Tinubu’s Cabinet: The Top 10 Round Pegs in Round Holes – AHMED MUSA DANGIWA

AHMED MUSA DANGIWA – (Minister of Housing and Urban development)

Ahmed Musa Dangiwa is a quintessential professional who has devoted virtually all his adult life to the service of housing development. Trained as an Architect, Dangiwa has over 30 years working experience in real estate and infrastructure development, mortgage banking, financing and management in both the private and public sector.

Appointed and deployed as the Minister of Housing and Urban development, Dangiwa is unarguably one of the round pegs in round holes in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s cabinet.

In the new ministry just carved out of the erstwhile Ministry of Works and Housing, Dangiwa has responsibility for policy formulation and implementation in respect of habitat and provision of affordable housing for Nigerians as well as urban planning and renewal.

His training and career antecedents in the housing industry have adequately prepared him for the new assignment. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in architecture and Master’s in architecture and MBA, all from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is also an Alumnus of the prestigious Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, United States.

Dangiwa began his working career at TRIAD Associates and later as Managing Partner of AM Design Consults, an architectural and real estate development consultancy firm; as well as the Jarlo International Nig. Limited, a construction company. He excelled as a mortgage finance practitioner, rising through the ranks in Sahel Mortgage Finance Limited from Property Manager to Head of Credit Control to becoming the Manager, Mortgage Banking Division.

His career climaxed with his appointment as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) where he made a big difference. When Dangiwa assumed the leadership of the bank, only N232 billion had accrued to the National Housing Fund (NHF) scheme in over 25 years at about 9.28 billion per annum. He led his team to mobilize N279 billion in additional contribution to the NHF scheme at an average of N55.8 billion per annum.

The bank also achieved a record disbursement of 175 billion affordable housing loan and construction finance; provision of NHF mortgage loan to 5,938 beneficiaries; and provision of home renovation loan to 77,575.

It also attained a historic increase in processing of N39.5 billion in refunds to 247,521 retired NHF contributors; initiated and kickstarted the N40billion FMBN cities project; commenced the historic drive to enhance affordability of FMBN Housing products for the ordinary Nigeria.

Dangiwa is a member of many professional bodies: a senior associate member of Risk Managers Associate of Nigeria (RIMAN); a fellow of the Institute of Credit Administration (FICA) and Institute of Strategic Customer Service and Trade Management (ICSTM); an Honorary Fellow of Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria (CILRM); and an Honorary Senior Member of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).

In acknowledgement of his services, Dangiwa has been accorded many awards, honours and recognitions. Some of them include: Award of Excellence by Kankia Transformation Forum Katsina State; Real Estate Personally of the Year 2018; Certificate of Service as a member of Governing Council Award; Public Service Officer of the Year award 2018;  ICEN Prestigious Award for the year 2018; Housing Development Advocacy Network & Housing TV Africa; Champion of empowerment & Disability Inclusion In Nigeria; ICON of Housing Development and Environment Management Merit Award; Mortgage Banker of the Year award; and Presidential Award for Vocational service 2021.