Jerry Gana is a Nigerian scholar, politician and one time Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1983 then Director for the Directorate of Food, Roads and Infrastructure (DFRRI).He was the director of the Mass Mobilization for Social Justice and Economic Recovery, popularly known as MAMSER under Ibrahim Babangida. Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Interim National Government under Chief Ernest Shonekan. Later he became Minister of Information and Culture under late General Sani Abacha, then Minister of Corporation and Integration in Africa under olusegun obasanjo also Minister of Information and national Orientation under olusegun obasanjo. He also served as Political Adviser under Olusegun Obasanjo in June 2006 announced plans to run for president.
Professor Jerry Gana was born on 30th November, 1945 at Busu near Bida, in Niger State. He obtained the West African School Certificate from Government College, Bida in 1964, and proceeded to Okene Secondary School for the Higher School Certificate (H.S.C.) from 1965-1966, passing out with distinctions as the best results in 1967. Thereafter, Professor Jerry Gana proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and graduated in 1970 with a B.A. (Hons) degree (Upper Division) in Geography. After graduation, he proceeded to the famous Kings College of the University of Aberdeen University Scotland.for an M.Sc Course in Rural Resources Planning, leading to a Ph.D in Market Place Systems and Rural Development in 1974. He further obtained a Certificate of Education from the University of London and taught at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1974 to 1986, rising to the post of a Professor in 1985.
Gana was elected Senator in 1983, serving briefly until the military coup that brought General Muhammadu Buhari to power. He was appointed chairman of Mass Mobilisation for Social and Economic Recovery under General Ibrahim Babangida’s government. He subsequently became a cabinet minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Information and Culture, Cooperation and Integration in Africa and again for Information and National Orientation.
Gana was the founding national secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998. In June 2001, President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Gana Minister of Co-operation and Integration in Africa. In January 2001, Obasanjo reassigned his cabinet. In the new cabinet announced in February 2001 Gana was Minister of Information. Gana was also secretary of the PDP Board of Trustees. Gana resigned in July 2006 as special advisor to President Olusegun Obasanjo, and in August 2006 announced he would contend for the PDP candidature for the 2007 presidential elections.
Some International Conferences Attended
The 18th International Congress of Americanists: Seminar on Traditional Markets and Marketing Systems, held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C. Canada, 10th-17th August, 1979.
Seminar on Regional Development Alternatives organised by the United Nations Centre for Regional Development, Nagoya, Japan, 1980.
24th International Geographical Congress, Tokyo, Japan 31st August to 5th September, 1980.
Annual Conference of the Development Studies Association: held at Queen Elizabeth House and Keble College, University of Oxford, 10-12th September, 1981.
Seminar on Regional Development Alternatives in the Third world organised by the IGU Commission on Regional Systems and Policies and held at Bello Horizonte, Brazil 8th -13th August, 1982.
International Workshop on Agricultural Markets in the Semi-Arid Tropics organised by International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Hyderabad, India, 24-28th October, 1983.
International Seminar on the Role of the Informal Sector in Urban Development organised by the German Foundation for International Development and U.N.C.R.D. held at West Berlin, Germany, 31st October to 9th November, 1983.
Symposium on Regional Development Policies and the Changing International Division of Labour, organised by the United National Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the IGU Commission on Regional Systems and Policies, held at UNIDO, Vienna, Austria, 20-24 August, 1984.
Workshop for Directors of a Training Programme for Development Planners in connection with Nigeria’s Fifth Development Plan, organised by the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank, held at the World Bank, Washington D.C., United States, 8-16th December, 1984.
International Seminar on the Role of the Informal Sector in Urban Development, held at the German Foundation for International Development, Villa Borsig, West Berlin, Germany 17th -27th February 1985.
18th World Conference on the Society for International Development, Rome, Italy, 1st-4th July, 1985.
International Conference on Food for Third World Cities held at the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5th to 7th December, 1988.
20th World Conference of the Society for International Development held at Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May 1991.
Regional Conference of the Society for International Development held in Munich, Germany, January, 1992.
Ministers Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Rome, November 1993.
21st World Conference of the Society for International Development, held in Mexico City, Mexico, 1994.
World Conference on Leadership at the Accra International Conference Center.
The African Biblical Leadership Initiative at Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Africa Leadership Summit (Jerusalem Conference of African and Jewish Business Leaders), September, 2017
Training Programme for Social and Community Development Workers in Nigeria. Submitted to the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Lagos, September, 1978.
National Housing Policy for Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, 1985.
Feasibility Study for a Community Banking System for Nigeria, Budget proposal to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1991.
National Transport Policy for Nigeria, with emphasis on Railways.
Community Service And Other Public Service Responsibilities
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Elected Member of Ahmadu Bello University Senate, 1975 -1985
Member, Board of Postgraduate School, 1978 – 1985
Member of the University Board of Research, 1975 – 1978
Associate Editor, Savannah, Journal of Environmental and Social Science.
Chief Examiner in Geography for the U.M.B. until 1989.
Member, Panel for the Review of Training Programmes for Community Development Officers. (Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, 1978).
Member, Plateau State Committee on the Review of Civil Service Rules, Regulations, etc. to bring such rules in line with the new Presidential system of Government, 1980.
Guest lecturer in Geopolitics, Command Staff College, Jaji, near Kaduna.
Member, Governing Board of the Centre for Social and Economic Research for three years.
Member, Governing Council of Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for three years.
