David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark, GCON serves as the Senator for the Benue State constituency. A retired Nigerian Army Brigadier General and politician, David Mark was the President of the Senate of Nigeria from 2007 to 2015.
Prior to his senatorial career, he was the military Governor of Niger State from 1984 to 1986 and the Minister of Communication in 1987.
Mark has a country house with a helicopter and helipad.
Born in Otukpo in April 1948, David Mark is an Idoma Christian, enjoys golf, tennis, and squash. He is married to Kate Mark and they have 2 children. David Mark is polygamous who is also married to Omale, Helen and Randa. He was also married to Priye, a Bayelsa woman, and was involved in a high-profile divorce in the year 2000.
|1||St Francis Catholic Practising School, Otukpo||1956 – 1961|
|2||Nigerian Military School, Zaria||1962 – 1966|
|3||Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna||1967 – 1970|
|4||College of Military Engineering, Poona|
|5||Military College of Telecommunication Engineering, Mhow,||1971 – 1975|
|6.||Command Staff College, Jaji||1978 – 1979|
|7.||National Defence University, Washington DC||1990 – 1991|
|8.||Harvard University, Boston||1991 – 1992|
|S/N||Name of Company||Position||Year|
|1||Operations Headquarters & Signals Lagos||Staff Officer|
|2||Signal Brigade, Lagos||Sports Officer|
|3.||National War College||Faculty Director|
|4.||Army Headquarters, Lagos||Director of Telecommunications|
People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Military Governor, Niger State, 1984-86
Minister of Communications, 1987
Self-imposed exile, 1993-98
Senator, Benue South, 1999-03
Senator, Benue South, 2003-07
Senate President, 2007 to 2015.
Senator, Benue South, 2015 to date
Blunt style of leadership.
As Minister of Communications, Mark was sometimes known for his blunt talk; during a two-day walking tour of facilities in Akure in 1989, some union workers complained that some of its members had not been promoted since 1978. Mark’s response was that those who have not been promoted may have to be retired, meaning that unproductive workers will have to be let go.
Awards & Honours
Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON)
He pioneered the allocation of communication polls to towns with limited use of phone networks.
Repair of the Enugu – Benue Road
He espoused the death penalty for telecom cable thieves.
He engendered a policy of dismantling under-utilized telecom facilities.
- Accused of squandering billions of naira that was allocated to Benue state for road construction and water project in the state.
- The longest-serving member of the Senate.
- Mark once said telephones were not meant for poor people.
- He was one of the “IBB’s boys”.
- He allegedly made a statement that mobile phones were not for poor people.