Engr. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz was born on the 17th of May 1962 in Gembu, Mambilla Plateau area of the present day Taraba State in Nigeria. He attended Ganye 1 primary school and Government Secondary school Ganye Adamawa State. He proceeded to the School of Basic Studies Zaria where he obtained his ‘A’ levels qualification before enrolling into Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State to study Civil Engineering.
He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University with B.Eng. (Hons) in Civil Engineering and subsequently obtained his M.Sc. in Structural Engineering at the same University. He has over 30 years of post qualification experience in engineering, Information Technology, and management spanning both private and public sectors. In addition to his work, he is an alumnus of Harvard, Stanford, IMD, and Lagos Business School, where he obtained numerous specialized certifications.
Engr. Aziz started his career as a Graduate Assistant in the Civil Engineering department of Ahmadu Bello University. He went on to hold key leadership roles in private firms such as Afri-Projects Consortium, Integrated Engineering Associates, and Mai & Associates, where he pioneered and supervised the delivery of successful Management Information Systems and customized engineering software projects.
He proceeded to serve as Deputy Director, Information Technology at the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), which successfully restructured and executed the Nigerian Government’s privatization policy. There, he had oversight of the agency’s Information Technology strategy, frameworks and implementation.
During his time as Information Technology Adviser to the FCT Minister, Engr. Aziz provided visionary leadership in identifying and promoting successful and award-winning e-government initiatives within the Ministry. He also served as Technical Chairman on the Presidential Committee for Harmonisation of ICT which resulted in the formation of Galaxy Backbone, a government agency that establishes and maintains a unified IT infrastructure for Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Federal Government.
Engr. Aziz was also a Director in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) where he served in the Presidential Implementation Committee, charged with implementing Government Decisions on Consumer Credit System, National Outsourcing Initiative and Harmonization of Identification Schemes in Nigeria. The committee oversaw the setting up of the National Identity Management Commission in 2007, of which he later became a pioneer staff and Director Information Technology/Identity Database (IT/IDD); a position he held until his retirement in 2014.
Engr. Aziz is currently the Director General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). He was appointed by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR and resumed duty on November 23, 2015.
Apart from his numerous qualifications and experience, he is also a fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (NIStructE) where he is the current National Vice President and also holds memberships of several other professional bodies including the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Computer Association of Nigeria (CAON) and the Internet Society (ISOC).
Engr Aziz is widely travelled, and enjoys buying & reading books. He is also a strong believer of continuous education, and constant quest and pursuit of knowledge. He is devout Muslim and is married with children. In his spare time, he is a technology enthusiast who keeps up with coding practice and online trainings related to Information Technology and engineering.