• Alhaji Farouk Lawal Yola is a graduate of Sociology from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
• He commenced his working career as an Administrative Officer in the Kano State Ministry of Education from 1980 to 1981 from where he proceeded to work with R.T. Briscoe (Nigeria) Limited between 1981 and 1983.
• Thereafter, he returned to the Kano State Civil Service in 1984 where he built a career and rose to the position of Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance from August 2003 to June 2011.
• In the course of his career, he served at various stages as Chairman, Member and Secretary of a number of committees set up by the Kano State Government.
• He served as Board Member, Kano State Investment and Properties Limited and as Member, Kano State Pension Trust Fund.
• He is currently in private business and formerly on the Board of Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc. (formerly known as UnityKapital Assurance Plc.).