State.
After successfully completing his remedial course in 1995, he was offered admission to study Agriculture. He however, decided to proceed to the University of Lodz in Poland. Alhaji Umar M. Nasko also undertook some courses in Polish Language Sciences at the University of Lodz Poland in 1996. His other qualifications include Masters Degree in Political Science obtained from Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland in 2001 and a Mashav Institute Certificate in Citrus and Mango Farming obtained in the year 2004.
Alhaji Umar Muhammed Nasko worked at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja in the 311’s Air Defence Artillery Detachment as Sky Guard before proceeding to the United Nations Human Rights Office Krakow, Poland in 1999 as a volunteer where he served till 2001.
Between 2001 and 2002, Allhaji Umar M. Nasko served in the capacity of Assistant Secretary , Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics, Financial Crimes before joining Fathibro Ventures Nigeria Limited, Abuja as Project Manager. As an administrator, Nasko rendered efficient and satisfactory services where ever he was called upon to serve. Perhaps, this accounts for his appointment as Managing Director of Madae & Sons Limited, Nasko, Niger State in 2003, a position he held till 2005.
Young and talented Umar Nasko has served on various Boards and Committees where he contributed his own quota to the progress of the work assigned to the Committees. He was a member of the Transition Committee in Niger State; Member, Niger State Government Committee on Public and Private Partnership 2007; Chairman, Vehicle Verification Committee in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Niger State; Member of the Technical Committee on Harmonization of Niger State Action Plan in the State Government, Chairman, Local Organizing Committee for the 2009 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), Member of the Niger State Executive Council in his official capacity as the Honourable Commissioner of Tourism and Culture, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Ministry of Youth Development, Special Adviser on Tourism Matters, Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Environment, Parks, gardens and Forest Resources and currently serving as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Niger State.
As a commissioner at various times and ministries, Nasko contributed immensely to Tourism, infrastructural development, youth empowerment and environmental protection. To date, tourism and hospitality received its highest boost under him. The State is still recognized with its colourful Sallah Durbar and Carnival which attracts both local and international tourists to the state yearly.
Fondly called by many as “Sarkin Aiki”, The Chief Servant appointed him to oversee several ministries simultaneously. His major achievements as Commissioner of Transport and Infrastructural Development included renovation of five roads in Minna Metropolis, construction of Lumma-Umma Road, Batati Dabban Road, Kutigi-Fazhi Road, Bonu-Gurara, Mokwa-Raba/General Hospital Access Road, supervision of High Court Buildings at Kuta, Kutigi and Rijau, Minna Judicial Service Commission, Construction of access road to Fuel Dump at Minna International Airport.
Owing to his excellent performances, He was awarded several Merit Awards, from the Media, Academic Institutions and other Organizations. These include: Honorary Doctor of Public Administration by the Atlantic International University, United States of America; Development Merit Award for Excellence by African Age International Magazine, 2007; Distinguished Nigerian Award for Excellence by Time News Magazine, 2007; Distinguished Honour of the Great Achievers Gold Award for Africans, 2007; The Most Resourceful Public Figure of the Year Award, 2008 by NANISS, Africa Success Award in Commerce, Industry, Tourism and Co- operatives by Africa Certified Institute of Public Administrators (CIPA), Republic of Ghana, 13th February, 2008; Great Achievers Gold Award for Africans 2008 by the Bold News Africa; Fellowship Award by the Institute of Co-operative Professionals of Nigeria 2008; Certificate of Infrastructure in a Marketing Economy, Harvard University, 2008; National Quality Commerce, Industries and Tourism Commissioner of the Year 2008 by the Quality Management Development Institute, Lagos; Youth Ambassador in the North Central 2008 by the National Youth Council of Nigeria North Central (NYCN), Outstanding Great African Patriotic Achiever’s Gold Award 2008; Outstanding Leaders Gold Award 2008 by News in Africa; Real Nation Builders Gold Award (RNBGA) 2009 by Realmac; Special Merit Award, 2009 by the Nigerian Who is Who in Management Intelligence; Award of Excellence by the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Zone “C” Niger State, to mention a few.
He has also earned Certificates in various fields of endeavour such as Certificate on Benchmarking Emerging Markets, Singapore, 2008; Certificate of Participation in the 2nd Presidential Strategic Leadership and Governance Retreat at the University of Warwick United Kingdom October, 2007. Certificate of Achievement on Designing Legislative, Institutional and Regulatory Frameworks for successful Public Private Partnership from the Institute for Public Private Partnereship, Washington DC, USA.
Nasko is a member of the following professional bodies – Fellow, Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (FCIDA), Fellow, Certified Institute of Public Administration, 2008 (FCIPA). Member, Harvard University Alumni Society. He was also a graduate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management. And above all, obtained a Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration from the Atlantic International University, Okija, Anambra State in 2007.
His involvement in Politics between 2001 to 2003 proved him to be an active politician as a member of the United Nigeria People’s Party (UNPP) under which umbrella he was Chairmanship Aspirant. From 2003 to date, Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko has remained a committed member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Umar is an intelligent Administrator, a stickler to excellence and someone deeply committed to the promotion of professionalism in Civil Administration. He is still holding the traditional title of Yariman Nasko, a recognition bestowed on him by his own people for his avowed commitment to excellent service to humanity.
More contributions to the infrastructural development became more glaring when he initiated the “Green the Niger Initiative”. This program saw Niger State, especially Minna city wearing a new look in terms of serenity, cleanliness and evacuation of waste, dust bins were provided while other environment-polluting agents were cleared, thereby restoring high hygiene with far reaching implications on human health and longevity.
Also within the same period, ecological devastating factors such as erosion were brought under control through timely intervention of the Ministry of Environment under Umar Muhammed Nasko. Desilting of drainages around Minna is one of the good things that have ever happened to Minna, which has averted flooding.
Umar Mohammed Nasko is currently the Chief of Staff Government House, Minna , Niger State. His appointment to this office was as a result of his sterling, charismatic leadership style that brought about unprecedented transformation within the system. As the man at the helm of affairs of activities that concern the Chief Servant and Governor of Niger State and personnel of Government House, he has been responsible for supporting high-level executives in making decisions and fast tracking completion of projects.
As a result of his strong team building skills which ensures that offices and departments are running efficientl,y he has also been providing tremendous leadership, with effective management of all personnel of government house.
ALHAJI UMAR MOHAMMED NASKO, FCIDA, FCIPA. has engendered peace and unity among the Youths of Kontagora Emirate and beyond that brought about economic and social development. This prompted his conferment with the Jarman Kontagora in Niger state and Sarkin Kudun Birnin Magaji in Zamfara State.
Umar Muhammed Nasko is married to Hajara Mama Aliyu and blessed with four kids and two grandchildren.
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