Who Is Governor Of Katsina State 2020?
Aminu Bello Masari is the 4th democratic and serving governor of Katsina state.
Current Age: 70 years
Hometown: Masari village of Kafur LGA
Alma-mater: Middlesex Polytechnic, London
Educational Qualifications: PGD, Water Quality Control and Management.
Political Party: All Progressives Congress (APC)
Terms In Office: Running his Second term
Marital Status: Married to Hajia Hadiza Masari with two children
Aminu Bello Masari was born on 29 May 1950 in Masari village of Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State. He had his primary education at Kafur/Malumfashi Primary School after which he got admitted at the Government Secondary School for his secondary education.
Upon completion of his secondary school education, he left the country to the United Kingdom, to study at the Middlesex Polytechnic, London. He graduated in 1982 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Water Quality Control and Management. He also had attended Funtua AWS Training School and the Administrative Staff College, Badagary.
He is married to Hajia Hadiza Masari with whom he has tow children; Shamsudeen Bello Masari, Kamaludeen Aminu Bello Masari.
He has asserted that his mission is to “restore Katsina state to those glorious days where education and agriculture were the pride of our people”
EARLY CAREER/POLITICAL JOURNEY
Masari had little work experience outside of politics. He kicked off his career working as a Technical Assistant (Hydrology) in Katsina Ministry of Works in 1969. In 1991, he got elevated to the position of Assistant General Manager (Operations).
From thereon, he got into politics serving in appointed positions. He was picked by John Madaki, the military governor serving at the time, to become Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, Katsina State, a position he handled until 1993.
He also served as an elected member of the Constitutional Conference from 1994 – 1995.
In 2003, Masari took a step further to contest the Speakership seat of the Nigerian House of Representatives and won under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) up until 2007.
Masari later had an unsuccessful run for the seat of the governor in 2011 under the defunct Congress For Progressives Change (CPC), But in the advent of the coalition between the CPC and ACN in 2014, he became governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2015 general elections.
He contested the polls against the incumbent’s favourite, Musa Nashuni, who he defeated in a landslide victory on April 11. He got sworn in as the Executive Governor of Kastina State on 29 May 2015 for his first term.
He was elected for a second term as Governor of Katsina in the March 9, 2019 general elections after he floored the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate, Senator Garba Yakubu Lado.
No disclosure of his net worth
The norm being the case with most Nigerian politicians, Masari, shortly after he was inaugurated for his first term in office, accused his predecessor, Ibrahim Shehu Shema of looting 11 million off the state treasury after 2015 elections, a few days before handing over.
Recall that Shema had supported his rival in the elections. The matter was taken up by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Shema was charged to court along with some of his cabinet members.
Masari also, immediately, sacked all local government chairmen who were members of the PDP in a bid to purge the state of the ousted party. He was then dragged to court over the matter by the party.
He once claimed that there is no true federalism in the country. He has also been of the opinion that the federal government should not determine a uniform salary for all political officeholders.
Masari has been one of the Northern governors that has greatly been submerged in serious issues of insecurity ravaging the state.
Just recently in 2020, he got into a major clash with the presidency over the accurate number of missing schoolboys that were abducted by suspected bandits in Kankara– an abduction that got even international attention considering that it was similar to the unfortunate kidnap of Chibok girls. While the governor insisted that the missing boys were over 300, the president’s aide, Garba Shehu kept on saying it was 10. Turned out that the governor was right as the Shehu later apologized for the misleading information.
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