Hon. Yakubu Dogara

Hon. Yakubu Dogara Biography / Profile

Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara was born on December 26th, 1967 to Yakubu Ganawuri and Saratu Yakubu of of Bogoro Local Government in Bauchi State, Nigeria. He is a lawyer and politician currently serving as the 14th Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Abuja.

Hon. Yakubu Dogara Age

Hon. Yakubu Dogara is 52 years old.

Hon. Yakubu Dogara Early Life

Hon. Dogara began his education in 1976 at Gwarangah Primary School in Bauchi state. In 1982, he proceeded to the Bauchi Teachers’ College for his secondary education, and obtained a Grade II Teachers’ Certificate in 1987. In 1988, he went on to the University of Jos, Plateau State, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Law (LLB Hons.) degree in 1992. He then proceeded to law school and was eventually called to the Bar in 1993. From 1992 to 1993, he was a student at the Lagos campus of the Nigerian Law School and was called to the bar in 1993. He later obtained a Masters (LLM) in International Commercial Law at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Hon. Yakubu Dogara Career

Hon. Dogara began his career in in April 1988 as a teacher at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Staff School in Bauchi. In 1993, during the mandatory National Youth Service Corps, he served at NCCF, Akwa Ibom state. Upon completion of the NYSC programme in 1994, he went into private legal practice until 2005 when he was appointed Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Transport. He held this position until 2006, when he decided to contest to represent the Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa-Balewa constituency at the Federal House of Representatives. His bid proved successful and he has been a member of the House since 2007.

Hon. Dogara's legislative interests include regulating monopolies, company law, intellectual property and tenancy. He aims to “enact strong tenancy laws and see to the review of obsolete laws with a view to repealing or amending the necessary laws in line with global best practices”. Staying true to his legislative aims, he sponsored the Corporate Manslaughter Bill in 2010 to check negligence in corporate organizations which inadvertently leads to loss of lives. 

He was re-elected into the House in 2011 and again in 2015 (under the platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC). On June 9th, 2015, he was elected Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives after a keenly contested election. Upon winning the contest, he introduced a legislative agenda for the Eighth House which would serve as its guiding document for a period of four years. In September 2018, he left the All Progressive Congress for the People's Democratic Party.

Hon. Dogara also attended a course on Managing and Leading Strategic Change in 2006, the Oxford University Course on Negotiation in 2013, and a course on Leadership in Crisis at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2014. In October 2016, after he had become Speaker of the House of Representatives, he attended a course on transformational leadership in Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

Hon. Dogara is a member of various associations such as; the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Nigerian Institute of Management, the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators, the Cyber Bar Association and the Social Policy Association. He is also an associate member of the Institute of Environment Management and Assessment, and the World Jurist Association.

Hon. Yakubu Dogara Personal Life

Hon. Dogara is married to Gimbiya Yakubu Dogara and the union is blessed with two children including Chimel Dogara who was in November 2015 awarded the student of the week for a very brilliant and outstanding performance at the Abbey College of Cambridge University, UK. Hon. Dogara is a devote Christian and a member of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (also known as Winners Chapel).

Hon. Yakubu Dogara Awards

  • Hon. Dogara was selected as leadership Newspaper’s Politician of the Year in 2015.
  • In March 2016, he was honoured by the Royal Commonwealth Society of Nigeria for passing 130 bills in one day
  • June 10th, 2016, he was presented with the Zik Prize in Leadership Award for Public Service.
  • He was also voted Political Icon of the Year 2016 by the Editorial Board of the Sun Newspaper
  • He was named Politician of the Year by City People Magazine at their 2017 award programme.

Hon. Yakubu Dogara Net Worth

Hon. Yakubu Dogara is estimated to have a net worth of about $1 million

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