|Umar Sani, Member Editorial Board|
Umar Sani, born January 25, 1963 in Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria, is Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Vice President Namadi Sambo of Nigeria. He has been Sambo's aide since 2007 when the latter just won the gubernatorial elections in Kaduna.
Umar Sani began his career as a teacher when the teaching profession was the exclusive preserve of the best from the academics. After graduating from the Kagoro Teachers College in the early 80s, in Kaduna state he took up appointment with the old Kaduna Local Education Department as a classroom teacher.
In his quest for more knowledge, he resigned his appointment and enrolled at the famous Kaduna Polytechnic, in Kaduna where he bagged his National Diploma in Marketing. After successfully completing the course, he was employed by the newly created National Teachers Institute as a store officer. Again his thirst for education drove him out of his well-paid job in pursuit of further studies after only two years of his appointment. He thereafter resigned to further his studies. In 1992, He bagged his Higher National Diploma in Marketing. As tradition demands, he was posted to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning Bauchi State and Later the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Bauchi Branch for his one-year mandatory service for graduates.
On the completion of his youth service in 1993, he secured appointment with the Kaduna State Kada Payless Stores as HOD of Procurement where he served until 1997 at which time he also resigned to further his studies. He bagged his post-graduate diploma in marketing a year later.
In 2007, when Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo was elected governor of the State, he appointed him Director/General Media and Public Affairs in the state and later elevated him to the position of special adviser to the governor on the same portfolio.
With the demise of the president late Umaru Musa Yar’adua in 2009 and the subsequent appointment of Sambo as the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he appointed him his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, a position he holds till date.
Umar Sani is a great achiever, with numerous achievements and awards in recognition of his hard work and perseverance from high school. They include: Special Contribution to Old Boys of Kagoro Teachers College Award, Special Recognition Award by Media Monitors, an Award of Excellence in recognition of Educational Development in Kaduna North Local Government and another Award of Excellence by the State PTA chapter and NUT Kaduna North Local Government for contribution towards the improvement of education.
In recent times, he has also been given The Most Outstanding Media Manager Award by Nigerian Tribune, The Best Media Person award by Power Steering Magazine and The Best Media Manager Award in 2014 by Citypeople magazine amongst others.
He was widowed in 2013 when his lovely wife, Hajiya Sahura Umar died in a Cairo hospital in June 2013. They have four children together - three boys and a girl.