BIRTH NAME: Yahaya Bello
DATE OF BIRTH: June 18, 1975
OCCUPATION: Politician businessman
MARITAL STATUS: Married
Yahaya Bello is a Nigerian politician, businessman and current Governor of Kogi State. He was constitutionally declared winner of the 2015 Kogi State gubernatorial election after he was chosen on the platform of the All Progressives Congress as the replacement for the late Abubakar Audu who originally won the election.
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Alhaji Yahaya Bello was born on 18th June 1975 in Agassa, Okene Local
Government Area of Kogi State to the family of Alhaji Bello Ipemida
Ochi and Hajia Hawa Bello Oziohu.
He is the last of six siblings.
He started his early education in 1984 in LGEA Primary School, Agassa In
Okene LGA. The greatness in him started manifesting early in his life
when he was made the class prefect from class two.
The position he
held till he was made the school Head Boy in class six due to the
leadership qualities identified in him by his peers and teachers. In
1989 he enrolled for College in Agassa Community Secondary School,
His quest for qualitative education saw him
changing schools five times until he finally settled for Government
Secondary School, Suleja-Niger State, where he sat for his JSSCE. He
came out with flying colours. He continued in the same school for his
secondary education and wrote his SSCE Exams In 1994. He recorded
another outstanding result in his SSCE.
He immediately enrolled
for ‘A’ level exams in Kaduna State Polytechnic Zaria in 1995 and
proceeded to the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University ABU Zaria in 1996
to study Accounting. He graduated in 1999. His unquenchable thirst for
higher education took him back to Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria for
Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2002. He bagged the degree
in 2004. Whilst pursuing his Masters he also enrolled for professional
certification with the Association of National Accountant of Nigeria
(ANAN) at Jos (2002) and became a chattered fellow of ANAN in 2004.
CAREER AND LIFE
Alhaji Yahaya Bello working career started in 2001 when he was posted
to Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) for
his NYSC mandatory service to his fatherland. He distinguished himself
during the course of the service and was offered an appointment in the
same office as Revenue Officer II. His hard work singled him out for
promotion to accountant in a very short period. He was later transferred
to head the Makurdi Zonal office Account Department.
worked in various departments in the office and has risen to the post of
Assistant Chief Accountant. It is worthy of note to state that Alhaji
Yahaya Bello has served meritoriously and contributed his quota to the
development of his father land. Alhaji Yahaya Bello is married with
Applying his entrepreneurial skills, Alhaji Yahaya Bello
mastered the art of informed stock trading and had a financial
breakthrough right before the crash of the stock market. His stock
portfolio investments cut across the oil and gas, finance,
transportation, and agro related sectors. He then grew and expanded his
real estate investments expanding into a number of states in the
His business/investment clout in these sectors helped
facilitate job opportunities for a number of unemployed graduates and
youth particularly Kogi State indigenes. Alhaji Yahaya Bello can also
been considered a public-spirited individual and a philanthropist per
excellence. He currently funds three orphanage homes and sponsors
hundreds of Kogi State undergraduates in various higher institutions
both within and outside the country.
His strong drive for
community development inspired him to invest in various community
projects. He loves reading, traveling, driving, soccer and boxing.
Every individual is a political animal, as we must take interest in who
governs us. The rot in Nigerian political landscape prompted him
alongside other progressive young men and women to form Kogi Youth Arise
This group believes in positive change, which was why it
threw its weight behind the candidature of Buhari/Osinbajo in the last
presidential election. This group was responsible for mobilizing youths
across the 239 wards in the State in support of GMB. Alhaji Yahaya Bello
is the sole financier. Having achieved peaceful change at the national
level, he has also offered himself as the change agent for the youths.
Kogi State has been bedeviled by bad leadership since its creation in