Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki

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Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki is a Nigerian senator who was elected to represent the Kwara central Senatorial district under the platform of the People's Democratic Party in the year 2003.She was elected into the House of Representatives in 1999 representing Asa/Ilorin West Federal Constituency, Kwara State

Background

As the only daughter of Dr. Olusola Saraki, the medical doctor turned politician, one time Senate leader in the second republic and the godfather of Kwara politics, Gbemisola represents Kwara Central Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.Saraki hails from Kwara state and attended the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. She earned a bachelor's degree in Economics. She did her national service at the Nigeria Bank for Commerce and Industry, Lagos. She worked for the Societe Generale Bank (Nigeria) as Head of Money Markets and later as Head of Domiciliary Accounts. From 1994 to 1999 she was Executive Director of Ashmount Insurance Brokers, Lagos. She is widely known for her intelligence, philanthropy, and love for education. It is on record that besides her father, Dr. Olusola Saraki, no politician from the north-central zone has given out as many scholarships as Gbemi Saraki. Gbemi Saraki is Kwara's biggest grassroots mobilizer.

Political career

Gbemisola R. Saraki was elected as a member of the House of Representatives in 1999 under the umbrella of the All People's Party (APP). She ran under the umbrella of the People's Democratic Party, (PDP) for the Senate in 2003 and won the seat, representing the Central Senatorial District of Kwara State. She re-contested in 2007 and won again, serving as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for eight years. 2003-2011. She is the female legislator with the highest number of sponsored bills in Nigeria. As a legislator, she was an active member of the following House Committees:

1. House Committees on Aviation;

2. Foreign Travel Habitat;

3. Legislative Budget and Research Office;

4. Navy;

5. Privatization;

6. Special Duties;

7. Transport.

At the Senate, Gbemisola Saraki chaired several high profile committees, including, the Senate Committee on National Planning, Poverty Alleviation and Economic Affairs and the Senate Committee on Corruption. Her last duty call was the Senate Committee on Marine Transport. Apart from being the chairperson of the above-mentioned committees, she has also acted as Vice-Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and belonged to the following Committees:

1. Media and Publicity;

2. Women Affairs and Youth development;

3. Environment and Ecology; and Public Accounts.

4. Senate Committees on Commerce;

5. Rules and Business, Police Affairs;

6. Intergovernmental Affairs and Aviation.

She was also a returning member of the ECOWAS Parliament. Saraki defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015. In February 2016, Saraki was appointed by President Muhammed Buhari as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairperson of the Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa.On 13 February 2017, Saraki was also appointed as one of the 16-member committee to re-negotiate its 2009 agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) 2011 GOVERNORSHIP CONTEST In 2011, she contested for the governorship seat of Kwara State. She was concerned about the methods of delivering good governance; influenced by her political experience and fueled by the understanding of the needs of her people. Under the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, she contested and came third in the election. She did not stop there. She is constantly researching a wide range of measures to enact societal development across all aspects of society with an emphasis on action – legislative and philanthropic, that directly impacts the average man. However, instead of political flirting with opposition against the dictates of her political ideology rooted in genuine passion for the development of her people and her state, Senator Gbemisola Saraki elected to maintain her ground of good will with the people and continued to build her political followers at the grassroot. She remained closer to their aspirations and sympathized with their political needs.

 

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