Chairman Senate Committee on Agriculture and Productivity
Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu’s career in Politics began in earnest 1977 when he was elected into the Constituent Assembly, a body that drafted the country’s Second Republic Constitution of 1979. Thereafter, he became a pioneer member of the National Movement which later metamorphosed into the National Party of Nigeria (NPN)
He was born on July 23, 1946 at Keffi. He started his education at the age of 7 in 1953 at Abdu Zanga Primary School, Keffi and completed at the Laminga Senior Primary School in 1959. His Post-Primary education Started at the Government Secondary School, Makurdi from 1960-1962, from where he proceeded to Government Technical College Bukuru from 1962-1965.
His career in Politics began in earnest 1977 when he was elected into the Constituent Assembly, a body that drafted the country’s Second Republic Constitution of 1979. Thereafter, he became a pioneer member of the National Movement which later metamorphosed into the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). He was the first Secretary of the Party from December 1978 and later Chairman of the Party in Plateau State from 1982 up to 1983 when the military terminated the life of the Second Republic. He also served as a member of the National Executive Committee of the Party.
He was appointed a member of the National Constitutional Conference convened by the General Sani Abacha Administration for the drafting of a constitution for a new democratic government (the Fourth Republic), i.e. Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu has been involved in writing the Nigerian Constitution twice (1979 & 1999 constitutions).
In March 1995, he was appointed a Minister of State in the Ministry of Works and Housing of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where he served up to November 17, 1997. During his tenure, he actively participated in the UN-sponsored programme for urban housing, the environment and sustainable development known as â€œhatitat IIâ€. He led the Nigeria delegation to all the Habitat Preparatory conferences at the United Nations and the main Habitat II conference in Istanbul, Turkey, in June/July 1996. He was in 1996 elected Chairman of Shelter Afrique (an OAU Umbrella for housing development in Africa). He represented Nigeria at the United Nations heads of state and government conference to review the charter of the Earth Summit in June1997 in New York.
At the lifting of the ban on politics he became a member of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) and was one of its leading gubernatorial contenders in Nasarawa Sate. His efforts did not materialize as the party, alongside others, was dissolved at the death of General Sani Abacha. At the onset of the current political dispensation in 1998, he became a founding member of the People Democratic Party (PDP) and contested for the position of the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State on its platform. He won the elections conducted on 9th January 1999. He was subsequently sworn in as the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State on May 29, 1999.
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