Professor Jerry Gana (CON, Ph.D, DD, FNGA, FRGS, FNITP, FSSA, FNIPR, FNES) is a distinguished scholar, technocrat, patriot and democrat, committed to a life of service in humility and distinction. He has carried a burden for the rapid, effective and equitable development of Nigeria for the past four decades.
Prof. Gana aligns excellence and integrity, with focus on high achievement, in all his national and institutional assignments. This attribute manifested profoundly when he served briefly as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and later as Director, Directorate for Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI); Chairman Mass Mobilization for Social Justice and Economic Reconstruction (MAMSER); Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Minister of Information and Culture; Minister of Cooperation and Integration in Africa; Minister of Information and National Orientation; and Political Adviser to President.
He also served as Pro-Chancellor University of Lagos; Pro Chancellor University of Mkar in Benue State; Pro-Chancellor Kwararafa University Wukari, Taraba State, etc.
Prof. Gana is a Fellow, Nigerian Economic Society; Fellow, Nigerian Geography Association; Fellow, Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research; Fellow Nigerian Institute of Public Relations; Fellow Royal Geographical Society; He is also National Patron Boys Brigade of Nigeria; Patron Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship, amongst many others. He was a Delegate to the 2014 National Conference.
The peculiarity of his politics of integrity, combined with equity, fairness and justice has made him a rallying point for excellence in visionary leadership. He has given himself to raising a credible generation of young leaders for Nigeria, across regions and cultures.
Prof. Gana is a recipient of ‘Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON)’ of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and holds the title of Hasken Nupe of Nupe Land.