Bello Jibrin Gada

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Bello Jibrin Gada
Senator for Sokoto East
In office
May 1999 – May 2003
Succeeded by Sule Yari Gandi
Federal Minister of Culture & Tourism
In office
17 December 2008 – 17 March 2010
Preceded by Adetokunbo Kayode
Succeeded by Abubakar Sadiq A. Mohammed
Personal details
Born 1954
Sokoto State, Nigeria

Bello Jibrin Gada is a Nigerian politician who was Senator for Sokoto East from May 1999 to May 2003.[1] He was appointed Minister of Culture & Tourism on 17 December 2008 after a cabinet reshuffle by President Umaru Yar'Adua.[2] He left office in March 2010 when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet.[3]

Gada was born in 1954. He attended Bayero University, Kano and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.[4] He was elected Senator for Sokoto East on the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) platform, holding office from May 1999 to May 2003. He served as the Minority Whip during his term in office. Later, he defected to the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP), where he became chairman of the Sokoto State People's Democratic Party.[1]

A few weeks after being appointed Minister of Culture and Tourism, in January 2009 Gada gave his support to the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), which was concerned about the rapidly growing number of tourism operators that were not accredited by the NTDC.[5] Speaking at the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) held in Minna, Niger State in December 2009, Gada said the festival was much more than a dancing jamboree, but served as a vital tool for fostering unity in the country, showcased the country’s diverse culture and promoted tourism.[6]

In a February 2010 press briefing, Gada listed the achievements of his ministry in the past year which included establishing six cultural industry centres, creating the Institute for African Culture and International Understanding, Abeokuta and establishing a committee on National Archives and National Museums. He outlined plans for the future such as increased public / private partnership and rehabilitation and reconstruction of abandoned and dilapidated museums and archives projects. He did not discuss the National Tourism Master-plan.[7] In March 2010 Gada inaugurated various committees of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria to help put the country at par with other African tourist nations.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b OLAYINKA OYEBODE (2 Dec 2008). "Cabinet list: A president's search for the magic team". The Punch. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  2. ^ Anza Philips (24 December 2008). "The Coming of New Helmsmen". Newswatch. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  3. ^ Daniel Idonor (17 March 2010). "Jonathan Sacks Ministers". Vanguard. Archived from the original on 22 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  4. ^ "Profile of the 13 ministerial nominees". Nigeria First. Nov 18, 2008. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  5. ^ MAURICE ARCHIBONG (January 15, 2009). "NTDC raises alarm over suspect tourism projects". The Sun news. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  6. ^ Jide Orintunsin (2009-10-28). "NAFEST not a dancing jamboree, says Gada". The Nation. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  7. ^ Bridget Chiedu Onochie (06 02 2010). "Scorecard Of Culture Ministry Under Gada". Guardian. Retrieved 2010-04-17.  Check date values in: |date= (help)[dead link]
  8. ^ Victor Nze (12 March 2010). "Gada Inaugurates FTAN Technical Committees". Daily Champion. Retrieved 2010-04-17.