Profile: Senator Kabiru Gaya an Erudite Politician,Lawmaker
The family of Alhaji Ibrahim Gaya was blessed with a baby boy on 16 June, 1952 when Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya, a distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was born into the family.
The young Kabiru began the journey of life from Tsangaya Primary School where he got his first school leaving certificate. He was at the Government Science Secondary School B/Kudu where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC). He proceeded to College of Arts (CAS) Kano, before gaining admission into the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State where he graduated as architect.
He began his civil service career as a lecturer at the kano State polytechnic, also Board Member of KASEPPA in 1985. He was a frontline member of the National Republican Convention (NRC) on whose platform he was elected executive Governor of Kano State in 1992–1993. He was a member of the National Caucus Committee for the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in General Sani Abacha’s transition programme.
Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya was elected into the Senate from Kano South in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011and also re-elected in 2015 and again he’s now a 3rd term ranking senator. Upon his inauguration at the senate in 2015, he was elected as the chairman ad-hoc committees on Local and Foreign Debts, and later chairman senate committee on works in charge of federal roads in Nigeria till date. The Kano South senator sponsored many bills amongst are for the creation of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) this single act put the Nigeria among the committee of nations vis-a-vis the carnage by the insurgents, bill for Finance Management and Accountability , 2009, and the Millennium Development Agency Bill, 2009. He co-sponsored five motions and contributed immensely to debates in plenary. In May 2008, as chairman of Senate committee on Works, Gaya lamented that some projects were going very slowly, but resisted and promised Nigerians the idea of privatising Nigerian roads will be resisted.
Senate Kabiru Gaya was Senate’s Deputy Whip from 2007- 2011the vic chairman Local and Foreign Debts, chairman States and Local Government in the senate2011-2015, he used the position to return peace to Rivers State House of Assembly when there was political tussle in state resulting in the senate taking over legislative until normalcy is returns. He is a proud member of Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU). He was member of Gas, Local and Foreign Debts, States and Local Government, Upstream Petroleum Resources and Works, Constitutional Review, Special Duties, Water Resources, IPU, Land and Housing and still actively serving in some of them.
He was instrumental and dogged on returning peace to Rivers State during the imbroglio in the state which led to the state taken over by the senate in business of legislative proceedings of the state assembly.
He Co-chaired the Pension Committee of the senate for the pension conundrum in the country.
It is on record that Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya has 16 local government areas the largest senatorial zone in Nigeria bigger than four states in the country.
Senator Gaya is a recipient of many awards. He was given Award of Excellence for distinguished role on Youth Empowerment and Political Development in Nigeria by Nigeria Youth Organization in 2003, African Leaders of Integrity Merit Award, for High Sense of Integrity, Accountability and Transparency in Africa Leadership by African International News Magazine in 2005. Students at the faculty of law Bayero University, Kano gave him award for Excellence for his contributions to students and the faculty in 2007-2008
Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Outstanding Performance Award was given to him in 2010 b. Others are Award of Excellence for Contribution to the Nation and Citizenry, Certificate of Appreciation for Active Participation in Fast Academic Activities at Batterjee Medical College-North Obhur, Jeddah Kingdom of Saudi–Arabia in 2010 and Conferment of Patron for Contribution for Advancement of Democracy and Good Governance, 2012. He was awarded Good Leadership Award for Sacrifice for the Good of the People and Provision of Food for Rural People, Education and Health by Awareness for Good Leadership and Peace Development. The senator will ever green in the heart of the people.
The senator is an alumnus of Oxford University in United Kingdom, Stanford University in the United States of America and was awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree by the University Of Science And Applied Management, Porto-Novo, Benin.
Senator, (Dr) Arc Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya as an architect by profession will be remembered for his architectural dexterity in designing the edifice of African pride, the Ship House situated at the central business district of the federal capital territory.
He is happily married and blessed with children.