Mallam Abidu Rafindadi Yazid, OON is a seasoned economist of outstanding repute. He is graduate of Economics from the world class London University of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

He started his career as a teacher in Barewa College, Zaria from 1965 to 1968 and moved to the Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning, North Central State (Kaduna) as a Planning Economist from 1968 to 1973. In-between (1966 to 1971), he was an occasional Lecturer at the Kaduna State Polytechnic. Mallam Yazid was seconded to the New Nigerian Development Company Limited (NNDC) as Controller of Operations from 1973 to 1975. He was then appointed Permanent Secretary responsible for Economic & Political Affairs from 1975 to 1979 and later rose to the position of Secretary to the Government and Head of Civil Service in Kaduna State from 1979 to 1981. He is the founder of Phoenix Investment Services

Mallam Yazid has held several Board positions including President, Kaduna State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture; Chairman, Kaduna State Cooperative Bank (Nigeria Universal Bank Ltd); Chairman, Northern Nigeria Investments Ltd, Chairman, Arab Bank Ltd; Chairman, Nigeria Cotton Board; Chairman, Katsina State Economic Development Committee, Member, Vision 20-20-20 among others.

He is the Chairman of Jaiz Takaful Insurance Plc.

Mallam Yazid, a recipient of the award of the Officer of the Order of Niger, OON is the 13thChairman of Council, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.