LADAN-BAKI, Alhaji (DR.) Othman

PROVINCIAL COMMISSIONER, MINISTER OF TRADE Alhaji Othman Ladan Bakiwas bom in Katsina town, Kaduna State, in 1927. After nineyearsin Katsina Primary and Middle School he moved to Kaduna College in 1942 which he left in 1945. He then attended the Civil Engineering School, Kadunafrom 1945 to 1947 beforeproceeding to Britainformore courses in Civil Engineering from 1959 to 1960. He practiced Civil Engineeringfor twenty -fouryears with active politics. He was Supervisor of Worksin Kastina LocalGovernmentArea in 1956 and the Councillorof Works, Survey and Rural Water Supplyfor Katsina Local Government in 1960 before becoming the Provincial Commissionerfor Zaria Province from 1962 to 1965. A Veteran Administrator and Politician, he was also a leading contributor to both Local and regjonal developments in the former Northern Nigeria. Alhaji Othman Ladan-Baki was a member of the House of Representatives from 1951 to 1954 during which he served on the Boardof the Electricity Council of Nigeria. He was a memberof the Ahmadu Bello University Council from 1962 to 1976 and served on various committees of the Institution among which were: Appointmentandpromotion, finance and' Generalpurposes, Tenders Board, Honourary Degree, and the Board of Governors of the Institute of Health. He was also a memberof the Northern House of Assembly Concurrently from 1951 to 1966. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Trade and Industry inNorthern Nigeriafrom 1955 to 1956 and Minister of Trade, Northern Nigeriain 1965. In 1966,AlhajiLadan-Baki was appointeda memberof the 'The Leadersof Thought" anda delegate to the Lagos Ad-hoc Conference on the Constitution of Nigeria. He was in the sameyear a member of "Consultative Committee " to the Military Government and chairmanof the Boundary Commissionof Northern Nigeria. He held five executive posts of Commissionersfor Education, Economic Planning, Trade, Industry and Co-operatives and Agriculture andNaturalResourcesin theformer North Central State Government atvarious times between 1967to 1975 before he becamea Commissionerin the Federal Civil Service Commissionin August 1975. In July 1982 he was appointed the first Chairman of the newly established National Assembly Service Commission. In November 1987 he was appointed Chairman Emergency Relief Agency, Katsina State. In 1989, he was appointed Chairman, Nigerian Pilgrims Commission. Whilst in 1991, he was appointed member Emirate Council. InApril 1992, he was appointed Governor National Judicial Institute. In August, 1998 he was appointed asa Commissioner in the Independent NationalElectoral Commission (INEC). He was awarded the OFR by the Federal Government in 1964 in recognition of his Commitment to meritorious service to the country.Andin 1976, theABU Zaria conferred on him the Honorary DoaorofLawDegreeLLB.
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