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Engr. Mustafa Bello holds a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering where he bagged Shell prize for best project and thesis in the Faculty of Engineering in 1978 with a Second Class (Upper) Division.

He has held several private and public assignments/appointments at state and federal levels some of which include Chairman, Niger State Housing Corporation Board, Managing Director, Prime Pipes and Plastics Ltd, Chairman, Musty Digital Systems Ltd.

As politician, he was appointed Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the Democratic Party of Nigerian (DPN), July 1997, Senatorial Candidate for Niger North Senatorial District in 1998 and Commerce Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 to 2003) and currently, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission.

During his tenure as the Minister of Commerce of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Engineer Mustafa Bello was the sole architect of laudable initiatives which he carried single-handedly. Some of these laudable programs, include:

The development of the laudable CAC-ONLINE project in 2001 which transformed the then manual Corporate Affairs Commission CAC (Or Corporate Registry) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to deliver service online and remotely capable of Registering a Company from anywhere, conduct Search or verify information on companies doing business in Nigeria.

Comprehensive Action Plan from 2000 to December 2002 (3yrs) that was aimed at developing the domestic economy and boost exports within the framework of Domestic Economic Strengthening Strategy (DESS) in 1999;


Execution of Bilateral Protocol that established the Nigerian trade office at Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China;

Development of a new WTO consistent Trade Policy for Nigeria that addresses nearly all trade-related bottleneck that hindered smooth flow of trading activities between Nigerian and its trading partners in 2002.

Today Mustafa Bello is positioning NIPC to enhance the quality of business services offered by public and private organisations.

Engr. Bello has attended conferences, missions and meetings both within and outside the country. Notable among them are:

Leading of a Nigerian Delegation to the 3rd WTO Ministerial Conference at Seattle, USA, 29th Nov – 2nd Dec. 1999;

Leading of a Nigerian delegation to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD X, Bangkok, Thailand, Feb. 2000

Participation at the WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM, South African Economic Summit at Durban, South Africa, 21st – 23rd June 2000;

Hosting of OAU/AEC 4th Ordinary Session Conference of African Ministers of Trade at Abuja (17th – 21st Sept, 2001), Nigerian. Etc

Other assignments handled by Engr. Bello include:

Member, Federal Republic of Nigerian Committee on the Revitalization of the Nigerian Economy, 1999 – 2002

Chairman, AGOA advisory and implementation committee of the Federal Government of Nigerian (1999-2002)

Chairman, African Trade Ministers and Group Chairman of OAU/AEC, LDC’s and ACP Ministers of Trade to Doha Ministerial Conference in 2002 etc.

Member, Presidential Committee on Trade Malpractices: 2004 to date.

Member, Presidential Economic Management Team


He was also a goverrnatorial candidate for Niger State under the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) April 2003.
He speaks Hausa and English languages fluently and some Arabic. A widely traveled man, he has visited over 60 countries in the following continent: -
Africa Middle/Far East Asia Europe
U.S.A Caribbean Countries South American Australian
Engr. Mustafa Bello is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. He is happily married and has five (5) children.


Mustafa Bello is transforming the Investment climate today in Nigeria and positioning NIPC to focus on improvement of services for foreign and local investors, i.e:

  • One Stop Shop (Investors Service Centre)
  • Regional Advisory Centres
  • Information Packages for Investors
  • Returning Non Resident Nigerians
  • Monitoring
  • Implementation of Strategic Plan etc
  • His hobbies are Hockey, Athletics and Jogging

Mustafa Bello Foundation for Small Enterprise Development
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