Engr. Dr. Mohammed Jibrin was born at No. 1 Galadanchi Quarters, Gwale Local Government in Kano to Alhaji Jibrin Galadanchi of blessed memory and Hajiya Bilkisu Jibrin on 1st March, 1964. Attended L.E.A. Primary School Tudun Wada Kaduna (1972-78), Government College Katsina (1978-83 – Best overall graduating student), and School of Basic Studies – ABU Zaria (1984). He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in 1988, Master of Engineering in 1998 and Doctor of Philosophy in 2012 all in Civil Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
He started his career with The Water Resources and Engineering Construction Agency (WRECA), as Project Engineer II in 1989 and rose to the rank of General Manager of the Agency in 2002. During the period, he actively participated in the construction of infrastructure developmental projects such as buildings, roads, dams, irrigation canals, pipelines, water storage structures, etc., from conception to completion stages.
Engr. Dr. Jibrin joined the services of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in 2005 after competing with many other applicants for a directorate position in the Federal Government and was deployed to the Technology Incubation Centre (TIC) Kano, one of the twenty-seven (27) Centres under the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) as the Director/Centre Manager. He served in this capacity till 7th April, 2013. During his stewardship, TIC Kano witnessed impressive progress especially in terms of entrepreneurs’ (admissions, graduations, extension and business development services) institutional/industry linkages, capacity building, investors attraction, technology transfer, jobs creation initiatives and client’s patronage from his assumption of office. He also coordinated the Zonal activities within Northern parts of Nigeria. On the expiration of the tenure of his predecessor, Engr. Dr. Jibrin was appointed as the Acting Director General/CEO of the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) on 8th April, 2013. He was appointed as the Substantive Director General/CEO of NBTI for a term of four (4) years in the first instance. At the expiration of the first tenure on the 8th April, 2018, and in appreciation of verified performances coupled with positive security report, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR renewed his tenure as the Director General/CEO of NBTI for a second tenure of four (4) years effective from 9th April, 2018.
At present, the Director General supervises thirty-six (36) Technology Incubation Centres with one in each state of the Federation and thirteen (13) extension offices apart from working with international partners. Thus, working with sixteen (16) Directors at the Abuja headquarters/six (6) Zones, (36) Centre Managers and thirteen (13) liaison officers.
A COREN Registered Engineer (R.6305), Engr. Dr. Jibrin is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Industrialist and Corporate Administrators, a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administrator, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants as well as Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.
He is also a Fellow of the most prestigious Nigerian Academy of Engineers, an academy whose fellowship is strictly by invitation. So far, the strength is less than 200 senior Engineers with most outstanding professional contributions.
As a result of this keen interest in Science, Technology and Innovation activities, the Engineer who is a recipient of over one hundred (100) awards and commendations, was unanimously elected by the African delegation as the Chairman of the Council of the African Continent for the Pan African Competitiveness Forum on 15th August, 2014 at Bagamoyo, a community facing the Indian Ocean, in Tanzania for the tenure (2014 – 2017). The Tanzanian Prime Minister described Engr. Dr. Jibrin as a Millennium Leader Africa deserves.
Due to his commitment to Research and Development, Commercialization, Intellectual Property Culture Promotion and Academic Excellence in line with the mandate of NBTI, the personality has to his credit, over fifty (50) outstanding publications comprising international journal papers, conference presentations, patent registrations and technical reports which are mostly literary contributions related to Technology Incubation Programme. Some of the patent registrations by the Engineer were ceded at no cost to the Technology Incubation entrepreneurs and the innovations attracted grants from The Presidential Standing Committee on Inventions and Innovations (PSCII).
Engr. Dr. Jibrin has visited over forty (40) countries from all continents and has in Allah’s divine wisdom interacted with all global nationalities. In Africa, he has been to extreme west Banjul in Gambia where he was honoured at Serakunda market with Kairaba encomium – an honorary name of President Daouda Jawara. In Tanzania he was made Pan African Council Chair at the extreme Swahili Bagamoyo in between Tangayika and Zanzibar where Karibu was showered on him a revered welcome message from the President Julius Nyerere. In South Africa, he was at Cape of Good Hope the southernmost location on earth where the cold atleantic and the hot Indian oceans met. He also visited the Nelson Mandela prison Cell in Reuben Island where he learnt how to forgive human beings no matter the wrong doings. In the extreme north, he was at Alexandria facing the most beautiful Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. Engr. Jibrin in a historic visit to Egypt spent three (3) nights inside the Nile Admiral “a four hundred room capacity vessel along with Nile where King Ramesis II and Moses had the historic encounter.
Outside Africa, he has seen the best and worst of the human behavior. He has also seen the most ruthless and the most patient human beings. He has also seen the most irresponsible human being on earth.
Engr. Jibrin has indeed changed the lives of many people across the entire nation for good. Happily married to Hajiyas Amina and Bilkisu with Dr. Zainab Mohammed Jibril rounding up a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Degree from :Ahfad University for Women” in Sudan and Jibril Mohammed Jibril and Electrical and Electronic Engineering Student at “The Nile University of Nigeria” as children, his hobbies include capacity building to the less privileged, refocusing humanity toward production of innovative products, jobs creation, strengthening of institutional triple helix linkages and general motivation all for economic enhancement.