His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam CNA, CPA an accomplished public servant and astute administrator, was born 53 years ago to a family of Muslim scholars in Bukarti town, Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State on September 15th 1956.
He started his early education at Yunusari Primary School between 1963 and 1969 before he proceeded to Borno Teachers College (BTC) Maiduguri from 1974 to 1979 where he obtained the Teachers’ Grade Two Certificate.
Governor Gaidam’s quest for knowledge and bent for the mathematical sciences led him to the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria between 1981 and 1983 where he bagged a Diploma in Accountancy.
A voracious seeker of knowledge, Gaidam was to return to the ABU four years later to begin a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy Degree programme, which he successfully completed in 1990.
Governor Gaidam’s BSc Degree in Accountancy successfully marked his complete academic and professional transformation from a classroom teacher, which he was after he left the BTC, to an accountant and a full member of the Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria (CPA).
The governor’s public career spanned nearly 30 years from being a classroom teacher, to an Audit Officer to being an accountant in various government ministries from the old Borno State to Yobe State.
As his public service career peaked, Governor Gaidam rose successively to the positions of Assistant Director of Finance in the Defunct Directorate of Foods, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFFRI) and acting Director of Finance and Supplies in the Yobe Information and Culture Ministry.
Gaidam was appointed commissioner of Youths and Sports in August 1995. After nearly a year in the Sports Ministry, Gaidam was again appointed commissioner of Commerce and Industries, a position he held until 1997. Between 1997 and early 2007, His Excellency the governor was also Director Final Accounts in the State Finance Ministry and Permanent Secretary in various ministries respectively.
In April 2007, Governor Gaidam was elected Deputy Governor of Yobe State and was sworn in to office on May 29th 2007.
He was deputy governor for a period of 19 months before he was sworn in as Executive Governor on January 27th, 2009 following the passing away of Governor Mamman Ali.
Since his assumption of office as governor, His Excellency Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam has brought a new spirit of commitment and service to public administration in Yobe State, through his wide ranging transformative policies and programmes.
Governor Gaidam is now working to bring to logical conclusion all the major projects started by his predecessor in the housing, health, education, agriculture, roads, energy and other sectors.
His recent instruction to the state finance ministry to pay over four thousand civil servants whose names were omitted in the biometric exercise as well as the payment of teachers’ salaries according to the percentages recommended by federal government, amongst many other interventions, are widely saluted in Yobe State and beyond as magnanimous and legendary.
Governor Gaidam is focussed on ensuring that his administration delivers the dividends of democracy right to the doorsteps of the people and that Yobe is transformed to a more economically prosperous State.