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Bamanga Tukur

Bamanga Tukur

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BAMANGA TUKUR

Bamanga Tukur, born on September 15, 1935, is a notable Nigerian businessman and politician who has left an indelible mark on the nation's political and economic landscape. Renowned for his roles in both public service and private enterprise, Tukur has held various influential positions, including serving as the Minister for Industries during General Sani Abacha's regime in the 1990s. His career spans several decades and showcases his significant contributions to Nigeria's development.

A native of Adamawa State, Tukur first garnered national attention in the mid-1970s as the general manager of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). During a period marked by severe congestion due to a massive cement importation scheme, Tukur's leadership was pivotal. He oversaw the expansion of Nigeria's seaport infrastructure, addressing the critical import and export needs of the country. This role established him as a key figure in Nigeria's economic administration.

In 1982, Tukur transitioned from his role at the NPA to the political arena, successfully contesting the gubernatorial race for Gongola State. His tenure as governor was abruptly cut short by a military coup after just three months in office. Undeterred, Tukur pivoted to entrepreneurship, founding and chairing BHI Holdings (DADDO Group of Companies), a testament to his business acumen and resilience.

Tukur's political ambitions saw him contest for the presidency under the National Republican Convention in 1992, although he was unsuccessful. He continued to play a significant role in national and continental business initiatives. As Chair of the NEPAD Business Group and Executive President of the African Business Roundtable (ABR), Tukur has been instrumental in fostering economic development across Africa. His tenure as president of ABR in 2012 highlighted his commitment to advancing African business interests.

Tukur's contributions have earned him numerous accolades and honorary positions. He has served on several advisory councils and boards, including the UNIDO International Business Advisory Council, the Ghana Investors Advisory Council, and the OECD Africa Investment Advisory Board. He holds honorary titles such as the Commander of the Order of the Mono (COM) and Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), recognizing his significant contributions to business in Africa. Additionally, he is honored with traditional titles in Adamawa State, reflecting his esteemed status in his home region.

In March 2012, with the support of President Goodluck Jonathan, Tukur was elected National Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). His tenure, however, was marked by internal party conflicts. On August 31, 2013, a faction within the PDP, led by seven governors and supported by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, declared a 'New PDP' with Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje as its chairman. 


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September 15, 1935

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