GCFR PRESIDENT COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
Muhammadu Buhari GCFR was born on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Adamu and mother Zulaihat. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.
He attended primary school in Daura and Mai'adua before proceeding to Katsina Model School in 1953, and Katsina Provincial Secondary School (now Government College Katsina) from 1956 to 1961. He then joined the Nigerian Military Training School in Kaduna, where his military career began.
He is a retired Nigerian Army Major General and was Head of State of Nigeria from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d'état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.
Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for whatever happened under his watch during his military rule, saying that he cannot change the past. He has described himself as a "converted democrat".
In March 1976, the Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo, appointed Buhari as the Federal Commissioner (position now called Minister) for Petroleum and Natural Resources. When the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was created in 1976, Buhari was also appointed as its Chairman, a position he held until 1978.
He ran unsuccessfully for the office of President in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 elections. Buhari won the 2015 general election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, thus marking the first time in Nigeria's history that an incumbent President was defeated in an election by the leader of the opposition. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015.
THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF WORKS AND HOUSING
Born on the 28th of June 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN was sworn in as the Honourable Minister for Works and Housing, newly created through an unprecedented consolidation of the three hitherto distinct ministries, by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday 11th November, 2015.
Mr Babatunde Fashola comes to the job with high acclaim as the immediate past Governor of Lagos State. Elected the thirteenth Governor of the State on May 29, 2007 and overwhelmingly re-elected for a second term on the 26th of April 2011, his second term tenure came to a glorious end on May 29, 2015 with the swearing in of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, his successor from the same All Progressives Congress.
Babatunde Fashola was called to the Nigerian Bar in November 1988. He cut his teeth as a barrister in the law Firm of Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe and Belgore, as a litigator specializing in chieftaincy matters, land disputes, intellectual property, commercial and criminal law.
In August 2004, he was conferred with the rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria [SAN], Nigeria's highest legal distinction. He is the first member of the 1988 Law School set to take the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and the Second University of Benin Faculty of Law graduate to be so honoured.
Throughout his tenure as Governor of Lagos State from 2007- 2015, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN demonstrated a commitment to excellence in public service and an uncommon dedication to his avowed pledge to lead the change that will transform Lagos into Africa’s model mega-city.
Both nationally and internationally, he was acclaimed as one of the bright hopes for the future of Nigeria, and one of the very progressive Governors determined to reclaim Nigeria’s past glories through competent and transparent leadership.
His dogged pursuit of renewal of the infrastructure of Lagos as the critical strategy for economic growth and poverty alleviation won the State honours from as far away as Australia, where he was lauded for undertaking the fastest infrastructure renewal ever in Africa. Indeed, his unflagging spirit led the Government to explode many negative myths about Lagos.
Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN is the recipient of the prestigious Stephen J. Solarz Award of the International Crisis Group for 2015 for his commitment to building a peaceful and vibrant society; his work to improve social and economic conditions in Lagos including his role in preventing the Ebola outbreak from becoming a crisis in Nigeria.
He was listed in 2014 as one of the 100 Top Global Thinkers for 2013 by a global personality assessment organisation, Lo Spazio della Politica (LSDP) based in Italy and Brussels. TIME Magazine has commended him for "the overhaul of Lagos infrastructure" while The Economist Magazine acknowledged him as "a rare good man" and a Governor "who does his job well."
He also won the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) 2011 Award for Commitment towards the global promotion of Public Transportation, among numerous others.
In Nigeria, Babatunde Fashola , SAN is the recipient of the popular Man of the Year Award of The Guardian (2009), The Vanguard (2009) , The SUN (2009), the Champion (2010) and the City People (2012) . He also received the Corporate Governance Award 2012 from the Governing Council of the Institute of Directors and was equally presented the Most Labour-friendly Governor’s Award 2012 by the Lagos Zonal Council of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).
At the Year 2014 Newswatch Awards organised by the Newswatch Communications Limited, publishers of Newswatch Magazine and Daily Newswatch, Mr. Fashola won three Awards-Governor of the Year (Internal Revenue Generation); Governor of the Year (Internal Security) and Governor of the Year (Health).
During his tenure in office, he served in various Ad-hoc Committees of the Federal Government in different capacities. He was a member of the Presidential Committee on the Review of Tariffs charged with the responsibilities of reviewing the current tariff structure and fiscal incentives in Nigeria, identifying barriers to investments and recommending strategic initiatives that would promote foreign direct investment and ultimately stimulate economic growth.
Mr. Fashola was the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum Committees set up to formulate the Rules and Regulations guiding succession to leadership of the Forum, to review the Revenue Allocation Formula for Nigeria and make appropriate recommendations by which the State Governments would engage critical stakeholders to find an equitable revenue formula for the country.
As the Chairman of the Strategy Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which drafted the manifesto of the party for the 2015 General Elections, Mr Fashola was also the Head of the Fund Raising Committee for the Buhari-Osinbajo Campaign Committee.
Mr. Fashola, SAN is Patron, Institute of Arbitrators (CIA), Member, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA); Member, International Bar Association (IBA); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN); Notary Public of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He is a recipient of several awards and Certificates of Merit, Legal Practitioner, Administrator, Management Consultant, Team Player and a detribalised Nigerian.
Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN is married to Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola and they are blessed with children.
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works and Housing
Babangida Hussaini was born on 6th of February, 1964 in Kazaure, Jigawa State. He holds B.sc and M.sc degrees in Public Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University and the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna respectively. He began his public service career in 1987 with the Kano State Government prior to the creation of Jigawa State in 1991.
Following his transfer to the Federal Civil Service in 2011, he has held several positions most prominent of which include Assistant Director Admin in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Deputy Director Admin in the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Special Assistant (Technical) to the Honourable Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing.
In 2015, the Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, constituted the Special Projects Unit (SPU) of the Ministry led by Babangida Hussaini. It is worth noting that under his stewardship, the SPU between 2016 and 2019, constructed 1,117 Classrooms, 1,298 Boreholes, 93 Maternity Centres and 38 Community Halls/Markets, amongst other interventions nationwide. These Projects have also generated a total Number of 221,460 Direct Jobs. In September, 2020 he assumed office as the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence until December, 2020 when he was appointed, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
He is an accomplished Farmer and Cattle Breeder. He is a member/Fellow of Management Bodies notable amongst which is the Chartered Institute of Public Administrators. He is also a recipient of Numerous Honours and Awards. He has Published Works in Development Journals the recent being a Research Paper on “Socio Economic Impact of SDG Projects by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing 2016-2018 by LAMBERT ACADEMIC PUBLISHING....2020.
FASHOLA INSPECTS THE ONGOING CONSTRUCTION OF THE FEDERAL SECRETARIAT COMPLEX, YENAGOA IN BAYELSA STATE
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (middle) speaking with journalists shortly after inspecting the ongoing construction of the Federal Secretariat Complex, Yenagoa in Bayelsa State on Tuesday, 28th September 2021.
FASHOLA DELIVERS THE 39TH ANNUAL OLUMIDE MEMORIAL LECTURE ORGANIZED BY THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTION OF SURVEYORS (NIS) IN ABUJA
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (left) being welcomed by the former Minister of Environment, Surveyor Suleiman Hassan Zarma and President, Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Surveyor Kayode Oluwamotemi shortly before delivering the 39th Annual Olumide Memorial Lecture organized by the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) on the theme, " Human Capital and Institution Building," at the Chida International Hotel, Utako, Abuja on Thursday 14th October 2021.