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Isaiah Balat

Person from Nigeria

Isaiah Chawai Balat (born October 23, 1952) is a Nigerian politician and business man from Kaduna State who was Senator for Kaduna South from May 2003 to May 2007. 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 mature 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 sandwich 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. Balat was appointed Minister of State for Works & Housing in the cabinet of President Olusegun Obasanjo in June 1999. He ran successfully for election as Senator for Kanduna South in April 2003 on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He was a strong contender to be the PDP candidate for governor of Kaduna State in 2007, but lost to Namadi Sambo, who went on to be elected. He established the Isaiah Balat Foundation, which has the  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1952-10-23
Place of birth
Kaduna
Nationality
Nigeria

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