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Prof Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi

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(Senate Majority Leader)

Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi was born on 10 December 1950 in Argungu, Kebbi State.) An Associate Professor, he is the Senator representing Kebbi North Senatorial District of Kebbi State. He is Senate Majority Leader of the Nigerian 9th National Assembly.

He 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.

Senator Yahaya attended 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.

He also holds the Certificate of Development Oriented Research in Agriculture, ICRA, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 1985.

He taught Rural Sociology, Agricultural Institutions, Extension, Rural Community Institutions and Economic Development at the Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, from 1976 to 1990.

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

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

In the 2015 elections, Abdullahi contested and won the Kebbi North Senatorial seat, on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. In the February 23, 2019 elections, he was announced 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.

The distinguished senator has sponsored several 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 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 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 operational framework for national investment in five, (5) key areas of alternative energy, so as to develop national capacity for smart energy mix, namely;

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 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.

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