Birnin Gwari deserves a University
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. email@example.com