Arc. Dabo: Great achiever and man of distinction
By Musa Diso
Some people are born great, while others achieve greatness by dint of hard work. People create history, history is of events, and event makes time and time honors men. Arc. Aminu A. Dabo was never born great, but he achieved greatness today by dint of his hard work.
He has created history, printed his name in the sand of time and carved a niche for himself by activities and performance as a one-time Commissioner of Land and Physical Planning and also former Managing Director of the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA).
His life is a piece of success drama, when a man`s every action leads to success, he becomes an enigma, a figure to be wondered at and an uncommon spectacle in a common world. Arc. Dabo started his success story with a brilliant academic career at Wudil Technical School from 1971 to 1976, later between 1977 and 1981 he repeated his brilliant academic feat at School of Technology under the Kano State Polytechnic, where he bagged his Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in architecture and two time best student of the year award.
Young Aminu was admitted into Ahmad Bello University (ABU), Zaria, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science (BSC) program in Architecture and passed out with flying color. In 1995, he capped it with Masters in the same field from the same university.
Arc. Dabo was a father every child would dream to have, a father of impeccable credential, between the period of 1984 and 1999. He was involved in active private practices involving architectural design, construction and estate development. Things have always worked for Aminu because of his willingness to succeed and his life has been one breath-taking sweep of a series of strides toward success.
Throughout his educational career, Arc. Dabo has been fully involved in student unionism. He was the Secretary General, Student Union of the School of Technology, Muslim Student Society, Government Secondary School Wudil; Public Relation Officer, Kano State National Students Association; Patron of Architectural Students Association ABU, Zaria; School of Technology Kano, and Department of Architecture of University of Technology, Bauchi in Bauchi State.
In 1999, Arc. Dabo was invited as a non-career politician to serve as a Commissioner of Land and Physical Planning in Kano and on assuming the mantle of the ministry, Arc. Dabo brought to bear his private sector orientation and left a legacy and impressive record that earned him the respect and admiration of not only the people of the state.
His ability to make things work for himself and others inform why he was chosen to head the NPA. During his sojourn at NPA, he brought his immense wealth of experience from public and private sectors to bear in the performance of his duties.
His activities as the erstwhile Managing Director of the Port Authority could be understood in his vigorous pursuit of programmes and policies in several spheres, a gesture which has earned him respect of the stakeholders in the nation’s maritime sector. There is no gain saying the fact that his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the NPA on April 2002 had opened a new vista in the life of the authority.
It is not easy to achieve so much within a very short period without endurance. Arc. Dabo was a man who never stops learning from experience, based on the premise that experience itself is the ceaseless assault life makes upon on human innocence, moving people to greater wisdom about themselves and their environment.
As people grow in experience, they shall all overcome the teething problem about community. Arc. Dabo was the first indigene of the state to establish a College of Health in the state.