INEC Chairman, Mamood Yakub’s Biography, Networth, family life, achievements
Currently serving as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) head is Nigerian professor Mahmood Yakubu. On October 21, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari named Mahmood to the position of chairman, replacing the outgoing Amina Zakari.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu was born in Bauchi, Bauchi State, Nigeria in May 1962. In Government Teachers College in Toro and Kobi Primary School, respectively, he finished his elementary and secondary studies. He then traveled to the University of Sokoto (now Usmanu Danfodiyo University), where he earned a first-class degree certificate in history, making him the first and, as of this writing, the only Nigerian from the North to do so. He pursued postgraduate studies in Nigerian history at the University of Oxford, where he received a PhD in 1991, and international relations at Wolfson College in Cambridge, where he earned a master’s degree in 1987. He was given a scholarship to study at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford by the Bauchi State Government. The following year, he continued his education at the University of Oxford on a Commonwealth Scholarship, where he graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil) in History in 1991 at the age of 29. He won the Beit Fund Research Grant and the Overseas Research Students’ Prize from the Committee of Vice Chancellors of United Kingdom Universities three times each while attending Oxford.
Professor Mahmood’s Career and Achievements
In 1986, Professor Yakubu started working in education as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Jos. From there, he went to the UK to complete his doctoral studies. In 1992, he made a comeback to the university as a Lecturer I. He came to the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna as a Senior Lecturer in 1993, and in 1995 and 1998, he was promoted to the level of Reader and Professor. From 1994 to 1995, he served as the head of the history department at the NDA. From 1998 to 2000, he served as the director of academic planning and dean of the faculty of arts and social sciences. From 2002 to 2004, he served as the chairman of the management board of the staff school. From 2004 to 2006, he served as the first dean of the postgraduate school. He has published more than 50 times.
Professor Yakubu served as the Task Team Leader for the Federal Ministry of Education’s tertiary education from 2006 to 2007 and as a member of the Presidential Technical Committee for the consolidation of Federal higher Institutions. He was chosen to serve as the Executive Secretary of the Education Trust Fund (ETF), afterwards known as the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, in 2007. (TETFund). He participated in the Renegotiation of the Federal Government Agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in this capacity, which was chaired by Deacon Gamaliel Onosode. He was a member of the Presidential Task Force on Education, the Presidential Scholarship for Innovation and Development (PRESID) Committee, the Ministerial Implementation Committee on the Establishment of Nine New Federal Universities, the Almajiri Education System, and the Presidential Committee on Needs Assessment of Nigerian Public Universities. He also served as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Needs Assessment of Nigerian Public Universities.
Towards the end of his tenure at TETFund in 2012, Professor Yakubu had overcome numerous obstacles in just five years to implement a number of reforms into the nation’s tertiary education system. The Academic Staff Training and Development Program, which sponsored over 6,000 lecturers from various higher education institutions to pursue postgraduate degrees at various Nigerian universities and over 2,000 in universities abroad, is one of these innovations. Another is the Special High Impact Intervention Project, which aimed to systematically improve the teaching, learning, and research facilities in a number of HEI, including 20 Universities, 12 Polytechnics, and a number of other institutions; the National Book Development Fund to facilitate the dissemination of research findings, the National Research Fund to enable Nigerian academics to conduct advanced research for national development, and the revival of more than 100 HEI-based publications and 18 remarkable doctorate theses.
Professor Yakubu served as the Assistant Secretary in charge of finances and administration for the National Conference in 2014 after being co-opted in 2013 as a technical member of the Implementation Monitoring Committee (IMC) on the Presidential Special Intervention Fund for the Revitalization of Nigerian Public Universities. He is a Fellow of both the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and the History Society of Nigeria. In 2009, he gave the Obafemi Awolowo University convocation speech in Ile-Ife. In 2013, he took part in the colloquium to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State. He holds honoris causa doctorates in law from Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto and in letters from Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma and Ebonyi State University in Abakaliki.
Awards and Recognitions
Mahmood Yakubu has received numerous awards. They consist of:
- Recipient of a federal government merit award
- Recipient of an overseas research scholarship three times.
- Association of Commonwealth Universities Commonwealth Scholarship
- Honorary fellowship to the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations
- Member of the Nigerian Historical Society
- Mahmood Yakubu was chosen by President Buhari to lead the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2015.
- He oversaw the 2019 general election and the elections for governor in Ekiti, Anambra, Osun, Edo, and other states.
Mahmood Yakubu is married with children
Mahmood Yakubu’s Net Worth is currently unknown
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