Zephaniah Bitrus Jisalo, born on April 3, 1970, is a prominent Nigerian politician, PR expert, and administrator currently representing the Abuja Municipal/Bwari Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Abuja. As the first Federal Capital Territory (FCT) native to be appointed Minister since 1999, Jisalo has achieved a remarkable milestone.
Jisalo began his academic journey at Garki Primary School in Abuja, where he obtained a First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC). He then attended Government Secondary School in Karu, Abuja, where he earned a General Certificate of Examination (GCE) and West African Senior Certificate (WASC). Furthering his studies, Jisalo graduated from the University of Jos, Plateau State, with a Bachelor’s in Education.
Jisalo furthered his education by obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Applied Psychology and a Diploma in Criminal Justice and Administration from the University of Jos. He attended the Institute of Mass Communication and Technology, earning a Diploma in Public Relations. His education continued at Thames Valley University in London, where he studied Government Policies, Planning, and Implementation.
Zephaniah Jisalo’s career started at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), where he worked from 1990 to 2002. He became the elected Chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) in 2004 and was re-elected in 2007. In 2011, Jisalo was elected to the Federal House of Representatives to represent the Abuja Municipal/Bwari Constituency. During his tenure, he served on various House Committees, including Sports, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Defense, Customs & Excise, Appropriations, and National Security & Security. Jisalo currently serves on the FCT Area Councils and Ancillary Matters Committee, with a legislative interest in law-making.
Zephaniah Jisalo was recently appointed Minister of Special Duties of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This historic appointment highlights his contributions to the FCT community and Nigeria.