UMARU, Alhaji Gwandu




MHA,CMC,CBE,CON FIRST INDIGENOUS SPEAKER NORTHERN HOUSE OFASSEMBLY. He was born into the Gwandu ruling house in 1913. After the customary Islamic education athome, he attended the Gwandu Elementary School before going to the Sokoto Middle School. He capped it by going through the elite Katsina Higher College. Umaru Gwandu started work asa teacherin the Sokoto Middle Schoolin1938andremained theretill1945. Thatyearhe was appointed Private Secretary to the Emir of Gwandu and served in that capacity till 1948. He contested and won election into the Northern House ofAssembly where his career climaxed in 1959 when he was elected the first indigenous Speaker of the House. He held this position diligently to the admiration of all-even the opposition members of the House until the January 1966 which terminated the elected governmentof the day. In recognition of his meritorious service to the community and the Northern Region at large, he was conferred with the Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG), Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) and Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) After the creation of states he served the North Western Government as a Special Duties Officer in charge of distribution of relief materials to drought victims in drought affected areas. His duties also included devising ways and means ofproviding potable waterfor rural communities in the state. Hediedonthe 1" of December 1974 in amotor accident along the Sokoto Bimin Kebbi road.
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