KANO STATE GOVERNORS 1967-2007

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Kano State was created on 27 May 1967 during the Military Regime of General Yakubu Gowon. Befor the creation, Kano was a province in the defunct Northern Region.

In the history of Kano State from 1967 to 2007 there were 16 governors who governed the state. 10 out of the 16 governors were military. While the remaining 6 were civilian governors.

Audu Bako 1967-1975

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Audu Bako was the first Kano State Governor. He was a Police Commissioner when he was appointed the governor. During his time as the Kano State Governor between 1967 to 1975, different commissioners served under him as his cabinet members. These commissioners included :

  1. Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule (Dan Masanin Kano) as Commissioner for Information
  2. Alhaji Muhammadu Gauyama (Madawakin Hadejia) as Commissioner for Finance
  3. Alhaji Mukhtar Adnan (Sarkin Ban Kano) as Commissioner For Education
  4. Alhaji Muhammadu (Magajin Garin Kazaure) as Commissioner for Works, Land and Survey
  5. Alhaji Baba Dan Baffa as Commissioner for Establishment
  6. Alhaji Aminu Dantata as Commissioner for Trade, Industries, and Economic Planning
  7. Alhaji Sani Gezawa as Commissioner for Health
  8. Alhaji Inuwa Dutse as Commissioner for Agriculture
  9. Alhaji Usman Gumel as Commissioner for Home Affairs

Colonel Sani Bello 1975-1978

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In July 1975, General Yakubu Gowon was overthrown in a bloodless coup by Brigadier General Murtala Muhammed. This change of government affected the governors in every states. Therefore, in Kano State Audu Bako was replaced with Colonel Sani Bello as a military governor. Colonel Sani Bello appointed and worked with the personalities as his commissioners and also cabinet members:

  1. Alhaji Alfa Wali as Secretary to the State Government (SSG) from 1975-1976
  2. Alhaji Balarabe Isma’il also as SSG from 1976-1978
  3. Alhaji Sule Minjibir (Marafan Kano) as Commissioner For Local Government
  4. Alhaji Salihi Ilyasu as Commissioner For Education 1975-1976
  5. Dr Ibrahim Ayagi as Commissioner For Education 1976-1978
  6. Alhaji Ado Madaka as Commissioner For Health
  7. Alhaji Sule Gaya (Sarkin Fadar Kano) as Commissioner For Works and Housing
  8. Alhaji Dauda Sale Hadejia as Commissioner For Finance
  9. Alhaji Sani Ahmad Galadanci as Commissioner For Agriculture 1975-1976
  10. Alhaji Usman Nagado as Commissioner For Agriculture 1976-1978
  11. Alhaji Ibrahim El-Yakub as Commissioner For Information 1975-1976
  12. Alhaji Muhammadu Maude as Commissioner For Information 1976-1978
  13. Alhaji Aminu Dorayi as Commissioner For Trade and Industries
  14. Alhaji Imam Idris as Commissioner For Social Welfare

Group Captain Ishaya Shekari 1978-1979

In 1978, the administration of General Olusegun Obasanjo shifted and replaced some governors in the Nigerian states. In Kano State, Group Captain Ishaya Shekari was appointed to replaced Colonel Sani Bello as the new military governor. Ishaya Shekari also has Commissioners as follows :

  1. Alhaji Isa Gambo Dutse as Secretary to the State Government
  2. Dr Sani Zahraddeen as Commissioner For Education
  3. Alhaji Shehu Kazaure as Commissioner For Local Government
  4. Alhaji Faruk M. Dankadai as Commissioner For Agriculture
  5. Alhaji Musa Umar Lami as Commissioner For Works
  6. Alhaji Sani Babura as Commissioner For Natural Resources
  7. Alhaji Muhammadu A. Dutse as Commissioner For Health
  8. Alhaji Halliru Gwarzo as Commissioner For Commerce

Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi 1979-1983

In 1979, Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi was elected as the Kano State first executive civilian governor under the banner of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP). He took office on 1 October, 1979. Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi appointed and worked with the following commissioners as his cabinet members :

