OrderPaperToday – Hon. Ali Ahmad, former House of Representatives member and immediate past Speaker, Kwara state house of assembly, has accepted to join the editorial advisory board of OrderPaper Nigeria, Nigeria’s authentic parliament/ citizens’ multi-platform interface.
Ahmad joins the board with a wealth of experience in legislative affairs, having served as the speaker in Kwara assembly and a member of the House of Representatives in the 7th assembly representing Ilorin East/South federal constituency.
In the green chamber, he recorded huge milestones. He chaired the Committee on Justice, passed the highest number of bills in the 7th National Assembly and sponsored and worked tirelessly for the passage of the revolutionary Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, currently used by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other law enforcement agencies to fast-track the process of criminal justice administration in Nigeria.
Under his leadership as speaker, the Assembly embarked on curbing proliferation of filling stations around residential areas which had hitherto become very worrisome to the citizens and eventually closed several of such illegal stations.
He operated the assembly to be independently minded such that it opposed some Executive Bills, such as the Kwara State Public Infrastructure Maintenance Levy Bill, 2016, which sought to impose additional levies on citizens of Kwara State.
For the first time in Kwara and under his Speakership, the assembly introduced private member bills unlike the past when only the executive proposed bills for the lawmakers to work on.
These bills which eventually became laws include Prohibition Against Sale and Consumption of Liquor Amendment Law, Prohibition Against Unlawful Dealing in Human arts, People With Disabilities Law, Kwara State Health Insurance Law, and the Kwara State Administration of Criminal Justice Law.
Prior to his legislative feats, Ahmad was first appointed an Assistant to the then Governor of Kwara State and former Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. He then became his Senior Special Assistant, then Chief of Staff, Government House and later Attorney-General of Kwara State. As Attorney-General, he left a legacy of writing a book that is now in its second edition, titled ‘Layman’s Law.’ The book renders in simple layman’s understanding the most critical laws and regulations applicable in the State.
Regarded a grassroots politician, Ahmad provided job creation strategies, skill acquisitions and donation of sums of money to the poor to meet their personal needs.
He dedicated a hall in Sabon Line to cater for youth interests. The hall is equipped with 24-hour electricity, ten computers with free access to the Internet where over 500 students and graduates had benefitted from the computer training programmes.
He has been bestowed with numerous awards including his recognition in 2015 by the Leadership Newspaper Group as one of 50 Top Professionals in Northern Nigeria and the most recent one by Mac Arthur Foundation. He is a member of several professional bodies, including Nigeria Bar Association, International Bar Association and IUCN.
Ahmad was born on 23 November, 1965 to the family of Sheikh Ahmad Tijjani Ali in Kaduna where he also had his primary education at the L.E.A. Babbandodo, Makera, Kaduna. He later graduated from Arabic Teachers’ College, Jebba, Kwara State in 1984. He studied law at the Bayero University, Kano where he graduated in 1988 and clinched the Chief Justice of Nigeria Prize for the Best Graduating Student. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989. He then went to the United States where he got his LL.M. at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, M.A., USA in 1997, and Doctor of Juridical Science at the George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. United States of America in 2000. He was also called to the New York Bar in 1998.