Alhaji Muhammad Nadada Umar, 54, hails from Danbam in Dambam Local Government of Bauchi state. He holds the traditional title of Zannan Misau, Bauchi State. The Fellow of the Corporate Administrators Institute of Nigeria, is an alumnus of the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University [ABU], Zaria. He is a man of many parts: Lawyer, Banker, Entrepreneur, Administrator and Politician.
He attended Akuyam Primary School and Government Secondary School Azare before proceeding to Ahmadu Bello University [ABU] Zaria in 1973. He graduated in 1978 with Bachelor of Law [LLB] Honours Degree and then entered the Nigerian Law School Lagos from where he came out Barrister-at-Law [BL] in 1980.
He was once a Legal Officer with the Bauchi State Ministry of Justice. From 1980 to 1984, he served as Assistant Company Secretary/Legal Adviser with Bauchi State Investment & Property Development Company Limited. Due to his outstanding performance, he was promoted to Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, a position he occupied till January 1990.
He later joined the New Africa Merchant Bank Limited where he served as Senior Manager & Bank Secretary up to May 1992. He was promoted the following month to Assistant General Manager/Bank Secretary and rose in January 1994 to General Manager/Bank Secretary, a position he occupied till April 1996.
Umar veered from banking to the industrial sector when took up job as General Manager/Chief Executive of the Cotton & Agricultural Processors Limited where he controlled eight branches with zonal offices at Zaria, Gombe and Malumfashi. A company with over 2000 personnel, he turned it around from loss-making to profitability. His first year performance recorded a profit of over N26 million for a company that hitherto operated at a loss.
A great investor, he was Director of NEWDEVCO Finance Service Company Limited from 1991 to 1996 and Chairman of Yankari Insurance Company Limited from 1992 to 1999.