Muhammad Sani DattijoMuhammad Sani Dattijo



Occupational Information

Occupation: Development Policy

Occupational Position: Chief of Staff to the Kaduna State Governor

Professional History

Muhammad was appointed Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kaduna State in Nigeria in July 2019.  Previously, he served as the Commissioner of Planning and Budget in the state and was also the Director of Strategy for the Governor’s 2019 re-election campaign. In 2015, he joined the Kaduna State Excecutive Council as its youngest member.  During his tenure as budget czar, Muhammad was acknowledged as a champion of reform and ensured Kaduna state subscribed to the Open Governance Partnership. He also presented and delivering budgets ahead of time to the state legislature, something unusual.

Prior to returning to Nigeria, Muhammad was a Policy Adviser in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary General in New York where he served as a member of the Secretary General's core team designing the next global development agenda. He played a key role as a member of the UN Secretary-General's team that designed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Before his stint in New York at the UN, he was the Economic Adviser of the Nigeria Governor's Forum.  In 2018, the World Bank appointed him as a member of its Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement.


MSc in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester
Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University
Zaria Public Finance Certificate from the London School of Economics
Sustainable Development Certificate from Columbia University, New York
Certificate in Advanced Project Management from Oxford University


2011 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow