As the Nigerian Red Chamber concludes its election to pick leaders and principal officers to lead the legislative house, with the choice of the Senator Representing Yobe North, Ahmed Lawan, as the New Senate President, there is the need to know some basic things about the new Senate president.
The new Senate President won by the margin of 79 against his rival score of 22. He will be succeeding his predecessor, former Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Here are some facts about the new Senate president.
- The three-term senator from Yobe State was born in 1959, Lawal had his National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) in Benue State after he bagged a degree bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Maiduguri,
- He got a master’s degree in remote sensing from Ahmadu Bello University and a doctorate degree in remote sensing/GIS. from Cranfield University.
- Lawal retired after he worked for some years as a lecturer at the University of Maiduguri, where he contributed his own quota to the development of the Nigerian education and society.
- He venture into politics when he got elected in the House of Representatives for the northern state of Yobe in 1999.
- Lawan chaired the House Committees on education and agriculture at a different time during his stay at the lower chamber.
- Lawan was elected to the Senate in 2007. In 2008, he was a member of the National Assembly’s Joint Committee on Constitution Review. In 2009, as chairman of the Senate committee on Public Accounts, Lawan initiated and sponsored the Desertification Control Commission Bill.
- He won re-election on the platform of the ANPP in the 9 April 2011 elections.
- He contested to be the president of the 8th assembly of the Nigerian Senate but lost to the outgone senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
- Lawan has bagged so many awards. This awards include, National Honours Award of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON); Fellow of the Institute for Government Research and Leadership Technology (2012); Best Performing Senator in Yobe State in 2009 by Yobe State Students’ Association, University of Abuja Chapter; Best Senator for Effective Oversight, NUJ; Best Senator in 2011 by Baseline Global Ventures; and the Sardauna Legendary Pillar of Exemplary Leadership Award by Leadership and Role Model Foundation of Nigeria.
- Lawan was nominated to the Senate president by his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), and one of his rivals, Senator Danjuma Goje, stepped down for his emergence after the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari