Dr. Shettima Mustafa, CON Former Minister of Agriculture, Patron, SCHAF :: SCHAF
Dr. Shettima Mustafa is a Nigerian and trained as an Agronomist/Plant Breeder. He holds BSc (Hans) from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria in 1972; a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Biology (Plant Breeding/ Agronomy) of the University of Cambridge, UK in 1974 and a PhD of ABU in 1979. He was a Visiting Scholar at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA in 1978. He also holds a professional Certificate on Monitoring and Evaluation of Agricultural Projects of the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK in 1990.
He was awarded a Honorary Doctorate (Honoris Causa) by Novena University, Nigeria, in 2010. He had several other awards from a number of organizations.
He joined the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), ABU, Zaria, as a trainee Cotton Breeder in 1972. From 1975 onward, he was Head of the Fibres Breeding Section of the IAR as well as Chairman of Nigeria’s research programme on cotton and other fibres. While he was at IAR he also lectured in the Faculty of Agriculture of ABU, Zaria.
From October 1979 to 1983, Dr Shettima Mustafa served as Commissioner in Borno State. During the 1983 general elections, Shettima contested for the Office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the Running Mate to the Owelle of Onitsha, The Great Zik of Africa, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, under the platform of the Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP).
Dr. Mustafa was Regional Head of the Federal Agricultural Coordinating Unit (FACU) as well as Head of Unit of the Agricultural Projects Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (APMEU). Dr Shettima Mustafa was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1990. From 1993, he has been offering consultancy services both within and outside Nigeria to some international organizations.
He was appointed Minister of Defence in December 2008 and later (in July 2009) redeployed to the Ministry of Interior. He left government in March 2010, following the dissolution of the Federal Executive Council, He has since been involved in private practice.