Registering his presence in the labour market as a youth corps member in 1982, Usman Tinau Muhammad embarked on what would become a meritorious career as he rose through the cadres of various organisations in public bureaucracy, aviation, Oil industry, banking, financial management and political service.
Born on February 10, 1960 in the colonial Minna, Tinau is of Chanchaga Local Government Area descent in today’s political formation in Niger State. In his service to the nation and humanity, Tinau has become a model and inspiring figure not only to the people in his place of birth but beyond the boundaries of the organisations that required his skills and training home and abroad, which he exhibited with exceptional commitment.
He embarked on his academic journey at the historic Central Primary School, Minna, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1972 before proceeding for his secondary education at the prestigious Government Secondary School, Minna, where he obtained his West African School Leaving Certificate in 1977.
In 1979, Tinau underwent a pre-degree programme at Bayero University, Kano, which was a preparatory process for his Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the same institution, earned in 1982. For his post-graduate studies, he enrolled for Masters in Business Administration at Usmanu Danfodio University, completing the programme in 1995. He was at the famous Galilee College in Israel, leaving with a Diploma in Small Business and Industry – Development and Management in 1997.
His first engagement on passing out of the youth corps service was as Planning Officer, otherwise known as Statistician, at the Niger State Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, from 1983 to 1985. He left Minna for Lagos in 1985 for a stint with the aviation industry, working as Market Research Officer at the Nigerian Airways Limited. He left there in 1987 for Department of Petroleum Resources, a former inspectorate of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, on being engaged as Principal Planning Officer, a position he held until 1993.
The same year, specifically in November, Tinau transferred his skills as experienced and pragmatic economist to the Central Bank of Nigeria, heading the state and local government finance office. He was at the nation’s apex bank until his return to the service of Niger State Government in June, 2007, this time as Special Adviser on Economics and Due Process to the Executive Governor of Niger State. This advisory role was extended, a day after termination of the latter on February 15, 2010, as Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Niger State on Economic Affairs until September 16, 2010.
The impressive applications of his learning and experience as diligent economic and financial expert to the everyday affairs of the state government, which he carried out as a two-time Special Adviser, was rewarded with appointment as Executive Chairman of the Niger State Fiscal Responsibility Commission from August 4, 2011 to March 25, 2015.
In his remarkable career that has spanned over three decades, Tinau was responsive to evolving ideas and innovations in his calling, and thus he participated in various short courses in and outside Nigeria.
Overseas, he was in Vienna, Austria, for the 1988 Working Attachment to the Finance & Economic Division of OPEC. In 1991, he was at the International Human Resources Development Corporation in Boston, U. S. A., for Petroleum Management Certificate Programme. In 1994, he was at the University of Texas, Dallas, for Project on Advanced International Oil & Gas Financial Management. The same year, he was in Vienna again for a seminar on Industrial Project Preparation, Financial and Economic Analysis for Nigerian Investment Bankers.
As the world strategised for the economic stability and financial security of global economy on approaching the millennium, Tinau was also in the forefront of professionals expanding their ideas to reinvent new methods of managing the affairs of the world. He was a participant at 1998 “Banking & Development Beyond the Year 2000” in Dublin, Ireland. And then, on crossing the millennium, he was in Nairobi for Macro-economic Policy and Financial Management at the Kenya Monetary School in 2003.
In August, 2004, he took park in the programme “Creating and Maintaining Quality and Value for Money” in London. He returned to London four years later for “Managing Budget, Procurement and Strategic Management.” These are among others, home and abroad, that have broadened and updated his professional foresights.
As much is expected from whom which is given, or expected from the vastly learned and experienced, some of Tinau’s managerial practices were recorded as head and member of many organisations, committees and events around his profession and for his organisations. He served as Vice-Chairman of PENGASSAN PID of the NNPC chapter in 1990; Chairman, Departmental Task Force on Integrated Data Management System of Central Bank of Nigeria; Chairman, Niger State Handball Association; Secretary, Departmental Committee on Strategic Business Unit Planning; and has served as member and secretary various political, economic and social causes.
His life of dedication to duty and passion for service comes with tremendous commendations and medals of honours, among which are: Director’s Award on the Preparation of a Seminar on Oil Industry’s Security Preparedness in 1989; 10 Years Long Service Award by the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2003; Niger State Executive Governor’s Award in 2008; Merit Award for Meritorious Service to Humanity in 2010; Merit Award as Ambassador of Culture in 2010, amongst others.
Tinau’s skills and experiences have been documented in various publications he authored and published in academic and professional journals and as independent and unpublished papers and research projects, some of which were presented at seminars, workshops and in reactions to charging topical issues.
Tinau is a fellow of Institute of Professional Managers and Administrators of Nigeria, associate member of United States Project Management Institute and member of Nigerian Gas Association. He’s married and has six children, and speaks English, Nupe and Hausa. His hobbies include public policy analyses, reading, playing table tennis and badminton.
His vast wealth of experience and knowledge is applied to his current engagement as Director-General of Niger State Pension Board
May Allaah guide him to do that which is right and Good.
Abdullbergy U. Ebbo
Senior Special Assistant To Niger State Governor on Information and Communication Technology