Mohammed Daggash

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Mohammed Sanusi Daggash
National Representative for Marte, Monguno, and Nganzi
In office
National Senator for Borno North
In office
Preceded by Maina Maaji Lawan
Succeeded by Maina Maaji Lawan
Minister for National Planning
In office
July 2007 – October 2008
Succeeded by Shamsuddeen Usman
Minister of Works and Housing
Assumed office
6 April 2010
Preceded by Hassan Muhammed Lawal
Personal details
Born (1960-12-22) 22 December 1960 (age 57)
Kironewa, Marte LGA, Borno State, Nigeria
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Profession Architect, Politician

Mohammed Sanusi Daggash is a Nigerian architect and economist who was elected as a member of the National House of Representatives in 1999, and became Senator for Borno North (Borno State) in 2003. President Umaru Yar'Adua appointed him Minister for the National Planning Commission of Nigeria in July 2007, and relieved him of his post in October 2008. He was again reappointed as Minister for Works in April 2010 by Acting President Goodluck Jonathan.


Mohammed Sanusi Daggash was born on 22 December 1960 in Kironewa, Marte Local Government Area, Borno State.[1] He attended the Capacity School, Kaduna (1966–1973) and the King’s College, Lagos (1973–1978). He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1978, obtaining an MSc in Architecture in 1984. Daggash served under the NYSC scheme (1984–1985) with the Ministry of Works and Housing in Borno State. In 1985, he became a Commonwealth Scholar, attending University College, London where he attained an M.Sc in Development Economics in 1986.[2] He also attended a graduate program in Harvard University in 1988.

Returning to Nigeria in 1986, Mohammed Sanusi Daggash established a Consultancy Firm (Mass Consult – Nigeria) in Kaduna. In 1989, he was appointed to the Nigeria Football Association Board for a four-year period. He worked in various jobs in consultancy and construction until he joined Politics during the Sani Abacha period. In 1995, he started study for a Masters in Public Administration, and was awarded the degree in 1998. He was a member of Finance Committee of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP). Later he was a founding member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and served on the National Establishment Committee. He was elected into the House of Representatives National Assembly of Nigeria in 1999 for the Marte, Monguno, and Nganzi constituency of Borno State.[2]

Senate career[edit]

Running as a People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mohammed Sanusi Daggash was declared elected as senator in the 5th (2003–2007) National Assembly representing Borno North Senatorial District.[3] His ANPP opponent, Hajia Fati Ibrahim Bulama appealed the result, and following various appeals Daggash's election was nullified in November 2003. However, the court also found that Bulama had not been qualified to stand for election.[4] By June 2004, the Independent National Electoral Commission had yet to organize fresh elections for the vacant seat.[5] In the end, Daggash retained his seat.[6]

He served in ten different Senate Committees during his tenure.[7] He was Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Population and I.D. Card, and a member of Senate Committees on FCT, Capital Market, Loans and Debt, Banking, Currency and Finance Parliamentary Network On World Bank (PNWB). He was also a member of the board of directors of the Guinea Insurance Company.[8]

He was the PDP candidate for Borno North in the April 2007 Senate elections, but withdrew from the race some few days to elections in protest of the massive riggings by the ruling ANPP that characterized the preceding Governatorial elections. The senate seat was later declared won by the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) Maina Maaji Lawan.[9][10]

Later career[edit]

Mohammed Sanusi Daggash was appointed Minister for National Planning in July 2007.[11] In February 2008 he was among a Nigerian delegation headed by Shamsudeen Usman, the Minister for Finance, that visited China. After the meeting, Vice Minister Yu signed bilateral agreements with Mohammed Sanusi Daggash.[12] In October 2008, Daggash announced that Nigeria had cut the benchmark oil price in the draft 2009 budget to $45 per barrel due to sharp falls in world crude oil prices.[13] Later that month he was relieved of his position.[14]

In 2008 Daggash became a Director of Effectivo Capital, an investment and asset management company based in Abuja.[15]

In November 2009, Mohammed Sanusi Daggash was among the "stakeholders" in the Borno State PDP who were protesting against a move by the National party leaders to impose party chairmen and executives in the state.[16]

Daggash was appointed Minister of Works and Housing on 6 April 2010.[17]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Senator Mohammed Sanusi Daggash". Mohammed Sanusi Daggash. Archived from the original on 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  3. ^ Michael Olugbode (26 February 2009). "When Will Borno PDP Wake From Slumber?". This Day. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  4. ^ Funmi Peter-Omale (2003-12-22). "Daggash: Going Back to Voters..." ThisDay. Archived from the original on 2005-11-28. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  5. ^ Isa Umar Gusau (June 1, 2004). "INEC defies courts on Borno senatorial election". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  6. ^ Ise-Oluwa Ige (March 31, 2006). "Lawyers' strike, a blemish on Obasanjo's govt". Vanguard. Retrieved 2009-12-25. [dead link]
  7. ^ "WE WELCOME OUR GUEST SPEAKERS TO THE NIGERIA-CANADA CONFERENCE 2008". NIDO Canada. Archived from the original on 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  8. ^ "Our Board of Directors". Guinea Insurance Company. Retrieved 2009-12-25. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION NOMINATED CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO THE SENATE 2007" (PDF). Radio Nigeria. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  10. ^ "Sen. Maina Maaji Lawan". National Assembly of Nigeria. Archived from the original on December 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  11. ^ "Yar'Adua names cabinet". Africa News. 27 July 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  12. ^ "Vice Minister Yu Meets Delegation of Nigeria". Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  13. ^ Nick Tattersall (Oct 20, 2008). "Nigeria cuts benchmark oil price to $45 in '09 budget". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  14. ^ Lucky Nwankere, Abuja (October 30, 2008). "BOOTED OUT! ...20 Ministers sacked, as Yar'Adua reshuffles cabinet ...Aondoakaa, Diezani Allison-Madueke, Ojo Maduekwe survive ...Modibbo, Daggash dropped". Archived from the original on August 17, 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  15. ^ "About Efectivo - Our People". Efectivo Capital. Retrieved 2009-12-25. [permanent dead link]
  16. ^ Muideen Olaniyi (18 November 2009). "Daggash, Mustapha, Others Unite Against Ciroma". Daily Trust (Abuja). Retrieved 2009-12-25. 
  17. ^ "Factbox: Nigeria's new cabinet ministers". Reuters. Apr 6, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2010-04-16.