My med­i­cal dream pushed me to ‘per­fect score’ from Rus­sian var­sity

Why Kano is en­gag­ing youth in auto re­pair, other skills

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day From Ibrahim Musa Giginyu, Kano

Mo­hammed Mustafa Cen­giz was born in Kano state Nige­ria, in 1991 to a Nige­rian mother and Turk­ish fa­ther. Cen­giz who is from a fam­ily of nine and raised by his mother re­cently grad­u­ated with a ‘per­fect score’ of 5.0 Cu­mu­la­tive Grade Point Av­er­age (CGPA) on June 26, 2017 to emerge the best graduy­ate from Kazan State Med­i­cal Univer­sity in Rus­sia where he read medicine. In this ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with he spoke about his back­ground in Kano’s Ho­toro district, his pri­mary and sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion at Rakad In­ter­na­tional School, Ben­nie In­ter­na­tional School, and other ex­pe­ri­ences. @Si­monEchewo­fun

How would you re­late the strength of early ed­u­ca­tion to the suc­cess you have at­tained?

Well pri­mary and sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion are the most im­por­tant in any per­son life, it carves the per­son into what he or she be­comes in life and pre­pares them for the hur­dles in life. Dur­ing my sec­ondary school days I ob­tained a lot of dis­ci­pline and mo­ti­va­tion that later paved the way to my path in life. I would con­clude that my study­ing in Nige­ria carved the per­son I am to­day and will be to­mor­row. I would like to thank all my teach­ers and tu­tors for all their ef­forts. It is not easy to.

What other things mo­ti­vated your aca­demic suc­cess?

I feel lucky and con­tin­u­ously thank­ful to God for the po­si­tion I am in cur­rently be­cause noth­ing is pos­si­ble The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Kano State Di­rec­torate of Youth De­vel­op­ment and Eco­nomic Em­pow­er­ment, Al­haji Ado Abba Tudun-Wada has said the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Gov­er­nor Ab­dul­lahi Umar Gan­duje is em­pow­er­ing youth to be­come self-re­liant.

He said the ad­min­is­tra­tion in­ter­vened in the for­ma­tion of a vi­brant care­taker com­mit­tee of the Youth Coun­cil un­der Com­rade Kabiru Ado Lak­waya and has since been em­pow­er­ing mem­bers through the plat­form. with­out Him. Hard work and ded­i­ca­tion were the for­mula, but it is also nec­es­sary to work smart and ef­fi­cient be­cause time man­age­ment is a very im­por­tant. All th­ese aren’t pos­si­ble with­out con­tin­u­ous mo­ti­va­tion though, so peo­ple around us-mean­ing fam­ily and friends play a very im­por­tant role in keep­ing us con­cen­trated on the ul­ti­mate goal. So to sum up I would base all of it on God, Ded­i­ca­tion and so­cial cir­cle.

Could you de­scribe your un­der­grad­u­ate days?

I can eas­ily say that it was one of the best ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve had, both in the pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive sense of it. When I first ar­rived to Rus­sia for the pro­gramme, I was very un­con­fi­dent and ner­vous. I felt like I didn’t have what it took to be­come a doc­tor, es­pe­cially af­ter tak­ing a two year aca­demic leave, but then I promised to never to give up. Rus­sia’s cli­mate is one of the harsh­est

Some of the en­gage­ments he said are that over 90,000 youth were suc­cess­fully reg­is­tered un­der the on­go­ing FG’s N-Power scheme; within two years, 250 youth have been trained on ICT and an­other 100 youth trained in auto-mo­bile main­te­nance and re­pairs at the Peu­geot Au­to­mo­bile Nige­ria (PAN) learn­ing cen­tre in Kaduna.

Tudun-Wada said a com­mit­tee Youth Em­pow­er­ment was es­tab­lished by the state with a re­lease of over N132 mil­lion to fund var­i­ous skills ac­qui­si­tion and em­pow­er­ment pro­grammes for 5000 small on and it made ev­ery­day ac­tiv­ity very chal­leng­ing, es­pe­cially when most lessons where lo­cated at dif­fer­ent points of the city. The strug­gle to bal­ance a so­cial and aca­demic life was also tough, but my dream of be­com­ing a sur­geon was al­ways the ul­ti­mate goal.

