Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai
Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai was Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja from 16 July 2003 to 29 May 2007. He was also a former Director General of The Bureau of Public Enterprises, the privatisation agency in Nigeria. He is a member of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)
His spell with the government began under the transition government of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, where he served as an adviser in the Transition government.
EL-Rufai was born in Daudawa of Faskari Local Government Area in Katsina State. Despite his northern upbringing, Nasir El-Rufai has always said he is "Nigerian" first before being "Hausa" His father who lived on a pension of three pounds a month died while the young Nasir was 8. He was sponsored throughout his schooling days by an uncle in Kaduna, and as a result grew up in the influential Northern state. He went to secondary school in the prestigious Barewa College, where he graduated at the top of the class, winning the coveted "Barewa Old Boys' Association Academic Achievement" Trophy in 1976. Incidentally, in Barewa College.
He went off to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, earning a Bachelor in Quantity Surveying degree with First Class Honors.14
He also attended post-graduate programs at Harvard Business School and Georgetown University. Since leaving public service, Nasir has completed an LL.B degree from the University of London, graduating in August 2008 with Second Class Honors, Upper Division, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in June 2009. He also received the Kennedy School Certificate in Public Policy and Management having been spent 11 months as an Edward A. Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management from July 2008 to June 2009.
It was during El-rufia time as the Minister of FCT that the Abuja Geographic Information System was established, Abuja became the first municipality in Nigeria with a computerised land register and information system.