Mr Sabi’u Zakari is from Hadejia, Jigawa State of Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelors Degree in Administration from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1984 and later a Masters Degree in Public Administration from University of Jos in 1989.
His first work experience was a teacher under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme at Borgu Secondary School, New Bussa, Kwara State in 1984. From September 1985 to 1990, he worked as Administrative Officer VII at the Public Service and Welfare Division, Secretary to the Military Government’s Office, Kano and subsequently as Senior Administrative Officer, Establishment and Service Matters, Kano State where he left on secondment to History and Culture Bureau, Kano State as Principal Administrative Officer in April, 1990. In recognition of an outstanding performance, he was promoted to Secretary to the Board of the Bureau in April 1991.
He also worked as Assistant Director, Ministry of Education, upon Creation of Jigawa State, Assistant Director, Government House; and later as the Liaison Officer for Jigawa State in charge of Lagos/Abuja from 1994 – 1998.
He was appointed Sole Administrator of Gwaram Local Government, Jigawa State from July 1998 to May 1999 where he handed over to a democratically elected chairman in May 1999. He transferred to the Federal Civil Service as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF). Thereafter, he worked in various Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) namely: Office of the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters in OSGF (1999 to 2009) and rose to the post of Assistant Director in 2004; Deputy Director– 2008, and Director – 2013 at Federal Ministries of Mines & Steel Development, Water Resources, and Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
He was appointed Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation in November 2015 and later deployed to Ministry of Defence in April, 2020; a post he holds to date. He has attended various training courses both locally and internationally. He has travelled wide within and outside the country.
Mr. S. Zakari is happily married with children.