Femi Hamzat (born September 19, 1964) is a Nigerian politician who serves as the Deputy Governor of Lagos State. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria into the family of Late Oba Mufutau Olatunji Hamzat and Late Alhaja Kehinde Hamzat from Iga Egbe, Lagos state. His father, Late Oba Mufutau Olatunji Hamzat served as a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and as a Commissioner for Transportation in the state (1979 – 1983) before becoming the Vice-Chairman SW of then Alliance for Democracy(AD). Olatunji Hamzat became the Lagos West Senatorial District leader of the Action Congress and a crowned king through his maternal royal lineage.
|Deputy Governor of Lagos State|
|Assumed office |
May 29, 2019
|Preceded by||Oluranti Adebule|
19 September 1964
|Political party||All Progressive Congress|
Hamzat was born in September 19, 1964 in Lagos, Nigeria. into the family of Late. Oba Mufutau Olatunji Hamzat and Late. Alhaja Kehinde Hamzat who is from Iga Egbe, Lagos state. His father, Late. Oba Mufutau Olatunji Hamzat served as a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and as a Commissioner for Transportation in the state (1979 – 1983) before becoming the Vice-Chairman SW of then Alliance for Democracy (AD). Olatunji Hamzat become the Lagos West Senatorial District leader of the Action Congress and a crowned king through his maternal royal lineage.
He had his primary education at Odu-Abore Memorial Primary School, Mushin, Lagos State, Nigeria and his secondary education at Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo state, in the Southwest region of Nigeria. He graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1986 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1986 and a master's in Agricultural Engineering in 1988. In 1992, he had his PhD in System Process Engineering at Cranfield University, England.
Early political careerEdit
In August 2005, Dr. Hamzat was appointed Commissioner for Science and Technology during the tenure of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He retained his position when Governor Babatunde Fashola assumed office in 2007.
It was during his tenure as Commissioner for Science and Technology that Dr. Hamzat enforced the application of modern technology in the state's ministries, thus changing the face of data and record keeping in Lagos and at the same time eliminating the trend of state ghost workers. The office had gone on without a commissioner during Fashola’s first four years (post-Rauf Aregbesola's appointment), with only a Special Adviser.
Later roles and Deputy Governor electionEdit
Hamzat was appointed as Special Adviser on Works to the Honourable Minister for Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola in 2015. In September 2018, he resigned that role to contest in the Lagos state gubernatorial elections.
After a long-fought primary, Dr. Hamzat emerged as the running mate for Babajide Sanwo-Olu for whom he had stepped down during the primaries. Sanwoolu would eventually become the party's nominee, and later Governor-Elect. Both men ran together a campaign that went to different parts of the state. On March 10, 2019, after the election, Dr. Hamzat was declared Deputy Governor-Elect of Lagos State by the Independent National Electoral Commission and presented a Certificate of Return.
Key achievements and awardsEdit
Lagos State Man of the Year 2013Edit
- Vanguard Newspaper "Light Rail: ’Our plan to move Lagosians around with ease by 2014", Vanguard Newspaper, 7 October 2012. Retrieved on 1 December 2013
- The Nation Online "Lagos ACN elders ask Tinubu to aspire to Presidency", The Nation, Lagos, 2 February 2013. Retrieved on 28 November 2013
- The Nation Online "… Assures on security of lives", The Nation, Ogun, 20 November 2013. Retrieved on 28 November 2013
- "Lagos 2023: These are the Bigwigs that will be Challenging Sanwo-Olu | opera news". opera.news. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
- IT Realms "ICT is differentiating factor – Obafemi", IT Realms, Lagos, 14 November 2014. Retrieved on 28 November 2013
- Vanguard News "Fashola swears-in commissioners", Vanguard Newspapers, Lagos, 4 July 2011. Retrieved on 28 November 2013
- Thisday Live "Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge: A Monument for Posterity" Archived 2013-12-27 at the Wayback Machine, Thisday Newspapers, Lagos, 03 June 2013. Retrieved on 25 October 2013
- Daily Independent "Traffic congestion is a global phenomenon, says Fashola" Archived 2013-10-11 at the Wayback Machine, Daily Independent.
- Information Nigeria "Lagos Builds Ultra-Modern 300-Seater Bus Stop In Obalende, Jetty In Ikoyi •Projects Get October Completion Date", Information Nigeria, Lagos, 22 July 2013. Retrieved on 19 September 2013
- Business News "Lagos commences work on Fourth Mainland Bridge", Business News, Lagos, 20 May 2013. Retrieved on 24 October 2013
- Published. "Lagos APC gov primary: Hamzat steps down for Sanwo-Olu". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
- Oyewole, Ayomide (2018-11-05). "Sanwoolu Picks Hamzat as Running Mate". Lagos Television. Lagos News. Politics. Entertainment. Events. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
- "Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat take campaign to Ikorodu". News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
- Published. "INEC issues Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat Certificates of Return". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
- The Gazelle News "Works Commissioner, Femi Hamzat Wins Lagos Man Of The Year Award", The Gazelle News, Lagos, 29 May 2013. Retrieved on 28 November 2013.
- The Guardian "Hamzat emerges 2013 Lagos Man of the Year" Archived 2013-12-28 at the Wayback Machine, The Guardian Newspaper, Lagos, 8 September 2013. Retrieved on 28 November 2013