Gossip: Goodluck Jonathan: A profile


Born on November 20, 1957 in Otuoke,
Bayelsa State, Goodluck Jonathan began his
primary education at St Stephen’s Primary
School (now State School, Otuoke) and later
moved to St Michael’s Primary School, Oloibiri,
where he completed his elementary education in 1969, at the age of 12. He proceeded to Mater Dei High School,
Imiringi for his secondary education and
passed out in 1975 with distinctions. Before securing admission into the university,
Jonathan worked as a Preventive Officer with
the Department of Customs and Excise for two
years In 1977, he secured admission into the
Department of Zoology, University of Port
Harcourt. He was one of the pioneer students
of the university. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Zoology in 1981,
an M.S. in Hydrobiology and Fisheries Biology
(1985), and a Ph.D. in Zoology (1995). While pursuing his doctorate, he taught at
Rivers State College of Education from 1983
until 1993. He then served as an assistant
director at the Oil Mineral Producing Areas
Development Commission, a now defunct
government agency, from 1993 until 1998. Jonathan Goodluck’s political career began
when he became involved with the nascent
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the late
1990s. He was elected deputy governor of
Bayelsa state in 1999 under the party’s
banner. He served in the position until year 2005, when he was elevated to the
governorship after the incumbent, Diepreye
Alamieyeseigha, was charged with
corruption and was impeached. In 2007 he was selected as the vice
presidential running mate of the PDP’s
presidential candidate, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
He and Yar’Adua were elected in April and
inaugurated in May 2007. He was sworn in as the President on 6 May
2010 following the death of Yar’ Adua on
May 5. He contested the 2011 presidential election
and defeated General Muhammadu Buhari of
the Congress for Progressive Chang (CPC) and
Nuhu Ribadu of the Action Congress of
Nigeria (ACN) with 59% of the votes. His dedication to service earned him the Best
Performing Deputy Governor Award, as well
as the Honourary Award for Democracy and
Good Governance. Given his contributions to Environmental
Management, he was decorated with the
prestigious Honourary Fellowship of the
Nigerian Environmental Society. A member of various professional
associations around the world, he remains a
Fellow of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria,
FISON, Fellow of the Public Administrators of
Nigeria, Fellow, International Association of
Impact Assessment, IAIA, and Fellow, Institute of Corporate Affairs Management. He is also a
member, Science Teachers Association of
Nigeria, and Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary



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