After finishing primary education at Local Education Authority, LEA, Primary School, Ogwule, he attended Government Teachers’ College Keffi for the Grade Two Teacher’s Certificate between 1969 and 1973.
He was later admitted into the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1975 where he graduated with a Diploma in Banking in 1977 and thereafter, an Advanced Diploma in Public Administration in 1996. Alhaji Usman also bagged Bachelor of Law, in 2001 at the same institution.
He enrolled at the Bayero University, Kano, for both the Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Administration, and Masters in Public Policy and Administration which he obtained in 2006.
Alhaji Usman had a career in the banking industry where he worked in various capacities with First Bank of Nigeria. He served in several places including Barkin Ladi, Yana, Zing, Tafawa Balewa,Bauchi, Maiduguri, Kano, Jos and several others. He also attended several capacity building workshops and seminars.
Alhaji Usman also worked as a classroom teacher at the Local Government Education Authority, LGEA, Primary School, Udege as well as headmaster of LGEA Primary School, Udenyi, Magajin Nasarawa, in Nasarawa State.
He was also a unionist who held various positions in the Association of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions.
The special adviser holds the chieftaincy title of Odejo 1 of Idoma community in Kano.
Alhaji Usman enjoys traveling, reading, driving, music as well as football.