Deputy Governor

Profile of Her Excellency, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, Deputy Governor of Kaduna State

 

Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe was born on 26th August 1966, into the family of Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed from what is now Sanga local government area.

 

She attended Demonstration Primary School, Kagoro, Kaduna State, where she obtained her first school leaving certificate in 1977. She proceeded to Government Girls Secondary School (now Government Girls Science Secondary School) Soba where she obtained a General Certificate of Education (GCE) in 1982.

 

Dr. Balarabe studied Medicine at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, from 1982 and obtained the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 1988. She did her internship/housemanship at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching hospital, Zaria, from 1988-1989, and later the mandatory national youth service at Police Clinic, Owerri, in Imo state from August 1989 to September 1990.

 

Dr. Hadiza Balarabe attended the West African Postgraduate Medical College and became a member of the West African College of Physicians in Community Health in April 2001. In 2004 she earned the Fellowship of the Medical College in Public Health {FMCPH} from the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.

 

Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe is a registered professional Public Health Physician and Consultant, with more than two decades of practice in the public health sector. She began her career in 1990 as a Medical Officer/ Senior Medical Officer I and II at Wuse General Hospital, Abuja, where she served for seven years, from 1991 to 1998. She moved to Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, from December 1998 as Senior House Officer/Registrar and became Senior Registrar. In March 2004, she returned to the FCT as Principal Medical Officer (Epidemiology) in the Department of Public Health, a position she held from April 2004- June 2005.

 

She became Director of Public Health in the FCT in 2014 and held the position until February 2016 when Malam Nasir El-Rufai appointed her as Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency. In 2018, Malam El-Rufai nominated Dr. Hadiza Balarabe as his running mate for the governorship election of March 2019. She was sworn-in as Deputy Governor on 29 May 2019, the first female to be elected to that office in Kaduna State and in the far north of Nigeria.

 

Dr. Hadiza Balarabe is a member of the following professional bodies: Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Association of Public Heath Physicians (APHP), Society for Public Health Practitioners in Nigeria (SPHPN), and Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), FCT Chapter.