Senator Abdul Ningi: An Outstanding Nigerian Politician

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Senator Abdul Ningi is a Visionary Nigerian politician, distinguished Abusite and one of the most vibrant and articulated Parliamentarians Nigeria ever produced. He is a former House Majority Leader (House of Representatives), and former senate deputy majority leader as well as former Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association.

Abdul Ningi was born on April 20, 1960, in Ningi town of Bauchi State. He grew up in modest circumstances having to walk kilometers daily to fetch water for the family. He started working at his father’s farm at age 5, a farm he still maintains till today.

He attended Ningi East primary school from 1969 to 1973 and was enrolled at Government Secondary School, Misau. Upon Graduating from GSS Misau in 1978, he enrolled at the Bauchi College of Art and Sciences for a 2-year pre-degree program.

Senator Abdul Ningi
Senator Abdul Ningi

Abdul Ningi later proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology 1983, becoming the first in his family to achieve that feat. Shortly after his graduation in 1983, he proceeded to Kano state for his mandatory NYSC program.

He started his working career In 1984, as a Social welfare officer with the Bauchi state government. He was later promoted to the Secretary of Bauchi Rent Tribunal and by 1986 he was headhunted into First Bank of Nigeria as a banking supervisor.

He joined Hi-Tech computers in 1992 as a Senior Administrative officer and by 1995 became the Chairman and Chief Executive of NAJ Resources Ltd, Bauchi.

Senator Abdul Ningi launched his full political In 1996 when he contested for a seat in the Bauchi state house of assembly under the platform of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) and won but unfortunately, and elections were later canceled by the General Abacha government.

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With the return to civilian rule in 1999, Senator Abdul Ningi joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and contested again but this time for the federal House of Representatives. He won by a landslide to represent Ningi Federal constituency. He was re-elected 2 times in 2003 and 2007.

During his first term as a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Abdul Ningi served as Chairman House Committee on Solid minerals (2002 to 2003); Chairman, House subcommittee on Teachers Education (1999 to 2002); and Chairman, House sub-committee on NAFDAC (1999 – 2003).

Between 1999 and 2002, he was Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association during his reign, Nigeria successfully qualified for her second appearance at the FIFA World Cup.

Abdul Ningi was re-elected in 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the House Majority Leader. He was among the key actors that helped in keeping the house together during the third term saga in 2006.

He chaired the House sub-committee on Nigerian Football Association (2003 to 2007) and became a member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and Pan-African Parliament.

His 2007 election was keenly contested as Salisu Zakari of the ANPP was initially declared the winner, but in 2008 the appeal court reinstated Abdul Ningi as the rightful winner of the April 2007 elections.

He served as Chairman Ad-hoc Committee on Niger Delta crisis, were his input helped in developing the Amnesty program that resolved the militancy in the region. He was also the Chairman House Committee on Police Affairs and was also in 2011.

Abdul Ningi ran against an incumbent Senator Mohammed A. Muhammad of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) and won in the 9 April senatorial elections. And was unanimously chosen by his colleagues as the deputy majority leader of the Senate.

At the Lower Chamber of the National Assembly (House of Representatives) Abdul Ningi was a force to reckon with and was known across the country as a vocal voice when it comes motions affecting the living standard of the downtrodden. His contributions to various debates in the chamber were outstanding.

At the upper chamber of the federal legislature (Senate), he performed even more excellently when it comes to presentations on the floor of the Senate. His contributions were always very articulate and game-changer.

He also had a lot of positive reviews about his engagements with his constituents. He executed several philanthropic projects such as scholarships to students, empowerment of women, renovation of schools and empowering of youths.

Abdul Ningi’s Milestone projects

In partnership with the Hadejia-Jama’are River Basin Development Agriculture and Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority, Abdul Ningi assisted 1,850 individual farms with Dry season support and 600 individual farms with Wet season support during the 2012 and 2013 farming season.

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Between 2012 and 2013, Abdul Ningi sank a total of 659 units of hand pump boreholes, 43 Solar powered overhead tanks for the six local government areas of Danbam, Darazo, Ganjuwa, Ningi, and Warji.

Abdul Ningi's Milestone projects

He also initiated the ‘Ningi water reticulation project’ which was aimed at providing water for over 100,000 inhabitants of the Ningi emirate and surrounding villages boost agriculture and power generation capacity of the state.

Abdul Ningi also donated 1,500 motorcycles, 600 tricycles, and 500 sewing machines to various communities. To aid transportation, numerous 18-seater buses were also donated.

Two mega Youth Skill Acquisition Centres in Ningi and Misau and in partnership with SMEDAN, Abdul Ningi trained over 1,200 youths in tailoring, 250 youths in basket weaver and hundreds more in craftsmanship. 9 ICT centers were constructed to extend computer literacy to Bauchi people.

In the area of education, he intervened in hundreds of schools by providing pieces of equipment like modern whiteboard and markers, modernized classroom tables and seats, and provision of text and writing books. Through the Ningi scholarship scheme, the WASSCE fees and tuition fees of hundred of youth were paid by Abdul Ningi.

Senator Abdul Ningi is very friendly, humane, simple, open and generous to all without considering where you come from. His humility and simplicity has further endeared him to the people and guided his brand of leadership and politics in society.

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