Engr. Magashi Umar Bashir was born in Kano, Kano State of Nigeria on the 14th February 1963 into the Waziri Royal Dynasty.

His ancestor hails from Magashi Quarters  in Gwale Local Government Area of Kano State. He holds Masters and B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Mining Engineering & Exploration Geology, from the Technical University Kosice, Slovak Republic; He attended the College of Arts and Sciences, Kano for his IJMB and his Secondary School Education at the Federal Government College, Odogbolu, Ogun State, Nigeria.

            A seasoned Hydrologist/ Hydrogeologist, Engr. Magashi on his return to Nigeria after his studies abroad, carried out his National Youth Service Primary Assignment with the Sylvens Quarries Nigeria Limited, Akure, Ondo State in 1993. Subsequently he commenced his working career with the Kano State Ministry of Water Resources as a Geologist in the year 1994. He rose to the rank of a Principal Geologist by the time he was transferring to the Federal Civil Service at the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in 1999. Between 2006 and 2009, he was assigned to work as a Counterpart Staff on the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme (WSSSRP).

            An astute Professional and administrator, his career in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources started as a Principal Hydrogeologist on Grade Level 12 and was drafted as one of the pioneer Staff to the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) in the year 2009.  At NIHSA, he served, in succession, as the Special Assistant to three Director Generals and rose to become a Director before he retired. Along the line, he served as the Acting Director, Hydrogeo-informatics Department; the Director, Department of Operational Hydrology and Director, Hydrogeology.

            During his working career in NIHSA, he distinguished himself as a reputable negotiator by initiating and negotiating a number of bi-lateral cooperation with some International Organisations such as World Bank, United Nations, JICA, NEWMAP, among others.

He also successfully attended several National and International conferences and workshops, these amongst others includes an Intensive training for Civil Servants (SAMFORT); Operation and Maintenance Training for NEWMAP Hydro-Met and Automated Flood Early Warning Equipment in collaboration with NIHSA, Nigeria; at Sutron Cooperation Virginia, USA; First Joint Arab and African International Hydrology Program (IHP) & Man and Biosphere (MAB) meeting towards COP22 and SDG’s 2030; held at Tangiers, Morocco; and International Hydrology Program (IHP) International Council Meeting, Paris, France.

            It is in recognition of this and past laudable achievements that he was in December, 2019, appointed The Executive Director/ CEO of the Nigeria Integrated Water Resources Management Commission by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.

            He is a devout Muslim, Quaranic Scholar and Board Member of many Islamic and other Charitable Organisations. Engr. Magashi has turned out many publications, these includes:

  1. Delta Sediments of the KL’COV Layers in the South Eastern Slovakian Depression and their Oil Prospectiveness
  2. Conducted more than 35,000 Geophysical Surveys in the Basement Complex, the Sedimentary and the Chad Basin

Engr. Magashi is a holder of several awards and recognitions; which includes the Ministerial Commendation Award for the successful hosting of the International Conference on Lake Chad. He is also a fellow and member of many Professional Bodies; chiefly among them are Fellow of the National Association of Hydrogeologists of Nigeria (FNAH), Member Nigerian Minning and Geosciences Society (NMGS), Member Council for Nigeria Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG) and Member International Water Association (MIWA). He is married and blessed with Children and Grand Children.  His hobbies include playing Volley Ball, Exercising and Reading.



Engr. Victor Ojiako, hails from Awka in Awka South Local Government of Anambra State. He is a diligent and dedicated officer. An astute gentleman with much vigor to excel in all fronts.

A graduate of Chemical Engineering from Enugu State University of Science and Technology and a member of Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and member, Nigeria council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). He has served in various capacities in MDAs.

He was Director, Catchment Management and Water Utilization department of the Commission before his present position. He is happily married and blessed with  children.

Mrs. Chinwe Florence Anozie

Mrs. Chinwe Florence Anozie, hails from Aguata LGA of Anambra State. She is a hardworking and dedicated lady who has the fear of God and this has helped her in the discharge of her duties as a personnel manager. She has served in various capacities in MDAs as

Head of Administration/Personnel in the Defunct National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), State Secretary of National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP), Anambra State Office, Head of Discipline- Federal Ministry of Information, Assistant Director -Promotion –Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, Deputy Director- General Services- Federal Ministry of Justice before her present position.  She is an Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Administrators. She is married and blessed with children.


Shazali Uba Ajingi hails from Ajingi Local Government, Kano State. A graduate of Geography and Regional Planning, Post graduate Diploma in Civil Engineering with specialization in water Resources and environment all from Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Msc.  in Disaster Management with specialization in water related Disaster Mitigation from National Graduate institute for policy studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan.

He started his working career in October, 1999 as Hydro geologist with the Hadejia-jamare River basin Development authority (HJRBDA), Kano and served at various capacities until his redeployment to the Commission in July, 2010 where he was posted to Dutse (Lake chad Catchment office) to assist the catchment director and later in 2016 redeployed to Gusau (Niger – North Catchment Office) to head the office as Catchment Management officer.


Mrs. Jimeta Abbo Sakinatu Suleiman hails from Yola North Local Government of Adamawa state. She is God Fearing and hardworking and dedicated to her work.

A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Maiduguri and a member of Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).     She has worked in different capacities in the MDAs such as Information Officer, Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority. She was Head of Commercials at a time and also Water Factory Manager at Niger Delta River Basin Development Authority. At the Commission, she was the immediate past Director of the department of Allocation and Authorization. She is married and blessed with children.