Dr Nasir Sani- Gwarzo mni ,was appointed a Federal Permanent Secretary and sworn-in by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the 18th of December 2019. He was deployed to the Federal ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment (FMTI). He was recently redeployed to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources on 3rd August 2021 and resumed duty effectively on 6th August, 2021.
Sani-Gwarzo hails from Kano State, and his academic achievements include the best graduating medical student of Usmanu Dnafodiyo University, Sokoto (MB:BS, 1989); RECEPIENT OF THE 1988/89 international Bursary Award from the association of commonwealth universities, London in 1994. He received a British Chevenning Scholarship Award to study in Leeds University, U.K. where he graduated with MPH-International with Distinction. He is a member fo the West African College of Physicians – MWACP-PH, 1997. He is widely travelled, speaks three international languages and has over 50 professional peer-reviewed publications to his credit.
Dr Nasir Sani- Gwarzo mni, MB:BS; MPH-Int; MWACP; NPOM, is a public health physician with in-depth knowledge and skills in diverse areas of public health, especially in the areas of policy, strategy, Leadership, management, partnerships, as well as health and risk communications.
Sani- Gwarzo is also a member of the National Institute “(mni)” for policy and strategic studies, (NIPSS-Kure, SEC-27, 2005), and also a graduate of the American Leadership and Management Institute (LMI) of the United States – CDC Atlanta, course-9, Nov 2007 – Aug 2008.
Dr Gwarzo’s work/experience spans across community, LGA, State, National and International levels. His hallmark in all the places he served is “strategy and innovation”. He designed and pre-tested a three-pronged innovative startehgy of “Gezawa Initiative on Polio” (2008-2009) which led to the successful resolution of non-compliance to Polio immunization in the entire Northern Nigeria, thus paving for the successful eradication of Polio in Nigeria. For this singular act, he received the Nigerian Presidential Award of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM – Aug 2012).
Sani- Gwarzo led the team that characterized the Lead Poising Epidemics associated with Artisanal gold mining in Zamfara and Niger state as well as institutionalized the appropriate response and control strategies (2009-2014). In 2014, he led the team that screened, and mounted surveillance in all the Airport related threats that turned out to be Ebola Cases as a result of direct contact with the index Ebola Case, thus helped in preventing the further spread of the Epidemic in Nigeria. At the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Sani- Gwarzo was given a Presidential appointment to lead the Ministerial Task Team (MTT) that responded to the Corona outbreak in Kano and other eight (8) states in the Northern Nigeria which led to the establishment of an effective Response System in the none (9) affected states.
Dr Gwarzo has served Nigeria in various Capacities as one-time Chief Epidemiologist of Nigeria, Director of the Ports Health Service; Coordinator of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program; and coordinator of the National AIDS/STDs Control Program at international levels, he served a medical epidemiologist of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – U.S. CDC, (2006-2011) and also with the World Health Organization (WHO) headquartered in Geneva as the focal point for Polio transition and Vaccination in Humanitarian Emergencies (2017)
Dr Gwarzo’s other merit awards of excellence for Professionalism and Leadership, include, two-time Awards of the United States of America ‘Superior Honor Award – SHA‘ (2008 and 2010 respectively); and most recently, the World Health Organization Honor Award in recognition of Exemplary Contribution to improving immunization in the African Region (Nov 2019).