Engr. Barnabas Gemade was born on 4th September, 1948, he attended Ahmadu bello University, Zaria where he obtained B.Sc (Honours) in Civil Engineering in 1974 and City University, London for his M.Sc in Highway & Transport Engineering in 1978.
He was the Senior Manager/Site Agent with Carl Ploetner (Nig) Limited 1979 â€“ 1980 for the Construction of Wasagu Kotonkoro Road in Kebbi State.. He left the Company in 1980 to co-found Sam-Barns & Partners (Consulting Engineers) with Head Office at Jos, serving as the Managing Partner. He held that position till 1985 when he was invited to serve as Deputy Managing Director at the Benue Cement Company, BCC Plc, Gboko.
Engr. Barnabas Gemade was meritoriously promoted to Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He was the first indigenous Managing Director of the Company. He served in that capacity or six (6) years. During his tenure, Benue Cement Company Plc produced 900,000 tons of Cement every year with an annual turn-over of over N500 million using a work force of over 1,500 persons. It was also during his tenure that the Benue Cement Company (BCC) Lions Football Club brilliantly won the 1989 Edition of the Challenge Cup and the 1990 Mandela (Confederation of African Football CAF) Cup Champions Cup. He ensured the smooth running of the business enterprise, employed a good number of youths and gave financial empowerment to indigenous businessmen and contractors..
He trained and appointed many indigenous Managers to take-over from the Expatriate Managers. Particular mention can be made of Mr. Agum, Engr. Nyagba, Aende, Unum, Atagher, Mku, Ulam, Sam Tar, Achiatar, Chive, Kankwe, Yaji, Lorngurum, Ukpi etc.
Owing to Chief Engr. Gemades impeccable credentials and meritorious service, the then Military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida appointed him Honourable Minister of Works and Housing and Member of the Ernest Shonekan-Ied Interim National Government, (ING) in 1993. He was also Member, Board of Directors of National Agency for Science & Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI. The Interim National Government was however short-lived owing to a palace coup staged by late Gen. Sani Abacha in November, 1993.
However, during his short tenure as Minister, he facilitated the construction of many Federal Roads in the State e.g. Yandev-Buruku, Awajir Gboko-Ihugh, Tse Mker etc. He employed a good number of Benue State indigenes into the Federal Civil Service most of whom are now high ranking officers. He also empowered numerous Benue people by contract awards, housing allocations and plots of lands in Abuja and Lagos.
He is a Registered Engineer by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, (COREN), 1979, Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, (FNSE), 1989, and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Science & Technology, (FNIST), Ibadan and became Honorary Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR) 1990.
He is a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2011 till date), he is married and blessed with children.