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.
HONOURABLE MINISTER OF STATE
An accomplished Engineer, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and a member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), His Excellency Abubakar D. Aliyu is the Honourable Minister of State for Works and Housing.
Unarguably at the top of the list of greatest deputy governors in Nigeria is Engr Abubakar D. Aliyu, whose undying love for public service, hard work and competence caused his appointment as the Deputy Governor of Yobe State for an unblemished period of 10 and half years. That feat, no doubt, is unprecedented in the nation’s history.
Yet, attaining that feat comes along with a lot of patience because being a deputy governor is a very easy task on one hand, and very difficult on the other hand. It is mainly so because the position of deputy governor remains the only one that does not have any specific roles or functions assigned to it by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Consequently, a holder of that office has to constantly wait for the Governor to assign duties to him or her to execute and report back.
Engr Abubakar D. Aliyu, no doubt, is a patient man who has had a lasting influence in the affairs of Yobe State. Although very little is known about the fact that he is the longest serving deputy governor in the history of Nigeria, until he was appointed the Minister of State for Works and Housing, his influence and works have stood the test of time and laid the foundations for the modern day Yobe State.
In order to underscore the significance of Engr Abubakar D. Aliyu to the governance system of Yobe State, while he was serving as a Deputy Governor, he was made to serve as the overseeing Commissioner for Health, Commissioner for Commerce, Commissioner for Integrated Rural Development, and chairman of several high-level task forces and committees in the state by His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam.
He was at various times appointed to head Yobe State Task Force on Immunisation and Primary Healthcare, Yobe State Committee on Resettlement and Rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons, Yobe State Boundary Committee, Yobe State Environmental Committee, and Yobe State Sanitation Committee.
Engr Abubakar D. Aliyu also headed the Committee for the Rehabilitation and Return of IDPs, where he was able to properly and satisfactorily administered affairs of the IDPs at the camps and host communities. The committee also was able to successfully return the IDPs back to their homes.
Fortunately, the result of that hard work put in by Engr Abubakar D. Aliyu got paid off in Yobe State as the state remains the only one in the North-east Zone without IDPs camps.
Thus, the appointment of Engr Abubakar D. Aliyu, who hails from Potiskum Local Government Area of Yobe State, as Minister of State for Works and Housing was hailed by friends and foes alike, who described the appointment as that of a round peg in a round hole.
Engr Abubakar D. Aliyu attended Central Primary School, Jimeta, where he had his First School Leaving Certificate in 1979, and proceeded to the G.S.S.S. Monguno, in Borno State, where he obtained his West African School Certificate in 1984.
After the completion of his secondary school, he proceeded to the prestigious Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna, where he obtained a National Diploma (ND) in Civil Engineering in 1988, and Higher National Diploma (HND) in High Ways and Transportation Engineering in 1993.
In 1999, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Maiduguri.
Engr Abubakar D. Aliyu had worked as a Technical Officer in Borno State Ministry of Works from 1988 to 1991. He was also a Principal Engineer and Head of Engineering Department in the ministry in 2004.
He was appointed as the Supervising Project Engineer of Yobe State Ministry of Housing in 2007, and Managing Director of Yobe State Housing and Property Development Corporation.
Engr Abubakar D. Aliyu is a recipient of numerous awards including “Distinguished Service Award” awarded to him by the Thinkers Magazine, “Meritorious Service Award,” and “Best Deputy Governor of the Decade Award” given to him by the North East Star Magazine.
Engr Abubakar D. Aliyu, a happily married politician who is blessed with children, is essentially a consummate administrator who has spent the greater part of his working life serving the people of this country.
Now, like in the past, as a Minister as he was a Deputy Governor, an engineer as he is a politician, Abubakar D. Aliyu remains a champion, keeper and promoter of the values of peaceful cohabitation and progress among diverse people of Nigeria. His track records of performance as Deputy Governor are legendary, and have earned him an indelible place in the history of Yobe State while his drive to innovate and develop new initiatives are bolstering the fortunes of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
These noble values that Engr Abubakar D. Aliyu represents are desirable in Nigeria now, and will be of great importance for the present and future development of our country.
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.
BOSS MUSTAPHA, FASHOLA, ALIYU, HAJIYA AMINA MOHAMMED AND OTHERS AT THE OFFICIAL COMMISSIONING OF THE 1.52MWP/2.28 MWH SOLAR MICROGRID SYSTEM AND ENERGY RETROFITTING OF THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING HEADQUARTERS, MABUSHI, ABUJA
Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Representative of the President, Mr Boss Mustapha(3rd left), Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola,SAN(2nd left),Hon. Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar(left),Minister of State in the Ministry of Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu(2nd right), Deputy Secretary General - United Nations, Hajiya Amina Mohammed(3rd right), and Permanent Secretary, Works and Housing, Mr. Babangida Hussaini (right), during the official commissioning of the 1.52MWp/2.28 MWh Solar Microgrid System and Energy Retrofitting of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing Headquarters, Mabushi, Abuja on Tuesday, 6th July 2021.
FASHOLA INSPECTS THE ONGOING EMERGENCY REPAIRS OF EKO BRIDGE (PHASE II) IN LAGOS STATE
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN (right), Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Engr. Olukayode Popoola (left), Director, Buildwell Plants & Equipment Industries Ltd, Engr. George Mohanna (middle) during the inspection of the Ongoing Emergency Repairs of Eko Bridge (Phase II) in Lagos State on Thursday, 10th June 2021