The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria is led by Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, its director general and chief executive officer (SMEDAN). He was born on September 10th, 1969, in Hayingada–Dutsinma Local Government, Katsina State, North-West Nigeria, and is a well-known politician, entrepreneur, teacher and banker.

From 1974 to 1980, he attended Radda Primary School, where he began his formal schooling. During the years 1980-1985, he attended the Zaria Teachers College, where he earned his Grade Two Certificate. Later, in 1986, Dr. Radda was admitted to the Kafanchan College of Education, where he graduated in 1989 with a National Certificate of Education (NCE). A graduate of Bauchi’s Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University with a B-Tech.Agric Economic and Extension (Hons) degree, he enrolled at the institution in 1992.

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, accepted him as a student in the following year. In 1998, I earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in agricultural extension and rural sociology. His voracious thirst for knowledge drove him back to ABU Zaria in 2005, where he earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy before returning in 2015 to complete his Ph.D. in Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology at the same institution.

The Chief Executive Officer/Director General has a wealth of professional expertise. Between 1989 to 1999, he worked as a classroom teacher. Between 1999 to 2003, he was a Banker for the now-defunct FSB International Bank. Between January 2005 and April 2007, he served as the Executive Chairman of Charanchi Local Government Area in Katsina. In May 2007, he was re-elected as the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Charanchi Local Government Area, Katsina State. He also served as Senior Legislative Aide at the National Assembly Staff Service (NASS) in Abuja from 2012-2014 and as the APC’s National Welfare Secretary from June 2014 to July 2015.

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Gwagwaren Katsina is the traditional title of Katsina Emirate Council’s Gwagwaren Katsina. Many of Dr. Radda’s scholarly articles have been presented at regional as well as international academic conferences and seminars.

He was previously the Governor of Katsina State’s Chief of Staff, Dr. Radda. He has received numerous honors and accolades from both local and international organizations. His wife and children live with him, and he is a well-traveled individual.