On this day in 1945, a Nigerian Politician, Jerry Gana, was born in Niger State North-Central Nigeria.

He is a scholar, and former Minister for Information under ChiefErnest Shonekan.

He was the director of the Mass Mobilization for Social Justice and Economic Recovery, popularly known asMAMSER.

He attended Government College, Bida and Okene Secondary School before being admitted to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

He graduated in 1970 and went on for his Masters and Ph.D four years later at Aberdeen University.

He was appointed Geography lecturer at ABU in 1973, senior lecturer in 1976, reader in 1980 and professor in 1985.

Gana ran unsuccessfully for president in 1992 on the Social Democratic Party platform.

He was elected Senator in 1983, serving briefly until the military coup that brought GeneralMuhammadu Buhari to power.

He was appointed chairman of Mass Mobilisation for Social and Economic Recovery under General Ibrahim Babangida‘s government.

He subsequently became a cabinet minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Information and Culture, Cooperation and Integration in Africa and again for Information and National Orientation.

Gana was the founding national secretary of thePeople’s Democratic Partyin 1998.

In June 2001, PresidentOlusegun Obasanjoappointed Gana Minister of Co-operation and Integration in Africa.

In January 2001, Obasanjo dissolved his cabinet.

In the new cabinet announced in February 2001 Gana was Minister of Information.

Gana was also secretary of the PDP Board of Trustees.

Gana resigned in July 2006 as special advisor to President Olusegun Obasanjo, and in August 2006 announced he would contend for the PDP candidature for the 2007 presidential elections.

Professor Jerry Gana turns 72 today.

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