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The Man Prince Abubakar Audu, Background and major Achievements in Kogi State.


Prince Abubakar Audu the First and Second  Executive Governor of Kogi State was born on the 27th of October 1947 to the royal family of late Pa Audu Oyidi the Atta of Igala Land and the paramount rule of Ogbonicha-Alloma in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Audu started his primary school education at the N.A Junior Primary School, Alloma and later N.A Senior School, Ankpa.

He later went to Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha and graduated from Jos Commercial College where he obtained GCE "O" and "A" Level.


In 1975 Audu went to London and studied Banking and Personnel Management. In 1978 he obtained a professional certificate of secretary and a Fellowship of the Association of International Accountants of London.


He again returned to Nigeria in 1979 and received a Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Industrial Administration of Nigeria.


He worked for several years in the former Standard Bank where he served in different capacities and at management levels.


In 1986 he was appointed the Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning in the former Benue State. He held this position for two years when the council was dissolved and he returned to First Bank of Nigeria Plc. as a General Manager.


Prince Abubakar Audu was appointed an Executive Director of FSB International Bank Plc. in 1991 shortly before he was invited to Kogi state to contest the Kogi state governorship election under the ticket of the National Republican Convention (NRC)


He won the election was sworn into office on January 2 1992 as the First Executive Governor of Kogi 

state.


The administration ended in 22 months following a military intervention that ended the democratic dispensation of the country in November 1993.


He was re-elected as governor of Kogi state in 1999 under the All Nigerian People's Party when Nigeria returned to democracy and held the position of the governor of the state until May 29 2003.

He contested the Kogi state governorship election in 2007 under the ANPP and lost to his PDP opponent, Ibrahim Idris. He again lose out to Idris Wada in 2010, contesting under the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)


Abubakar Audu is married with children.

 

Major Achievements in His First and Second Terms as Kogi State Governor

The construction of 1,500 units of houses for public officers

Establishing of the Kogi State Polytechnic

Establishment of the Lokoja Television station

Establishment of the Kogi FM

Establishment of the Kogi Graphics Newspaper

Construction of an ultra-modern Kogi State Government House complex

Pioneering of the construction of the first modern Kogi State Liaison office in Abuja

Obajana Cement Factory

Kogi State University

The Five Star Confluence Beach Hotel

250 units Housing Estate

Sports Complex

Special Government Girls Secondary School

350 boreholes schemes

300 kilometers of township roads

Procurement of 100 transit buses

40 rural electrification projects


Awards and Honors Received

  • Distinguished Leadership Award by the African Community Development Institute in Washington DC, U.S.A
  • Golden Trophy for Good Governance in January 2002 by National Media Tour Award
  • Excellent Leadership Award by the Nigerian Union of Journalist, Abuja Chapter
  • Best Sport Loving Governor in Nigeria Award by Sport Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN)
  • Outstanding People of the 20th Century Award by the Biographical Center Cambridge England
  • 1000 Leaders of World Influence Award by the American Biographical Institute
  • Founding Member of the American Order of Excellence (FOAE) by the American Biographical Institute, U.S.A
  • American Medal of Honor Award by the American Biographical Institute, U.S.A Washington DC.
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