Danladi Mohammed Zakari

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Danladi Mohammed Zakari
Military Administrator of Kogi State
In office
August 28, 1991 – January 1992
Succeeded by Abubakar Audu

Brigadier General (retired) Danladi Mohammed Zakari was the first Military Administrator of Kogi State, Nigeria after it was created in August 1991 from parts of Benue and Kwara states. He held office from August 1991 until January 1992 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, handing over to the elected governor Abubakar Audu at the start of the Nigerian Third Republic.[1]

The new Kogi state inherited a share of both assets and liabilities of Benue and Kwara states.[2] Zakari had to quickly establish the administrative structure from scratch, creating ministries of Justice, Works, Health, Agriculture, Education and Finance, and agencies such as the Local Government Services commission, the Judiciary and the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.[3] He also set up a committee chaired by the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland to create a blueprint for economic development of the state. Little was done to realize this plan by his successors.[4] On 16 December 1991 he established the Kogi Agricultural Development Project, a continuation of programs from Benue and Kwara states. The program was to provide assistance to farmers in the form of input subsidies and infrastructure development.[5]


  1. ^ "Administration to Date". Kogi State Government. Archived from the original on June 23, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ Chuks Okocha (January 15, 2004). "Audu Denies N58bn Foreign Loan". ThisDay. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ Ocheni, Philip Sule (September 1992). "Communications Problems Affecting Implementation of Government Welfare Policies in the Kogi State Civil Service, Lokoja". University of Nigeria. Retrieved May 19, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Dada Ahmed (July 27, 2009). "Kogi: 18 years struggle to find her feet". The Nation. Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ Chief Daniel Alfa Agada (March 2001). "Staff Motivation and Productivity; A Case Study of Agricultural Development Project Lokoja". University of Nigeria. Retrieved May 19, 2010. [dead link]