Sun. Sep 20th, 2020

[OPINION] Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi and His Sterling Leadership Qualities

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One of the pieces of good fortune, the upper chamber of the 9th National assembly possesses, is the persona of the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi. Suffice to say, many political pundits are right to tag him the best of Leaders in the history of the Nigerian Senate. Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi, who represents Kebbi North Senatorial District of Kebbi State, is a born leader, a Role Model, a Mentor, and always at his best.

Leadership is not one commodity money can buy. It is a natural lifestyle given to one by God himself and developed individually, and in all honesty, Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi is one of the few leaders with the qualities of a true Leader in our society and the entire world.

You have to understand and realize the fact that Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi is a Leader who has a lot of unmatched qualities that cannot be outsmarted by anyone because he is so accurate and forth going in all his approach in life and as mentioned earlier Senator Abubakar Abdullahi is so much humorous and kind towards the simplest people in our society.

While good and quality Leadership goes along with helping and listening to the poor masses, it is worthy to note that Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi is such a Leader that gives his totality to the good of the poor people. Coupled with his kind-heartedness, the senator has been rendering and giving consistent support to the poor in his constituency, Kebbi State and the Nation at large.

It is also My desire to let You all know that Senator Yahaya Abdullahi is not just a Leader, but he is a reliable and comforting friend, brother, role model, motivator, and mentor who has mentored and gave extraordinary supports to friends, well-wishers and all within his capabilities without tribal, religious, or financial sentiment.

We all know that what makes a Leader is how well he or she could bring all together towards one understanding enveloped with a mutual understanding of equal rights to all, gladly enough Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi is very much a Leader that is blessed with the quality of unifying the people into one mutual understanding and having self-respect for our individuality as humans.

Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi is a Leader that I without a doubt encourage every Nigerian Youth to emulate his kindness and generosity towards the poor people and the less privileged ones, who through his several empowerment projects has done a lot for the Youths in his constituency, the state, Nigeria, and the entire world at large.

Also, it will be nice for Me to say that widows, orphans and several others which include both male and female, young and old have benefitted from the great kindness and generosity of Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi and this Leader has spoken on several issues plaguing the people and the country at large.

Nothing is too small to change life as they say, so I am here to say that Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi is a Leader that has given beyond small to those deserving ensuring that their plights are warded off. Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi’s simplicity made Me write this to ensure that everyone should have a true knowledge of who the Leader is.

I am without a doubt saying that the Senator is a Leader that deserves the confidence, friendliness, and support of every Nigerian Youth.

Please let’s get to know Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi whose kindness has brought about so much happiness and joy in the hearts of many from all works and religions of life.

Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi was born 10 December 1950 and he is a Nigerian politician and was an Associate Professor. He was born in Argungu, in the present Kebbi State of Nigeria. He is the Senator representing Kebbi North Senatorial District of Kebbi State at the 9th National Assembly. He is the Senate Majority Leader of the Nigerian 9th National Assembly.

Early life and education

Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi began his early education at the Dankoji Primary School, Argungu, from 1959 to 1964; after which he attended the Nagarta College, Sokoto, from 1965 to 1969. Yahaya later proceeded to the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, from 1970 to 1971, and continued in the same University to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences and a Doctor of Philosophy Ph. D, in Rural Sociology from 1976 to 1983. Abdullahi also holds the Certificate of Development Oriented Research in Agriculture, ICRA, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 1985.

Prior to his engagement in the Nigerian Civil Service and later politics, Abdullahi was a busy academic at the Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, and The University of Lagos, during which he held various teaching and research positions, namely;

Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Social Work, (Institute of Child Health, University of Lagos), 1974–1975.

Graduate Assistant, Institute of Agricultural Research, (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, (January to September 1976).

Assistant Research Fellow, ABU, Zaria, (October 1976 to September 1978).

Research Fellow 2, (October 1978 to 1981).

