Having served his people of Gass-Bali Federal Constituency well in the House of Representatives between 2011 and 2015, through proper representation and lobbying, including sponsoring of bills and motions, a team of elders in his state, Taraba, beckoned on Haruna Manu in the build up to the 2015 election to run the governorship race together with Darius Dickson. Many people then saw him as a good match with Dickson because they believed he would bring his wealth of experience to bear in the administration of the state.
Today Manu is the youngest Deputy Governor in the whole of the country. Indeed, according to him, it never crossed his mind that he would one day become Deputy Governor of Taraba State. He has traversed all the nooks and crannies of the state with his boss selling their candidature and their party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) programme.
Four years in the House of Representatives, Manu did not fail to prove his mettle intorching the lives of his people not only in sponsoring of bills and motions but also through the execution of various development projects.
Bali, the headquarter of his constituency, witnessed a retinue of people who came from all walks of life, including the then Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Tambuwal, to see for themselves a galaxy of achievements Manu has recorded in his constituency. In an elaborate ceremony in Bali, Manu commended the electorate of his constituency, including his political opponents, for spurring him to greater height. According to him, his tenure in the House in the past four years has afforded him the opportunity to bear his people on eagle wings. He believes that he has succeeded in bringing government nearer to the people by providing dividend of democracy to them ranging from portable water, health care facilities, education, rural electrification and distribution of vehicles and motors cycles, among others.
Manu is loved by his people because he has put smiles on their faces. He is down to earth; he says what he means and means what he says. When the history of Taraba State is written or rewritten, as the case may be, his name would be written in gold. Even when the history of Nigeria is mentioned, his name will not be forgotten, because he also used his position to fashion out worthwhile policies and programmes that have direct bearing on the needs of the common man. A man of simple disposition and mien, Manu, a Master’s Degree holder in Electronic Commerce from the prestigious Graduate School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States of America, a Microsoft certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), he was born in 1973 in Mutum-Biyu, the headquarters of Gassol Local Government area.
He also holds a first degree in Business Administration with specialisation in Finance from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Manu’s career spans design and installation of new system, technology evaluation, product development and rollout for both business and consumer-oriented services. He has experienced conducting due diligence on new ventures and obtaining funding for small/medium scale business. His working experience spanned the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) and later in the USA where he led many consulting assignments for start-up-wireless and satellite communication firms and deployment of payroll systems and biometric infrastructures. He also worked with MTN Nigeria Communication Limited before finally settling down to pioneer many start-up firms. Manu was the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Banking and Currency; he was not a bench warmer in the National Assembly as some of his memorable and successful motions on the floor of the 7th Assembly include a motion for the reconstruction of collapsed Dobeli Bridge in Taraba State, a motion on urgent need to connect Taraba Central to the National Grid, a motion on the need to examine the implementation of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), a bill for the amendment of Fiscal Responsibility Act, and a motion on the urgent need to verify and ascertain the volume and value of crude oil sales by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from January 2013 to date. He is happily married with children. His hobby includes research and travelling.