EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Honourable Abdussamad Dasuki was born in Sokoto on June 30, 1978 to the family of His Eminence, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki, the 18th Sultan of Sokoto. He is the 13th of 27 children. He had his primary education at Federal Staff School, Sokoto, from 1984 to 1990. In 1991, he was admitted into the Nigerian Military School in Zaria, Kaduna State, and completed in 1996. His tertiary education began at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), in Kaduna, in 1997. He was at NDA for three years before gaining admission into the University of Abuja. He studied for a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and graduated in 2004.He obtained certificates including in Business Analysis at the Lagos Business School in 2008; Leaders in Development at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2013. Dasuki is an Associate of the Nigerian Institute of Management, the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, and the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria.
PROFESSIONAL AND POLITICAL CAREER
In 2006, Dasuki took up employment at Dangote Group, where he worked as a Corporate Business Manager until 2010 when he joined politics. As the pioneer Head of Dangote/Obajana Cement Business/Marketing unit in Abuja, he oversaw average monthly sales of about N10 billion.
SOKOTO STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
In 2011, he contested for – and won – a seat in the Sokoto State House of Assembly, representing Tambuwal East Constituency. While at the Sokoto State House of Assembly, he headed two committees namely the Committee on Agriculture (2011-2013) and the Committee on Finance and Appropriation (2013-2015). Here, he sponsored three bills – which were passed – and represented the State Assembly on many occasions, including at a meeting of Commonwealth Parliamentarians, and at centenary celebrations in the United Kingdom in 2011. In 2013, he was given an award by the Sokoto State Chapter of the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria for his contributions during his tenure as the Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture.
BILLS AND MOTIONS
Regarding the last motion, when former Speaker Tambuwal defected from the then ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition APC, the PDP-led Federal Government withdrew his security detail and sought to declare his seat vacant. In response to this, Abdussamad Dasuki raised a motion of urgent importance asking that the State House of Assembly condemn these, and, along with two other members, applied for a stay of proceedings in the court case against Tambuwal, seeking to be added as defendants and stating that the constituency cannot be without representation in the House of Representatives.Tambuwal succeeded in retaining his position, and after he had decided to contest in the gubernatorial election, Dasuki sought to replace him.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
On 7 December 2014, Dasuki emerged as the candidate for the Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency at the APC primaries which held at Tambuwal stadium in Sokoto state, and went on to win with 70,653 votes at the polls in March 2015. Following his victory, a petition was filed against him by the defeated PDP candidate. The petition was eventually struck out in September 2015 for lack of merit. He was sworn in as a Member of the House of Representatives on June 9, 2015, and in October 2015, he was appointed Chairman of the House Committee on Navy. His legislative interests include youth empowerment and rural development.
Dasuki during plenary in February 2016, he was part of the delegation charged with the responsibility of resolving the crisis in the Kogi State House of Assembly, following the illegal impeachment of the Speaker and suspension of 14 others by nine members. In March 2016 – as one of the youngest members of the House of Representatives – he attended the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians in Lusaka, Zambia. In May 2016, following an increment in the pump price of petrol, Abdussamad was also drafted into an ad-hoc committee on the deregulation of the petroleum downstream sector, which was mandated to establish modalities for ending the strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).
BILLS AND MOTIONS
MINISTRY OF FINANCE, SOKOTO STATE GOVERNMENT
In June 2019, Dasuki was named among the 26 nominees for the Sokoto State Cabinet by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. He was subsequently announced as Commissioner for Finance in the Government, following his wealth of experience in both corporate and political roles, and as a trained economist.