Early Life & Education of Prince Abubakar Audu

 

Prince Abubakar

Early Life & Education
Prince Abubakar Audu, first Executive Governor of Kogi State was born on 27 October 1947, to the family of his Royal Highness, the late Pa Audu Oyidi, Orego Atta of Igala Land and the paramount ruler of Ogbonicha-Alloma in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
He started his education at the then N.A. Junior Primary School, Alloma, and later N.A Senior School Ankpa, from where he proceeded to Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha. He later transferred to the Jos Commercial College where he obtained both the GCE O and A level.
Professional career
After a stint as a bank worker, Prince Audu later proceeded to London from 1975-1978 where he studied banking and personnel management, obtaining professional qualification as a certified secretary, and as a Fellow of the Association of International Accountants of London, as well as fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Industrial Administration of Nigeria.
Audu’s banking career lasted for a total of 25 years, which he spent with First Bank - formerly known and Standard Bank. Here, he served in various capacities at management level until 1991. He also made history as the bank’s first training officer of African descent and also as one of the first black senior management staff of Standard Chartered Bank in London and New York.
In 1991, he was appointed Executive Director of FSB International Bank PLC.
Politics and Public Service
Audu’s sojourn into public service began in 1986 when we has appointed as Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning in the Old Benue state. He served in this capacity until 1988 when the cabinet was dissolved. He then returned to Fist Bank of Nigeria PLC as a General Manager.
In August 1991, Kogi state was created from parts of the old benue and Kwara states. This coincided with one of Nigeria’s many previous encounters with democracy, and Audu, being part of those who had advocated for the creation of the state and a notable son of the soil, was invited to contest for governorship. He contested on the platform of the National Republican Convention (NRC) and won the election held in November, 1991. He was subsequently sworn in as the first executive governor of Kogi state in January 1992.
In 1998, democracy was again re-introduced and Audu, now with the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), was elected again with over 700,000 votes while his opponent hardly recorded 50% of the vote cast. He was sworn in on 29 May 1999 as the 2nd Executive Governor of Kogi State.
Major Achievements
Infrastructure
His socio-economic contribution in the state is to date a point of reference to the generality of the people and many aspiring leaders. Some of his major achievements during his brief first term of office include the establishment of three different housing schemes for public officers consisting of over 1,500 housing units in Lokoja, the transformation of Lokoja township with asphalt roads, street lights, aesthetic roundabouts, the construction of inter-township and rural roads, over 75 electrification schemes and 50 water projects.
Other include the founding of Kogi State Polytechnic, the establishment of a television station, radio station (both AM and FM), a state newspaper and the transformation of the colonial residence of Lord Lugard into an Ultra Modern Government House Complex, the construction of office blocks for ministries as the new state had no office accommodation, the construction of shopping arcade complex to enhance commercial activities, among others.
Abuja State Liaison Office, Sports Complex and Confluence Beach Hotel
He also pioneered the construction of the first ultra modern state liaison office in Abuja. His administration also built an ultra modern stadium and a five star hotel in Lokoja, the Confluence Beach Hotel.
Obajana Cement Factory
He also took steps to woo prospective investors to harness the numerous solid mineral potentials in the State. The big prize was the establishment of Obajana Cement Factory. The project, which was on going before he left office, attracted the support of the United State Government. During the visit of former President Bill Clinton to Nigeria, the State Government signed the agreement with the US Trade Development Agency (TDA) for a grant to finalize the feasibility work on the project. The cement project is now operational.
Establishment of the Kogi State University, Anyigba