  1. Alhaji B.B. Faruk as Deputy Governor 1979-1981
  2. Alhaji Abdu Dawakin Tofa as Deputy Governor and Commissioner For Agriculture 1979-1981
  3. Alhaji Jibir Wudil as Commissioner For Agriculture 1981-1983
  4. Alhaji Sule Yahya Hamma as Secretary to the State Government
  5. Alhaji Shehu Shanono as Commissioner For Local Government 1979-1982
  6. Alhaji Da’u Aliyu Birnin Kudu as Commissioner For Local Government 1982-1983
  7. Alhaji Abdulhamid Hassan as Commissioner For Education
  8. Alhaji Ahmad Muhammad Sani (current Emir of Gumel) as Commissioner For Information 1979-1981
  9. Hajiya Zainab S. Kabir as Commissioner For Information 1981-1982
  10. Alhaji Hamza Ahmad Bichi as Commissioner For Information 1982-1983
  11. Dr Sadik Bashir Wali as Commissioner For Health 1979-1981
  12. Dr Warshu Haruna as Commissioner For Health 1981-1982
  13. Hajiya Amina Isyaku Kiru as Commissioner For Health 1982-1983
  14. Alhaji Wada A. Kiyawa as Commissioner For Land & Survey 1979-1983
  15. Alhaji Aminu Yusuf as Commissioner For Special Duties 1979-1981
  16. Alhaji Sani Gadanya as Commissioner For Special Duties 1981-1983
  17. Dr A.T. Abdullahi as Commissioner For Works and Housing
  18. Alhaji Kasim Musa Bichi as Commissioner For Finance

Alhaji Abdu Dawakin Tofa

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In May 1983, Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi resigned as the Governor of Kano State. Therefore, his Deputy Alhaji Abdu Dawakin Tofa took over. He also continued with most of the commissioners he inherited from Governor Rimi.

Alhaji Sabo Bakin Zuwo October to December 1983

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In August 1983, Alhaji Sabo Bakin Zuwo won the seat of the Kano State Governor under the platform of PRP. Even though his government was short-lived, he appointed and worked with the following commissioners as his cabinet members :

  1. Alhaji Wada A. Kiyawa as Deputy Governor
  2. Alhaji Musa Gwadabe as Secretary to the State Government
  3. Alhaji Dauda Dangalan as Commissioner For Local Government
  4. Alhaji Ibrahim Kazaure as Commissioner For Health
  5. Alhaji Sani Gule as Commissioner For Rural Development
  6. Alhaji Zubairu Dambatta as Commissioner For Commerce
  7. Alhaji Sabo Sarki as Commissioner For Information
  8. Alhaji Isyaku Mukhtar Kura as Commissioner For Works and Housing
  9. Alhaji Kabiru A. Bichi as Commissioner For Education
  10. Alhaji Sanusi Getso as Commissioner For Higher Education
  11. Alhaji Nasiru Balarabe as Commissioner For Finance
  12. Alhaji Muhammadu Dantudu Gumel as Commissioner For Religious & Culture Affairs
  13. Alhaji Bako Chakwama as Commissioner For Agriculture

Air Commodore Hamza Abdullahi 1984-1985

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On 31 December, 1983, a group of some Nigerian Army officers overthrown the civilian government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari. Major General Muhammadu Buhari replaced Shagari and became the new Nigerian Military Head of State and Commander In-Chief of the Armed Forces. Immediately, after taking over, General Buhari replaced the civilian governors and appointed military governors in their place for each state. The military governor sent to Kano State was Air Commodore Hamza Abdullahi. Hamza Abdullahi appointed and worked with the following as his commissioners :

  1. Abubakar Sadauki Kura as Secretary to the State Government
  2. Alhaji Musa Shua’ibu as Commissioner For Local Government
  3. Alhaji Imam Abubakar Wali as Commissioner For Education
  4. Hajiya Rabi Ilyasu as Commissioner For Health 1984-1985
  5. Alhaji Muhammadu Y. Kazaure as Commissioner For Health
  6. Alhaji Muhammadu Kazaure as Commissioner For Agriculture
  7. Alhaji Madaki Dalhatu as Commissioner For Commerce
  8. Alhaji Usman Sambo as Commissioner For Works & Housing
  9. Alhaji Sulaiman Ibrahim Jahun as Commissioner For Special Duties
  10. Alhaji Ibrahim Isma’il as Commissioner For Home Affairs

Colonel Ahmad Daku 1985-1986

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In August 1985, another group of the Nigerian Army officers staged a coup in which they overthrown General Muhammadu Buhari from power. Major General Ibrahim Babangida replaced General Buhari as the Nigerian Military Head of State. Therefore, he too replaced all of the military governors and appointed new ones. In Kano State, Colonel Ahmad Daku was appointed as the new Military Governor. Colonel Daku appointed and with the following as his cabinet members :

