Isaiah Balat

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Isaiah Balat
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Senator Isaiah Balat
Special Adviser for Special Duties (Office of the Vice President of Nigeria)
In office
May 2010 – February 18, 2014
President Goodluck Jonathan
Succeeded by Vacant
Senator for Kaduna South
In office
May 2003 – May 2007
Minister for Works and Housing (State)
In office
May 1999 – December 2000
President Olusegun Obasanjo
Personal details
Born (1952-10-23)October 23, 1952
Kaduna, Nigeria
Died February 18, 2014(2014-02-18) (aged 61)
Political party People's Democratic Party
Religion Christianity

Isaiah Chawai Balat (October 23, 1952 – February 18, 2014) was a Nigerian politician and business man from Kaduna State who was Senator for Kaduna South from May 2003 to May 2007.

Early life and education[edit]

Isaiah Chawai Balat was born in Gora, a village in Zangon Kataf local government Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria. Losing his mother as an infant, he had to live with his grandmother until he was old enough to fend for himself. He later left the village and moved to the city to make a living. After his primary and post-primary education, he attended a programme in Marketing at the Kaduna Polytechnic between 1976 and 1978. Later he attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and the college of Petroleum and Energy Studies at Oxford, United Kingdom. [1][2]

Political career[edit]

Balat was appointed Minister of State for Works & Housing in the cabinet of President Olusegun Obasanjo in June 1999.[3][4]

He established the Isaiah Balat Foundation, which has the goal of vaccinating over a million people across Kaduna state against Meningitis.[5]


  1. ^ "About Balat". Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  2. ^ "Senator Balat". Nigerian Senate. 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-09-22. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  3. ^ "Obasanjo Hires and Fires". NDM Democracy Watch. July 1, 1999. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  4. ^ ISMAIL OMIPIDAN (November 22, 2009). "Kaduna 2011: Who'll the cap fit?". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  5. ^ Reuben Buhari (2010-05-05). "Meningitis - Fresh Efforts At Reducing Number of Deaths". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 

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