About the Senate

Hon. Ahmed Lawan

Senate President

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan was born in 1959. He received a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Maiduguri,

a master’s degree in remote sensing from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.He is married with children. He is an experienced legislator with over 20 years’ service in both the House of Representative and the Senate. He represents Yobe North Senatorial District and a member of the Presidential Advisory Council. He is one of the longest serving lawmakers, having been first elected into the House of Representatives in 1999. He entered the political sphere in 1998 as the Vice Chairman, Yobe State Chapter of the APP.

In 1999, he served as the secretary of the Electoral Committee at the APP National Convention, Abuja. Later that year he was elected to the House of Representatives. After eight years of meritorious service, he was elected Senator for Yobe North in 2007. He has performed with distinction in both Legislative Chambers, chairing several committees including the House Committee on Agriculture (2003-2005) the House Committee on Education (2005-2007). He was Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts (2007-2015). He was also Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence (2015-2017) and served as Chairman of numerous Senate ad hoc committees, including ad hoc committing on Privatisation. He was the Majority Leader of the Eighth Senate.

A believer in life-long learning, he has attended advanced courses in a wide range of fields such as: 3rd Westminster Workshop on Public Accounts Committee (House of Parliament, London), Oxford Strategic Leadership (OSLP) Programme (SAID Business School University of Oxford), Professional Development Course on the Canadian Taxation System (Carleton University), Managing Teams for Innovation and Success Program (Stanford University School of Business) etc. He has been conferred with several traditional titles. Highly regarded by both his community and his country, in 2012, he was awarded the national honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON). On June 11, 2019,e, having polled 79 votes to defeat his main challenger Ali Ndume, who garnered 28 votes.


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Principal Officials in the Senate

Please view below comprehensive list of Standing Committees of the 9th Senate (2019-2023)

  • AHMAD IBRAHIM LAWAN                                  PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
  • OVIE OMO-AGEGE                                       DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
  • YAHAYA ABDULLAHI (KEBBI NORTH)                       SENATE MAJORITY  LEADER
  • AJAYI R. BOROFFICE(ONDO NORTH)                       DEPUTY MAJORITY LEADER
  • ENYINNAYA H. ABARIBE(ABIA SOUTH)                     SENATE MINORITY LEADER
  • EMMANUEL BWACHA(TARABA SOUTH)                        DEPUTY MINORITY LEADER
  • SEN ORJI UZOR KALU (ABIA NORTH)                      CHIEF WHIP
  • ALIYU S. ABDULLAHI (NIGER NORTH)                     DEPUTY CHIEF WHIP
  • PHILIP ADUDA (FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY)             MINORITY WHIP
  • SAHABI YA’U (ZAMFARA NORTH)                          DEPUTY MINORITY WHIP

(Chairmen and Vice Chairmen)

