Birnin Gwari de­serves a Univer­sity

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

The im­me­di­ate past Kaduna state gover­nor Al­haji Mukhtar Ra­malan Yero, was re­ported in the me­dia to have promised South­ern Kaduna peo­ple the es­tab­lish­ment of Kaduna State Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy if elected into of­fice dur­ing the last polls!

It is un­der­stood that politi­cians may com­mit them­selves to too many un­so­licited prom­ises, some of which per­haps are too ex­pen­sive and unattain­able.

The gover­nor then (Mukhtar Ra­malan Hero) I be­lieve, is aware of our dire need of such in­sti­tu­tions in Birnin Gwari. I am cer­tain that the pol­icy mak­ers in Kaduna state gov­ern­ment house are fully aware that if there is any lo­cal gov­ern­ment area that de­serves to have such univer­sity sited on it, it is Birnin Gwari in­deed.

While we nur­ture no grudges against our broth­ers in Kafan­chan, we wish to af­firm un­equiv­o­cally that Zaria is a poor choice to site the state univer­sity, as Zaria is fully loaded with land­mark in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing the ABU. Kafan­chan or any other lo­cal gov­ern­ment area in the south­ern part of Kaduna state is also not a bet­ter choice, be­cause there are quite a num­ber of higher in­sti­tu­tions on that axis. Th­ese in­clude the Kaduna State Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion Gi­dan Waya Kafan­chan, Kaduna State School of Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery, School of Agri­cul­tural En­gi­neer­ing, ABU Zaria at Sa­marun Kataf and a cam­pus of the only Kaduna State Univer­sity.

Just a re­cap, when late gover­nor Sir Pa­trick Ibrahim Yakowa (Nakowa) vis­ited Birnin Gwari in 2010 or so, a prom­ise to es­tab­lish a School of Health came to glad­den the hearts of Birnin Gwari peo­ple. Hopes and ex­pec­ta­tions rose high. Ev­ery­one was happy un­till the un­for­tu­nate death of Gover­nor Sir Yakowa!

The School of Health Tech­nol­ogy or School Of Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery which the then lead­er­ship promised to es­tab­lish in Birnin Gwari be­came a mi­rage. It re­mained merely on the lips! I strongly doubt if the com­mit­ment has got­ten a bless­ing of pa­per work.

When Gover­nor Makarfi was es­tab­lish­ing the Kaduna State univer­sity, calls were made by our peo­ple that the per­ma­nent site of KASU should be de­ployed to Birnin Gwari. That has never hap­pened. Birnin Gwari was never con­sid­ered for that.

Birnin Gwari has the vast land to ac­com­mo­date a world-class univer­sity. Any kind of glam­orous univer­sity can be sited in Birnin Gwari, but our lead­ers are yet to come to this ba­sic fact and stark re­al­ity. It is blessed with resources and po­ten­tials that can well cater for ev­ery kind of need of a mega univer­sity!

It is our fer­vent hope and be­lief that Gover­nor Nasir El-Ru­fai will re­mem­ber that Birnin Gwari is the best choice for such a cre­ation! Isah Muham­mad Gal­adima Birnin Gwari. isah­gal­adima@gmail.com

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