Member, Governing Council of Advanced Teachers College, Akwanga, Plateau State, 1980-82.
Chairman, Committee for the creation of new Local in Governments Plateau State, 1980.
Member, Governing Council of the Nigerian Economic Society, 1980 to 1992.
Associate Editor, The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies 1980-82.
External Examiner M.Sc. Thesis, University of Benin.
External Examiner for M. Sc. candidates in Geography, University of Port-Harcourt.
External Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Jos.
External Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Ife.
Member, Directorate of Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure, Office of the President, Dodan Barracks, Lagos.
Vice-President, Nigerian Economic Society, for three years.
Chairman, Directorate for Social Mobilisation (MAMSER) September 1987 to 30th April, 1992.
Member, Governing Council of the Pan African Institute for Development, (PAID).
Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Minister of Information & Culture, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Minister of Co-operation and Integration in Africa.
Minister of Information and National Orientation, Federal Republic of Nigeria (for the second time).
Political Adviser to the President. 2003 – 2006.
Delegate to the National Political Reform Conference, 2005.
Presidential Aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2007 Presidential Elections.
Chairman of the G 20 Campaign Organisation to facilitate the re-election of Goodluck Jonathan, 2011.
Member of the Justice Belgore Panel on Implementation of the Report of National Conference in Nigeria.
Delegate to the 2014 National Conference.
Chairman of the Conference Committee on politics and Good Governance.
Leader of the Middle Belt Delegates to the 2014 National Conference.
Coordinator of the coalition of Delegates from the South and Middle Belt States.
Co-Chairman of Northern Delegates Forum at the 2014 National Conference.
Chairman of the Movement for the creation of Edu State out of Niger State.
Director, Golden Sugar Estate and Factory at Sunti, Niger State.
Director, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc.
Director of Contact and Mobilization for the Presidential Campaign of 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015.
Foundation Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party and First Secretary of the Board of Trustees.
Chairman of the National Steering Committee of the Social Democratic Party, SDP.
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos for four years.
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Kwararafa University, Wukari for five years.
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of the proposed Cornerstone University of Technology, Bida
Member of the Planning Committee of the Walter Miller University, Diko in Niger State.
Chairman of the Planning and Implementation Committee of Anglican Lighthouse University, Abuja.
Chancellor, University of Mkar, near Gboko, Benue State.
Guest lecturer at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Plateau State.
Membership of Learned Societies
Fellow of the Nigerian Geographical Association.
Fellow of the Nigerian Economic Society
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
Associate Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Social & Economic Research (NISER) Ibadan.
Associate Research Fellow, United Nations Centre for Regional Development, Nagoya, Japan, 1980-86
President of Abuja Chapter, Society for International Development, with Headquarters at Rome, Italy.
Political Leadership Experience
Served as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing Bida Senatorial District of Niger State, on the platform of the Nigerian People’s Party, (NPP), in 1983.
Chairman of the Political Strategy Committee of the Social Democratic Party, 1992;
Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Minister of Information and Culture
Chairman of the Manifesto and Constitution Committee of the Social Progressive Party, 1996.
Secretary of G-18 and later G-34 that mobilized Nigerians for the successful return to democratic governance in 1999.
First National Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party.
Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Peoples Democratic Party.
First National Vice-Chairman of PDP, North Central Zone.
Director of Field Operations and Campaigns for Obasanjo Campaign Organisation.
Minister of Co-operation and Integration in Africa.
Minister of Information and National Orientation.
Political Adviser to the President
Promoter and Member of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Civil Society, established to:
generate new strategies for the eradication of poverty and hunger;
positively raise the moral integrity and refine the social conscience of civil society through seminars, workshops, public lectures and conferences;
promote the growth of an enlightened society through mass literacy programmes;
promote excellence in productivity, rural development and primary health care;
facilitate the building of a just, humane and peaceful society, within a free, secure and democratic nation;
cultivate respect for human dignity through the restoration of ethical values and moral discipline.
In the Private Sector Professor Gana currently serves as:
Chairman of Supertek Nigeria Limited; with a license to generate 1,000MW of Electricity;
Chairman of Supertek Electric Limited; building a new power station at Ajaokuta in Kogi State, to generate 500 MW;
Chairman of Supertek Farms Limited, with a 4,000 hectares farmland at Kudu, Niger State, to produce and process rice and tomatoes;
Chairman of ABC Shelters, Abuja;
Chairman of LivingWater Pharmacy Limited, engaged in pharmaceutical industries, with Pharmaplan of Germany as Consultant;
Director, Golden Sugar Company Limited; a subsidiary of Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, engaged in raising sugar cane plantations in Niger State, and a sugar refinery at Apapa, Lagos;
Director, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc – the home of good food products;
Chairman, Finetek Industries Ltd in partnership with the Dutch Agricultural Dev. Company Ltd (DATCO);
Chairman, Midland Agric Land Development Company Ltd;
Chairman, Midland Foods and Commodities Ltd;
Chairman, Super Solar Ltd in partnership with Hybrid Solar Power Generation (Sol-Gen), with a new technology to generate base-load power from solar energy;
Promoter, Brass Fertilizer in Bayelsa State;
Promoter, Abasi LNG Project in Akwa Ibom State, to process LNG and other gas – based products;
Chairman of a solid minerals development company with license for gold, lead, bauxite and coal.
Considering, Professor Jerry Gana’s vast experience in the political hemisphere, he is the saviour Nigeria needs.