Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed (PhD) is a Nigerian Politician, Businessman, and Philanthropist, and Vice presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
|Full Name||Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed (PhD)|
|Date of Birth||July 7, 1969|
|Place of Origin||Zaria, Kaduna State|
|Profession||Politician, Educator, Businessman|
Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed (PhD) Biography
Prior to joining the 7th National Assembly, Datti served as a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing the residents of Kaduna State’s Zaria Federal Constituency.
Childhood and Education
Yusuf Datti, was born on July 7, 1969, into the famed Baba-Ahmed family of Zaria. He spent the majority of his formative years acquiring the necessary abilities, know-how, and credentials, including a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Economics from the University of Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria.
After completing his first studies, he moved to Ogun State where he worked at the University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Ogun State, for his national service year.
His next job was as a banking officer at the First Bank of Nigeria Plc from 1997 to 1998. In July 1999, he returned to Baze Research and Data Services as its managing director. Before entering politics, he oversaw the strategic direction and expansion of the company for the following three years.
Given his outstanding private sector career and excellent educational background, Yusuf Datti was chosen to represent the people of Zaria Federal Constituency in Kaduna State in the 5th National Assembly at the young age of 34.
He was sworn in on May 29, 2003, and during his four years of service, he worked mostly to highlight the situation of his people. He also helped propose and implement policies and regulations, many of which the nation is still reaping the benefits of today.
Datti ran for and won the Kaduna North senatorial seat in 2011, but he was unable to complete his four-year term because the election was contested in court and his victory was invalidated.
His Technocrat Legacy
Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed has consistently demonstrated a distinct curiosity about the humanity, rivaled only by his commitment to put policies into place that are beneficial to Nigeria and Nigerians.
His career has been guided by his conviction that Nigeria needs competent leaders who are aware of where the world is going and have the knowledge and abilities to position themselves for that future.
He has earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Westminster, London, after finishing his Master of Science in Economics degree in 1995.
Also, he has received executive management and strategic leadership training at various levels from the London Business School, the London School of Practical Economics, and the Harvard Business School in Boston.
Datti has since chosen a keen interest in managing national and international security, stepping outside of his background in economics and management, to receive training on national and international security from the Harvard Kennedy School, Boston, Massachusetts. This is due to the dire state of the country.
He has frequently offered several doable solutions for addressing Nigeria’s security issues and its corruption issue, which has been a major factor in the quickly spreading terrorism throughout regions.
Currently, Sen. Yusuf Datti serves as the provost of Baze University, managing director and chairman of Baze Construction Ltd., and chairman of Baze Research & Data Service Ltd., all of which employ over 1000 Nigerians both at home and abroad.
Through his philanthropy, Sen. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed has continued to play a crucial role in raising the living conditions of both his local community and the greater Nigerian population outside of politics.
He established two junior secondary schools with a combined enrollment of 4,000 students and donated them as an educationist. Over 6,000 students have graduated from the institution since it opened, and many of them have gone on to earn advanced degrees and in-demand professional skills in their local regions.
He founded the independent Baze University in Abuja, Nigeria in 2011 with the primary goal of raising the educational standard of Nigerian students after comparing the quality of his studies abroad with that of the Nigerian school system and describing it as “appalling.”
Beyond education, he has also made investments in the vital health sector of the nation, constructing the largest hospital of its kind in Nigeria with 200 beds, cutting-edge medical equipment, and a total floor area of almost 14,000 square meters.
This facility employs a unique approach to close the gaps in the Nigerian healthcare system by producing skilled healthcare workers who can help reduce the need for medical travel by offering comprehensive medical services to members of the public while providing high-quality medical education to its students.
Labour Party Journey
Sen. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed is returning to active politics after making significant contributions to the public and commercial sectors, notably as an outspoken opponent of excessive government spending and pervasive corruption.
He presently belongs to the Labour Party of Nigeria and will run alongside His Excellency, Mr. Peter Obi for vice president in the general elections in 2023.
The two have received a lot of genuine support from Nigerians of all ages, many of whom have faith in their moral integrity and ability to turn the nation around.