Rt. Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi Bsc. Msc. PhD (in view) was born at the hills of Gum-Gagdi village, Gagdi ward of kanam LGA on the 5th of November, 1980. (39 years, 7 month).
To a very peasant family of Mallam Adamu and Mallama Hauwa’u, with six brothers and two sisters. His father was then and still the local mosque imam and a Qur’anic teacher in the community. Hon Gagdi had his Islamic education under the teaching and guidance of his father. In him, he learned the virtue of simplicity and compassion. Philanthropy, modesty and love for humanity.
Hon Yusuf Gagdi did his primary school at LEA Central Primary School Gum-Gagdi before proceeding to GSS Gagdi for his Junior Secondary school. Since the school then doesn’t have an SSCE center, he transferred to GSS Dengi where he had his Senior Secondary education and graduated in 1999.
the transfer to GSS Dengi, was his first time of coming to the local government headquarters. An indication of how peasant and humble his background was.
Gagdi got admission at FCE Pankshin in 2001. He resumed with only a few clothes, few measures of grinded maize flour and the grace of God! Without even money to rent a room as his accommodation. That year, he took solace at the security room of the school gate.
Such challenges play a very significant role in shaping the worldview and thought process of Hon Gagdi. His challenging beginning makes him to be exceptionally generous now… Because he knows what it means to be poor.
He navigate through the initial tough life challenges and difficulty at FCE Pankshin and made a name for himself as one of the most vibrant and outstanding chief judge of the student union of the school.
Instead of going back home with his NCE, he chooses an upward movement to Jos.
Due to his brilliance, hardwork, dedication and loyalty he strike a good relationship with the member representing his constituency who was the Deputy Speaker then, late Rt. Hon Usman Zumunta Musa. The relationship that blossomed beyond being a personal aide, to a father and son bond.
The quest for more education pushed Gagdi to the University of Jos where he bagged a Bsc(Ed) in Economics a PGD in Conflict Management and Msc in Peace and conflict management. Right now, a PhD candidate at Nasarawa State University, studying and researching in peace and security studies.
While in Jos, armed with his NCE in 2004, instead of the usual complaints of there’s no job, he chooses not to be docile and lazy. He was traversing the length of Jos teaching as a PTA teacher in order to sponsor his degree education while serving late Usman Zumunta as a personal aide, godson and mentee.
Then the upwards movement begins…
Rt. Hon Gagdi started his career as an appointee with the Plateau State Teacher’s service commission where he was posted as a teacher to GSS Anguwan Rogo.
He was later seconded to the office of the head of service, the late Godfrey Mamzhi where he served as his Personal Assistant (PA).
The life of Rt. Hon Gagdi has always been that of service and loyalty. Which he has done to these great men Late Hon Usman Zumunta Musa and late Godfrey Mazhi (May their souls continue to rest in peace Amen).
While at the office of the head of service, he facilitated employment into the state civil service to alot of people, mostly, young people of his peers across the state during some recruitment and replacement exercises that was conducted then. Another young person of his age (in his twenties then), will just be thinking of how to get money to be taking friends out, at that time, he prioritized getting opportunities for job placement to his friends and other associates across the state.
Thus, his zeal for job creation and foresight for employment opportunity doesn’t start today. It is something that has always been part of him.
His journey at the state civil service was short because he realized early that he will be of more help to his people in the political circles than the civil service.
He voluntarily resigned from the service of the state and joined the train of politics. (the political journey will be discussed in the SERIES 2 of this bulletin)
He is happily married to Hajiya Maryam Yusuf Gagdi and Jamimah Yusuf Gagdi with 5 children.
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Bulletin no 1, out of the four Bulletins to commemorate his one year in office.
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