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Top Nigerian Industrialist, Politician, Bamanga Tukur Clocks 85


Amb (Dr) Bamanga Tukur is a great man who has done a lot to better the lives of many people across Africa. He has also done a lot in business.

The big news is that this accomplished elder statesman will be 85 in a matter of days and everyone is excited about this.


He has an intimidating and towering profile that shows how accomplished he is.

Dr. Bamanga Tukur is an industrialist, a politician, an elder statesman, an entrepreneur and an ambassador per excellence. He has devoted his intellectual and political gifts to ensuring that a good heritage is built upon outstanding global best practices to ensure a good business environment for the nation. He has extensive experience in the country’s transportation and logistics systems with significant investments both within and outside the continent.


Alhaji Bamanga M. Tukur had his elementary education in Jada between 1944 and 1949. He proceeded to Yola Middle School (Now Ramat College in 1949-53, and completed his Secondary School Education at Bauchi between 1953-1957, where he passed his West African School Certificate (WASC) in flying colours.


He worked briefly, for the then Adamawa Nature Authority as Local Government Accountant and thereafter left for Zaria Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University in 1958 for an administrative course meant for the executive and administrative cadre. Having completed the course, he joined the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in the then former Northern Nigeria Regional Government as Executive Officer for a short while. In 1959, he was transferred to Federal Service and joined the Nigerian Ports Authority as a management cadet.


In 1960, he proceeded to the United Kingdom and gained admission into the North Western Polytechnic. In 1962, he obtained his graduateship of the Institute of Transport before he went to study Transport Economics in the London School of Management Personnel.  In 1965, he received his Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.


He came back to Nigeria at the end of 1963 and in 1964, he was appointed Management Assistant in the Nigerian Ports Authority, a post meant for the preparation of top Management Personnel.


In 1965, he proceeded to the United States and entered graduate school of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he pursued his post-graduate studies and completed it in 1966. On his return back to Nigeria, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Traffic and Commercial Manager, a post he held up till 1970.


In 1970, he was appointed by General Yakubu Gowon as Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex and charged with the responsibility of clearing congestion in our national ports as evidenced by the Decree No. 13 of 1970. Alhaji Tukur demonstrated the highest quality of leadership, skill and dedication to duty in performing that assignment which earned him the nickname of “Mr. Port”. Indeed, the history of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) will never be complete without mentioning the contribution of Alhaji Tukur. Nigeria owes him gratitude to this effect.


In recognition of his sterling quality, honesty and dedication to duty, the late General Murtala Mohammed, appointed him General Manager/Chief Executive of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), at a time when numerous Chief Executives in government parastatals were being removed from office, due to malpractice of all sorts. A great testimony to his honesty and dedication to duty.


In 1980, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur was awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Transport, London for his professional excellence in the field of transportation. He was elected Vice-Chairman of International Ports and Harbours Association, representing Europe and Africa, 1977-1982, a post ever to be held by an African. In 1980, Alhaji B. Tukur was Chairman International Cargo Handling Association (ICHA) and conferred with an honorary life Presidency of West and Central African Ports Management Association. He retired in 1982, having served the nation in various fields of transportation in the country with a record of having been a director of Nigeria Railway Corporation, Nigeria National Shipping Line, Nigeria Airways and central Water Corporation Company.


He went into politics immediately after retirement. With these strings of excellent credentials, he was elected Civilian Governor of the defunct Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States) in 1983 under the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). In 1994 and 1995, he was a member of the Federal Executive Council and Honourable Minister of Industries of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  In November 1996, he was appointed a member of the Vision 2010 Committee.  He is also a member of the National Council on Nigerian Vision (NCNV). 


In January 2002, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur was conferred with the National Honour of the Commander of the Order of the Mono (COM) by President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo in recognition of his contribution to business in Africa. 


Also in 2002, he was appointed to the Ghana Investors Advisory Council by H.E. President John Kufuor of Ghana.


In September 2003, Alhaji Tukur was appointed a member of the OECD Africa Investment Advisory Board. 


Alhaji Tukur received the Nigerian National Award of the ‘Commander of the Order of the Niger – ‘CON’ conferred on him by H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in December 2003.



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