Alhaji Adamu Muazu: The 3rd Civilian Governor of Bauchi State

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Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Muazu is a prominent Nigeran Politician and distinguished Abusite who was the governor of Bauchi State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He is also a former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Alhaji Adamu Muazu was born on 11th June 1955 in Boto, Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State (then called the Northern Region), Mu’azu attended primary school from 1962 to 1968.

Alhaji Adamu Muazu
Alhaji Adamu Muazu

Between 1971 and 1975, he attended the famous Gindiri Boy’s Secondary School in the then Benue-Plateau State where he obtained Division one (Distinction) in the West African School Certificate Examination.

He then proceeded to the School of Basic Studies (SBS) at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria for his remedial studies where he recorded ‘AAB’ assuring him a wide choice of academic courses at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He settled for Quantity Survey and graduated with a ‘Second Upper’.

He went back to ABU and in 1983 and took a Masters in Construction Management before proceeding to the University of Birmingham for yet another Masters in his chosen field.

Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu served as property manager of the Bauchi State Investment and Property Development Company before attending Birmingham University in the United Kingdom and receiving a second master’s degree, this time in the area of Construction Economics.

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From 1980 to 1983, Mu’azu worked as a Quantity Surveyor/Project Manager in the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Welfare, Youth, Sports and Culture in Kano State.

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Between 1984 and 1987, he was chairman of the Federal Polytechnic in Idah and chairman of the Benue-Plateau Construction Company in Jos from 1986 to 1990. He was also a member of the Bauchi State Scholarship Board during this period.

Between 1987 and 1997, he served in a number of capacities including director of the Nigeria Ports Authority and a member of the Bauchi State Rural Development Council.

From 1984 until his election as state governor in 1999, Mu’azu worked as a businessman in the private sector. He contested and won with 56 percent of the vote in the 1999 gubernatorial election and took office on 29 May 1999.

He was re-elected for a second four-year term in 2003. He ran for a Senate seat in the 2007 general election but was defeated.

Achievements of Alhaji Adamu Muazu

In a book titled: “My Tenure report,” published by him, it was on record that during his eight years stint as the Governor of Bauchi State from 1999 to 2007, a number of achievements were recorded in his name.

Among the various ways that the administration empowered women were the provision of free tuition to selected female students, the provision of microcredit loans as well as ensuring equality in employment opportunity.

In the educational sector, he increased primary school enrolment from 438,350 to 1.3 million within six years. The number of students produced from all the secondary schools in Bauchi State in 1999 that passed out with five credits was 279 but in 2005 the number rose to beyond 9,000.

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In the health sector, another area of his priority, budgetary allocation rose from 106 million Naira in 1999 to 3.4 billion Naira in 2005. Consequently, the Specialist Hospital in Bauchi and the General Hospitals in Gamawa, Alkeleri, Misau, Ningi were rehabilitated and equipped. New hospitals were opened in Burra, Boto, Azare, Itas Giade, Dass, Damdam, Warji, and Bagoro with a comprehensive health clinic at Udubo.

In the area of rural development Governor, Adamu Muazu connected 800 towns and villages in the state to the national grid from a mere 50 in 1999. Also, thousands of communities enjoyed water from boreholes.

Apparently proud of Mu’azu’s achievements, His royal majesty, the late Alake of Egbaland, Oba Oyebade Lipede, described him as a “rare gem who has given political governance its real meaning by making it truly people-oriented”.

The administration also constructed over 1000km of intra-state roads, over 230km of urban township roads, and 69km of feeder roads. All the roads constructed were of international standard with double coat surface dressing and asphalt overlay while some are of dual capacity.

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After Prof. Jerry Gana, then Minister of Information, leading a team of media executives drawn from a broad section of the Nigerian media concluded their tour of states of the federation in 2001; Governor Ahmadu emerged from their assessment as the top winner of the prize for rural development and the second-best Governor in the overall rating.

He was conferred with an honorary Doctorate degree by the Federal University of Technology, Akure, (FUTA) on December 17, 2005. This was his fifth in the line of honorary doctorate degrees from Nigerian universities.

Alhaji Adamu Muazu also has in his kitty a Doctor of Science from the University of Uyo (UNIUYO), Doctor of Technology from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, Doctor of Governance from the Igbenidion University, Okada, and Doctor of Science from the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) among others.

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