By Muhammad Hamisu Abdullahi,
The journey to greatness may be noted in people right from their childhoods. Many qualities may begin to be noticed in them as being exceptional among their peers that they have distinguished themselves in conduct. They struggle to build a bright future for themselves through hard work and commitment in all their undertakings – be it in schools and other fields of endeavours.
They may embrace certain hobbies, which they develop since youthful ages. Some may pick sports and other games as their hobbies.
In the case of Malam Adamu Muhammad, the current Education Secretary of Kano Municipal Local Government Area in Kano State, travelling, reading, lecture presentation at schools and public gatherings are some of his hobbies. He developed some of these habits since childhood.
Malam Muhammad is such a personality who could just be described as fitting the above explanations or descriptions. He views life as a way of making people to live in peace not in pieces with each other. That is, they should love one another as brother’s keepers.
Again, it is his firm belief that he or she, being a believer or unbeliever, must understand that: “we are all brothers in humanity.”
“Let us fear God, honour Him and respect human dignity,” are wise ideas from the new Education Secretary.
He always preaches peace, decorum and discipline among his colleagues and others in the society, especially the staff he works with.
“I want those working with the Local Education Authority (LEA) to maintain discipline and accept, follow or comply with all the rules and regulations laid down by the authority,” he once emphasized as he went further to say that he was able to imbue discipline among them and make them realise the importance of dedication as they were able to understand the need to discharge their duties to the best of their capabilities and global practices.
This is sequel to his vision in high quality basic education to all schools for self reliance and continued education to all their pupils in the various schools under his jurisdiction; alongside his mission in the education outfit of ensuring efficiency, effectiveness and transparency in mobilisation and utilisation of resources for the delivery of the said high quality basic education in Nigeria in general and Kano State in particular with specific reference to his constituency.
The Education Secretary is of the type who remains grateful to his parent. He was grateful to his late father and mother, Alhaji Zakariya Muhammad and Malama Inna for their push on him to go to school and be educated.
The Kano Municipal Education Secretary was born at Lalloki quarters in the ancient city of Ksno on October 1, 1965 and attended a Qur’anic school at Gabari quarters in Kano Municipal Local Government Area. He later moved to Sharifai quarters to attend Baba Sale Qur’anic School for his basic Islamic education.
After spending two years there, he was enrolled into Festival Primary School in the area in 1970, where he completed the primary education in 1977, and in the same year, he gained admission into Government Arabic Teachers College, Hadejia (now in Jigawa State), where he did his Form 1-3 and completed his education at Maigatari Teachers College (also now in Jigawa State), where he did Form 4 and 5, in 1982.
Malam Muhammad immediately started his teaching career at a local Qur’anic school called Maitakara Primary School, where he spent only two and a half years and proceeded to Bayero University, Kano (BUK) to study BSc. Chemistry Education in 1990 and completed the course in 1995.
After this development, he started working with the State Primary Education Board and was posted to Maitakara Primary School and later Imamu Primary School both at Zage quarters of the Kano municipality. He was a classroom teacher at these schools.
Later, he was promoted to the position of an Assistant Headmaster at Jakarta Special Primary School and he was later posted to Ado Yola Special Primary School at Yola quarters in the municipality.
He was later transferred to Umma Zaria Girls Secondary School, Koki, adjacent to the famous Kano abattoir as a Senior Master.
In the year 200, he went back to school for his Post Graduate Studies at the famous Federal College of Education (FCE), Kano, where he studied Post Graduate Diploma in Community Development and Adult Education in 2001, before moving to BUK for more learning in Community Development and Extension Education in the year 2015 and bagged a Masters Degree (M Ed) Honours.
Malam Muhammad then came back to the headquarters of the LEA in Kano Municipal as Coordinator, Federal Teachers Scheme (FTS) where he spent two years (from 2010 to 2012) and later, Coordinator, Guidance and Counseling for one year (2012 to 2013) at the same LEA headquarters. He was also Coordinator, Junior Secondary Schools from 2013 to 2018 in the same office.
Recently, this year, he was appointed as Education Secretary in the Municipal LEA by the current chairman of Kano Municipal Local Government Area, Alhaji Sabo Dantata.
Another interesting thing about him worthy of mentioning was that Malam Muhammad attended the famous Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) in 2010/2011 session and passed at credit level with a certificate. He also attended a Qur’anic Recitation Studies programme known as ‘Daura’ – sponsored by the Saudi Arabian government. It was a study which permitted him to read the Glorious Qur’an from cover to cover and with its tajweed very clearly, and he can read a half of the Qur’an off head – which he is proud with than any other thing in his life, and thanking God for the gift.
He also attended a training programme on Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) with British Council and successfully obtained a TKT certificate signed by the Director, British Council, David Higgs.
He was also proud of some teachers who impacted positively in his life. Those of his teachers included late Sheikh Jaafar Mahmud Adam, Malam Salisu Abubakar, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Usman and Sheikh Abdallah Saleh Pakistan, whom he said he learnt the knowledge of Qur’anic tajweed from them and many Arabic lessons, praying God to reward them abundantly.
He is married with two wives and 11 children.