Labaran Maku is the former Minister for Information in Nigeria. He was born on January 1, 1962 at Wakama District in Nassarawa Eggon Local Govt Area of Nassarawa State.
He attended St Michael’s Primary School and Zawan Teacher’s College, Bukuru-Jos, Plateau State. Maku holds a Bachelor’s degree in History/Education from University of Jos Plateau State in 1987. While in school, Maku exhibited his leadership skill as he held the position of President of University of Jos Students Union and PRO of the National Umbrella of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
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In addition to his educational certificates, he has attended numerous training programmes, International Conferences, Presidential Retreats and Seminars. He has also presented Papers at International Conferences, was Guest Speaker at several Leadership Fora and has written extensively on Nigerian education and social inequality and on Nigerian political and economic problems. He worked with USAID from 1997 – 1999.
Maku was a Reporter, a Political Editor, member of Editorial Board of two National Newspapers and Deputy Editor-in-Chief during his career as Journalist. He also worked as a school Teacher and Headmaster at government owned schools from 1981 – 1983.
He was the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State from 2003 to 2007, where he assumed leadership responsibilities of governing State Agencies and Institutions. Prior to that, he was the Commissioner for Information Youth and Sports 1999–2002, and Commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs 2002-2003. He was the spokesperson of the State and a key actor in the formulation of State policies.
He became the Minister of State for Information and Communications in June 2010 and subsequently assumed the position of substantive Minister of Information and Communications in December 2010.