Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
Mr. Hassan Umar Mijinyawa, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Taraba State was born on 9th September 1966. He hails from Jalingo Local Government Area and is married.
The Chief Press Secretary began his educational career at Luggere (St. Theresa) Primary School, Jimeta-Yola, Adamawa State from 1970-1980 where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and thereafter proceeded to Sakato (Villanova) Government Secondary School, Numan, Adamawa State from 1980-1985 where he obtained his General Certificate of Education.
He further attended London School of Public Relations in 2013 for his Specialized Graduate Diploma in Public Relations, Times Journalism Institute, Lagos in 2010 where he bagged Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism in 2011 and Advanced Diploma in Journalism from the same institution between 2009-2010. He also studied at Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna between 1990-1991 where he obtained an Intermediate Certificate in Mass Communication
In the course of his career, Mr Mijinyawa was one time Pioneer Zonal Correspondent of the Gongola Press Limited, Publishers of the Weekly Scope Newspaper in-charge of Wukari and Takum Local Government Areas, then encompassing the present Ibi, Donga and Ussa Local Governments as Development Areas from 1988 to 1990. He set up the administrative and reportorial set up of the company.
He has been the longest serving Chief Press Secretary to the Governor in Taraba State. He has been appointed to the position three consecutive times in 2008, 2011 and 2015.
He also supervised the establishment of the Nigeria Sunrise Newspaper from proposal stage to its final take-off and served as Member of the pioneer management team of the Newspaper.
He also introduced and published the first compendium of achievements and potentials of all the Local Government Areas in Taraba State including Yangtu Development Area titled, ‘Rural Development in Action in 2009.
He introduced and published the first comprehensive information guide on Taraba State in 2010.
He also reorganised the Government House Press Department for more effectiveness by grouping the department’s operations into recognisable units as; Broadcast, Print Media, Communications and General Media Assignments.
He introduced High Definition Cameras and established the first video studio (editing suite) at the Government House, Jalingo in line with global best media practices. Hitherto, Jingles and Documentaries were contracted outside.
He also introduced Digital Library of pictures and video clips of all activities of the Executive Governors. Prior to this initiative past pictures and video clips were scoured for outside the Government House.
He once served as Chairman, Technical committee on Digitization of Broadcast Stations in Taraba State, appointed by the then Executive Governor, Danbaba Suntai in 2012. The committee toured different media houses in the country, interfaced with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON) with a comprehensive report made in line with stipulations/dateline of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
He has been Editor-in-Chief, Government House Journal for the past eight years and introduced better ways of packaging with the illuminating column as well as introduced scorecard for ministries to scrutinise them for more productivity.
(i) He is a Member, Chartered Institute of Public Relations, London.
(ii) Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.
(iii) Associate Member, Chartered Management Institute of the United Kingdom.
(iv) Member, the Nigerian Union of Journalists.
(v) Recipient of Certificate of Attendance for Training of Government Spokespersons by the United States Government in conjunction with the Nigerian Union of Journalists.
(i) Training Workshop for Government Spokespersons by the United States Embassy in conjunction with the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Kaduna, Nigeria, 2015.
(ii) Press Office Management & Fundamental Strategy of Generating Press Coverage with Online Media, Lagos, Nigeria, 2008.
(iii) Induction Training & Re-orientation Workshop into Core Public Relations skills, Lagos, Nigeria, 2008.
(iv) Politics under Military Rule, Kaduna, Nigeria, 1991.
(v) Journalism: The Fourth Estate of the Realm, Kingsley Rucker Theatre, Kaduna, Nigeria, 1991.
He has been the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor from 2008 till date.
(i) Expedition through Life – An Autobiography
(ii) Taraba State: Information Guide – Handbook
(iii) Rural Development in Action – Narrative Guide
(iv) Media Management in A Rural State – Academic
(v) The Rescue Train – Periodicals
(vi) Over 100 Articles in Journals.
He enjoys Travelling and Sports.