Engr Mustafa Balarabe Shehu: Exec VP, World Federation of Engineering Organization (WFEO)

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Engr Mustafa Balarabe Shehu, FNSE, FSESN is the Executive Vice President, World Federation of Engineering Organization (WFEO) making him one of the seven members of the executive board of the apex engineering organization.

Early Life and Education

Engr Mustafa Balarabe Shehu was born on 12 th April 1963 to a Veterinary Officer Alhaji Shehu Salihu and Hajiya Rakiya, both of blessed memory. He had his primary education in Jahun, Sumaila and finally Kwalli Primary School in Kano which he finished in His father died when he was 12 years old and thus starting to face the challenges of life from that tender age.

Engr Mustafa Balarabe Shehu

After finishing his primary education, he got admitted into the prestigious Government College Kaduna in September 1975 under the Kano State Government scholarship. On finishing secondary school he was admitted into the School of Basic Studies, of the Ahmadu Bello University and having finished the one year course successfully, he was then absorbed in the same University to study Electrical Engineering degree which he completed successfully in 1985 graduating with BSc in Electrical Engineering.

Engr Mustafa Balarabe Shehu Career

Engr Mustafa Balarabe Shehu started his career as a Youths Corper at the Electrical Inspectorate Division, Federal Ministry of Mines & Power, with an office in Enugu. The service year was very exciting to the young Shehu as that was his first time of being to the southern part of the country. He was very much liked by his boss and all the staff in the office because he was very dedicated to his job and was friendly to all.

He was exposed to various types of pre-commissioning tests on electrical schemes and networks. The projects he participated on, includes but are not limited to the following: Inspection and tests on 11 x 50KVA, 11/.415KV distribution transformers for Eleme town in Rivers State. Inspection and tests on the 2 x 5MVA, 11/33KV generator transformers at Imiringi, Rivers State. Tests and inspection of 33/.415KV distribution substations and 33KV lines for Awgu Ndeaboh, ITC, Ndeaboh TDN, Nenwe Nomeh ITC, Nomeh TDN, Awgu, Adazi, Nenwe and Ngbowo TDN s under the Anambra State Rural Electrification scheme.

By October 1986, Engr Mustafa Balarabe Shehu was employed as Pupil Electrical Engineer with the Lagos Thermal Station Egbin, a 6x220MW gas turbine generating station for the National Electric Power Authority. He was assigned to the switchgear and transformer section whose responsibilities includes: Maintenance (scheduled and breakdown) on 27OMVA, 16/330KV generator transformer, 150MVA, 330/132/33KV inter bus transformers at the switchyard 2 Maintenance of 330KV/132KV switchyard, which includes the SF6 circuit breakers, control panels, and instrument transformers Maintenance on 6.6KV metal-clad indoor switchgear which comprise over 100 circuit breakers together with their associated protective relays.

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He was assigned the responsibility of preparing maintenance schedule and performing tests and checks on protective relays. In April 1986 he was appointed as Senior Electrical Engineer by the Kano State Rural Electricity Board. He was in charge of the Construction Department. He remained with that Organisation rising from his initial position up to the post of Assistant Director in His responsibilities within this period includes but are not limited to:

Heading the Electrical Engineering Department. Preparation bill of engineering measurements and evaluation Co-ordination and supervision of all various sites with the State. Monitoring the progress of all the projects. Maintenance works on 33KV, 11KV and 415 volts transmission and distribution lines.

Execution of Rural Electrification projects form the stages of survey, pegging, pole erection, fittings, stringing and substation works. Typical projects executed include Rijiar Zaki, Gada, Dansure, Ajumawa, Danzaki, Auyo, Zareku, Takalafiya, Gwarmai, Bebeji ITC, Tofa Doka ltc, Yargaya, Ajingi, Gwarmai, Dungurawa, Chedi and Bagadawa electrification networks.

His unsatiable desire to face bigger challenges and to practice widely in the field of electrical engineering made him to resign voluntarily from the civil service in 1998 to start an engineering practice called Amal Engineering Services Limited.

The firm was registered in 1994 but started operation in He served as Managing Director of this Company from inception up to 2011 when the Corporate Affairs Commission directed that the name be changed because of another company with similar name that registered earlier, the Company name then changed to MBS Engineering Ltd while maintaining the same RC. number and date of registration.

Engr Mustafa Balarabe Shehu is now the Chairman/CEO in the company to enable the growth of other Directors and engineers in the Company. The Company offers services in the following fields of engineering: Sustainable mechanical and electrical services for buildings, institutional and industrial complexes Electricity generation, transmission, and distribution Rural Electrification schemes Renewable energy technology Air-conditioning Water supply, treatment, storage, and distribution schemes Sewage treatment plants.

The firm has a wide range of Clients from Federal Government Ministries/ Departments, State Government Ministries/Departments to private Sector organisations. Notable among the Clients are: Central Bank of Nigeria Federal Ministry of Power Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Power Holding Company of Nigeria Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kudu Federal College of Education, Kano Yankari Resort & Safari, Bauchi State Gombe State University Katsina State University Kano State University of Science and Technology, Wudil

Others includes Abti- American University of Nigeria, Yola; Nassarawa State University; Kano State Abandoned Projects Completion Committee; Nassarawa State; Cachez Turn-key Projects Ltd Nigerian Bottling Company, Plc.

Before attaining this position, Engr Mustafa Balarabe Shehu has been serving the Nigerian Society of Engineers for a period spanning about two decades. The various responsibilities he took are as follows: 1993 Assistant Secretary, Kano Branch 1994 Technical Secretary, Kano Branch Vice Chairman, Kano Branch Associate Interviewer, NSE Professional Interview, Kano Centre Chairman, Kano Branch Member, Committee of Council, Membership Member, Committee of Council, Awards & Endowment Chief Interviewer NSE Professional Interview, Kano Centre 2006 Vice President, NSE 2006 Chairman, PGA Board Member, Audit Committee of Council 2006 Head, Conference Planning, Abeokuta Vice President, NSE.

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Chairman Membership Board Deputy President Chairman Finance & general Purposes Board Chairman, Budget Committee Other Professional Services Rendered External Examiner, Kano State Polytechnic Member, Consumer Complaints Handling Forum for the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Member, Kano State Energy Committee Accolades Having served the Nigrian Society of Engineers in various capacities.


Engr Mustafa Balarabe Shehu has along the line earned himself some awards, some of which are: NSE Kano Branch Exemplary Service Award 2004 NSE Kano Branch Leadership Award 2006 NSE Eket Branch Merit Award 2006 NSE Ibadan Branch Distinguished Service Award 2006 NSE Eket Branch Merit Award 2008 NIEEE Kaduna Chapter Outstanding Achievement Award 2009 NSE Presidential Merit Award 2009 NSE Kano Branch Ambassadorial Award 2010 NSE Ilorin Branch Merit Award 2011 NSE Ibadan Branch 50th Anniversary Merit Award 2011 NSE Presidential Merit Award 2011

Professional Bodies

Engr Mustafa Balarabe Shehu is a registered engineer with COREN, an Accredited Valuer, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has travelled to all the States of the Federation and has visited many countries some of which are: Ghana, Egypt, Togo, Sierra Leone, South Africa, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Geneva, United States of America, Brazil, Argentina, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Dubai, and Kuwait.

Personal Life

Engr. M.B. Shehu is a devoted Muslim and maintains a peaceful home with two wives and nine children (six boys and three girls). His first son has a masters degree in Software Engineering from the University of Technology, Malaysia, his second son studied Electrical Engineering at the Ahmadu Bello University.

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