Mahmud Kanti Bello

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Mahmud Kanti Bello
National Senator
In office
2003–2011
Preceded by Sen. Abdu Yandoma
Succeeded by Sen. Hadi Sirika
Constituency Katsina North
Personal details
Born January 1945 (age 69)
Political party Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)
Profession Politician

Mahmud Kanti Bello is a Nigerian senator who represents the People's Democratic Party in the Katsina North Senatorial District of Katsina State, and is the Senate majority whip. He became a senator in 2003 and was reelected in 2007.[1]

Background[edit]

Mahmud Kanti Bello was born in January 1945, and is of Hausa origin. He received a Bachelor of Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna State in Northern Nigeria.[1]

Career[edit]

Mahmud Kanti Bello was elected as a Katsina senator in 2003 on the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform. In the 2004 local elections in his state, he protested strongly against electoral fraud which resulted in People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidates being returned. However, in 2007 he successfully ran for reelection on a PDP slate.[2] By the middle of his second term in the senate, Mahmud Kanti Bello was among those senators who had not solely sponsored any private bills.[3]

In a statement in January 2009, Mahmud Kanti Bello lashed out against governors who withhold local government funds, releasing them only at their convenience, including the governor of his state, Ibrahim Shema.[4] In discussion over the proposed bill to control desertification, senator Bello strongly opposed Senator Grace Folashade Bent, chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, who wanted to include other environmental issues in the bill.[5]

In July 2009, South-South senators initiated a motion to demand dismissal of Minister of Petroleum, Dr. Rilwan Lukman and Mr. Mohammed Barkindo of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on the basis of alleged anti-Niger Delta policies. Senator Bello opposed the motion on a point of order, without success.[6] In 2009 Sen Kanti Bello was the NIgerian Amir-Hajj for the Nigerian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. He broke a record where for the first time in over 20 years all the pilgrims left on time.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sen. Mahmud Kanti Bello". National Assembly of Nigeria. Retrieved 2009-09-15. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Enter Senator Kanti Bello's Shop!". Nigerian Village Square. 15 January 2007. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Why are they in the Senate?". Sunday Daily Trust. 12 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  4. ^ "LG Funds - Senator Accuses Govs of Criminality". Leadership. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Senate Set to Establish Desertification Control Commission". Daily Trust. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  6. ^ "Sack Lukman, Barkindo now - Senate orders Yar’Adua". Nigerian Tribune. July 31, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-15. [dead link]