Engineer Abubakar D. Aliyu is a 55-year-old graduate of Civil and Water Resources Engineering.
Until his appointment on Wednesday as Minister of Power by President Muhammadu Buhari, Engineer Aliyu was the Minister of State for Works and Housing, since 2019.
President Buhari on Wednesday sacked Engr. Sale Mamman as Minister of Power.
Also fired was Mr Mohammed Sabo Nanono who was Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The President said he rejigged the cabinet because “I have found it essential to reinvigorate this cabinet in a manner that will deepen its capacity to consolidate legacy achievements.”
He is expected to lead the federal government strategic power initiative, including power projects such as the Mambilla Hydropower, among others.
Hails from Potiskum in Yobe State, the minister is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and a member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
He was deputy governor (to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam) in Yobe State for 10 and half years, making him the longest serving deputy governor in Nigeria.
As deputy governor in Yobe State, Engineer Aliyu, served as the overseeing commissioner in the ministries for health, commerce, integrated rural development.
He was at various times appointed to head Yobe State Task Force on Immunization and Primary Healthcare, Yobe State Committee on Resettlement and Rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons, Yobe State Boundary Committee, Yobe State Environmental Committee, and Yobe State Sanitation Committee.
He also headed the Committee for the Rehabilitation and Return of IDPs, where administered the affairs of the IDPs at the camps and host communities, as well as successfully returned the IDPs back to their homes.
He attended Central Primary School, Jimeta, Adamawa State, where he had his First School Leaving Certificate in 1979. He proceeded to the G.S.S.S. Monguno, in Borno State, where he obtained his West African School Certificate in 1984.
After the completion of his secondary school, he proceeded to Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna, where he obtained a National Diploma (ND) in Civil Engineering in 1988, and Higher National Diploma (HND) in High Ways and Transportation Engineering in 1993.
In 1999, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Maiduguri.
Engineer Aliyu had worked as a Technical Officer in Borno State Ministry of Works from 1988 to 1991. He was also a Principal Engineer and Head of Engineering Department in the ministry in 2004.
He was appointed as the Supervising Project Engineer of Yobe State Ministry of Housing in 2007, and Managing Director of Yobe State Housing and Property Development Corporation, as well as the Ag. Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Housing in 2009.
The minister is a recipient of numerous professional awards.
He is married with children.