Jerry Gana, A Nigerian scholar , politician and one time Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1983 then Director for the Directorate of Food, Roads and Infrastructure ( DFRRI) . He was the director of the Mass Mobilization for Social Justice and Economic Recovery , popularly known as MAMSER under Ibrahim Babangida, then Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, in the Interim National Government under Ernest Shonekan . Later he became Minister of Information and Culture under General Sani Abacha , then Minister of Corporation and Integration in Africa under Olusegun Obasanjo as well as being Minister of Information and national Orientation . He also served as Political Adviser to Olusegun Obasanjo , before announcing plans to run for president in June 2006.
Gana was born on 30 November 1945 at Busu near Bida , in Niger State. He obtained the West African School Certificate from Government College , Bida in 1964 , and proceeded to Okene Secondary School for the Higher School Certificate (H . S . C . ) from 1965 – 1966 , passing out with distinctions as the best results in 1967 . Gana proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University ( ABU ) , Zaria and graduated in 1970 with a B . A . ( Hons) degree ( Upper Division) in Geography. He then attended Kings College of the University of Aberdeen University , Scotland . for an M . Sc Course in Rural Resources Planning , leading to a Ph. D in Market Place Systems and Rural Development in 1974 . He obtained a Certificate of Education from the University of London and taught a t Ahmadu Bello University , Zaria from 1974 to 1986 , rising to the post of a Professor in 1985 . He was Pro – Chancellor of the University of Lagos until 2017
He was elected Senator in 1983 , serving briefly until the military coup that brought General Muhammadu Buhari to power . He was appointed chairman of Mass Mobilisation for Social and Economic Recovery under General Ibrahim Babangida’ s government. He subsequently became a cabinet minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources , Information and Culture, Cooperation and Integration in Africa and again for Information and National Orientation . Gana ran unsuccessfully for president in 1992 on the Social Democratic Party platform.
Gana was the founding national secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in 1998 . In June 2001 , President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Gana Minister of Co -operation and Integration in Africa . In January 2001 , Obasanjo reassigned his cabinet . In the new cabinet announced in February 2001 Gana was Minister of Information . Gana was also secretary of the PDP Board of Trustees . Gana resigned in July 2006 as special advisor to President Olusegun Obasanjo , and in August 2006 announced he would contend for the PDP candidature for the 2007 presidential elections. In 2018 Gana announced he would be running as a Social Democratic Party ( SDP ) candidate for president in the 2019 Elections .