Barrister Umma Hikima Ali: Woman of the Moment! By Bello Ahmadu Alkammawa
Since 2007 when Barr. Umma Hikima Ali came on board as Clerk of Kaduna State House of Assembly, many people most especially those from the bench testified that she is going to bring tremendous change in all aspects to the transformation of the state assembly.
She was known to be charismatic, energetic, and simple in dealing with people, having listening ears and desire of taking humanity to greater height. This informs the good legacies she left in all the places she had worked before her appointment as clerk of the house. Her appointment rang a bell, being the first woman to head the state legislature. Of course, she came across many challenges facing both the house and its work force when she assumed duty; challenges such as the problems of good training to staff in order for them to face their work squarely, outdated machines and equipments in the foremost chamber that feature eminent personalities from first republic to date, and others to mention but a few.
Today, due to her desire for transforming the state house of assembly, coupled with her sound leadership through carrying everybody along, she brought good innovations that informed the world that she is equal to the task. Issues concerning the living standard of staff from training through attending symposia, conferences or seminars that can bring more sanity in their work, accruing more education in the country’s higher institutions, outfit allowances and other benefits denied to them in the past had all become history today. A visitor to the house complex otherwise known as Luggard Hall will testify to these developments, through facelift that the house is wearing today. Parking spaces has been erected in the entire departments, while others are reserved for visitors who visit the house during budget defense by ministries and local government functionaries.
A new building was erect to house the Audit Department, renovations of toilets and bathrooms for both the staff and visitors. The woman surprised this reporter in her quest of remodeling the old chamber by installing every material that makes it to work effectively, it now wears new look after several years of neglect by those who presided over the house before her.
Though it is not under her, the house commission came to limelight but records are there to shows how she transforms the commission to meet every standard that can take the house to greater height, it is during her tenure they were given good monopoly of carrying out their duties effectively.
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