Dattijo: The Super Commissioner, By Engr. Imam Maiyki

Kaduna State has a tradition of producing colorful technocrats.People like Gidado Idris,Andrew Nok,Rilwanu Lukman,Ishaya Audu etc all fall into this category.The current Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Kaduna state also falls into this category.

Dattijo is a charismatic and brilliant orator and an intellectually gifted personality which made him the integral part and leading light of the government.

Over the past 12 years, he has built up significant experience in development policy, finance and project implementation in addition to holding several positions of responsibility within Nigeria and abroad.

Academically, he has a first degree in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, an MSc in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester, a second masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and has studied Public Finance at the London School of Economics, Sustainable Development with Columbia University in New York and Advanced Project Management at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Before his appointment as Commissioner, he was the policy adviser at the executive office of the United Nations Secretary General in New York. In that role, he was a member of the Secretary General’s core team designing the next global development agenda that seeks to end poverty, transform economies and enhance shared responsibility across the world. This agenda, named the SDGs replaces the MDGS having significant impact in the architecture of development across the World.

Prior to his position at the United Nations, he was an Economist and Deputy National Program manager in Nigeria’s presidency where he was tasked with supporting the design and coordination of MDGs projects across Nigeria. He was subsequently appointed economic adviser of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum where he had the opportunity to interact with the country’s 36 elected Governors on issues of development policy.

These positions have provided him with valuable experience not only across the world but also particularly around Nigeria having visited and implemented projects in deep rural areas in at least 25 of Nigeria’s 36 states including several hundred project locations in Kaduna.

He is a UK Chevening Scholar, member of the University of Oxford Business Alumni Network and a Fellow of the Archbishop Tutu Leadership Institute. He also worked in the APC Transition Committee in various capacities.Most recently,the World Bank selected him  as a member of expert advisory council on citizen engagement.

Considering his academic background and his working experience,no wonder he keep making the Kaduna project a huge success.Some of his achievements as a commissioner includes: Prompt budgeting and planning of the state financies using the available data and statistics of the state IGR which makes Kaduna state to always be the first state to pass it’s budget; monthly publication of Consumer Price Index(CPI) which provides analysis of price movement of selected commodities,Collaboration with development partners such as World Bank, Rockerfeller Foundation, DFID etc which yielded a lot of positive results such as Digital African Woman entrepreneurship workshop, Click-On-Kaduna workshop and training and many more to come.

His achievements includes the training of elected government officials on governance,leadership and service delivery. He also successfully linked Kaduna state as a member state with Open Government Partnership (OGP) towards an open, transparent and accountable governance.

He initiated the Eyes & Ears mechanism to register and monitor every complain lodged in by the citizens and also to track the physical developmental projects of the state.These are just some of the numerous developments Dattijo brought as a commissioner in Kaduna state.

Muhammad Sani Dattijo always simplifies complex problems with his characteristic humour,reforming the unreformable and making us to see and belief that governance is not rocket science. With People like Dattijo,the task of Making Kaduna Great Again is not just a slogan. It’s already happening.


By Engr. Imam Maiyaki



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