Meet the Director, NCS
Dr. Umar Musa graduated from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1984 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree. He started work with the Borno State Hospitals Management Board Maiduguri as Pharmacist Grade 1 in 1985 and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, specializing in Drug Analysis and Quality Control in 1995 and then a PhD (Pharm Chem.) in 2010 from the same University.
His research interests include impurities in pharmaceuticals and contaminants in food and has a number of peer reviewed publications on toxic chemicals in water, truce essential elements in staple foods, and pesticide residues in smoked fish.
He joined the Agency in 1995 as Assistant Chief Regulatory Officer (ACRO) and has worked in Registration and Regulatory Affairs, Laboratory Services, Ports Inspection, Veterinary Medicines and Allied Products, Investigation&Enforcement, holding various positions including Head, Port Harcourt Laboratory, Head Maiduguri Laboratory, Head Ports Inspection, Port Harcourt and Director, Veterinary Medicines and Allied Products, as well as Investigation& Enforcement between 2000 and 2014
He has attended a number of training programmes and seminars since joining the agency both within and outside the country, including Quality testing of Antiretroviral drugs in South Africa; Development Scale-up and Production of Biopharmaceuticals in India, and a seminar on Quarantine and Inspection procedures for officials from Africa in China.
He is a fellow of the Security Institute of Nigeria.