Excellent Honorary Doctorates will be given to Senator Barau and AfDB President Adesina by Bayero University Kano.1

Excellent Honorary Doctorates will be given to Senator Barau and AfDB President Adesina by Bayero University Kano.1

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jibrin, and the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, will both receive honorary doctorate degrees from Bayero University Kano (BUK) for their services to education and youth development.

The award event is set for Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the New Campus of the university on Gwarzo Road in Kano. It will be the big finale of the 38th convocation of the university.

According to a letter from Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, the university’s vice-chancellor, both the Senate and the Management have accepted the award. The letter was sent to the Deputy President of the Senate.

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Ismail Mudashir, who is the Special Adviser to the Deputy President of the Senate on Media and Publicity, said this in a statement on Tuesday.

In the letter that Senator Barau sent, it said, “Sir, your nomination for the coveted award is based on your great passion for education and youth development, among other things.” Through scholarships, health-related projects, and many agriculture and empowerment programs across the state, you have made a good difference in the lives of people in your district and across the state.

Senator Barau
Senator Barau

“Between 2015 and 2023, you were able to sponsor 56 bills in the Senate.” The Senate Press Corps named you the best Northern Senator of the Year for 2017. This is because of all the great things you’ve done for the country.

Born in 1959 in his hometown of Kabo, the capital of Kabo Local Government Area of Kano State, Senator Barau began his trip to the legislative arm of government in 1999, when the country returned to civil rule.

Between 1999 and 2003, when he served Tarauni Federal Constituency of Kano Central Senatorial District at the Green Chamber, he led the Committee on Appropriations.

On end of his time at the House of Representatives, he returned to private practice. In 2013, when the All Progressives Congress (APC) was formed, he was one of the main members of the party in Kano State. In 2015, he fought and won the election for Kano North Senatorial District on the platform of the APC.

After the opening of the Senate in June 2015, Senator Barau was named as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream). Months later, he was promoted to chair the same group.

In the later part of 2016, he was moved to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund as its head, a post he held until the end of the 8th National Assembly.

Satisfied with his leadership, his voters re-elected him in 2019 to serve them for a second term. Because of his background as an accountant, he was named Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

For five years, he was the head of the Northern Senators Forum (2016 to 2021). A pro-masses parliamentarian, Senator Barau’s areas of parliamentary interest are education, agriculture and the business.

In 2023, for the third time, the people of Kano North Senatorial District, during the general elections, elected Senator Barau to the Upper Chamber.

On June 13, when the parliament was inaugurated following the proclamation by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the leading member, Barau, emerged unopposed following his support by all his colleagues during the election for the office of the Deputy President of the Senate. He currently chairs the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as modified).


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