Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah

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Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah
Federal Minister of Agriculture
Assumed office
6 April 2010
Preceded by Abba Sayyadi Ruma
Personal details
Born (1948-03-15) 15 March 1948 (age 67)
Bida, Niger State, Nigeria

Professor Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah (born 15 March 1948) was appointed Nigerian Minister of Agriculture on 6 April 2010, when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan announced his new cabinet.[1]

Abdullah was born on 15 March 1948 at Bida in Niger State. He earned a B.Sc in Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in 1974, and an MBA from Syracuse University in the USA in 1977.[2]

Abdullah spent most of his working career at ABU in the human resources and management development area, and in 1990 was awarded a PhD by the university. He was Director General at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) in Badagry from 2003 to 2008, an institution that trains students in public administration.[2] In August 2008 he was appointed to the Abuja City University Steering Committee.[3] He was appointed chairperson of the African Management Development Institutes' Network.[4]

As Minister of Agriculture, Abdullah faces huge challenges in a sector that employs 70% of Nigerians. Despite massive injections of subsidies, productivity remains low, with many concerns about the effectiveness of existing programs.[5]


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  2. ^ a b Golu Timothy (10 April 2010). "New Ministers: Jonathan’s Cabinet In Focus". Leadership. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  3. ^ Abubakar Sani (2008-08-29). "Modibbo inaugurates Abuja City University Steering Committee". Newsday Weekly. Nasarawa State. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  4. ^ "GOVERNANCE AND SECRETARIAT". African Management Development Institutes' Network. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  5. ^ Jibrin Abubakar (12 April 2010). "Agenda for Agriculture 'Sheikh'". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2010-04-16.