TAFIDA, Dr. Dalhatu Sarki

Born 24 November 1940





OFR, MBBS; consultant, medical doctor; b: November 24, 1940; p: Zaria, so: Kaduna; married, has four children; ed: Primary School II, Zaria, 1947-51; Middle School, Zaria, 1952- 53; Barewa College, Zaria, 1954-59; Keffi Secondary School, 1960- 61; University of Lagos, 1962-67; Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, U.K, 1970-71; University of Liverpool, U.K., 1972; cr: House Officer, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; snr. House Officer, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1967-69; Registrar, Medicine, 1969-70; Asst. Royal Victoria Infirmary Newcastle U.K, 1970; Consultant Physician, 1973- 76; snr. Consultant Physician/Permanent sec Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Kaduna State, 1978-79; Chief Consultant Physician to the presd. 1980-83; comm. Agriculture, Kaduna State, 1983; comm. Education, 1987; resigned his appointment on principles; Pro Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, since 1989; min. of Health, 1993-95; elected Senator, 2003; Senate Majority Uader; mm. Nigerian Medical Association; Royal College of Physicians. U.K; Constituent Assembly, 1988-89; f. Nigerian Medical College of Physicians; nh. Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic, 1983; pp: Peoples Democratic Party; hob: swimming, tennis; off: Senate Chambers, National Assembly, Three Arms Zone, Abuja or 7B Ajayi Road, GRA, Kaduna, Kaduna State. was elected Senator for the Kaduna North constituency of Kaduna State, Nigeria at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He took office on 29 May 1999.[1] He was reelected for a further four-year term in 2003.Tafida was a contender to be PDP candidate for governor of Kaduna State in the 2007 elections, but lost in the primaries.[6] After leaving the Senate, Tafida was appointed Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, presenting his Letters of Credence to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 30 May 2008.[3] In March 2009 he noted a growth in applications for Nigerian visas at the High Commission, pointing out the importance of economic ties between the two countries despite the negative image due to oil field kidnappings, advance fee fraud and other problems.[14] In January 2010 he formally opened a new visa hall, which was expected to reduce delays in obtaining Nigerian visas.[15] In April 2010 Tafida reacted quickly when the BBC aired a documentary that showed Lagos as one huge slum.[16] His letter of protest to the BBC2 Controller noted "dismay and disappointment" about the documentary, and registered "strong rejection of this documentary as a deliberate distortion of life in Lagos"
Gender: Male
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Salamatu Ndana Mohammed
State of Origin: Kaduna State
Father's Name Garba Tafida
Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name Badariyyatu Tafida
Mother's Status N/A
Number of Male Children 6
Number of Female Children 3
Working Experience Senior House Officer at Ahmadu Bello University, (1967 - 1969) , Senior Registrar in Medicine in Katsina Specialist Hospital (1972 - 1973), , Consultant Physician to the Kaduna State Ministry of Health (1973 - 1976) , Permanent Secretary of the Kaduna State Ministry of Health (1976 - 1980). , personal physician to President Shehu Shagari (1980 - 1983) , Commissioner of Health, Commissioner of Agriculture , Commissioner of Education in Kaduna , Federal Minister of Health , Senator Federal Republic of Nigeria , Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom,
Barewa College, Zaria (1954 - 1959).. Government College, Keffi (1960 - 1961),. College of Medicine, University of Lagos (1962-1967).. Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, England (1970 - 1971)..University of Liverpool, England (1971-1972),. Johns Hopkins University in the USA (1974).

Tafidan Zazzau

Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).


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