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OPINION: SHABA MOHAMMED: ADMINISTRATOR PAR EXCELLENCE

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The challenges of leaving footprints on the sand of time are enormous and daunting. However, it takes diligence, focus, perseverance, commitment and God’s blessing to transform these challenges into reality that can be appreciated and grasped by the people.

There is no gain saying the fact that with the appointment of Shaba Mohammed B. Pharm, MBA, FCIA, FICEN, FIMC, CMC, at the headship of the Kano Office of the National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on March 2018 with over four years in the saddle, the story has changed completely and it has been so far so far good. It is a story of a experience and maturity embellished with the administrative prowess of a man who has seen all. It is also a story that showcases experience, commitment and humanness.

According to an expert, if there is one appointment that the management of NAFDAC got right since the inception of the agency, it is the choice of Pharm Shaba Mohammed as Coordinator of the Kano office of the agency.

Under Mohammed’s watch in the last four years Kano NAFDAC has made some remarkable achievements in the various departments of its operations. He has also done well to reposition the vital sector for maximum service delivery.

With his sterling achievements in his in office, Mohammed has left no one in doubt that he is indeed a round peg in a round hole. He has designed and undertaken many activities and programmes aimed at developing and uplifting the agency’s activities in the state.

Promising to ensure there is no hiding place for fake drugs in the state, Mohammed also devised strategies in the last four years aimed at fighting the scourge and positive results have been recorded.

It is not easy to achieve so much within a very short time without endurance and perseverance crowned by hard work. Leadership is about service to humanity and a leader is one who combines astuteness, intelligence, skill to produce events that shape life. No leader can achieve anything near his full potential without cooperation from the stakeholders. The war against fake drugs cannot be fought single-handedly by the agency. NAFDAC, in collaboration with other relevant bodies in Kano, has had it so well because we always have understanding.

The primary objective behind the establishment of NAFDAC was to protect, promote and safeguard public health thereby enhancing the economic strength of the country.

Shaba Mohammed was born on December 1, 1966 in Bida, Niger State. He is of the director cadre of the Federal Civil Service.

He obtained a Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm) Degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1989 and a Masters in Business administration (MBA) from the Business School of Netherlands, Buren, Netherlands in 2009, among several management certificates.

Mohammed is a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration (FACIA), the Institute of Corporate Executives of Nigeria (FICEN) and the Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC) and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC). He is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (MPSN).

Mohammed started his professional career as an intern pharmacist with the General Hospital, Minna in Niger State in 1989. He served with the General Hospital, Mubi in the defunct Gongola State in 1990/91. He was the pharmacist in charge of General Hospital, New Bussa, Niger State between 1991 and 1993. He joined Pfizer in April 1993 to March 2000 from where he resigned as a principal regulatory officer and member of the Federal Task Force on Counterfeit and Fake drugs and unwholesome processed food (FTF).

He was at the Port Inspectorate Directorate and at different times managed NAFDAC activities at Apapa Port and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport till 2013.

He was moved to narcotics and controlled substance and returned to investigation and enforcement and the federal task force in June 2014 to March 2018. He is currently the NAFDAC Coordinator in Kano State, where he collaborates with various security agencies, stakeholders and the traditional institution to address the menace of drug abuse and challenge of substandard and falsified medical and other related products.

Mohammed was instrumental to many innovative port reforms on importation and exportation of NAFDAC regulated products, investigation of celebrated cases of counterfeit medical products and other NAFDAC regulated products, the creation of several standard operation procedures, guidelines and regulations. He was the face of cutting edge technologies which gave NAFDAC global recognition as an innovative regulatory agency in drug detection technology.

He is widely travelled and has participated as international speaker on several anti-counterfeiting activities among which are the International Institute Against counterfeit medicines (IRACM) Paris (April, 2016), World health organisation surveillance and monitoring system of substandard and falsified (SF) medical products Addis Ababa (August, 2015; Rx-360 on “fighting fakes” Washington DC (June 2015); APEC activities on medical products integrity and supply chain security in Philippines (January and August 2015), Seoul, South Korea, (May, 2013), Singapore (2012); the Indian patient safety, drug technology detection and criminal investigation program new Delhi, (September 2012), Pfizer collaboration on anti-counterfeiting ascoli piceno, Italy, (May 2013) and international regulatory Forum, Ottawa, Canada (October 2011) among others.

Mohammed was a Federal Government delegate to the 6th Nigeria-Cameroon Joint Commission, Yaounde (April 2014). He has travelled to China, Thailand, Ghana, Malaysia, etc, to conduct factory GMP inspection on foods drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and other regulated products of importation into the Nigerian and other African markets.

Apart from his fellowship of professional bodies, Mohammed is a member of Ikoyi Club 1938 for his recreational activities. He was conferred with the National Merit Award in 2019 as an “icon of national building in recognition of immense contribution and selfless service to humanity by Northern peace tourism journalist. He was also recently awarded a “certificate of achievement” as “most understanding NAFDAC state coordinator in Northern Nigeria 2020” in recognition of the outstanding role and contribution towards national development, by Arewa media practitioners on 18th February, 2020.

He loves playing golf, swimming and travelling.