Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed is the present Governor of Bauchi State under the People’s Democratic Party. He previously served as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory between 2010 to 2015, and as a Senator, representing the Bauchi South Senatorial District from 2007 to 2010.
He was born on 5th October 1958, in Duguri town, Alkaleri local government area, Bauchi State, to a Fulani background. He is married to Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed, and they are blessed with children.
|Administrative Staff College of Nigeria||Certificate in General Management||1988|
|University of Maiduguri, Bauchi State||B.A English Language||1979-1982|
|North-East College of Art and Science||Advanced Level Certificate||1977-1979|
|Government Secondary School, Bauchi State||West African Senior School Certificate||1972-1976|
|Duguri Primary School, Bauchi State||First School Leaving Certificate||1965-1971|
|Nigerian Meteorological Agency||Director of Administration and Supplies||2004|
|Federal Ministry of Aviation, Abuja||Special Assistant to the Minister||2003|
|Nigerian Railway Corporation||Director of Administration||2003|
|Federal Ministry of Transport, Abuja||Assistant Director||1999-2003|
|Federal Ministry of Power and Steel, Abuja||Assistant Director||1997-1999|
|Federal Ministry of Solid Materials, Abuja||Chief Supplies Officer||1995-1997|
|Cabinet Secretariat of the Presidency||Administrative Officer||1994|
|Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs, Abuja||Administrative Officer||1984|
|Democrat Newspaper||State Editor in charge of Benue State||1983 -1984|
|Mirage Newspaper, Jos, Plateau State||News Editor||1982-1983|
Duguri town, Alkaleri LGA, Bauchi State
October 5th 1958
People’s Democratic Party
Minister of Federal Capital Territory (2010-2015)
Senate Member, representing Bauch South Senatorial District
Governor, Bauchi State (since 2019)
Mohammed was elected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing Bauchi South Senatorial District, on April 21st, 2007 – under the platform of All Nigeria People’s Party. He held this position until he was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan, as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory in April 2010. In 2019, he defeated incumbent Governor Mohammed Abubakar to become the Governor of Bauchi State and was sworn in on May 29th, 2019.
Awards & Honours
2021 Governor of the Year on Infrastructure conferred by TheNigerian News, a UK-based media group
2021 Honorary Fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)
2021 Best Pilgrimage Governor in the Northeast Region conferred upon by the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission
2013 United Nation’s Public Service Delivery Excellence Award
- Rehabilitation and expansion of the airport road and KUBWA expressway in Abuja
- Built a rail track from Abuja to Kaduna, and the Idu rail station, Abuja
- Introduced the land swap policy that uses the land as a resource to fast track infrastructure development in Abuja
- Construction of 270 new classrooms and renovation of 405 classrooms across Bauchi State
- In 2020, under his administration, Bauchi state became the first and only North-Eastern state to domesticate the VAPP (Violence Against Persons Prohibition) Act since its enactment. The act ensures justice and protection of the rights and properties of victims of sexual and gender-based violence.
- Revival of declining companies in Bauchi state, which were abandoned projects of previous administrations including Azare Flour Mills, Bauchi Fertilizer Company and Arewa Ceramics Company
- Collaboration with World Bank to expand and rehabilitate the Gubi Dam Conventional Water Treatment Plant, which will boost water supply in Bauchi State
- In 2010, Mohammed was one of the first senators to support the controversial doctrine of the necessity of an acting president. Thus, ensuring the ascension of Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to the seat of Presidency, despite concerted efforts by the cabal of the Yar’Adua administration to stop Jonathan from becoming the acting president.
- Mohammed had a fallout with his godfather, Isa Yuguda which brought their relationship to an end. This is due to Yugada marrying President Umaru Yar’Adua’s daughter and defecting to the People’s Democratic Party. In 2010, Mohammed also accused Yugada of being behind a move to recall him from the Senate.
- In 2016, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrested Mohammed for financial crimes worth over ₦1.3 trillion during his time as FCT Minister. Following his election as Governor of Bauchi State in 2019, his corruption trial was suspended due to immunity from criminal prosecution as a governor. This has brought several criticisms as to Mohammed’s motive for governorship being hinged on avoiding prosecution.
- In 2020, Mohammed was accused of allegedly awarding a contract of ₦3.6 billion to Adda Nigeria Limited, a company in which he retains a 20% stake. The contract was allegedly for the supply of 105 official vehicles for use by the governor and his administration. The delivery by the contractor is said to be controversial, with allegations of a shady execution. It was also reported that this was one of his first actions as governor of Bauchi State.