JALO, Alhaji Ibrahim

SPEAKER, FEDERAL HOUSEOFREPRESENTATIVES Ibrahimjalo was born on 1^ December 1927 in Gombe into afamily of royal advisers. His father MuhammaduJingudo wasa Fulanifrom Nafada and'inheritorofthe titleUbandoma. Ibrahimjalo started education in aQuranic School where he excelled before going to thefrrst elementary school in Gombe, the Gombe Central Elementary Schoolfrom 1936 to 1940. He then went to the Bauchi Middle School ^mhespenttwoyearsandthereafterwenttothefamousBarewaColkge,Zaria(thenknownasKa^un 1943 to 1946. His pursuit of knowledge did not stop at Kaduna College. Ibrahimjalo enrolled immediately into Teachers'Training College, Zariafrom 1946 to 1948. Itwasin 1954, that he wentfor aLocal Government course in London School of Economics, UK Alhaji Ibrahimjalo, began his public service after his completion of the Teachers' Training College, Zaria in 1948. He started as Teacher from 1948 to 1952 at Bauchi Middle School and from 1952 to 1954 aHeadmaster at Gombe SeniorPrimary School. In 1952, while he was Headmaster, hisfather died, asaresult, he succeeded hisfather as the Ubandoma of Gombe. Therefore, he performed two functions at a time, that of an Ubandoma and of a Headmaster. While in London School of Economics, he kaured Fulfulde. He was given the title "Wa%iri" of Gombe in 1956. In 1958, Ibrahim Jalo, joined politics and contested under the platform of the NPC into the Regional Legislature at Kaduna. He proceeded to Lagos after he won the election. He was appointed Deputy Speaker of the Housein 1960 andin 1961, he became the Speaker, the post he held until 1966. As amember of theNPC, he helped in the extension of electricity supply to Gombe as well as the provision of communication services like the telephone. He was also the Chief Architea of the extension of Railway-line into the North-Eastem part of Nigeria, with headquarters at Bauchi. He retumedto Gombe in 1966 to continue with his work as CouncilorforWorks in the Gombe Native Authority. His main achievement in that capacity was the building of the Gombe drainage system from TudunWadatojekadafari. With the creation of the defuna North-Eastem State in 1968, he became a Permanent member in the Public Service Commission (P.S.C)from 1968 to 1970 andfrom 1970 to 1973, he was the Chairman of the Local Government Service Board. In his capacity as the Chairman of PSC, he made sure relationship between traditional rulers was very cordial. During his tenure as Chairman of PSC, he tried his best to alleviate the problem of unemployment. Moreso, Ibrahimjalo was appointed the Chairman of the Nigeria Industrial Development Bank (NIDB). With his appointment as Chairman, he went ahead to open branch offices in places like Kaduna, Bauchi and Aba and he also approved loans to be granted to groups or individuals at these branches without having to refer to the headquarters atLagos all between 1973 and 1976 With the creation of Bauchi State in 1976, he became the Chairman of Public Service Commission and was responsible for the appointment and promotion of Civil Servants in the State. He was appointed Commissionerfor Education in 1978 when Bauchi State's educational institutions were fast degenerating. He was responsible for the abolishment of co-educational system and merged the schools so that each sex had its own exclusive school. He commissioned two secondary schools while he was in office. With the return of politics in 1979, hejoined the National PartyofNigeria(NPN)andcontestedfortheBauchiStateSouth-EastConstituenySenatonalSeat,whichhewon.^ aSenator, he was appointed the Chairman of Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He again contested and won in 1983 in which time he became the Senate Majority Leader. During his tenure as a Senator, he was among those that initiatedtheplanofFederalUw-costHousesineachoftheStatesoftheFederationin1981.Ahoinhh Chairman, Foreign Relations Committee, he represented Nigeria in various international conferences including United Nation's ApartheidCommittee Seminarin 1980 as well as the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in 1981 He was also an active participant in the Gombe State Movement which was dissolved by the Buhari regime in 1984. Before his appointment as Commissioner he had served as the National Chief Scout appointed by the then Head of State in 1977. During his tenure, he put every effort to wipe out the widely held view that the 'Scout' was aChristian body To drive hispoint, he made his sons and daughters enroll as Scouts and Girls Guides. It was also in thatyear that he was appointed Chairman, New India Assurance Company. He was awarded CFR in 1983 and Commander of the Order of Senegal (COS), while in faraway California, hewasgiven, ((Key of San-Francisco" and many other honours. Ibrahimjalo the Civil Servant, thePolitician and aTraditional Ruler died in November, 1987 at Gombe. "The North with apopulation of 18 million is the biggest single unit after Egypt in the Continent of Africa. In Agriculture, we are one of the two leading exporters of groundnuts in the world and our cotton supplies a substantial part of Lancashirej needs. In mining, we are the foremost producer of Columbite and an important source of the worlds tin. The Sardauna Sir AhmaduBello 15thMay, 1959
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