|Nigerian Senator from Kano Central|
11 June 2019
|Preceded by||Mohammed Rabi'u Musa|
|Minister of Education|
9 July 2014 –2015
|Governor, Kano State, Nigeria|
29 May 2007 –29 May 2011
|Deputy||Abdullahi T Gwarzo|
|Succeeded by||Mohammed Rabi'u Musa|
29 May 2003 –29 May 2007
|Preceded by||Mohammed Rabi'u Musa|
|Born||5 November 1955|
|Political party||All Progressive Congress (APC)|
|Spouse(s)||Amina Shekarau, Zainab Shekarau, Halima Shekarau & Gaji Dantata|
|Alma mater||Ahmadu Bello University|
|Occupation||Civil Servant / Politician|
Ibrahim Shekarau (born November 5, 1955) was a former Nigeria's minister of educationand two term Governor of Kano State in Nigeria. He was elected in April 2003 and reelected in April 2007. He is a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC). He was one of the candidates aspiring to become president in the Nigerian general elections of 2011.
Kano State is a state located in Northern Nigeria. Created on May 27, 1967 from part of the Northern Region, Kano state borders Katsina State to the north-west, Jigawa State to the north-east, Bauchi State to the south-east and Kaduna State to the south-west. The capital of Kano State is Kano.
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Shekarau was born in the Kurmawa quarters of Kano, the son of a police officer. He was educated at Gidan Makama Primary School (1961–1967), then at Kano Commercial College (1967–1973) and finally at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1973–1977) where he received a Degree in Mathematics/Education.
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After finishing his Degree, he went into the civil service. Later on, he started his career as a Mathematics teacher at Government Technical College, Wudil in 1978. Two years later he became Principal at Government Day Junior Secondary School, Wudil. In 1980 he was transferred to Government Secondary School, Hadejia, then to Government College Birnin Kudu in 1986, then to Government Secondary School, Gwammaja and then to Rumfa College in March 1988, all as the school's principal.
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Shekarau became Deputy Director of Education in charge of Bichi Zonal Education Area in 1992. One year later, he was promoted to Director Planning, Research and Statistics in Ministry of Education. Two year later, he became Director General (Permanent Secretary), Ministry of Education and Youth Development.
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In January 1995, Shekarau was transferred to Ministry of Water Resources, Rural and Community Development, then back to Ministry of Education in January – May 1997 before he was asked to moved to General Service Directorate of the Cabinet Office, all as Permanent Secretary. By February 2000, he was on the move again to Civil Service Commission, where he stayed for only four months before the civil service commission under Ado Gwaram Government sent him to the State College of Arts, Science and Remedial Studies (CASRS) as Chief lecturer (Mathematics) at the Department of Physical Sciences, in May 2000. Shekarau remained in this post for 17 months before he voluntarily retired from the services of Kano State Civil Service on 2 October 2001. Some time after quitting his post as Chief Lecturer, he decided to work as a secretary to businessman Aminu Dantata. He was employed under Dantata until he became a contender in Kano State's 2003 gubernatorial elections.
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Shekarau initiated some large scale development projects in Kano State. He also hosted some world leaders like the former German Chancellor Schroeder, Prince Charles, among others. The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero conferred on him, the title of Sardauna of Kano, now of the leading emirate councillors.
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