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May 20, 2024

Mallam Baba Dantiye: Spotlight on unique information manager & PR strategist

By Ahmad Muhammad Danyaro

“It’s more difficult to stay on top than to get there”. – Mie Hamm

One of the most aspects of human life is to pursue a successful life career. Some people made it through day and night struggles. In fact, to some, succeeding in a single career is enough while others perceived that they have to engage in many careers that by the time they look back at their records they would certainly agree with themselves that they were among those who did a lot in emancipating the human race.

However, there are a number of dedicated public servants one would admire for their patriotism, human relations and diplomatic disposition. These also are when in leadership positions exhibit unusual vision and creativity. Those generations can be successful at anything they pursue with much verve. They are determined and exhibit fairness and transparency and they are ready to serve any time and are competent qualification and career-wise.

Such individuals of unique poise are celebrated everywhere, an action which encourages them to reach their peak .thereby, serving as an impetus to younger generation. How else can one describe the Commissioner for Information and  Internal Affairs, Kano state government, Mallam  Baba Dantiye MON, MNI, FNGE  who was sworn in on Monday, June 26, 2023?

As an image maker and State government chief information officer who has been bestowed, the task to evolve a sense of belonging and chart a new blueprint in the running of the Abba’s administration information, communications and public relations strategy. It is appropriate to highlight the rich resume of the dynamic editor and unionist turned reputable administrator.   

Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye (Baba) was born on April 7 1961  at Kankarofi  Quarters in Kano Municipal Council of Kano state. He holds  M.A. in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, from Cardiff University, Wales  United Kingdom.

He is also a holder of a Certificate in Broadcasting from U.S.Graduate School Washington DC., Diploma in Journalism obtained from the London School of Journalism, a Certificate of Advanced Journalism from Bayero University Kano, a Professional Diploma in Mass Communication also from Bayero University Kano, and a Certificate in Development Journalism.

His journey into the journalism career started when he joined Kano State Television –CTV/67 now ARTV as a reporter from  1981-1982. Between 192-1983, he was a Research Officer at Governor’s Office Research Unit.

Baba Dantiye moved his flourishing journalism career to the Triumph Publishing Company as a Reporter in 1983 and served in various states of the federation as a Correspondent including State Editor Bauchi, City Editor Abuja & City Editor Kano. He has also been assigned responsibilities such as Head of Investigation Unit, Asst. Editor, Weekend Triumph, Columnist/Member.Editorial Board, Asst.editor, Sunday Triumph, Editor, Sunday Triumph, Deputy Editor, Daily Triumph  Editor,  Editor, Daily Triumph Editor Weekend Triumph, Asst.Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editor –in Chief /Head of Editorial Department.

He began active union activity as a Member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ. He was later elected Triumph Chapel Auditor, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Bauchi State Treasurer. He later joined the Nigerian Guild of Editors in 1992, and he was elected NGE General Secretary in 2000, from where he contested and won the Presidency of the NGE in 2003 for two terms.

In 2004, Mallam Baba represented the Nigerian Guild of Editors at the National Political Reforms Conference. He served as a member of the conference Business and Rules, Trade Union, Civil Society and Media Reforms.

He has held various Media & Public Relations c responsibilities that included Director, Media and Communications Strategy Government House Kano from 2012-2013, Director, Press and Public Relations, Govt. House Kano and Director General, Media and Communications from 2015-2016.

In 2016 the former NGE Boss was appointed as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism. While at the Ministry of Commerce he has additional responsibility as Kano State Steering Committee on Ease of Doing Business. He was moved to the Ministry of Environment in 2017 as Permanent Secretary and Chairman Technical Committee, Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (KN-NEWMAP)

In line with his commitment to his professional callings, Dantiye has been saddled with a range of professional responsibilities such as member of various committees amongst which are: Member  National Steering Committee on Vision 2020, Chairman Organizing Committee All Editors Conference ANEC Kaduna and Chairman, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Fellowship Screening Committee and Member of the National Institute (mni). President Buhari last year bestowed the National Honour of MON on Baba Dantiye for his contributions to nations building through the media industry.

He is expected to play a great role in Abba’s administration as he serves as the engine room for the general facilitation of government information management towards realizing optimum results. He would coordinate the publications of such public decisions in major national newspapers to ensure transparency, openness, and accountability in conducting business.

Baba as Commissioner would also analyze communications, information, political, social and economic options and advise the government on their efficacy and relevance to contemporary happening as well as coordinate and supervise all several digital media outputs.

It is imperative to note that the appointment of Mallam Baba Dantiye by the administration of Engr Abba Kabir Yusuf as Commissioner of Information shows the readiness of the administration to have a robust, proactive and people-oriented information management strategy.

Danyaro is a Media and Public Relations Strategist and can be reached on ahmaddanyaro2017@gmail.com

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Mustapha Salisu

Mustapha Salisu is a graduate of BSc. Information and Media Studies from Bayero University Kano, with experience in Communication Skills as well as Public Relations.

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