MU’AZU JAJI SAMBO FNIOB, MCORBON, MNIM, CON, was born on the 7th of September, 1959 in Jalingo, Taraba State. He hails from Taraba State.

Young Sambo attended Muhammadu Nya Primary School, Jalingo and Federal Government College, Maiduguri, where he obtained a WASCE Grade One Distinction.

Sambo studied Building at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and graduated with a Second Class Upper Division. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Building, member of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (MCORBON), and the Nigerian Institute of Management.

CAREER

In August 1984, Sambo began his working career with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), and rose to become Senior Civil Engineer.
By June of 1987 he had moved to Savannah Bank of Nigeria Plc as Senior Manager (Projects) and later as Senior Manager (Banking Operations/Credit). He made subsequent career moves to Allied Bank of Nigeria Plc as Assistant General Manager (Administration), NICON Insurance Corporation and finally as General Manager, Lagos Zone, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), where he meritoriously retired from the public service in September, 2019.

POLITICAL TRAJECTORY

Mu’azu Jaji Sambo’s political trajectory saw him as a foundation member of the All Peoples Party (APP) in Taraba State where he aspired for the Taraba State Governorship seat in 1999.

In the 2003 Presidential election, Sambo was the Taraba State Collation Centre Agent of the Presidential Candidate of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Rtd, as he was then known.

Mu’azu Jaji Sambo was appointed Minister of State by the President, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR on December 24, 2021 and posted to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing. On the 6th of July 2022, he was reassigned to the Ministry of Transportation as the Minister of Transportation.

In the run-up to the 2023 general elections, he was appointed as the Taraba State Coordinator of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council which saw the emergence of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

CAREER AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Mu’azu Jaji Sambo is the recipient of several awards in the course of his career and political life, some of which are as listed below:

NATIONAL INLAND WATERWAYS AUTHORITY
• Meritorious Service Award on Retirement (2019)
• Best Area Office Award – Lagos (2017 -2019)
• Special Commendation for Initiation and Construction of New Area Office, Lagos (2014)
• Best Area Office Award, 1st Runner-Up, Lagos (2013)
• Best Area Manager for Revenue Generation and Collection, Port Harcourt (2010)

NICON INSURANCE CORPORATION ABUJA
• Special commendations on the successful completion of the construction of the Headquarters Building in Abuja

ALLIED BANK OF NIGERIA PLC LAGOS
• MD/CEO’s Award for Outstanding Performance on successful completion of the construction of the Headquarters building in Lagos

NIGERIAN PORTS AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS LAGOS
• Special Commendation and Exceptional Performance Award for Initiation and Succesful Completion of First Direct Labour Project, the NPA Clinic in Apapa

Institute of Oil & Gas Research & Hydrocarbon Studies
• Fellowship Award in Recognition of Outstanding Performance as General Manager Lagos Zone of National Inland Waterways Authority (2019)

Nigeria Transport Award (Transport Day Magazine)
• Distinguished Transport & Maritime Administrator of the Year (2018)

Association of Tourist Boat Operators & Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATON)
• President’s Award (2015)

CAREER AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers & Water Transportation Senior Staff Association
• Award of Excellence (2014)

The Construction Artisans Award for Outstanding Contribution to Infrastructure and Human Capacity Development (2022)

Federal Ministry of Works and Housing
• Award of Excellence as Honourable Minister of State FMW&H (2023)

Federal Character Commission
• Award of Appreciation, in recognition of His commitment towards Achieving the Federal Character Commission’s Mandate (2023)

The League of Maritime Editors
• Award of Excellence and Recognition for the Growth and Development of the Nation’s Maritime Industry (2023)

Star Award in Public Service, by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (2023)
Most Outstanding Leadership Award, by the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria

Award of Excellence by the APC Support Network (2023)

Award of Excellence by the 1 to Tell 50, Tinubu/Shettima Support Group (2023)

National Honours Award of Commander of the Order of the Niger, CON (2023)

Interests
Sambo’s Interests are in Voluntary Humanitarian Services and Community Development,
Physical fitness and reading.

Sambo is married with children.