What would you do dif­fer­ently from what is done in the field?

I sup­pose I am in no po­si­tion to be crit­i­cal in the way the sys­tem is ran back home, as I am sure those in charge are do­ing all they can with the lim­ited re­sources they might have. Nige­ria is a coun­try filled with tal­ented peo­ple whom are un­der­rated due to lack of suf­fi­cient re­sources and in­fra­struc­ture. Given the proper en­vi­ron­ment and ma­te­rial, the sky is our limit. How­ever as I al­ready men­tioned above the re­sources are the main chal­lenge, so what I would do dif­fer­ently would be to pro­vide what is nec­es­sary. The gov­ern­ment should un­der­stand that hu­man re­sources are the most valu­able of all, not just from an eth­i­cal point of view but also eco­nom­i­cally and so­cially. Give them the tools and watch them suc­ceed is what I would sug­gest.

What plat­form do you wish to cre­ate to en­gage other youth?

With the help of the in­ter­net and so­cial media I will cre­ate a plat­form for young and bright minds to en­gage in cru­cial com­pli­ca­tions faced in medicine. To cre­ate a sort of guid­ance and coun­sel­ing busi­nesses op­er­a­tors un­em­ployed youth.

Part of the State’s achieve­ments on youth em­pow­er­ment he said is the ap­proval the Di­rec­torate got to se­lect 2,000 youth from the state to train for pro­posed Peace Corps in an­tic­i­pa­tion of be­ing fully em­ployed once the scheme gets FG’s fund­ing.

Al­haji Ado told the Daily Trust that 2,445 young peo­ple have also been trained on ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grammes with sup­port from DFID’s MAFITA, a UK funded pro­gramme that runs for six years in the North West, and kick-started in March 2016. and net­work for those who aren’t med­i­cally lit­er­ate, so they can be ad­vised prop­erly on ther­a­peu­tic steps.

Many Nige­ri­ans or even peo­ple around the world are usu­ally con­fused when it comes to medicine and this will help and guide them through it.

How did you se­cure your ad­mis­sion?

Gain­ing ad­mis­sion was quite straight­for­ward, I found a cou­ple of univer­sity op­tions on­line with some ad­vice from friends. And I de­cided to send my cre­den­tials, they school later replied and I be­gan to process the nec­es­sary doc­u­men­ta­tions at the Rus­sian em­bassy. To be hon­est it wasn’t as hec­tic be­cause I did so from Ankara, Turkey with a Turk­ish pass­port which was quite eas­ier than the process in Nige­ria.

Is there a chance for youth to at­tain their dreams in the present Nige­ria?

There is noth­ing that would make me hap­pier, but it all de­pends on ded­i­ca­tion and sac­ri­fice. Nige­ria is a grow­ing na­tion and I have no doubt in the fu­ture it will be the land of op­por­tu­nity, un­for­tu­nately with the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion it is quite dif­fi­cult to reach the pin­na­cle of your dreams, not im­pos­si­ble but quite de­mand­ing. The per­cent­age of suc­cess will have to be in­creased as it is cur­rently in “win­ning the lot­tery” level. Mean­ing only a few will ac­tu­ally at­tain their dreams.

What is your ad­vice to Nige­rian youth, many who are un­em­ployed?

T o whomever is read­ing this; even if the mes­sage is passed to a sin­gle per­son this is my ad­vice to you: I have stud­ied the art of man and his or­gan­ism, and I bear wit­ness that all brains, ves­sels, flesh and bone are same and equal, no man/woman is bet­ter than you nor are you bet­ter than them. I am not where I am be­cause I am the smarter or brighter, and my words and ad­vice may mean noth­ing to you. But if there is one thing I have learnt from life, it is that con­tent­ment is the key to true suc­cess. Wher­ever you find your­self just do your best and leave the rest to God. Al­ways com­pare your­self with those be­low you when it comes to suc­cess and riches, and al­ways com­pete with those above you when it comes to knowl­edge.

Some trainees from Kano State at Peu­geot Train­ing Cen­tre, Kaduna

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