YUSHAU A. SHUAIB
A Multi-Award Winning PR man
Popularly called Idiagbon
during his university days, Yushau Abdulhameed Shuaib, has distinguished himself with several credible awards in the field
of public relations. Notable amongst them are Campus Writer of the year, Alhaji Sabo Mohammed Best Student in Public Relations,
Delta State NYSC Merit Award, Automatic Scholarship for the Best Corps Writer, Head of State National NYSC Honours Award,
NIPR Public Relations Person of the year in Kano/Jigawa State and the Young Achiever of the year from a Business Delegation
In a country where employment is scarce, Mr. Shuaib
has never applied for a job nor sat for recruitment interview after his National Youth service in 1993 but received automatic
employment awards for distinguished service and exemplary roles. Those automatic employment awards he accepted in the public
sector include Governor Felix Ibru Automatic Employment in Delta State Civil service where he worked in State House, Asaba
as a PRO and Presidential Automatic Employment into Federal Civil Service in 1994 which afforded him the opportunity to serve
in Federal Ministries of Information, Finance and Health in various capacities as Press Secretary, Chief Protocol Officer
and Personal Assistant to Hon. Minister. His appointments and postings were never based on parochial and primordial consideration
of ethnicity, religion and age. He is presently Head of Press and Public Relations in Revenue Mobilization Allocation and
His leadership qualities manifest by the success
stories of those that work with him. Recently two corps members who served under him, Mr. Anthony Ochela and Mrs. Hauwa Muhammad
emerged amongst the Best Five award winners in NYSC FCT and received the Minister’s Cash Prize for distinguished service
in media relations and social services.
Born on October
10, 1969 in the ancient city of Kano to the family of Dr. (Imam) Abdulhameed Shuaib Agaka
PhD, Shuaib attended Kwalli Special Primary School (1976-81), School
for Arabic Studies SAS (1981-86) and Bayero University (1987-92) all in Kano. A graduate of Mass-Communication/Islamic Studies, he holds a Diploma from International School of
Public Relations London and postgraduate Diploma in Banking and Finance from University of Abuja. He has also attended a number of foreign training and management development programmes sponsored
by the World Bank and other multilateral institutions between 1995 and 2000.
Writing being his hobby since university days, he
has a dual identity as a writer and also dual identity as a Nigerian. As a writer he distinguished himself between a public
commentator who exercises the right to express himself freely on topical and sensitive issues and that of a civil servant
who writes cautiously in line with rules and procedure. As a Nigerian he was
born and brought up in Kano, while his parents were born in the Ilorin Emirate of Kwara State. Because of his strong interest in writing to inform
and entertain the public, he founded and edited a community tabloid, Dukawuya Newsletter
edited Mega Voice of Ilorin Students Union and also introduced and edited other informative publications wherever he finds
himself. Some of them include Delta Corper Newsletter, Finance News, FAAC News, Revenue Commission Bulletin and Revenue Outlook.
He has to his credit over 100 published articles in virtually all the national newspapers. Some of his published works include
poetry, short stories, and features. He also published a novel “Nightmare for the Rich” and two professional textbooks, “Financial Public Relations” and “Strictly Personal-Writings for The Media.” With advancement in Information
Technology, some of his recent write-ups can be accessed at popular Nigeria’s website such as nigeriaworld.com, gamji.com, nigerdeltacongress.com and arewa-online.com.
Shuaib had held several positions during his school
days. He was PRO Mass-Communication Student Association, elected Students Representative, Chairman Bayero University Pen Club
and Editor-in-Chief of some popular campus publications like Campus Voice, Campus Express and Editorial Member of Beacon,
the official newspaper of Mass-Communication Department. While still a student, he had a brief stint in the Pen and Alkalemi
newspapers in Kano, owned by Alhaji Bashir Tofa. He was of recent, the Protem Chairman of BUK Alumni, Abuja Chapter.
As a professional in his chosen field, he is a member of Association
of Nigerian Author (ANA), Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), British Institute of Public Relations (IPR), Public
Relations Society of America (PRSA) and International Public Relations Association (IPRA). He is also patron of Finance Correspondents
Association of Nigeria (FICAN) Abuja Chapter. In view of the interesting nature of his assignment, he has travelled widely
within and outside the country. Some of the cities he visited include those in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, and all
West African Countries except Liberia. He is happily married to Sikrat and blessed with three children Gidado, Saad and Abdulhameed.