Nigeria: General Elections 2019

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Engineer Abubakar Nahuche

Engineer Abubakar Nahuche, an indigene of Zamfara state, had his secondary education at Government Day Secondary School, Katsina where he obtained the West African School Certificate (WASC), Division One in 1971.  After acquiring his Advanced Level Certificate in 1973, passing a subject combination of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in flying colours, he attended the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He then proceeded to the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, United States of America and studied for his Master’s degree in the same discipline between 1976 and 1978.

 

Commissioner Nahuche also undertook a six-month Short Service Course at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Zaria in 1979; the Jungle Warfare & Combat Survival Course at the Nigerian School of Infantry, Jaji in 1980 and the Junior Staff College Course at the Command and Staff College also in Jaji in 1981.

 

He worked, at various times, as Project Manager, Nigerian Army Fixed Communication Project (with a budget of $50 million) between 1978 and 1981; Assistant to the Commander, Corps of Signals of the Nigerian Army from 1983 to 1984; Special Assistant to the Minister of Communication, and was with the Nigerian Security Organisation (NSO) from 1984 to 1986.

 

He served in diverse senior management capacities at the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) as Deputy Director, Transmission Planning until 1993; General Manager, North East Zone and Executive Director (Long Distance Communications) until 2000 when he retired.

 

Among his several achievements, Engineer Nahuche was credited with having raised NITEL’s revenue for rendering international services from $4million to $100 million yearly. He also developed a Pay Phone market for NITEL between March 1998 and December 1999, which increased revenue for the service from $6 million to $14 million by the end of 1999.

 

He was a member of the African Committee of Experts that led to the establishment of the Regional African Satellite Communication Organisation (RASCOM), with headquarters in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivore. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of NITEL in June 2007 and served till February 2008.

 

After a successful career at NITEL, he joined Intercellular Telecommunications Ltd and served in various capacities as Vice President, Northern Operations; Chief Operations Officer and Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

 

Prior to his appointment as National Commissioner, he established Metronet Communications and was its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer.

 

He is happily married with children.