Careful look at Yar' Adua background reveals a lot of hidden strength.
First generation truly very western educated Northerner armed with ABU degree - especially in challenging Analytical Chemistry.
Progressive ally of the radical late Dr. Bala Usman (prince and academician who stood with the northern masses - talakawa). Yar' Adua's experience in agriculture andrural development, banking and teaching/education can help move Nigeria forward.
Publicly declared assets pre and post term (no anticipatory looting); micro-economic policy including taxation, macro-economic policy including budget surplus from merger Katsina statutory allocations is commendable.
Most impressive - investment in our beloved Neem tree (Ganya) which may potentially earn $US2 billion export dollars - with $US500 million accrued to the state...
If he wins we hope -- he has a vision of building Nigeria - a country second to none in the 21st century. May be this may be one legacy of Pres. Obasanjo!
Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar' Adua, the Executive Governor of Katsina State, was born in Katsina Town, Katsina State in 1951. He started his primary education at Rafukka Primary School, Katsina in 1958. He left Rafukka for Dutsinma Boarding Primary School in 1962 from where he completed his primary education in 1964.
Between 1965-1969, Umaru Yar' Adua was at Government College, Keffi in present-day Nasarawa State for his secondary education. He then moved to the famous Barewa College Zaria for his Higher School Certificate between 1970-1971.
For his university education, Yar' Adua attended the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria from 1972-1975 where he obtained the B.Sc Education/Chemistry. He returned to the same University from 1978-1980 for his M.Sc Degree in Analytical Chemistry.
Umaru Yar' Adua's working career began at the Holy Child College, Lagos for the mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) between 1975 and 1976. He was a Lecturer at the Katsina College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria between 1976 and 1979. He moved to Katsina Polytechnic, also as a Lecturer in 1979 and was there until 1983 when he left the public service.
Yar' Adua's movement to the private sector started at Sambo Farms Ltd in Funtua, Katsina State as its pioneer General Manager between 1983-1989. He served as a Board Member, Katsina State Farmers' Supply Company between 1984-1985, Member Governing Council of both Katsina College of Arts, Science and Technology Zaria and Katsina Polytechnic between 1978-1983, Board Chairman of Katsina State Investment and Property Development Company (KIPDECO) between 1994-1996.
Umaru Yar' Adua served as a Director of many companies, including Habib Nigeria Bank Ltd. 1995-1999; Lodigiani Nigeria Ltd. 1987-1999, Hamada Holdings, 1983-1999; and Madara Ltd. Vom, Jos, 1987-1999. He was Chairman, Nation House Press Ltd, Kaduna between 1995-1999.
Yar' Adua's foray into party politics began as a Lecturer when he became an active member and mobilizer for the defunct Peoples Redemption Party (PRP). During the Transition Programme of President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Yar' Adua was one of the foundation members of the Peoples Front, a political association under the leadership of his elder brother, the late Major-General Shehu Musa Yar' Adua.
That association later fused to form the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Yar' Adua was a member of the 1988 Constituent Assembly. He was a member of the party's National Caucus and the SDP State Secretary in Katsina and contested the 1991 Governorship election, but lost to the candidate of the National Republican Convention.
At the inception of General Abdulsalam Abubakar's transition in 1998, Yar' Adua founded the K34 political association which later teemed up to form the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He contested and won election as Governor of Katsina State in 1999 and was re-elected in 2003.
Governor Yar' Adua is best remembered as the first Governor to publicly declare his assets and has promised to do same again at the end of his tenure.
During his tenure as Governor, the state has gone through an unprecedented development, culminating in profoundly transformation of the educational and health institutions, provision of rural and urban roads, electrification, water supply and agriculture. Today, people of Katsina State can boast of a Governor with proven record of prudence, accountability and transparency. Under his leadership, Katsina State now has a surplus of N6.5billion from a near empty treasury and back log of debts in 1999.
No wonder, Umaru Yar' Adua won the National Primary Education Productivity Merit Award in 2004 and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Best Governor Award under the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme (ACGS) in 2005. Yar' Adua primary health care delivery system and primary education policies have become models with compelling national appeal.
His determination to make taxation the major source of public finance in Katsina State has currently pre-occupied his administration with implementation of plans to process and make viable neem production in the State. This is expected to bring in export revenue in excess of USD2billion to farmers and people of Katsina State.
The Governor further expects 25% of this or USD500 million to accrue to the state treasury as revenue for the sustenance of his efforts. He was honoured with many other awards for prudence and accountability, among which are NUJ Abuja Council (2003); NUJ Kaduna Council (2005) and Leadership Watch (2004).
Yar' Adua is happily married to Hajia Turai Umaru Yar' Adua and they are blessed with children.
He enjoys reading and playing squash


