PROFILE: Meet Abdul Ningi, the stormy petrel on the cross

Leah TwakiMarch 14, 20244 min

Ningi’s recent actions have thrust him into the spotlight, leading to a three-month suspension.

Senator Abdul Ningi's Profile

Senator Abdul Ningi (PDP, Bauchi Central), a seasoned figure in the Nigerian political landscape, has found himself recently at the centre of a storm in the National Assembly. 

Over three hours of energy and resources were expended during Tuesday’s plenary in the red chamber as Senators unleashed their plight on the budget padding allegations by Senator Ningi and voted in favour of a three-month suspension over his allegations of N3trn padding in the 2024 budget.

OrderPaper recalls that Ningi, who was the Chairman of Northern Senators Forum (NSF) came under fire following his interview with BBC House Service where he made claims that the 2024 budget was padded with the sum of N3.7 trillion.

Who is Senator Abdul Ningi?

Here is a look at his Profile:

  • Age: Born 20 April 1960 (64 years)


  • Ningi East Primary School -1969 to 1973
  • Government Secondary School, Misau.
  • Pre-degree at Bauchi College of Art and Sciences
  • Ahmadu Bello University (BSc.)

Professional Career 

  • Social welfare officer at Bauchi state government – 1984
  • Secretary of Bauchi Rent Tribunal –  1986
  • Banking supervisor at First Bank of Nigeria 
  • Senior Administrative officer at Hi-Tech computers – 1992 
  • Chairman and Chief Executive of NAJ Resources Ltd., Bauchi – 1995

Political Career

  • Contested for the Bauchi state Assembly under the platform of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in 1996, won, but the election was cancelled by the Abacha-led government.
  • Member of the House of Representatives of Nigeria representing Ningi Federal Constituency: 1999 – 2011.
  • House Majority Leader: 2003 – 2007.
  • Chairman, House sub-committee on NAFDAC: 1999 – 2003.
  • Chairman, House Sub-committee on Teachers Education: 1999 to 2002.
  • Chairman of the House sub-committee Nigeria Football Association (during which Nigeria qualified for her second appearance at the FIFA World Cup) – 1999 – 2002; 2003 to 2007.
  • Chairman of the House Committee on Solid Minerals:  2002 – 2003. 
  • Chairman Ad-hoc committee on Niger delta crisis: 2007
  • Chairman of the House Committee on Police Affairs –  2007 –  2011
  • House Committee on Jos crisis and Constitutional Review Committee
  • Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District from 2011 – 2015, 2023
  • Served as Deputy Majority Leader of the Nigerian Senate:  2011 -2015
  • Chairman Northern Senators Forum for the 10th Senate till his resignation on 12th March 2024.

Leah Twaki

A Chemistry graduate, excels as a social media manager, digital journalist, and content creator with an interdisciplinary skills blend of science and communication.

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