Ten Things You Did Not Know About New Senate President, Ahmed Lawan

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1.Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan was born in 1959.

2.He became a senator in 2007.

3.He represents Yobe North Constituency of Yobe State under the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the  senate. 

4.He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Maiduguri, a master’s degree in remote sensing from Ahmadu Bello University and a doctorate degree in remote sensing/GIS from Cranfield University, UK.

5. Elected to the House of Representatives for the northern state of Yobe in 1999, Lawan at different times chaired the House Committees on education and agriculture.

6. He was a member of the National Assembly’s Joint Committee on Constitution Review in 2008.

7. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts in 2009, Lawan initiated and sponsored the Desertification Control Commission Bill.

8. Lawan spoke against the proposed Kafin Zaki Dam in August 2009. He stated that the Tiga Dam and Challawa Gorge Dam had already reduced water flow drastically, and that the Jama’are River was now the main source of water in the Yobe River. He said the dams caused intense poverty, increased desert encroachment, migration and conflicts between arable farmers and herdsmen.

9. Lawan ran for re-election in Yobe North Senatorial District under the ANPP platform in the April 9 2011 elections. He won with 92,799 votes, trailed by Hassan Kafayos Hussaini of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had 76,960 votes.

10.He was elected President of the Ninth Senate on June 11, 2019, after 78  of the 107 senator-elect voted for him ahead of fellow APC senator, Ali Ndume.

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