Senator Sa’idu Ahmed Alkali: Minister for Transportation

Sa’idu Ahmed Alkali, a three-term Senator representing Gombe North Senatorial District is the new Minister for Transportation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Alkali was born on February 12, 1969 in Dukku District of the defunct Northeast State to the late Khadi Ahmed Sa’idu. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Maiduguri, and worked with the Dukku Local Government Council. He later joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

After former Governor Muhammad Danjuma Goje won the 2003 gubernatorial election, Alkali was appointed the Executive Secretary of the Gombe State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.

In 2007, Senator Alkali was appointed Commissioner of Information during Goje’s second tenure. He was elected as Senator for the Gombe North Senatorial District in August 2010 by-elections, after the death of the incumbent, Senator Kawu Peto Dukku.

He emerged as the consensus candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), primarily because he was an indigene of Dukku Local Government Area, late Kawu Peto’s LGA. He was re-elected in the 2011 general elections.

He didn’t contest in the 2015 general elections and later defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2017, where he contested and defeated the then incumbent Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo in the 2019 general elections.

He served in the 6th, 7th and 9th Assembly, chairing various senate standing committees. 

Senator Sa’idu Ahmed Alkali: Minister for Transportation

However, Senator Alkali lost the Gombe North Senatorial seat to former Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo in the 2023 general elections, in a poll that was described as a re-match of the 2019 polls.

After former Governor Muhammad Danjuma Goje won the 2003 gubernatorial election, Alkali was appointed the Executive Secretary of the Gombe State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.

In 2007, Senator Alkali was appointed Commissioner of Information during Goje’s second tenure. He was elected as Senator for the Gombe North Senatorial District in August 2010 by-elections, after the death of the incumbent, Senator Kawu Peto Dukku.

He holds the honorary title of Sarkin Gabas Dukku and he is close associate of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and intimate friend of current Vice President Kashim Shettima.

Senator Sa’idu Ahmed Alkali was sworn-in on Monday 21st August, 2023 as the Minster of Transportation, Federal Republic of Nigeria by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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