Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, B.Sc (Hons), MBA (Project Management Technology), TAFIDAN MAMBILLA was born on 17th September,1962 and hails from Kakara village in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State, Nigeria.
Between 1970 and 2004, he attended the following academic institutions: Kakara Primary School; Government Secondary School, Gembu; College of Remedial Studies, Yola; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; and Federal University of Technology, Owerri, all in Nigeria. From these schools he obtained the First School Leaving Certificate, the General Certificate of Education (O/Level), B.Sc (Hons) Urban and Regional Planning, and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree (Project Management Technology). He also attended several management and professional courses as well as trade union trainings within and outside Nigeria.
Comrade Kaigama’s work experience began in 1982 at Nigerian Beverages Production Company Limited, Kakara. He underwent his National Youth Service (NYSC) programme in 1990 at Irepodun, Kwara State. He joined Gongola State Urban Planning and Development Authority in September 1990. He was promoted to Town Planning Officer 1 and was posted to Mubi Zonal Town Planning Office as Coordinator/Zonal Officer. Between 1992 and 1993 he was a member and later Acting Secretary of Taraba State’s Task Force on Environmental Sanitation.
In 1993 he was promoted to Senior Town Planning Officer, and further promoted to Principal Town Planning Officer in 1998. Between February 1997 and July 1999, he was appointed substantive Secretary of Taraba State’s Task Force on Environmental Sanitation. In November 1999, he was appointed Secretary, Works and Services Committee of the 13th Joint Domestic Trade Fair, Taraba 2000. Between January 1999 and January 2009, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Town Planning Officer, Chief Town Planning Officer, Assistant Director (Town Planning) and later Director of Town Planning.
Professionally, President Kaigama is a corporate member of Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, a registered town planner with Town Planners Registration Council, and Chairman of Taraba State Chapter of Nigerian Institute of Town Planners.
Comrade Kaigama is a visionary leader with wide and varied experience in trade unionism, a trait which has been evident from his days at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Indeed he is an astute trade unionist and dogged defender of the rights of workers everywhere. In that wise he has served and functioned as head of several internal technical and professional committees at various times. Beyond these, he has been a two-term Taraba State Chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), two-term Taraba State Council Chairman of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), a member of TUC’s National Executive Council (NEC) since 2005, and National Vice President of ASCSN. He currently serves as National President of ASCSN and as the President of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), his ascendancy to the latter position being with effect from 21st of June, 2013. The TUC is the labour centre to which all senior staff unions and associations in both public and private sectors in Nigeria are affiliated.
Kaigama is also a voracious reader and author and has five academic publications – produced between 1989 and 2000 – to his credit.
He also has in his kitty credits numerous other awards from different organizations some of which includes:
i. ICON OF NATIONAL UNITY, IN DILIGENT SERVICE TO FATHERLAND presented by The National Association of Niger-Delta Students (NANDS)
ii. PAN AFRICANIST LEADERSHIP HONOUR presented by Pan Africa Students Union Congress.
iii. AFRICA’S PATRIOTIC PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR presented by All-African Student’s Union (AASU)
iv. ICON OF TRUE FEDERALISM presented by Youth Intercommunity Network-Nigeria
v. MERIT AWARD presented by League of Democratic Students.
vi. ICON OF EMANCIPATION presented by National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS)
vii. MANDATE DELIVERY CERTIFICATE presented by African Students Union Parliament (ASUP)
viii. AWARD OF EXCELLENCE presented by Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (Ministry of Labour Unit)
ix. PAN-AFRICAN SERVANT LEADERSHIP AWARD presented by African Student Union Parliament (ASUP)
x. DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP AWARD presented by National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS)
xi. CERTIFICATE OF PATRONSHIP presented by Northern Women Assembly (NOWA)
xii. PUBLIC LEADERSHIP EXCELENCE RECOGNITION AWARD presented by Chartered Institute of Public Resources Management & Politics, Ghana
xiii. ICON OF SOCIETAL TRANSFORMATION presented by Arewa Consultative Youth Assembly
xiv. AWARD OF EXCELLENCE presented by Northern Women Assembly (NOWA)
Though it is said that Prophets lack requisite recognition in their immediate environment, the case of Comrade Kaigama is different. He is well revered in his constituency, a fit arising from his development initiatives to the people; Thus the First Class Chief of Mambilla, His Royal Majesty, Dr. Shehu Audu Baju II found him worthy of conferment of an award and turbaned him TAFIDAN MAMBILLA (Ambassador of Peace) on 26th April, 2014 in GEMBU, TARABA STATE.
Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama is happily married and blessed with children. His hobbies include indoor games, football and active intellectual engagements. Meeting people and making friends come naturally in his life.