Photo: (L-R) Tinubu, Halilu.
Tinubu appoints 32-year-old man with 11 companies as NASENI boss
President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Khalil Halilu as the new Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI).
A statement issued by Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, said Halilu would take over from Dr. Bashir Gwandu, the agency’s former boss, whose tenure as EVC/CEO comes to an end.
Halilu, at just 32 years old, will serve an initial term of five years. His appointment, according to the Presidency, aligns with the provisions outlined in the NASENI Act of 2014.
The credentials of the new NASENI boss are impressive, characterized by his role as an innovator and technology expert, which holds the promise of driving meaningful reforms within NASENI.
Halilu is the founder of several technology and innovation organizations, with notable mentions like the Center for Civic, Citizen Welfare & Community Development (CWCD Africa) and The CANs Technology Park.
The CANS Tech Park is said to be Africa’s pioneer eco-friendly technology hub, dedicated to supporting startups through education, funding, and fostering an enabling ecosystem—a role that traditional educational institutions often struggle to fulfill.
Additionally, Halilu’s contributions extend to the establishment of firms such as ShapShap Technologies, Environmental Services and Agro-Allied Ltd, MACE Nigeria LTD, KSH Construction & Design LTD, and ZCET Global Meter Services Ltd.
He holds a BSc in Business Administration and a Master’s in International Business from the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.