Prof. Aliyu Yahaya

Prof. Aliyu Yahaya

Commissioner of Planning, Research, Statistics and Training

Coordinator Zone 2B

Commissioner of Planning, Research, Statistics and Training in charge of Zone 2B comprising of Makarfi, Ikara, Kubau and Lere Local Government Areas, was sworn-in as Electoral Commissioner, on 2nd March, 2021 for his first tenure.

Prof Aliyu Yahaya is from Sabon Gari Local Government Area, was born in Zaria. He had his primary, secondary and advanced level education in Zaria and obtained his degrees from Ahmadu Bello University (A.B.U), Zaria and Bayero University Kano. He joined the services of ABU, Zaria, as a Graduate Assistant in 2001 at the Department of Political Science and International Studies, and rose through the ranks to the position of a full Professor in 2019. He taught several courses, supervised and graduated several students in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Professor Aliyu Yahaya served as the Examination Officer, Department of Political Science and International Studies, ABU, Zaria, 2004-2006; Assistant Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, ABU, Zaria, 2010-2014; Deputy Director, ABU- Distance Learning Centre, ABU, Zaria, 2015-2019; Head, Department of Political Science and International Studies, ABU Zaria, 2016-2020; Member, ABU Senate, 2012-2021; Member, Board of Governors, Institute for Development Research and Training, ABU, Zaria, 2016-2020; Member, Board of Governors, School of Basic and Remedial Studies, Funtua centre, ABU, Zaria, 2020-2021; Vice Chairman, Nigerian Political Science Association, North West Zone, 2018-2021; and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, from 2020, ABU, Zaria, until his appointment to the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission.

Professor Aliyu Yahaya has to his  credit, scholarly publications in reputable journals and peer reviewed books. He has been an external examiner, moderator and assessor for a number of universities and other tertiary institutions in the country as well as related Departments in ABU, Zaria. He was the Chief Examiner of the subject, Government, for the Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB), ABU, Zaria.

He has been involved with election related activities at both local, national and international levels, where, for example, he participated in a number of national elections as an observer for some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and Returning Officer for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria. At the international level he was a Member of the African Union Long Term Election Observation Mission for the Kenyan General Elections, Kenya, and took part in the African Union Retreat on the Review of the Template for Long Term Election Observation in Johannesburg, South Africa, among other activities.