Backgrounder: Nigeria's new vice president Namadi Sambo

08:31, May 19, 2010      

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The Nigerian National Assembly on Tuesday approved northern Kaduna State Governor Namadi Sambo as new vice president of the country after voting.

Both the Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives approved the nomination.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan nominated after a meeting with the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) state governors on Wednesday in the capital Abuja.

Various interest groups, including the northern senators' caucus,former governor's forum and serving governors forum, had campaigned for the position, following the death of former President Umaru Yar'Adua on May 6 and the subsequent ascendancy of Jonathan to the position of president.

Born on Aug. 2, 1954, in Zaria, Kaduna State, Sambo started his early education in 1959 in Kaduna before proceeding to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1972 where he qualified as an architect in 1976. He is married with six children.

Sambo started his educational career between the year 1959 at Baptist primary school Kakuri, Kaduna and Kobi Primary School in Bauchi.

Between 1967 and 1971, he attended Government Secondary School now Alhuda-huda College in Zaria.

Again, from 1972 to 1973, he attended the School of Basic Studies at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

In 1973, he gained admission into the famous department of Architecture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and graduated in 1986 with Bachelor of Science degree with honors in architecture ( (Hons) and holds a masters degree ( Architecture in 1978.

As a fresh graduate in august 1978, he served with the Oyo State Ministry of Works and Housing for the compulsory national youth service corps scheme up to the end of august 1979.

Sambo was elected and inaugurated as governor on the platform of the PDP in 2007.



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