The establishment of a state university, Kogi State University Anyigba, is another testimony to the vision and resourcefulness. The foundation stone was laid on 30 November 1999, when former President Olusegun Obasanjo, visited the state. About a year later, the President returned to Anyigba during a state visit to commission the University complex. According to a report of a visitation panel to the university from the Nigeria University Commission, the institution was then described as the fastest growing university in the country. The university received tremendous international support, which included an affiliation programme to Morgan State University Baltimore. Also, seven visiting professors from various universities in the United States were at the university to review its curriculum and align it with their own universities and prepare the students for exchange programme to give the university an international acceptability.
Prince Audu completed several landmark projects within four years. They include: 250 units Housing Estate, a Sport Complex, a Specialist Eye Hospital and 25 other medical Institutions. Others are: a Special Government Girls Secondary School on student exchange programme, 350 borehole schemes, 300 kilometers of township roads, the procurement of 100 transit buses and completion of 40 rural electrification projects.
He was also named the best governor in the 1999-2003 dispensation, despite being a governor on the platform of the opposition, the ANPP.
Relationship with International Community
A highly traveled politician, Prince Audu brought so many honors to the country through his personal relationships with foreign statesmen. It is known that he enjoys a very intimate relationship with the former British Prime Minister, Mr. John Major. In 1993, he and the member of his family were special guests of the British Prime Minister at No 10, Downing Street where he hosted them to a State Banquet. Also in 1993, His Excellency attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Cyprus. His connection with the international community saved Nigeria during the heady days of Shonekan administration from economic embargo. In December 1999, he was on the delegation of President Olusegun Obasanjo during the State visit to Germany. On every account, Prince Audu who maintains a good circle of friends across the country is by every judgment a great patriot, visionary, humanist and nationalist. The outstanding achievements of Prince Abubakar Audu have been acknowledged by several organizations within and outside Nigeria through awards and honours presented to him.
Subsequent Gubernatorial Bids
Prince Abubakar Audu contested in the 2003 Kogi State gubernatorial elections but lost. His loss at the poll has been attributed to electoral rigging and other forms of manipulation, and 2003 is generally acknowledged in Nigeria’s history as the beginning of a period of fraudulent electoral process carried out by the then PDP-led Federal Government.
In 2007 when election bells rang again, Prince Audu went to the polls, and was again defeated by massive electoral fraud committed by the then incumbent - Ibrahim Idris. Prince Abubakar Audu thereupon went to the Election Tribunal who nullified that election, and ordered fresh elections. Again, Prince Abubakar Audu contested against Ibrahim Idris, and again, was defeated by a fraudulent electoral process.
In 2012, Audu again contested against a new comer to the field, Captain Idris Ichalla Wada, and again Audu was defeated by another election fraught with fraud. The result of the particular election were allegedly announced while collation was still on-going.
Corruption Allegations
When Prince Audu left office in 2003, he was charged by Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), with corruption. This case has been on for twelve years and many say it was coined as an attempt by the then ruling PDP to smear Audu’s image, especially in light of the achievements recorded during his tenure.
He has responded to these allegations, stating that while he was governor, the state received less than N400million as monthly allocation, and that it would have been impossible to embezzle the N12 billion that the agency claims he did when he received less than N19 billion in total, yet embarked on many projects.
The Agency has also changed the figure he allegedly embezzled over the years; previously, they stated N1 billion, later N4 billion, and now, N12 billion. Audu has also described the EFCC case as being politically motivated.
2015 Gubernatorial Run
Prince Abubakar Audu emerged as the candidate of the APC at the August 28th Kogi State gubernatorial primary election. Subsequently, he announced James Abiodun Faleke, a legislator, as his running mate. The successive PDP governments in Kogi state are currently facing harsh criticism due to the state of affairs in Kogi, as unemployment has increased greatly and infrastructure is fast deteriorating. It is hoped that with the APC now at the helm of affairs, the election in the state this time around will be void of rigging and voter intimidation, and that perhaps, Audu may just follow in the footsteps of Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s current president who finally won the presidential election on his fourth attempt.