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Re: .Profile: Hidden Strengths of Umaru Yar' Adua
DaBishop posted on 12-17-2006, 17:26:15 PM
Let's do the math:
Seem like the man knew where he is headed; declaring his assets, introducing taxation to a volatile but 'party' state of Katsina and seeking to cultivate dollar exports; (socially, they used to love to hide beer under their babanriga in Katsina - do not say I told you )

You must give OBJ this one, his voodoo politics sure chose well; his health notwithstanding.
Compare this to IBB 'evil genuis'; ATK Diploma in law and Mofas A/C; Gusau Dark Horse, Odilli and his bogus air ambulance; Only the Duke compares!
Re: .Profile: Hidden Strengths of Umaru Yar' Adua
Averynicedoctor posted on 12-18-2006, 00:35:08 AM
I have a strangefelling Yar' Adua will surprise many people-starting with OBJ.Are we seeing another Putin?
Profile: Umaru Yar'Adua
I Love Nigeria posted on 12-18-2006, 00:56:19 AM
Profile: Umaru Yar'Adua
By Martin Plaut
BBC News
Yar'Adua: Taciturn, down-to-earth and not to be underestimated

Until a few weeks ago, very little had been heard of Umaru Yar'Adua outside of Nigeria.

And outside of his own state of Katsina in the north of the country, few Nigerians had heard of him either.
The reclusive governor sprang to prominence when it became known that he had the support of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The two men have a family link - his late elder brother and army general served as President Obasanjo's deputy when the president was Nigeria's military ruler during the 1970s. And the two men were in jail together during the rule of President Sani Abacha.

A former college lecturer, Mr Yar'Adua is one of the few governors not currently under investigation for corruption.

His prudent management of the state's finances is believed to have been important in winning the president's support.

A man of few airs and graces, he is known to have ignored the advice of aides and bodyguards to walk alone to tobacco kiosks to buy a single cigarette

Described by his critics as taciturn and not known for his tolerance of opposition, Mr Yar'Adua has sometimes been underestimated.

As one commentator put it, "because he's quiet, people mistake him for a weakling. But he's someone who knows his own mind."

If he wins the support of the Nigerian people in next year's presidential elections, he will need all these skills to lead one of the continent's most testing countries.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2006/12/17 07:31:58 GMT

Re: .Profile: Hidden Strengths of Umaru Yar' Adua
Averynicedoctor posted on 12-18-2006, 01:03:05 AM
*correction-a strange feeling
Re: .Profile: Hidden Strengths of Umaru Yar' Adua
Makinde posted on 12-18-2006, 04:45:37 AM
hello people,

sorry o, say I want put mouth for una talk small. It appears to me that most villagers just sit and make permutations about what they feel is good or bad for nigerians and nigeria without stepping back a little bit and think. correct me if I am wrong, most of you are abroad, not so? fine. Tell me what drove you from nigeria? no answer... see, only two sets of people make it out of university in nigeria. its either you are a smartie to the core or a damned crook no matter your look... give this two guys (yaradua/goodluck) a chance... and congratulate PDP or Obasanjo, if you like - because anything wey anybody do at all for nigeria, na Obasanjo do am - give them kudos for a job well done. A NEW BREED OF POLITICIANS IN THE TOP LEADERSHIP POSITIONS... this is what we have always clamoured for, so what is our headache... infact I am overwhemingly ashamed that anyone of you could mention the possible win of any of these recycled civilian or military and para-military politicians, I am ashamed!

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