Meet Former Lagos state commissioner for works and infrastructure, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat (popularly known as Femi Hamzat), on Monday, September 10, picked up his APC nomination forms to contest for the chance to fly the party’s ticket in the upcoming gubernatorial elections.
The politically-savvy technocrat contested against the incumbent governor in the 2014 primary election.
Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat was Born September 19, 1964 in Lagos state, Hamzat in August 2005 was appointed commissioner for science and technology during the tenure of former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Dr. Hamzat curriculum vitae (CV), both academically and professionally is an intimidating one. He had his first and second degrees from University of Ibadan, Oyo State in Agricultural Engineering and Bio-Processing Engineering respectively.
His doctorate degree was in System Process Engineering from Granfield University, Bedford, England. He worked in England and United States of America before he berthed at Oando Plc, as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Group Head, IT Strategy of Oando Plc, Lagos.
It was from Oando Plc, Lagos that he was appointed Commissioner for Science and Technology in 2005 by Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu. In 2007, he was retained in the same ministry by Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN).
In 2011, he was moved to Ministry of Works and Infrastructure by Governor Fashola. Dr. Hamzat is married with two children. His father is Oba Mufutau Hamzat, who also is a strong member of APC in Lagos.
He retained his position when former Governor Babatunde Fashola took over in 2007. Hamzat as commissioner for science and technology was topical as he enforced the application of modern technology in the state’s ministries, thus changing the face of data and record keeping in Lagos and at the same time eliminating the trend of state ghost workers.
In execution of his mandate, Hamzat’s ministry has completed several key projects for Lagos state in the mega-city era. Dr. Hamzat has remained a key figure in the Lagos state government over the past few years.
Keen watchers are of the opinion that Hamzat remains a silent player and the aspirant to beat, if his superlative record of achievements in Lagos cabinet is anything to consider. Is he the game changer?
Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has picked his former rival for the party’s governorship ticket, Babafemi Hamzat, as his running mate, Concise News has learned.
Sanwo-Olu, who became the candidate of the APC after defeating the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, in the primary election, made the decision due to the support he received from Hamzat in the runoff to the primary, a source familiar with the situation told our correspondent.
Hamzat, a former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in the state, was a major contender in the race for the APC governorship ticket before stepping down for Sanwo-Olu.
He had said that his decision to withdraw from the race was borne out of greater good for Lagos than the benefit of an individual.
“Having been part and parcel of the formulation and execution of various policies and programmes that transformed Lagos right from former governors Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola’s administrations, I strongly believe that Sanwo-Olu is equally rooted to fly our party’s flag in the 2019 elections.