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PRINCE ABUBAKAR AUDU IS DEAD

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The APC gubernatorial candidate in Kogi State, Abubakar Audu is dead.

He died of undisclosed medical reasons shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the elections inconclusive.

His party,has confirmed the rumors.

Prince Audu would be buried on Monday in Kogi according to Islamic rites.

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ABUJA FASHION WEEK 2015

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Presents

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Guest appearance from:

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*** Bobby Valentino ***

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AT LEAST 120 PEOPLE FEARED DEAD IN A NIGHT OF GUN AND BOMB ATTACKS IN PARIS

France has declared a national state of emergency and tightened borders after at least 120 people were killed in a night of gun and bomb attacks in Paris.
Eighty people were reported killed after gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall and took hostages before security forces stormed the hall.
People were shot dead at restaurants and bars at five other sites in Paris. Eight attackers are reported killed.
These are the deadliest attacks in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombings.
French President Francois Hollande, visibly shaken, called Friday night’s events “a horror” and vowed to wage a “merciless” fight against terrorism.
Paris saw three days of attacks in early January, when Islamist gunmen murdered 18 people after attacking satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a Jewish supermarket and a policewoman on patrol.

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Complete list of Ministers and their Portfolios

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President Muhammadu Buhari – Minister of Petroleum Resources

Ibe Kachiukwu – State Minister Petroleum resources

Abubakar Malami (SAN) – Minister of Justice

Geoffrey Onyeama – Minister of Foreign Affairs

Brig-Gen Mansur Dan Ali (rtd) – Minister of Defence

Adamu Adamu – Minister of Education

Anthony Anwuka – State minister of Education

Kemi Adeosun – Minister of Finance

Okechukwu Enelemah – Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment

Aisha Abubakar – State minister Industry, Trade and Investment

Chris Ngige – Minister of Labor and Employment

James Ocholi (SAN) – State Minister of Labor and Employment

Mohammed Bello – FCT Minister

Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau (rtd) – Interior Minister

Udoma Udo Udoma – Minister of Budget and National Planning

Zainab Ahmed- State Minister Budget and National Planning

Babatubde Fashola (SAN) – Minister of Power, Works and Housing

Mustapha Shehuri – State minister Power, Works, and Housing

Audu Ogbeh – Minister of Agriculture and Rural development

Heineken Lokpobiri – State minister Agriculture and Rural Development

Chibuike Amaechi – Minister of Transportation

Hadi Sirika – State Minister Aviation

Isaac Folorunsho Adeoye – Minister of Health

Osagie Ehanire – State Minister Health

Aisha Alhassan – Minister of Women Affairs

Usani Uguru – Minister Niger Delta Affairs

Claudius Omoyele Daramola – State minister Niger Delta Affairs

Adebayo Shittu – Minister of Communication

Lai Mohammed – Minister of Information

Amina Mohammed – Minister of Environment

Ibrahim Jibrin – State Minister of Environment

Suleiman Adamu – Minister of Water Resources

Solomon Dalong – Minister of Youths and Sports

Kayode Fayemi – Minister of Solid Mineral

Abubakar Bawa Bwari – State Minister Solid Minerals

Ogbonnaya Onu- Minister of Science and Technology

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MALI VS NIGERIA Highlights

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Golden Eaglets retain their crown

 

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Nigeria became only the second side to retain the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a 2-0 win against Mali in Vina Del Mar. Victor Osimhen stole the show once again thanks to his record-breaking tenth goal of the tournament, with Funsho Bamgboye adding a second moments later. Samuel Diarra had saved an early Osinachi Ebere penalty as the Malians played their part in an entertaining finale to Chile 2015.

The penalty came as both sides were just finding their rhythm in the opening exchanges, Chato the culprit with a handball. Ebere saw his low effort saved brilliantly by Diarra, the No17’s follow up header hit the bar before a third bite of the cherry was blocked by the Malian defence.

Both sides had chances in a tense opening period, with Golden Eaglets skipper Kelechi Nwakali hitting just wide and Boubacar Traore seeing his glancing header tipped over by Akpan Udoh.

The second half saw the game burst into life, with Emmanuel Amuneke’s words clearly working their magic on the Nigerian youngsters. Osimhen shrugged off the challenge of Mamadou Fofana before hitting a wonderful dipping half volley towards goal, which Diarra spectacularly saved. Udochukwu Anumudu then smashed a thunderous effort at goal, which rebounded back off the crossbar and was cleared away.

Mali did not heed those warnings. Good approach play by substitute Chinedu Madueke saw him tee up Osimhen for his record-breaking goal, seeing him surpass the nine goals scored by Florent Sinama Pongolle in 2001 and Souleymane Coulibaly ten years later.

The holders doubled their advantage mere minutes later, with Bamgboye bursting down the Nigerian left before smashing a powerful effort at goal, Diarra standing little chance.

Despite a couple of late chances for Mali, from corner kicks, Nigeria retained possession for large spells and saw the game out to retain their crown. The jubilant scenes on the final whistle in Vina Del Mar will surely live long in the memories of these Nigerian heroes of the present, some of whom may just become the stars of the future.

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ATIKU CONGRATULATES THE NEW GOVERNOR OF TARABA STATE

ATIKU CONGRATULATES THE NEW GOVERNOR OF TARABA STATE

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TARABA STATE WAHALA

At lesast five persons have been killed in Wukari, Taraba State following yesterday’s court ruling in Abuja that nullified the election of Governor Darius Ishaku and the declaration of Senator Aisha Alhassan as the winner of the state’s April 11th governorship election.

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A security source in Wukari told SaharaReporters that supporters of Governor Ishaku and Senator Alhassan clashed throughout the night until the early hours of Sunday.

The situation, our source added if not properly handled will degenerate into a serious communal crisis because of the fragile ethnoreligious balance in the area.
Taraba State has been embroiled in series of political crisis since the plane crash that incapacitated former Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, a development which led to the emergence of his deputy, Alhaji Garba Umar who acted as governor for a prolonged period because Suntai’s supporters would not let him become a substantive governor until he was removed from office via a controversial court order.

SOURCE: SAHARAREPORTERS

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FA demands answers from Fifa over Sepp Blatter’s World Cup 2018 claims

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The Football Association has written to Fifa demanding answers to “important questions”, following Sepp Blatter’s revelation that a deal had been fixed to hand Russia the 2018 World Cup before the vote.

The FA spent £21m on England’s bid for the tournament but the outgoing president claimed last month that an agreement had been made by senior figures in the organisation for the event to go to Russia. In the vote in December 2010, England secured only one vote apart from its own and Russia won easily.

After Blatter’s revelation the FA chairman, Greg Dyke, immediately instructed the governing body’s lawyers to review its position and the opinion of a senior QC has been sought. As a result, the FA on Friday sent a series of questions to Fifa.

An FA spokesman said: “The FA has been reviewing its legal position and, as a result, has written to Fifa asking a series of important questions about the process by which the 2018 World Cup was awarded to Russia.

“The questions are all based on statements made by Mr Blatter in the interviews he gave to the Tass news agency and the Financial Times last week. In the meantime we reserve the FA’s position legally.”

It is understood the questions include when exactly the agreement was made for Russia to host the World Cup, and who the people involved in that agreement were.
Blatter told the Russian news agency Tass that there had been an agreement for Russia to host the 2018 World Cup – and for the United States to stage the 2022 tournament until Michel Platini decided to back the eventual winners, Qatar. Blatter’s personal adviser Klaus Stöhlker has said the agreement was made “behind the curtain” and involved “big players” but not everyone in the Fifa executive committee.

Holland/Belgium and Spain/Portugal also spent millions on their bids for 2018, as did Australia, Korea and Japan for 2022.

Dyke told MPs last week that it would be “very nice” if the FA could recover the money it had spent – including £2.5m public money. He told the culture, media and sport select committee: “We will look into detail at what Mr Blatter says. There’s nothing Mr Blatter says that surprises me much. If he is saying ‘we wanted Russia’ and it looks like he wanted that fixed before the vote, it’s suggesting that it was all fixed anyway.”Sir Hugh Robertson, who was the minister for sport at the time of the vote, has accused Fifa of having been “dishonest” with England.

Blatter, meanwhile, has been ordered by doctors to take five days off work after having a medical evaluation for stress. The 79-year-old, currently suspended from his role as Fifa’s president pending a disciplinary hearing into a £1.3m payment made to Platini, has cancelled his appointments until Thursday but has not been to hospital.

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