Engr. Dr. Mohammed Jibrin was born at No. 1 Galadanchi Quarters (Gidan Galadima) in Gwale Local Government in Kano State on 1st March, 1964. After satisfactorily passing his papers at the school of Basic studies in 1984 he obtained his Bachelor of Engineering Degree (1988), Master of Science (1998) and Doctor of Philosophy (2012) all in Civil Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – Nigeria.
He started his career briefly with the Works department of the Kano State Ministry of Education as Civil Engineer II – then moved to The Water Resources and Engineering Construction Agency (WRECA), a Kano State Government owned construction outfit as Project Engineer II in November 1989 and rose to the rank of General Manager of the Agency in August 2002. The personality actively participated in the construction of infrastructure developmental projects mainly buildings, dams, pipelines, irrigation schemes and water treatment plants from conception to completion stages during the period he served as the Engineer/General Manager. Indeed, he was part of the project team that executed the 1st major water supply scheme under the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) to be commissioned in the country. (i.e. Joda-Gezawa water supply project).
Engr. Dr. Jibrin joined the services of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in February 2005 and was deployed to the Technology Incubation Centre (TIC) Kano as the Director/Centre Manager, an assignment he successfully undertook with keen interest. During his tenure, TIC Kano witnessed impressive progress especially in terms of entrepreneurs’ (admissions, graduations & extension services), institutional / industry linkages, capacity building, jobs creation initiatives and clients’ patronage from his assumption of office in 2005. He also co-ordinated the National Board Technology Incubation (NBTI) ~ the Supervising Agency for all the TICs, the Zonal activities within North West and North Eastern parts of Nigeria on different occasions. On the expiration of the tenure of Professor (Mrs.) Gambo Laraba Abdullahi’s tenure as the Board’s Chief Executive, Engr. Dr. Jibrin was appointed as the Acting Director General/CEO of the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI) on the 27th June, 2013, A position he held in Acting capacity up till 7th April 2014.
Engr. Dr. Jibrin became the substantive Director General/CEO of the Board from 9th April, 2014 to 8th April, 2018 for a 1st tenure of four (4) years and is at present serving a second tenure effective from 9th April, 2018.
A Registered Engineer by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (1995), Engr. Dr. Jibrin is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (2005), a Fellow of the Institute of Industrialist and Corporate Administrators (2009), a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administrators (2017), a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (2017), Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (2011) as well as fellow of the Nigerian Academy of engineering (2018).
Due to his general keen interest in Science, Technology & Innovation activities, the well-behaved Engineer who is a recipient of many 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 in Tanzania for the tenure (2014 – 2017).
The Engineer’s commitment to Research & Development, Commercialization, Intellectual Property Culture promotion and academic excellence in line with the mandate of NBTI, lead the resourceful personality to so far acquire to his credit, over 40 outstanding literary 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 TIC Kano entrepreneurs and the innovations attracted grants from The Presidential Standing Committee on Inventions and Innovations (PSCII).
Happily married with children, his major priorities as the Director General/CEO of NBTI include capacity building to the staff and entrepreneurs, refocusing of TICs towards production of innovative products, commercialization, jobs creation, strengthening of institutional linkages, publicity, personnel motivation and general service to humanity.