“What else can I do than to give thanks and praises to Almighty God for His mercies? He has deemed it right to lift me up to this present level and when one looks back at where one is coming from, I’m indeed very grateful to God for counting me among those who will witness this special day”.
These were the words of foremost governorship aspirant in Lagos State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, on his 50th birthday celebration which comes up on Friday, 19th September, 2014.
When asked whether he will be rolling out the drums to celebrate the day, the ever humble Hamzat has this to say: “how best can one celebrate except to thank God through prayers and reflect soberly on life? Of course I will organise a prayer session in my house with members of my family, close relatives and friends. This year I intend to empower 50 people to mark the day, that is all”.
Femi Hamzat was born on September 19th 1964 in Lagos. Born into a civil service family; his father, Olatunji Hamzat originally a banker, served as a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, as well as Commissioner for Transportation in the early 80s.
Dr. Hamzat attended Odu Abore Memorial Primary School, Mushin, Lagos State and Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo State in the southwest region of Nigeria. He proceeded to the University of Ibadan where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering (1986) and a M.Sc. in Crop Processing Engineering (1988). In 1992, he graduated from Cranfield University, England with a Ph.D in System Process Engineering, becoming the first student in the department to complete his doctorate within three years.
An accomplished academic and a technocrat of proven ability, Dr. Hamzat’s career has seen him work in both the private and public sector with experience in organizations such as RTP Consulting Services, City of New York, Columbia University, Merrill Lynch Inc, Morgan Stanley and Oando Plc.
In 2005, Dr.Hamzat joined the Lagos State Civil Service, serving as the Commissioner, Ministry of Science and Technology. Within the administration, he introduced and championed the automation of government processes. This helped change and
improve the way public servants carry out their operations in the State, as well as eradicate State ghost workers through the implementation of enterprise resource planning.
In 2011, Dr Hamzat was appointed Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure; a position he holds to date. Since becoming Commissioner he has been responsible for many civil and construction works in the State.
His other notable achievements are; the completion of the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge linking Admiralty Way to Bourdillon Road, Nigeria’s first cable-stayed bridge and the completion of the Lekki Expressway with the upgrade, expansion and maintenance of approximately 50km of the Lekki-Epe Expressway (Phase I), and construction of Yaya Abatan, Cemetry Road in Ajeromi Ifelodun and others across the State.
Dr. Hamzat is married with children to Oluremi Hamzat.
Position: Commissioner, Ministry of Science and Technology
Length of time: August 2005 to May 2011
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Employer: Morgan Stanley
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Length of time: 2002 to 2005
Location: New York, NY, United States
Employer: Merrill Lynch
Position: Vice-President, Core Technology Support Group
Length of time: 1999 to 2002