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
Summary: An accomplished Engineer, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a member of the Council of Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). The irresistible lure for public service led to my appointment as the Deputy Governor of Yobe State for an unblemished period of ten and half (10.5) years. Also served as overseeing Commissioner of Health, Commerce, Integrated Rural Development as well as chairman of several high-level priority task forces and committees in the state.
Mr Abubakar D. Aliyu hails from yobe, potiskum Local Government Area. An engineer by profession. Mr Abubakar Aliyu attended Central Primary School Jimeta, where he had his First School Leaving Certificate in 1979, he now proceeded to GSSS Monguno in Borno State where he obtained his West African School Certificate in 1984, he now proceeded to Kaduna state Polytechnic where he got a National Diploma (ND) in Civil Engineering in 1988 and HND in High Ways and Transportation Engineering in 1993, In 1999 he obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Maiduguri. He is currently a Fellow in the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
Mr Abubakar Aliyu had worked as a Technical Officer in Borno State Ministry of Works in 1988 to 1991, he became the Principal Engineer and also Head of Engineering Department in 2004, Supervising Project Engineers Yobe State Ministry of Housing in 2007, Managing Director, Yobe State Housing and Property Development Corporation in 2009, Overseer State Ministry of Health Yobe State, Overseer State Ministry of Commerce Yobe State, Overseer State Ministry of Integrated Rural Development Yobe State and Deputy Governor Yobe State form 2009 to 2019.
CHAIRMANSHIP OF STATE TASK FORCES AND COMMITTEE
* State Task Force On Immunization And Primary Healthcare
* State Committee On Resettlement And Rehabilitation Of Internally Displaced Persons
* State Boundary Committee
* State Environmental Committee
* State Sanitation Committee
* Distinguished Service Award By Thinkers Magazine
* Meritorious Service Award By The Task Force On Immunization And PHC
* Best Deputy Governor Of The Decade Award By North East Star Magazine
Mr Abubakar D. Aliyu is married and blessed with children.
PERMANENT SECRETARY MINISTRY OF WORKS & HOUSING
Mr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe hails from Otuo in Edo State. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Benin and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the same University.
Mr. Umakhihe has over Thirty-One (31) years of working experience in Accounting and Auditing functions in the Public Service. He started his Public service career in January, 1989 as an Accountant with the National Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), where he rose through the ranks to the position of Director of Finance and Accounts in 2007.
He transferred his services to the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in 2011 and served as Deputy Director, Audit Monitoring Department before his elevation to the post of a Director of Finance and Accounts in 2013. He was Director, Finance and Accounts, National Sports Commission from 2013 to 2015 and also served as Director, Finance and Accounts of the Ministry in Foreign Affairs for three (3) years where he was in charge of the Finance and Accounts functions of the Headquarters and the Nigerian’s overseas’ Diplomatic Missions.
He was also Director of Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Defence until his appointment as Federal Permanent Secretary by Mr. President on 1st December, 2018. As Permanent Secretary, his first posting was to the Ministry of Budget and National Planning and was thereafter redeployed as Permanent Secretary, Common Services Office of the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation in December, 2019 before his redeployment to Ministry of Works and Housing on the 27th of August, 2020.
Mr. Umakhihe has attended several management courses both locally and internationally including a stint at the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Administrators of Nigeria, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Management. He is presently concluding his Doctoral thesis in Security and Strategy at the Nassarawa State University, Keffi.
A distinguished alumnus of the University of Benin Alumni Association, he is a philanthropist who has received several commendations from both Government institutions and Non-Governmental bodies for his gestures.
Mr. Umakhihe is married with children. His hobbies include farming and watching football matches.
FASHOLA, ALIYU RECEIVE COMMITTEE OF VICE CHANCELLORS AND ASSOCIATION OF VICE-CHANCELLORS OF NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES (CVC/AVCNU) IN ABUJA
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola,SAN (2nd right), Minister of State in the Ministry, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu (left), Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Housing, Engr. Yemi Oguntominiyi (right) and Secretary -General, Committee of Vice Chancellors, Prof. Yakubu Aboki Ochefu (2nd left) in a group photograph shortly after a courtesy visit to the Hon. Minister’s Office by the Committee of Vice -Chancellors and Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVC/AVCNU) at the Ministry of Works and Housing Headquarters, Mabushi, Abuja on Tuesday, 18th August 2020
FASHOLA INSPECTS THE ONGOING EMERGENCY REPAIRS OF THE MARINE BRIDGE IN APAPA, LAGOS
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola,SAN (left) joined by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Engr.Olukayode Popoola (left) and Chairman of Buildwell Plants and Equipment Industries Ltd, Riad Abou Habib as he explains work being done underneath to Journalists during his inspection of the Ongoing Emergency Repairs of Marine Bridge in Apapa, Lagos State on Thursday, 8th October 2020