Ohere Sadiku Abubakar FNSE, is a Nigerian politician who is the Kogi Central Senatorial APC Candidate for 2023 General elections. He has served as the Special Adviser overseeing the affairs of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Kogi State from January to August in 2019. He has also served as the Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs until December 2019 with the same functions of overseeing the affairs of the Ministry.
In January 2020, at the inception of the second tenure of Yahaya Bello, he was re-appointed to serve as the Honorable Commissioner for Works and Housing, a position he voluntarily resigned from on 16 April 2022, in pursuant of his aspirations to contest for Senator representing Kogi Central Senatorial District in the Federal Legislature. Abubakar Ohere is a Fellow of Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).
D.O.B – 13 July 1966
Place of birth – Okene LGA, Kogi State
L.G.A of Origin – Okene LGA of Kogi State
He commenced his pathway in education in 1975 at St. Andrew’s School, Okene. In 1979, He proceeded to Lennon Memorial College, Ageva for his secondary education. He, thereafter, obtained an Ordinary National Diploma in Metallurgical Engineering from Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin and proceeded to the Federal Polytechnic, Idah in 1992 for his Higher National Diploma. He has a Masters degree in Mining Engineering (M.Eng). from the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
In 2017, Engr. Ohere was awarded an Honorary doctorate of Philosophy of science, by the state university of New York, USA.
Engr. (Dr) Abubakar Sadiku Ohere is well read and has attended several professional courses both across Africa, USA, Australia, China and Poland. He has presented many scholarly and well-researched papers in different fora.
Engr. Ohere joined the Federal Civil service in 1996. His working career spanned about 20 years beginning as a field engineer and gradually rising to the management level in the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
Fellowships and memberships
- Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers
- Fellow of the Fellow, Institute of Industrialists and Corporate Administrators (IICA).
- Corporate Member of the Nigerian Society of Mining Engineers (NSME)
- Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS)
- Member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN)
- Member of the Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG)
He started his career at Time Tell Nig. Limited, Lagos, where he served as Project Representative between 1993 to 1995. He also worked with the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development between 2012 to 2015.
In his personal philosophy of leadership, there is abiding traits of warmth, trust and communion as the fundamental necessities of instilling a paradigm shift in governance especially at a time like this that Nigeria is facing a trying economic reality. Thus, even though he parades extensive academic competences and professional strength as a Mining Engineer, he rather dons the garb of a Social Engineer.
Thus, when Engineer Abubakar Sadiku Ohere was first appointed as the Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, he understood overwhelmingly the enormity of challenges of re-engineering the local government administration as a critical function in driving sustainable governance that is within easy grasp of the grassroots in Kogi state.
His argument has always been that without a functional and an effective local government administration, development as a state would be skewed, cosmetic, short-lived and less appreciated, his plausible performance led to his promotion to the Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy in 2019.
On his political appointment in 2016, he paused his Civil Service career to serve under the New Direction Government of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello from January 2016 to August 2019 as a Special Adviser overseeing the affairs of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. In 2019, he was appointed Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs until December 2019 with the same functions of overseeing the affairs of the Ministry. In January 2020, at the inception of the second tenure of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, he was appointed again into his cabinet to serve as the Honorable Commissioner for Works and Housing, a position he voluntarily resigned from on the 16th day of April 2022, in pursuant of the aspirations and desires of the people to contest as Senator representing Kogi Central Senatorial District in the Federal Legislature.
Global achievements and Career
The proactive leader was again appointed Commissioner of Works and Housing, Kogi State on January 27, 2020 by Governor Yahaya Bello. He is one of the mission conscious team player of the new direction administration of Governor Yahaya Bello.
Engr. (Dr) Abubakar Sadiku Ohere has held key assignment positions during this career experience, amongst which are; Vice Chairman, Kogi State Staff Verification Review Exercise 2017, COOPTED MEMBER, Presidential Committee on curbing the Proliferation of Commercial Explosives, November 2006 and also BOARD MEMBER, Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA)