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Men You Should Know: Usman Umar Kibiya


Early life And Education

Usman Kibiya Umar was born on 12 June 1949 in Kibiya Local Government Area. As customary of many northern towns, people bear the names of the communities they hail from thus, Kibiya bears the name of his own local government area: Kibiya. He attended Kibiya Junior Primary School from 1955-1958 and Rano Senior Primary school where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1962.

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He attended Birnin Kudu Government Secondary School from 1963-1967. After then, He got admission into Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, where he obtained a Diploma in Law in 1970. He furthered his studies and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1977-1980. He obtained a Middle Management in the Royal Institute of Public Administration, London in 1975. Later on, Kibiya attended the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, Jos from Jan 1993- Nov 1993.

Years Of Service

  1. K. Umar joined the Nigeria Immigration Service in July 1970 as Immigration Officer, He served in various Nigeria Immigration commands holding various strategic positions including Immigration Attaché Nigeria Embassy Washington DC-USA, Comptroller Of Immigration Murtala Mohammed Airport Ikeja -Lagos, Deputy Director Administration and Finance Headquarters Abuja, DCG of Immigration Investigation Directorate, DCG of Immigration Administration and Finance before he was Appointed as Acting Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service in July 1999. His tenure as the Acting Comptroller General of Immigration Service has been described as exemplary, as he had played a significant role in the transformation of the Nigeria Immigration Service until his retirement in Jan 2000.
  2. K. Umar worked in the Nigeria Immigration Service for thirty years, rising to become the Acting Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service. He retired in January 2000 and took up full-time business and politics.

Senate Career

U.K. Umar ran for the office of Senator, Representing Kano South senatorial district in 2003 and was elected to the Nigerian National Assembly in May 2003, representing the Kano South senatorial district of Kano State under the platform of ANPP. He was the Senate Deputy Minority Leader from May 2003 until 2007.

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While in the senate, He was appointed to Committees as Vice Chairman Senate Committee on Commerce, Vice Chairman Senate Committee on Women Affairs and Youth Development, Member Senate Committee on Security and Intelligence, Member Senate Committee on Labour and Productivity, Member Senate Committee on Information, Member Senate Committee on Internal Affairs, Member Senate Committee on States and Local Govt. Affairs and Member Senate Committee on Finance.

Positions And Offices Held

Usman Kibiya Umar is the Chairman and CEO of Lanyo Group of Companies, a Director at IEI Anchor Pension Managers Limited, Chairman Muslim Community Center, Chairman Abuja Center for Islamic Propagation CIP, Member Kano State University of Technology Council, Member Kano state Business Incentive Committee, Chairman National Association of Micro Finance Bank (North West) and as well Member National Association of Micro Finance Bank (Nigeria) from 2012-date.

Usman Kibiya Umar is also a Member National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (mni).

He was the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) from 1989-2000 and a Member Nigeria Olympic Committee from 1984-2000. He also served as the Chairman of Kano State College of Education from 2001-2003.

Awards And National Honors

Officer of the Order of the Niger OON, awarded by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He was Turbaned on 26 May 2007 as the Sarkin Kibiya of Kibiya Local Government Area of Kano State following the death of Late Sarkin Kibiya Alh Ado Abdullahi Kibiya.


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