Pharm. Mathias Bubanani Zirra is Adamawa State’s assistant director of Food, Drugs and Pharmaceutical Services, and head of Pharmaceutical Inspectorate Unit (chief inspector), Adamawa State.
Born on 2 January 1968 in Michika LGA of Adamawa, Zirra attended the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria where he bagged a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in 1995. Nine years after, he applied and got admitted for his MBA at the Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola in 2004.
In 2008, Zirra took up another course with the Institute of Commercial Management in Zambia where he got a Diploma in Purchasing Management. Seven years after, he bagged a Diploma in Electronic Accounting (DEA) from the Preface ICT Consult, Yola.
After his internship at Specialist Hospital, Yola (1994 -1996), Zirra had his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme at St. Luke’s Hospital, Anua Uyo, Akwa Ibom State (1996-1997).
He began his professional career as hospital pharmacist at General Hospital, Garkida, Adamawa from December 1997 to February 2007 and January 2009 to January 2011. Between February 2007 and January 2009, he was chief pharmacist-in-charge of Ronald Ross Hospital, Mufulira, Copper belt Province Zambia while on Technical Aid Corps (TAC) volunteer to Zambia.2006-2008 set.
The Adamawa State assistant director of Food, Drugs and Pharmaceutical Services was also the chief pharmacist-in-charge of General Hospital Mubi (January 2011 to February 2013).
Aside from being a State Implementation Team (SIT) pharmacist from January 2014 to date, Zirra is the Secretary, Procurement and Supply Technical Working Group (PSM TWG) in Adamawa State (November 2013 to date).
At various times, he held the following positions in pharmacy bodies: Secretary, PSN Adamawa State Election Organising Committee from (August 2014 to August 2015); Auditor, PSN Adamawa State Branch from 15 August 2015 to date; and coordinator, Adamawa State Logistic Management Coordination Unit (2 March 2015 to date).
In fulfilment of his childhood dream, Zirra ventured temporarily into the field of academia. His odyssey included: Part time lecturer, EYN RHP Garkida for village health workers 2004 to 2006; Part time lecturer at School of Nursing and Mid-wifery Mufulira Zambia in 2007 and Part time lecturer at College of Health Technology Michika Mubi Campus 2011 to 2013.
In recognition of his brilliance and selfless services, he was awarded the Medical Merit Award by the Institute of Industrial Administration of Nigeria (2004); and a Certificate of Merit for contributing to academic achievements by Abridgement Students, Run Eight, College of Health Technology Michika (2011)
The pharmacist is also a member of the following professional bodies: Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (MPSN); West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP); Institute of Public Diplomacy and Management (MIPDM); Institute of Professional Managers and Administrators (FIPMA); and Member Institute of Industrial Administration (MIIA).
He is married with children.