Outstanding performance: Safinatul Khair

Outstanding performance: Safinatul Khair honours Dr. Sulaiman 

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Outstanding performance: Safinatul Khair honours Dr. Sulaiman  

By Muhammad Hamisu Abdullahi 

Whatever has a beginning must surely come to an end one day. This belief corroborates that things are not permanent but temporary.

But someone’s performances, when saddled with a responsibility, can always be written in gold in the anal of history, especially when they are laudable.

Such performances of a person serving humanity could stand the test of time when they turn out to be so sterling and outstanding, which could as well be worthy of celebration for someone, being recognized by members of his or her community.

To say it proper, on Saturday, November 23, this year, history has been made as the people of Kofar Na’isa quarters and its environs in Gwale Local Government Area of Kano State, gathered under the auspices of a famous nongovernmental organization, Safinatul Khair Foundation, Kano, to celebrate one of their own who retired from active federal civil service recently.

He is Dr. Hassan Sulaiman, former Secretary of Programme (SOP) at the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) whose services to humanity were with no boundary, as he meritoriously served the state and the nation at large in various capacities.

Almost all the participants at the occasion have said one good thing and another on the celebrant with nostalgia.

Some have eulogized him with even tears of joy and appreciation running in their faces to signify how deep their love is on the celebrant who was hailed by everybody at the occasion as somebody the community was and is still proud of in view of writing his name in gold in the areas of extending hands of love and assistance to the people of not only his domain or area of birth place but the larger community of Kano and the nation as well.

 

What made the event unique, (as all that gathered at the Theatre Hall of the School of Management Studies under Kano State Polytechnic along Yahaya Gusau Road were there just for the celebrant who could not even speak to the gathering to appreciate the gesture, because he was highly overwhelmed with joy and elation), was the presence of many of his friends, associates, family members, well wishers and the numerous people he helped to get out of the labour market.

Outstanding performance: Safinatul Khair honours Dr. Sulaiman 

Among his childhood friends and secondary school mates is the current Head of Civil Service in the state, Dr. Kabiru Shehu, who showered praises on the celebrant, taking cognizance of an old boy of Gwarzo Secondary School, Dr. Sulaiman’s patience and friendly manner right from those olden days.

“He was patient, humble and people-friendly. Since secondary school days, he gets in contact with his classmates,” Dr. Shehu affirmed.

The Head of Service, who was guest of honour at the occasion, scored Dr. Sulaiman high in the area of extending hands of support to his mates and others in the society, urging others to emulate the retired officer who is very much loved by his immediate community because of the goodies he brought to them while in the service of his nation.

Dr. Shehu, in an interview with journalists after the event, described the honour done to his friend as deserving, noting that in all his years of service, Dr. Sulaiman dedicated his life human development and welfare, saying that enormous lessons could be learnt from the lifestyle of the celebrant, reiterating that whoever is in service should consider himself/herself as a servant to his country and people as epitomized by Dr. Sulaiman who acted as such.

All the speakers at the event noted that Dr. Sulaiman got employments to many while he was at the National Hospital, Abuja as its administration technocrat.

Dr. Shehu used the opportunity to suggest to the Federal Government to offer another opportunity to his friend somewhere as he still looks energetic to be saddled with a responsibility though retired, praying for God’s protection to Dr. Sulaiman in all his future engagements.

The chairman of Gwale Local Government Area, Alhaji Khalid Ishaq Diso was not left out at the occasion as he used it to wish Dr. Sulaiman a prosperous future, reiterating that anybody who assisted members of the community would definitely reap the reward in future, hoping that the celebrant would not relent in his effort towards rendering more services to the community, especially in the area of sourcing employments to the teeming youths.

Alhaji Diso equally used the occasion to appeal to the Head of Service to help and talk to the state government to offer another job for the celebrant even if it is going to be on contract basis.

While thanking the foundation for honouring Dr. Sulaiman, he urged its officials to continue with the good job they have been doing, pledging that his council is ready to support it, urging them to continue to be good ambassadors of the community wherever they happen to be.

A friend of his, who is also a retiree from Bayero University, Kano, Dr. Abubakar Muhammad Tahir Kofar Na’isa spoke at length on the qualities of the celebrant, noting that Dr. Sulaiman always seeks advice, is a man with decorum and uses any available opportunity to benefit others.

