As reported by Punch, this development was announced on Wednesday, July 12, via a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Isa Gusau.
Tijani, a former Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, has had a similar stint at the United Nations, where he was appointed as the Assistant Secretary-General/Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation.
The statement confirmed that Governor Zulum found his credentials credible enough and appointed Tijani the State Secretary.
The 62-year-old Tijani, according to Vanguard, was born and bred in Damasak, a small community under the Dikwa local government of Borno State.
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He bagged his first degree in Plant and Soil Science from 1982 to 1984 at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in Alabama, United States of America.
Tijani has a master’s degree in Tropical Agricultural Development from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, obtained in 1989.
He is a fellow of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria, a Fellow at the Soil Science Society of Nigeria, and a Fellow (Honourary), P.R China, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences.