Meet the New Lagos state Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure, Abdullahi, the Lagos-born Katsina Indigene and Protégé of Tinubu Who has Served in all Administrations in Lagos Since 1999
Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday effected a minor cabinet reshuffle that saw a Lagos-born Katsina state indigene and a kinsman of President Muhammadu Buhari , Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi emerged as the new Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure.
Others affected by the reshuffle according to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Gboyega Akosile, were the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Wale Ahmed, who was moved to Local Government and Community Affairs; Mrs Yetunde Arobieke, formerly Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs moved to the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment.
Also, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf has been moved from the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture as Commissioner. Another former Special Adviser, Prince Anofiu Elegushi was assigned to the Ministries of Home Affairs. The Governor, according to Akosile, also announced portfolios of the new cabinet members, they are: Mr Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, Commissioner-designate (Special Duties), Mr Oyerinde Olugbenga Olanrewaju, Special Adviser-designate (Central Business District) and Mr Ayuba Ganiu Adele, Special Adviser-designate (Urban Development).
Abdullahi, a Fulani man and a protégé of a former governor of the state, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has served in all administrations in the state since the return of democracy in 1999.
According to the Lagos state government’s website, he was born on December 29, 1966 in Agege, Lagos State. He attended the Ahmadu Bello University where he bagged Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees both in architecture in 1990 and 1993 respectively. His meteoric rise to the Lagos state Executive Council started in 1990 when he was appointed as a member, Agege local government Education Authority from where he served as Manager, Property Development at Participant Properties Limited between 1994-1996.
In 2001 he was appointed as the chairman of Lagos State Planning & Environmental Monitoring Authority [LASPEMA] by then governor of the state, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, a position he held till 2007 after which he was appointed by former governor Babatunde Fashola as the General Manager of LASEPMA till 2015. Again he was appointed by former governor Akinwunmi Ambode in 2015 as Executive Secretary, Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission before his appointment as Special Adviser by incumbent governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Abdullahi contested for the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag for the Katsina North Senatorial District bye election in 2018 following the death of Senator Mustafa Bukar but lost to the eventual winner, Ahmed Babba-Kaita who went on to win the general election.
Congratulations to Abdullahi!