Dogara: First Rate Achiever As Achiever University’s 2nd Pro Chancellor
By Femi SALAKO
The Achiever University, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria, a sturdy privately owned institution which has been a leader in the various fronts since inception, has again scored another superlative goal by appointing as its Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council a first class Nigerian and former speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara.
Yakubu was born to Yakubu Ganawuri and Saratu Yakubu on 26 December 1967. He began his education in 1976 at Gwarangah Primary School in the then Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State. Upon graduation 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.
From 1992 to 1993, Dogara 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.
On the professional front, Dogara made his sterling feats. He first took up employment in April 1988 as a teacher at the 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.
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Member of 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, among others.
Dogara 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.
Distinguished Yakubu Dogara would also be conferred with a doctorate degree from the same institution on Saturday, 9th November, 2019. Yakubu Dogara is a Nigerian politician who served as the 14th Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria. Dogara is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP who has served as the House of Representatives Member for Bogoro/Dass, Nigeria/Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria Federal constituency of Bauchi State since 2007.
Dagora, who is a staunch Christian, after his election as speaker, Dogara held a thanksgiving service at Living Faith Church Worldwide. He explained that his victory was through divine placement and the teachings from the Church since 1988.
Achievers University is in Owo, Ondo State Nigeria The university is a private-sector initiative, established in 2007 and accredited by the National Universities Commission.