He described him as a workaholic and very dedicated personality, adding that he knew the celebrant since childhood as someone who struggled to survive all hurdles to succeed and very keen in sponsoring students by way of giving them scholarship to further their studies in various institutions of learning.

Outstanding performance: Safinatul Khair honours Dr. Sulaiman 

Another speaker, who happened to be among the teeming beneficiaries of Dr. Sulaiman’s gesture, was Malam Kabiru Ahmad, who said he was among the first 23 people to get employed courtesy the celebrant.

The celebrant, who could not speak while he stood up to address the mammoth crowd at the hall, because of the emotion in him, later spoke to journalists, where he felt highly honoured by the foundation.

He thanked God for the blessing He bestowed on him and his parent for their good upbringing and counseling to him.

“I am grateful to God and my parent. I served the country for 35 years – from September 1, 1984 to September 1, 2019. I urge others to do as much as possible in rendering services to their communities and ginger up to meet expectation of their people. I know whatever one does it is temporary and not permanent,” said he.

Dr. Sulaiman urged those in position of authorities to be able to deliver, disclosing that he became a director at the age of 29.

Earlier in his welcome address, the chairman of the Organising Committee of the event who doubles as the treasurer of the foundation, Alhaji Sunusi Garba Diso, traced its history to 1985, when it was established, which to date, he added, it has executed a number of projects in various spheres of life that have direct impact on the community.

According to him, the foundation’s area of coverage in terms of projects cut across sectors like education, health, security, economy and welfare of people among others.

According to a citation read on the celebrant at the occasion by Malam Sunusi Abdullahi Kofar Na’isa, Dr. Hassan Sulaiman Kofar-Na’isa, is a seasoned administrator and born on December 30, 1959 in Gwale Local Government Area of Kano State.

He started his educational pursuit at Dandago Special Primary School between 1967 and 1973 and from 1973 to 1978 he attended Government Secondary School, Gwarzo, while he was at the School for General Studies, Bayero University, Kano between 1978 and 1980.

Outstanding performance: Safinatul Khair honours Dr. Sulaiman 

He obtained a Bsc. Degree in Geography in 1983 from Bayero University, Kano. He proceeded to United Kingdom where he obtained a Masters of Arts (Economic) Degree in Health Services Management in 1989 and Doctor of Philosophy in the area of Inter-sector Planning in 1990 from the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, England, United Kingdom.

Dr. Sulaiman started his carrier at the defunct Kano State Health Services Management Board in September 1984 as an Assistant Secretary II.

He rose to the rank of Chief Personnel Officer in 1990. He was Zonal Secretary and Inter Zonal Director at Health Service Management Board, Kano.

He was seconded to Petroleum Special Trust Fund in 1996, and finally transfered his service to Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund in 1997 where he was appointed as Senior Manager and later became Deputy Area Manager for Lagos Island Area Officer in 1998.

Dr. Sulaiman became the pioneer Director of Administration of the National Hospital, Abuja in 1999.

He also served in various Federal ministries, department and agencies such as Federal Ministry of Health, Police Affairs, Budget Office of the Federation, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the Presidency, Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals as Secretary of the programme.

It is therefore, to be noted that his passion and determination to work in focused and vibrant organizations whose primary mandate is to support socio-economic well-being of people saw him serving in various capacities in the Hospitals Management Board, Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, National Hospital, Abuja and the Subsidy Reinvestment & Empowerment Programme (SURE-P).

He is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management, Fellow of the Institute of Health Services Administrators of Nigeria and Grand Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Financial Analyst.

Dr. Sulaiman is a profound writer and has many publications to his credit.

Some of his publications are: The Scope of Inter-Sectoral Activity between Health Care and Agriculture – Ph.D. Thesis – 1993; Doctors as Managers-2000, Multi-Sectoral Approach to Healthcare Development-2002, Inter-Agency Relations – 2010, Code of Ethics in Government Business-2001, Monitoring and Evaluation as a Tool for Effective Programme, Budget and Budgeting Process in Nigeria, 2016, Implementation-2017 and Good Governance, The Nigerian Experience.

Outstanding performance: Safinatul Khair honours Dr. Sulaiman 

 He is married with children.

The event featured presentation of gifts to the celebrant from some members of the community.

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