Hon. Samaila Suleiman: First Among Equals By Bello Ahmadu Alkammawa
The leadership style with which Hon Samaila Suleiman is running the Kaduna North Local Government has not only endeared him to the hearts of many the chairman earn their respects but has revealed in him a rare model young politician of our generation.
He impresses people with his detribalized nature and honest attitude to work that is geared towards making the local government a model.
Young and eloquent engineer has prove to all and sundry that he come to used his vast experience in bringing good innovations to his people through meaningful projects that cannot only boost their economic activities but it will make them to become self-reliant as well as
peaceful loving citizens in future.
The first to become chairman of Kaduna North Local Government under the platform of CPC make these words after his taking oath before late Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, “I do not consider myself worthy to take up this job, but I do believe that in His infinite mercy our God
qualifies those He appoints.
Beyond the historic significance of what has just taken place, I do not consider this heavy burden of being your Chairman an achievement but a metaphor for understanding the fact that with God, indeed all things are possible. Perhaps we need to pause for moment and appreciate where we have come from and why our beloved Local Government is so important to the history of Nigeria.
In the course of our history, it is difficult to find any other city beyond Niger that has had the history of Kaduna North; it has been home to our legendary founding fathers such as the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto and the Premier of Northern Nigeria. Sir Kashim Ibrahim; Alhaji Ahmed Talib; Alhaji Yahaya Gusau; Chief Sunday Awoniyi; Ambassador Jolly Tanko Yusuf; Audu Macheal Buba; Justice Mamman Nasir; Makaman Bida and Maitama Sule among others.
I am not unaware of sacrifices of those who have served before me in the hallowed precincts of what is now known as Magajin Gari. Today, I salute all those who have served our local government so well, whether as elected or as civil servants. I am humbled to be in the company of these great men. Within two weeks after assuming his duty, he paid workers of the local government salaries they owed for five months before he take over the mantle affairs of the council. He also paid salaries for three out of nine month’s owed casual staff of the council and the action restores their hope and confidence in his leadership.
He made tremendous achievements despite the fact that the Kaduna North Local Government was in abject bankruptcy, with a debt of over three hundred million Naira which was accumulated before he takes over, his desire of taking his council to stardom inform his decision of coming out with a committee that consist of season administrators and experts on finance who was assign to monitor and ensure efficiency in revenue generation, as well as boosting the income accruing to the council for it to be able to fulfill its campaign promises to its teeming
The committee’s work gives birth to the emergence of the local government as the one with highest revenue generation figure for the year 2012, particularly in the last quarter. This accomplishment was greatly applauded by the state legislature and other agencies. One
is therefore right to say that the laudable work of this committee inform the tremendous achievements recorded by the council so far, which made the local government to be ahead of its peers in the state in just one year. Such gestures includes distribution of food items to the less privileged across the 12 wards of the council, donation of relief materials and aid for reconstruction following fire outbreak at a commercial and meat center at Unguwar Sarki, in addition to the donation of relief materials to victims of last year’s flood disaster in all the affected wards. Materials distributed to the victims include spaghetti, sugar, maize, rice, noodles, beans, millet and groundnut oil, as well as mosquito nets and other household items as well as purchase of additional transformers to be installed across the said wards that makes the council.
In the area of health, the council donated maternal kits worth millions of Naira to five thousands pregnant women, the council also offer free surgery operations on various ailment which over 14,000 people benefited. Also it is in record that the council under Hon. Samaila Suleiman has successfully rehabilitated the following hospitals and equips them with modern facilities those are: U/Rimi, Gaji, Jos Road and Badarawa hospitals.
In the area of education, the council renovated, expand and rehabilitated destitute quarters in Kano Road with modern infrastructure, which Governor Yero commission the renovated Almajiri School on 15th January 2013. But about three months after it was renovated, the said center had a fire break, which necessitated an urgent visit to render assistance to the residents of the quarters.
The local government council assessed the level of damage and it is going to renovated it again amicably. The council under Hon. Samaila Suleiman also approved the settlement of JAMB and NECO fees for the over five hundred students in different schools across the local government area, in addition of 240,000 exercises books going to distributed to all the primary schools across the council. In the area of Human capacity development, early this year, the council signed a
Memorandum of understanding with the Citizenship and Leadership Training Center of the Ministry of Youth Development, the aim is to train youths to acquire skills in different trades and vocations in order to empower them to become self-reliant, productive and industrialized in the society. The council also completed Zaria Road to ease the transportation among other roads now facing such gesture. Peace remain the only tool that can be used to achieve meaningful
development anywhere in the world, the council under Hon. Suleiman acknowledge this fact in order to make both the council and its people secure, its set up a committee charged with strengthening the bond of harmony within the communities that constitute the local government which comprises traditional, religious and community leaders, in addition to security council meetings that has the composition of all security agencies as members.
Born on 2nd March 1988 to Abdu Suleiman and Hajia Maryam Sani Sambo, after enrolling into Islamic school he was later enroll at Kaduna capital School Primary from 1988-1993, Kaduna Capital Secondary School from 1994-1999. He proceeded to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University where he bags a degree in Mechanical Engineering from 2001-2006, Premier University (ABU Zaria) for his Masters degree in International Affairs & Diplomacy from 2008-2009. He has working experience through his work at Kaduna Refinery from 2005-2006, NLNG 2007-2008, Prime Studios 2008-2009, ECN 2009-2010, Chairman Guda Vision & Associates Ltd, and now Executive Chairman of Kaduna North Local Government from 2012 to date. Married to Hajia Faiza and blessed with two lovely children.
Alkammawa writes from No. 4 Coronation Cresencent,
7030399110 08155092812 Kaduna (with
additional reports of Rabi’u Umar Matazu
SA Media to the Executive
Chairman Kaduna North LG)
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