Mansur Muhtar

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Mansur Muhtar
Minister of Finance
In office
17 Dec 2008 – 17 March 2010
Preceded by Shamsuddeen Usman
Succeeded by Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga
Personal details
Born September 21, 1959

Mansur Muhtar is a Nigerian economist who was appointed Minister of Finance in the cabinet of President Umaru Yar'Adua on 17 December 2008.[1] He left office in March 2010 when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet.[2]


Mansur Muhtar was born on September 21, 1959 in Kano. He attended King's College, Lagos, and then Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a B.Sc. Economics in 1980. He worked at the Central Bank of Nigeria as an Assistant Economist (1980–81), and as a Graduate Assistant/Assistant Lecturer, between 1981-82 at Bayero University, Kano. He earned a master's degree in Economics and Politics of Development from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 1983, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex, Brighton in February 1988. Mukhtar was head of the department of economics and a lecturer at Bayero University, Kano from 1988-1990.[3]

Mansur Muhtar was Special Adviser/Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources (1990–1992). He worked at the World Bank (1992–2000) in various roles. He was a deputy general manager at the United Bank for Africa between July 2000-March 2001, and later was Executive Director at African Development Bank in Tunis.[3]

He was appointed Minister of Finance in the cabinet of President Umaru Yar'Adua on 17 December 2008.[1]

Dr Muhtar Mansur, has been appointed an alternate Executive Director of the World Bank. Dr Mansur's appointment to this full-time position in Washington is a result of the creation of an additional seat for Africa on the board of the World Bank Group. Africa now has three seats on the board since November 2010. Dr Mansur's duties on the board will include setting strategic directions and approving policies and programmes of the World Bank Group in the member states, approving internal policies including human resources and oversight of matters related to the functioning of the Group's duties.[4]


  1. ^ a b Nosike Ogbuenyi, Abimbola Akosile and Sufuyan Ojeifo (19 December 2008). "Yar'Adua Renews His Mission". ThisDay. 
  2. ^ Daniel Idonor (17 March 2010). "Jonathan Sacks Ministers". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  3. ^ a b Labaran Saleh (January 25, 2009). "Dr. Mansur Muhtar: Another first class finance minister". Sunday Triumph. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  4. ^ Agba, David. "Mansur Muhtar Now World Bank Director". Retrieved 31 May 2011.