Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari was appointed Minister of State for Solid Minerals Development on November 11, 2015. A consummate politician with extensive working experience in both public and private sectors, he began work as a planning officer with the Niger State Ministry of Lands, Survey and Town Planning in 1988 before setting up his own practice, Tropical Design Associates in 1994. His other business interests include Gamji-Tech Aluminium Company, Mercury Nigeria Ltd, Interstate Property Development Company and a dealership with Unipetrol Nigeria. Elected member of the House of Representatives for Suleja/Gurara/Tafa Federal Constituency in 1998, he served as the Chief Whip of the House for 8 years (between1999-2007), becoming the longest serving member of the National Assembly leadership. During this eventful period, he was elected Vice President of the African, Caribbean, Pacific and European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly and Chairman of the planning committee, ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in 2000. In 2004, he was awarded Officer in the Order of Leopold (the highest honour bestowed on a foreigner) by His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium, and in the same year, he received a honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree from the City University of Los Angeles. Hon Bawa Bwari holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and is a registered member of both the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners and Town Planning Registration Council. Hon. Bwari is widely travelled and enjoys sporting activities (he is known to be an excellent Football Match Commentator). He also enjoys reading and continues to be actively involved in environmental issues and projects that directly impact on the lives of his people.