Usman Bello Kankara, a retired Comptroller of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and Kanwa Katsina, District Head of Ketare Kanwa of Katsina, knew what it takes to give his people a new lease of life by bringing development closer to them.
Within two years of mounting the saddle as the District Head of Ketare Kawan, Bello was said to have succeeded in transforming the villages within the district, that most of the traditional Hausa/Fulani buildings have been turned into modern buildings. He has also succeeded in cultivating in the mind of the parents the need to send their children to school instead of turning them to full time Herdsmen. The local Hausa-Fulani men have also seen the need to send their daughters to school instead of selling Kunu on the streets while their mates in the southern part of Nigeria are in schools.
The paramount ruler believes that it is only through education that the people would understand the basic rudiments of sustainable development. Bello, who has made much impact within the villages under his district said, it is high time, villages in various parts of the country, particular in the north, rise up to the development of their Communities through Communal efforts instead of waiting for the government to do everything for them as this may take years because of competing needs and financial constraints of the state. He may have learnt a lot from the Communal development efforts of the people in the south, particular, the south east and therefore decided to introduce the same developmental efforts in his Ketare Kanwa District which appears to be yielding results in the Communities.
Only recently, Bello, performed the foundation laying Ceremony for the Construction of a Community Day Secondary School in Katoge Community. The School, according to the villagers was conceived and being built out of Communal efforts. They stated that there is no presence of the government in the Community, noting that without the support of Bello, the District Head, the Community could still have been in darkness. This is where Aminu Bello Masari, the state governor, may have to reach out to the far flung Communities where there is no visible development to assist in providing them the basic infrastructural facilities.
The Value News learnt that the Bello Kankara, the Kanwa of Katsina, had made several attempts to attract the attention of Badamasi Lawal Charanchi, the state Commissioner for Education to the district to see things himself but no luck. He may not have relented in getting the Commissioner to the District as he had continued to make moves by using his contacts in the government to reach out to the governor who could make the difference in the District.
An elated Kankara, stated that the Katego Community had to undertake the School project in support of the government transformation agenda in the education sector. He enjoined other Communities within the District to take a cue from the Katego self help projects initiative.
Tukur Galadimma, the village Head who could not hide his feelings over the support of Kankara, the District Head, for the project, expressing his appreciation to the Monarch, for his fatherly role in making the establishment of the school a reality.
An appreciative Galadimma said the school had started in a temporary site in village, stressing that many catchment areas in the District are also benefitting as they feed the school with students. He noted that in the past, students from the Community travel as far as Gurbi and Kankara for their secondary school education with the danger of crossing streams and rivers.
Inspite of the fact that it was a self development project, Anas Isa Kankara, Chairman of the Transition Committee, said the project could not have seen the light of the day without of the support of the local government. The good news was that the Community may not be left alone for the recruitment of teachers for the school. Kabir Ali, the Education Secretary of Kankara, said they would ensure that the posting of qualified teachers and other support Staff to the school. Garba Dan Alhaji, representing Kankara ,in the state House of Assembly was said to have donated some undisclosed amount towards the development of the Katego Community Day Secondary school.
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