S/NCOMMITTEESCHAIRMANVICE CHAIRMAN
1Agriculture and ProductivitySen. Abdullahi AdamuSen. Bima Mohammed Enagi
2AirForceSen. BalaIbn Na’allahSen.Michael Ama Nnachi
3ArmySen. Mohammed Ali NdumeSen. Abba Patrick Moro
4Anti-Corruption and Financial CrimesSen. Suleiman KwariSen.Aliyu Wamakko
5AppropriationsSen. Jibrin BarauSen. Stella Oduah
6AviationSen. Smart AdeyemiSen. BalaIbn Na’allah
7Banking Insurance and Other Financial InstitutionsSen. Uba SaniSen.Uzor Orji Kalu
8Capital MarketSen. Ibikunle AmosunSen. Binos Dauda Yaroe
9CommunicationsSen. Oluremi TinubuSen. Ibrahim Mohammed
10Cooperation and integration in Africa and NEPADSen. Chimaroke NnamaniSen.Yusuf Abubukar Yusuf
11Culture and TourismSen. Rochas OkorochaSen. Ignatius Datong Longjan
12Customs, Excise and TariffSen. Francis AlimikhenaSen. Francis Fadahunsi
13DefenceSen. Aliyu WamakkoSen. Istifanus Dung Gyang
14Diapsora and NGOsSen. Surajudeen Ajibola BasiruSen. Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe
15Downstream PetroleumSen. Sabo MohammedSen. Philip Aduda
16Drugs and NarcoticsSen. Hezekiah DimkaSen. Chimaroke Nnamani
17Ecology and Climate ChangeSen. Mohammed Hassan GusauSen. Olunbunmi Adetunmbi
18Education (Basic and Secondary)Sen. Ibrahim GeidamSen. Akon Etim Eyakenyi
19Employment, Labour and ProductivitySen. Benjamin UwajumoguSen. Abdullahi Kabir Barkiya
20EnvironmentSen. Ike EkweremaduSen. Hassan Ibrahim Hadeija
21Establishment and Public ServiceSen. Ibrahim ShekarauSen. Mpigi Barinada
22Ethics and PrivilegesSen. Ayo Patrick AkinyelureSen. Ahmed Baba Kaita
23FCTSen. Abubukar KyariSen.Tolulope Odebiyi
24Federal Character and Inter-Governmental AffairsSen. Danjuma TellaLa’ahSen.Lawal Yahaya Gumau
25FERMASen. Gershom BasseySen. Abdullahi Kabir Barkiya
26FinanceSen. Olamilekan Solomon AdeolaSen. Jibril Isah
27Foreign AffairsSen. Mohammed BulkachuwaSen. Ignatius Datong
28GasSen. James ManagerSen. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo
29HealthSen. Yahaya Ibrahim OloriegbeSen. Betty Apiafi
30HousingSen. Sam EgwuSen. Yisa Oyelola Ashiru
31ICT and CybercrimesSen. Yakubu OseniSen. Abdulfatai Buhari
32INECSen. Kabiru GayaSen. Sahabi Alhaji Ya’u
33Information and National OrientationSen. Danladi Abdullahi SankaraSen. Aisha Ahmed Dahiru
34InteriorSen. Kasshim ShettimaSen. Diri Duoye
35Inter-Parliamentary AffairsSen. Godiya AkwashikiSen. Abba Patrick Moro
36IndustrySen. Sikiru Adebayo OsinowoSen. Saidu Ahmed Alkali
37Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal MattersSen. Michael Opeyemi BamideleSen. Emmanuel Orker-Jev
38Land TransportSen. Abdulfatai BuhariSen. Nicholas Tofomowo
39Legislative ComplianceSen. Adelere Adeyemi OriolowoSen. Aliyu Abdullahi Sabi
40Local ContentSen. Teslim FolarinSen. Aliyu Abdullahi Sabi
41Local and Foreign DebtSen. Clifford OrdiaSen. Bima Mohammed Enagi
42Marine TransportSen. Danjuma GojeSen. Adebayo Sikiru Osinowo
43Media and Public AffairsSen. Clement Adedayo AdeyeyeSen. Godiya Akwashiki
44National Identity and National PopulationSen. Saidu Ahmed AlkaliSen. Suleiman Sadiq Umar
45National Planning and Economic AffairsSen. Olubunmi AdetunmbiSen. Lawrence Ehwrudjakpo
46National Security and IntelligenceSen. Ibrahim Abdullahi GobirSen. Chukwuka Utazi
47NavySen. George Thompson SekiboSen. Elisha Clifford Ishaku
48Niger DeltaSen. Peter NwabuoshiSen. Amos Kilawangs Bulus
49Police AffairsSen. Halliru JikaSen. Shehu Abubakar
50PowerSen. Gabriel Torwua SuswamSen. Enyinnaya Abaribe
51Public AccountsSen. Matthew UrhoghideSen. Hassan Ibrahim Hadeija
52Public ProcurementSen. Isa Shuaibu LauSen. Yisa Oyelola Ashiru
53Primary Healthcare and Communicable DiseasesSen. Chukwuka UtaziSen. Suleiman Sadiq Umar
54PrivatizationSen. Theodore OrjiSen. Adelere Adeyemi Oriolowo
55Rules and BusinessSen. Suleiman Sadiq UmarSen. Abdullahi Yahaya
56Science and TechnologySen.Uche EkwunifeSen. Robert Ajayi Boroffice
57Senate ServicesSen. Musa Mohammed SaniSen. Hassan Lawali Anka
58Social Welfare and Poverty AlleviationSen. Lawal Yahaya GumauSen. Michael Ama Nnachi
59Solid MineralsSen. Umar Tanko Al-MakuraSen. Adelere Adeyemi Oriolowo
60Special DutiesSen. Yusuf A.YusufSen. Biobarakuma Degi- Eremienyo
61SportsSen. Obinna Joseph OgbaN/A
62States and Local GovernmentSen. Olamilekan MustaphaSen. Francis Onyewuchi
63Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Sen. Aisha Ahmed DahiruSen. Olamilekan Mustapha
64Tertiary Institutions and TETFundSen. Ahmed BabaKaitaSen. Onor Sandy Ojang
65Trade and InvestmentSen. Rose OkoSen. Francis Fadahunsi
66Upstream PetroleumSen. Albert Bassey AkpanSen. Ifeanyi Ubah
67Water ResourcesSen. Mandiya BelloSen. Christopher Ekpenyong
68Women AffairsSen. Betty ApiafiSen. Aisha Dahiru Ahmed
69WorksSen. Adamu AlieroSen. Emmanuel Bwacha