Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat was born on September 19th 1964 in Lagos to Late Oba Mufutau Olatunji Hamzat, Olu of Afowowa Sogaade. His mother is late Alhaja Kehinde Hamzat, who is from Iga Egbe in Lagos Island.
Dr. Hamzat attended Odu Abore Memorial Primary School, Mushin, Lagos State and Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo, in Oyo State. For his tertiary education, he was at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering (1986) and a Masters in Agricultural Engineering (1988).
In pursuit of further academic attainments, he graduated from Cranfield University, England in 1992, with a Ph.D in System Process Engineering, becoming the first student in the Department to complete his doctorate within three years. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Programme. An accomplished academic and a technocrat of proven ability, Dr. Hamzat’s career has seen him work at such places as: Cranfield University, Bedford-England; City of New York- Human Resources Administration as Case Manager [1993-1995]; College of New Rochelle, New York, USA as Adjunct Professor [1995-1996]; RTP Consulting Services, New York, USA in a capacity as Associate Director, Desktop/System Support [1996-1997]; Citibank NA/Compaq Computer Services, New York as Consultant [1997- 1998].
He also worked as Adjunct Professor, CTA Program at the Columbia University, New York, USA [1998-2000] while he was Vice President-Core Tech. Support Group at the Merrill Lynch Inc. New York, USA [2000-2002]; and Senior Associate-PC Engineering at Morgan Stanley Inc., New York, USA [2002-2005]. Back in the country, he was given appointment as CIO and Group Head, IT Strategy of Oando Plc Lagos, Nigeria.
Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat foray into the Public Service began with his appointment as Commissioner for Science and Technology during the tenure of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in August 2005. He was also retained in the same portfolio by former Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola in 2007. While he was in charge of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat came up with several initiatives designed to change the face of data and record keeping in the State. For instance, he introduced and championed the automation of government processes which helped change and improve Public Servants performance in the State. It also helped to eradicate ghost workers through the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning.
In 2011, Dr. Hamzat was appointed Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure; a position he held till May 2015. In that capacity, he was responsible for many civil and construction works in the State. His notable achievements are but not limited to; the completion of the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge linking Admiralty Way to Bourdillon Road, Nigeria’s first cable-stayed bridge and the construction of the Lekki Expressway with the upgrade, expansion and maintenance of approximately 50km of the Lekki-Epe Expressway (Phase I), and construction of Yaya Abatan Road, Cemetery Road in Ajeromi Ifelodun, Expansion of Lagos Badagry expressway with a rail (blue line) and other infrastructures across the State. For his extraordinary performance and technical abilities, he was appointed by Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, former Minister for Power, Works and Housing Special Adviser, Technical.
In this advisory role, which he occupied from January 2016 to August 2018, Hamzat was Adviser to the Mr. Babatunde F a s h o l a o n r o a d s a n d o t h e r infrastructure assets. In addition to this, he also served as Consultants to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on public infrastructure such as Architectural designs, Structural d e s i g n s , Q u a n t i t y s u r v e y i n g , Mechanical and Engineering devices. His forte also extended to Quality Control of Civil Engineering and Building Projects, Planning, Designing and Implementation of Infrastructure Programme as well as Rehabilitation and Maintenance of Roads & Bridges and Research & Development. In October 2018, he became the running mate to Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the Lagos governorship election in 2019 and they had a resounding victory at the polls.
A family-centered man, Dr. Hamzat is married to Oluremi Hamzat and they are blessed with lovely children.