Kano genius clinches first-class degree
By Abba Dukawa
It did not come as a surprise to his family, friends and allies when young Khamis Al-ameen Lamido graduated from Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO) with a first class degree in Petroleum Engineering.
For those who know the 21-year-old genius for what he is, graduating with flying colours has been his trade ever since he was in nursery school.
Young Lamido, who hails from Kano Municipal local government, was enrolled into IUO under Kano State Scholarship Programme four years ago.
As a young man, his excellent results in both WAEC and NECO made him one of the chosen students to write the scholarship exams and there also, young lamido proved his worth by emerging tops.
His success in the exam enabled him to make the list of 501 Kano students to benefit from the state scholarship programme.
According to him, with his success during the scholarship exams he thought he would be going to be sent abroad like some of his colleagues, but was sent to study Petroleum Engineering in IUO.
“I was hoping to be sent abroad to study under the Kano state government scholarship I had applied, but when I saw that I was to study in Igbinedion University, Okada, I said to myself why should I worry; after all, I have gotten the scholarship. Right there and then I made up my mind to do all that I could to justify the public fund spent on me by the state government.
“With the help of my lecturers who have helped me graciously, I was able to scale through,” narrated Lamido.
According to the young engineer, his success has not been as easy as people may see it, adding that his success came with sleepless nights, uninterrupted concentration and self-discipline on adherence to the school’s laid down rules.
“It is apparent that success doesn’t come as easy as many people think. I spent sleepless nights studying and also as an undergraduate one has to install a self-discipline attitude to guide his conduct in the school. This is what has kept me going since my secondary school days and I believe it has helped me a great deal,” he said.
While at IUO, Lamido had represented the school in various quiz competitions within and outside the shores of Nigeria. He has been a pillar in a lot of the university’s success stories and his name is being attached to various awards won by the university.
Reacting to challenges faced on his early days in the university, Lamido said, he initially found it very difficult to get acquainted to his new environment as he faced people from different parts of the country who he knew nothing about.
He added that, within a short period he became friendly with virtually every one in his class.
However, young Lamido further revealed that one of the secrets behind his success is competition. According to him, the competition he encountered amidst his peers in the university made him to gear up and ensure that he did better.
“We instituted among ourselves what we called mutual competitions; we compared our grades and also related with our lecturers as friends or guardians. We lived like a family and studied like we are in a contest; that has helped us a lot in making us abreast with the latest researches,” he said.
His father, Al-Ameen Lamido, said his son’s success wasn’t just a success for the family but for Kano state and the nation, adding that he has never dictated to young Lamido on what he wanted him to read in his secondary school days or in the university.
“I have never dictated to him on his choice of courses and now that he has graduated with first class in Petroleum Engineering, I won’t dictate to him on what he wants to do in future, at least he is 21 years old now and I know he knows best what he wants,” said the father.