Bukar Hassan is Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria. His work spans both academia and the civil service. He became Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment in 2015, and in 2017 was redeployed to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Prior to his position as Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Federal Government of Nigeria, Bukar Hassan held a number of positions starting with the Head of Biological sciences, University of Maiduguri followed by a variety of positions in the Federal Ministry of the Environment; National Project Coordinator of Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assisted Integrated Ecosystem Management, Head Project Implementation Unit of the Great Green Wall, and Director Drought and Desertification Amelioration.
Bukar Hassan’s has played a major role in issues related to the environment. As the first national focal point, he participated in the process leading to the negotiation and adoption and ratification by Nigeria of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and mitigate the effects of drought, particularly in Africa; he was chairperson and Africa representative on the Review Committee for the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). He was a member of the Governing Board of Nigeria Geological Surveys and previously, a member of the Governing Board of the Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Agency.
Bukar Hassan has a BSc in Botany from the University of Maiduguri, an MSc in Crop Production from the University of Bath, United Kingdom, and a PhD in Arid Zone Ecology from the University of Wales. He also has three post-doctoral certificates from Silsoe College, University of Bedford, United Kingdom, University of Dresden, Germany and Center for Research in Desertification Control, Valencia, Spain.