Honourable Minister

Mr. Labaran Maku was born on January 1, 1962. He hails from Nassarawa Eggon of Nassarawa State and is married with children.

He attended St Michael’s primary school Alushi between 1970-1976, Zawang Teacher’s College Bukuru-Jos Plateau State 1976-1981. University of Jos Plateau State 1983-1987.

He is a Teacher, Journalist and Politician. He was the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State from 2003 to 2007, where he assumed leadership responsibilities of governing State Agencies and Institutions. Prior to that, he was the Commissioner for Information, the spokesperson of the State and a key actor in the formulation of State policies.

Mr. Maku is an expert in Democracy and Governance and worked with USAID from 1997 – 1999. He was a Reporter, a Political Editor, member of Editorial Board of two National Newspapers and Deputy Editor-in-Chief during his career as Journalist. He also worked as a school Teacher and Headmaster at a government school from 1981 – 1983.

Mr. Maku took to politics and leadership early in life and held the position of President of University of Jos Students Union and PRO of the National Umbrella of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), while in school.

He holds a Bachelors Degree in History/Education and has attended numerous training programmes, International Conferences, Presidential Retreats and Seminars. He has presented Papers at International Conferences, was Guest Speaker at several Leadership Fora and has written extensively on Nigerian education and social inequality and on Nigerian political and economic problems.

Mr. Maku has been involved in public policy formulation, conflict resolution and governance for over twenty-five (25) years.

Mr. Maku is also a motivational and inspirational speaker. Leadership is his main pre-occupation and he is obsessed with the question of the leadership deficit in Africa.

He holds strong values and principles. He is well travelled, plays golf and listens to traditional African music at his leisure time.

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