Aliyu Aziz Abubakar was born in Gembu, Mambilla Plateau area of present day Taraba State, Nigeria on the 17th of May 1962. He spent his early formative years in Ganye, attending Ganye 1 Primary School, Ganye from 1968 to 1974 and Government Secondary School, Ganye from 1974 to 1979 where he graduated with Division One. Immediately after his secondary school education, Aliyu Aziz went on to the School of Basic Studies, Zaria, where he spent one year attaining his 'A' level qualifications. He then commenced his undergraduate education in the Civil Engineering Department of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria from 1980 - 1983, where he acquired a B. Eng. degree in Civil Engineering with a 2nd Class Upper Division.

Having obtained his first degree, Aliyu Aziz then completed his mandatory national youth service (NYSC) at the Nigerian Mining Corporation in Jos, Plateau State from 1983 - 1984. After his NYSC, Aliyu Aziz returned to his alma mater where he was employed as a Graduate Assistant in its Civil Engineering Department. During the four years spent as a graduate assistant, he also enrolled for an M.Sc. programme in Structural Engineering and a Certificate in System Analysis and Design and successfully obtained the Certificate in 1985 and the Masters degree in 1987 after which he left the institution only as a student but continues to-date, to teach Computer Methods to undergraduate students at no cost to the institution.

In 1987, Aliyu Aziz began working with Mai and Associates, Kaduna where he rose through the ranks from pupil engineer to project engineer. While at Mai and Associates, he was actively involved in several civil and structural engineering projects including National Universities Commission Secretariat Abuja, NACB Headquarters, Abuja, NEPA Headquarters, Abuja and NPA Headquarters Abuja.

In 1992, Aliyu Aziz left Mai and Associates to join a partnership with his colleagues and classmates, with whom he established an engineering company, Integrated Engineering Associates (IEA), Kaduna. Under the umbrella of IEA, he was involved in several projects including AP Plaza, Abuja and NICON Regional Office development, Abuja.

In 1995, Afri-Projects Consortium (APC), a Management Consultancy firm then handling the now defunct Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund, retained Aliyu Aziz as a Principal Consultant to head their Management Information Systems department. As Head of MIS department, his responsibilities included management of all project information in the organisation; creation and maintenance of databases on contractors, consultants and projects; generation of ad-hoc reports, development of MIS software etc. He was also responsible for the installation and maintenance of the Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) in the offices of the company and its client, PTF. In addition, he was actively involved in the preparation and implementation of several PTF projects.

In 2000, following the dissolution of the PTF and winding up of its activities, Aliyu Aziz is currently the Managing Director of Integrated Systems Solution Limited, a newly established Information Technology (IT) solutions company. He has also retained his partnership in IEA, Kaduna and is still actively involved in their operations.

Over the years, Aliyu Aziz has published and presented several papers. Some of the more recent ones include "Intranet Development in a Project-Based Enterprise" PowerPoint Presentation at International Conference ISOC (Nig) '99 for Internet Society, Nigeria Chapter, January, 1999 and "Repositioning the Consulting Engineer in the Third Millennium" PowerPoint Presentation at National Conference, Lagos for Association of Consulting Engineers (ACEN), November 1999. He has also developed several spreadsheet applications including Analysis and Design of Reinforced Concrete Pad Footings, Analysis and Design for Hollow Clay Pots, Wind Analysis of multi-storey buildings, Analysis and Design of 2 - Way Solid Slabs to BS8110, Design of Reinforced Concrete Sections. He also writes programs in other languages including BASIC, FORTRAN, APL, C++, LISP and currently engages with JAVA.

He is a member of several professional bodies including the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Computer Association of Nigeria (COAN) and Internet Society (ISOC).

Aliyu Aziz is a devout Muslim and is married to Hajiya Hauwa Madinah with three (3) children, one girl, Fadimah Zahrah and two twin boys Muhammad Bashir and Muhammad Nazir.



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