Research Fellow 1, (October 1981 to September 1987).

Senior Research Fellow, (October 1987 to September 1990).

Associate Professor/Principal Research Fellow, (October 1990).

Senator Yahaya taught Rural Sociology, Agricultural Institutions, Extension, Rural Community Institutions, and Economic Development at the Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, from 1976 to 1990.

As the head of the department, he supervised and co-supervised many masters and doctorate programs, including the coordination of both teaching and research programs of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.

He undertook Rural Development Research independently, jointly, and as a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Teams, both within and outside Nigeria.

During the 2015 Elections, Abdullahi contested for the Kebbi North Senatorial seat and was announced the winner of the Kebbi North Senatorial District election having polled 170,624 votes as Usman Bello Suru of the PDP polled 66,815 votes. On 3 June 2019, he was announced as the 9th National Assembly Senate Majority Leader.

Vice-chairman, Senate Committee on Privatization.

Vice-chairman, Senate Committee on FERMA.

Member, Senate Committee on Public Account.

Member, Senate Committee on Finance.

Member, Senate Committee on Niger Delta.

Member, Senate Committee on Land Transport.

Member, Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream.

Member, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.

Legislative activities

Abdullahi has sponsored, and co-sponsored several Motions and Bills, including;

The Federal College of Education, Illo, (Establishment) Bill: The Bill sets out to establish the Federal College of Education, Illo, Kebbi state. The key rationale for this legislation is to ensure that the Kebbi state is given the needed capacity to improve its quality of teaching personnel, at the most critical level. Being a border community, the college at Illo will ensure Federal Government presence and curb the practice of parents sending their children across the borders, in search of tertiary education.

The National Biosafety Management Agency Act, 2015 (Amendment) Bill: The Bill seeks to amend certain provisions of the Principal Act, regarding strict issues of public and environmental health in the management and control of GMO crops, animals, and products in the country.

Prohibition and Prevention of Electricity Theft, Vandalism of Public Power Infrastructure and Personnel Protection, (Establishment) Bill: The Bill is meant to deter and curb illegal use of public electricity, protect power company staff and infrastructure from the hostile and violent reaction by some members of the public.

National Technical Board for Alternative Energy Projects, (Establishment) Bill: The Bill provides for legal, management and an operational framework for national investment in five, (5) key areas of alternative energy, so as to develop national capacity for smart energy mix, namely;

1. Hydropower 2. Solar 3. Wind 4. Coal, and 5. Biomass and associated projects.

Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Act, 2007, (Amendment) Bill: This Bill is to amend and streamline the operational activities of the Commission, focusing on its basic statutory role of traffic control and life-saving duties. Bearing in mind certain pronouncements of the various law courts, the Bill seeks to define and ensure the clear cut scope of duties, powers, and limits of the Commission, in the course of delivering and enforcing its institutional mandate on the highways.

Federal Inland Revenue Service Act, 2007 (Amendment) Bill: This Bill is intended to centralize and ensure coordinated granting of corporate tax waivers, holidays, and investment incentives, to encourage transparency and accountability. Accordingly, the Bill provides for due parliamentary approval of all such requests.

A Bill for an Act to repeal the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2004, and to enact the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020: This Bill seeks to provide for the incorporation of companies, limited liability partnerships registration of business names, along with the incorporation of trustees of certain communities, bodies, associations, etc.

Awards and recognitions

Senator Abdullahi has been honored with some awards and recognitions by some groups and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, some of which include:

Federal Civil Service Merit Award in the Director Category 2006

Officer of the Order of Niger, OON 2008

Turbaned Mallamawan Kabi, by the Emir of Argungu 2017

So, now having clear achievements and several other roles played and still holding on in his quest to be of great importance to shaping our society and the world at large. I want You all to know that he is indeed a Leader to look up to and learn from because Leaders like him are rare and comes by only once in a while.

Ayooluwa Joshua



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