Hassan Adamu is a Nigerian businessman and titled chief who was the country's top envoy to the United States of America in the later part of the 1990s. He is a former president of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and also served as chairman of National Fertiliser Company, NICON and was Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture, Steel and Environment.
However, questions has been raised about his competence in handling public affairs and private business transactions, though Hassan Adamu has described himself as incorruptible, his critics charge him with failure, (1) (2) especially in his role as a board member and minister in various government organs.
However, as a minister of Agriculture, he was seen as a keen promoter and observer of agro technology especially bio-technology and the role technology could play in advancing food security in Africa.
Adamu was born in 1940 in the capital city of Yola, Adamawa State. He attended Murtala College and Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. He later went abroad and studied at the Newport College of Technology and the North Western Polytechnic, London. He joined the staff of the Nigerian Ports Authority in 1966 and was there for two years before moving to Kano to work with the Northern Nigeria Development Corporation. Later in his career, he became a founding member of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and became the group's president in 1985.