  1. Alhaji Abubakar Sadauki Kura as Secretary to the State Government
  2. Alhaji Sanusi Ciroma Yusuf as Commissioner of Justice
  3. Alhaji Madaki Dalhatu as Commissioner For Commerce
  4. Alhaji Adamu Shehu Hadejia as Commissioner For Works & Housing
  5. Alhaji Abba Abdullahi as Commissioner For Finance
  6. Alhaji Ya’u Kazaure as Commissioner For Health
  7. Alhaji Imam Abubakar Wali as Commissioner For Education

Group Captain Ndatsu Umaru 1986-1988

In 1986, General Ibrahim Babangida shifted and appointed some new military governors in Nigeria. In Kano State, Group Captain Ndatsu Umaru was appointed and replaced Colonel Daku. Group Captain Ndatsu Umaru appointed and worked with the following as cabinet members :

  1. Alhaji Ibrahim Baba as Secretary to the State Government
  2. Dr Tijjani Isma’il as Commissioner For Education
  3. Muhammad Nasir Mukhtar as Commissioner For Agriculture
  4. Alhaji Usman Sambo as Commissioner For Works & Housing
  5. Engr. Ibrahim Khalil Inuwa as Commissioner For Rural Development
  6. Alhaji Bello Adamu as Commissioner For Commerce

Colonel Idris Garba 1988-1991

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In 1988, Colonel Idris Garba replaced Group Captain Muhammad Ndatsu Umaru as the Military Governor of Kano State. Colonel Idris Garba appointed and worked with the following as his cabinet members :

  1. Malam Ado Gwaram as Secretary to the State Government
  2. Alhaji Aminu Galadima as Commissioner For Education 1988-1990
  3. Dr Sani Sufi as Commissioner For Education 1990-1991
  4. Alhaji Musa Salihu as Commissioner For Agriculture
  5. Hajiya Zahra Sabo Nanono as Commissioner For Health
  6. Alhaji Ahmad Umar Gumel as Commissioner For Commerce
  7. Engr. Magaji Abdullahi as Commissioner For Works & Housing
  8. Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima as Commissioner For Social Development, Youth & Sports
  9. Alhaji Sirajo Wudil as Commissioner For Special Duties
  10. Alhaji Sagir Muhammad as Commissioner For Information & Home Affairs
  11. Engr. Hamisu Roni as Commissioner For Animal Health & Forestry

Arc. Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya 1991-1993

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In 1990, the Nigerian Military Government under Genera Ibrahim Babangida registered two political parties in a preparation for the return of the democratic rule. The new parties were the Socialist Democratic Party (SDP), and the National Republican Convention (NRC). In the process, the governorship election was conducted in every one of the 30 states. In Kano State, Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya won the governorship seat under the platform of the NRC. After he took office, he worked with the following as his cabinet members :

  1. Alhaji Ahmad Usman as Deputy Governor
  2. Alhaji Abba Dabo as Secretary to the State Government
  3. Alhaji Isyaku Muhammad as Commissioner For Education
  4. Alhaji Aliyu Soron Dinki as Commissioner For Agriculture
  5. Hajiya Azumi Bebeji as Commissioner For Health
  6. Alhaji Habu Ibrahim Fagge as Commissioner For Finance
  7. Alhaji Abubakar Baba as Commissioner For Water Resources
  8. Alhaji Garba Bala as Commissioner For Works & Housing

Colonel Muhammad Abdullahi Wase 1993-1996

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In November 1993, General Sani Abacha became the Nigerian Military Head of State. Therefore, he dissolved all the elected governors and replaced them with military governors. In Kano State, Colonel Muhammad Abdullahi Wase was appointed the Governor of the State. Like his predecessors, he worked with the following as cabinet members:

  1. Alhaji Guda Abdullahi as Secretary to the State Government
  2. Alhaji Muhammad Vice Adamu as Commissioner For Special Duties
  3. Engr. Bashir Karaye as Commissioner For Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports & Culture
  4. Dr Fa’izu Baffa Yola as Commissioner For Water Resources
  5. Alhaji Umaru Faragai as Commissioner For Agriculture
  6. Dr Sani Sufi as Commissioner For Education
  7. Hajiya Nafisa Kabir as Commissioner For Health
  8. Alhaji Dalhatu M. Gwarzo as Commissioner For Commerce

Colonel Dominic Oneya 1996-1998

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In 1996, Colonel Muhammad Abdullahi Wase died in a plane crash. Therefore, the then Military Head of State General Sani Abacha appointed Colonel Dominic Oneya to replace the vacancy. Colonel Oneya worked with the following as his cabinet members:

  1. Alhaji Muhammad Garba as Secretary to the State Government
  2. Alhaji Aminu Yahya as Commissioner For Education
  3. Dr. Adamu Nuhu as Commissioner For Health
  4. Hajiya Zainab Muhammad as Commissioner For Finance
  5. Alhaji Yusuf Hassan as Commissioner For Agriculture
  6. Eng. Bashir Karaye as Commissioner For Water Resources
  7. Alhaji Ibrahim Mu’azzam Bichi as Commissioner For Commerce
  8. Alhaji Sa’idu Zakari as Commissioner For Special Duties
  9. Alhaji Gambo Shu’aibu as Commissioner For Rural Development
  10. Barrister Abdullahi Ahmad Yola as Commissioner For Justice
  11. Hajiya Hauwa Sule Gaya as Commissioner For Women Affairs

Colonel Aminu Isa Kontagora 1998-1999

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In June 1998, the Nigerian Military Head of State, General Sani Abacha died. His next in command Lt. General Abdussalam Abubakar succeeded him. Therefore, General Abdussalam Abubakar shifted and replaced some military governors. In Kano State, Colonel Aminu Isa Kontagora was appointed and replaced Colonel Dominic Oneya. Colonel Kontagora worked with the following as his cabinet members :

  1. Alhaji Guda Abdullahi as Secretary to the State Government
  2. Dr. Sani Sufi as Commissioner For Education
  3. Hajiya Nafisa M. Kabir as Commissioner For Health
  4. Alhaji Salahuddeen Nuhu Wali as Commissioner For Information
  5. Hajiya Zainab Muhammad as Commissioner For Finance
  6. Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar Karaye as Commissioner For Commerce
  7. Eng. Bashir Karaye as Commissioner For Internal Affairs
  8. Alhaji Umaru Faragai as Commissioner For Agriculture
  9. Alhaji Abdullahi S.M. Dankadai as Commissioner For Works & Transport
  10. Dr. Fa’izu Baffa Yola as Commissioner For Water Resources
  11. Barrister Ali El-Yakub as Commissioner For Justice

Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso 1999-2003

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In 1999, Nigeria returned to democratic rule. Elections were held from presidential to the councillorship level. In Kano State, Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was elected as the new executive governor under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP). Kwankwaso worked with the following as his cabinet members :

  1. Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as Deputy Governor and Commissioner For Local Government
  2. Malam Ado Gwaram as Secretary to the State Government
  3. Alhaji Usman Alhaji as Commissioner For Education
  4. Dr. Hafiz Abubakar as Commissioner For Finance
  5. Alhaji Yusufu Baita as Commissioner For Information
  6. Alhaji Yusuf Ado Kibiya as Commissioner For Agriculture
  7. Alhaji Nura Muhammad Dankadai as Commissioner For Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports & Culture
  8. Engr. Mansur Ahmad as Commissioner For Works & Housing
  9. Alhaji Aminu Dabo as Commissioner For Land & Planning
  10. Hajiya Hadiza Adado as Commissioner For Women Affairs

Malam Ibrahim Shekarau 2003-2007

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In 2003, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau defeated the incumbent Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. Malam Ibrahim Shekarau won the Kano State Governorship election under the platform of the All Nigerians People’s Party (ANPP). Malam Shekarau appointed and worked with the following as his cabinet members :

  1. Engr. Magaji Abdullahi as Deputy Governor
  2. Alhaji Abdulkarim Hassan as Secretary to the State
  3. Malam Salihu Sagir Takai as Commissioner For Water Resources
  4. Malam Abdullahi Sani Rogo as Commissioner For Local Government
  5. Alhaji Ishaq Mahmud Umar as Commissioner For Education 2003-2006
  6. Hajiya Balaraba Bello as Commissioner For Education 2006-2007
  7. Alhaji Ahmad Garba Riruwai as Commissioner For Agriculture
  8. Dr Sanda Muhammad as Commissioner For Health
  9. Professor Abdullahi Salihi as Commissioner For Works & Housing
  10. Malam Garba Yusuf Abubakar as Commissioner For Information, Youth, Sports & Culture
  11. Alhaji Musa Sulaiman Shanono as Commissioner For Finance
  12. Alhaji Ibrahim Garba as Commissioner For Land & Physical Planning
  13. Alhaji Nura Sani Hanga as Commissioner For Budget & Economic Planning
  14. Alhaji Kabiru A. Bichi as Commissioner For Environment
  15. Alhaji Hassan Muhammad Dawaki as Commissioner For Transport & Tourism
  16. Dr. Gaji Dantata as Commissioner For Women Affairs

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