We lost a mentor and an icon of engineering: Goodnight Engr Bisallah Kano Muhamad!

…as Engineers mourn the passing of a role model

The NSE and NIMechE Kaduna announced the passage of a distinguished and highly revered engineer, Engr Bisallah Kano Muhamad on Sunday and has been buried according to Islamic injunction.

Until his death, engineer Bisallah, a mechanical engineer, was active in engineering community and regularly offer vibrant support and mentorship to younger engineers.

Engr. B.K. Mohammed, FNSE, FNIMechE was born on 30th November, 1945 at Limawa village, 9km from Kano. He started his Junior Primary School education from January 1954 to December 1957 and Senior Primary School education from January 1958 to December 1959 in Kaduna and Kachia respectively.

Between January 1960 and December 1964, Bisallah proceeded to Provincial Secondary School (PSS), Kofar Doka, Zaria City in Kaduna State along with 29 other students.

The PSS prepared Bisallah for the Cambridge School Certificate/GCE, the qualification that qualifies student for admission into Higher School Certificate (HSC). He emerged as best graduating student in almost all the subjects he sat for at PSS Zaria in 1964.

Consequently, he was admitted into Barewa College, Zaria for his HSC course in Mathematics, Physics, English and General Paper.

In pursuance of further education in 1965, Bisallah gained admission into the famous Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria where he studied Mechanical Engineering and graduated with BSc. Hons in Mechanical Engineering.

The young Bisallah began his professional career on 22nd June, 1970 with the Nigerian Breweries Limited (NBL), Kaduna as a Trainer Engineer. After a few years, he was confirmed and promoted to the management grade as Engineer in-charge of maintenance and workshops.

He resigned from NBL and started work at the Kano State Ministry of Works and Housing as a senior Mechanical Engineer. While there, he attended an Advanced Management Course between June and August 1978. He was then promoted to the position of Assistant Chief Mechanical Engineer on 1st July, 1979.

In November 1983, he was invited by the Kaduna State Government to serve at the Kaduna Capital Development Board as General Manager and on 23rd February, 1984 he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Board.

He later transferred his services to the Defence Industries Corporation (DIC) on 20th July, 1985 as the pioneer Director of Production to setup the Production Directorate in the DICON Headquarters.

On 13th April, 1987, he was transferred to the Armament Factory as the General Manager/CEO while in 1996, he was transferred again to the DICON Headquarters as Director, Research and Development. He then became Director, Industrial and Foreign Cooperation, Director of Production and General Manager at the Ordinance Factory Complex.

Before his retirement in November 2005, he was appointed Director of Project and Planning of DICON.

Engr. Bisallah was a member of several professional bodies and served as member of several Committees of NSE, which include: Fellows The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE); fellow. Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE).

He was a COREN Registered Engineer;
During his lifetime he served the engineering in various capacities. Among them are Chairman NSE, Kano Branch – 1980 to 1982; Ex-officio member, NSE National HQs – 1980 to 2000; Member, NSE Investment and Properties Committee – 1985 to 2000; Member, Finance and General Purpose Committee – 1985 to 2000; Member, Board of Trustees – 1985 to 2000; Member, Membership Committee, NSE and Interview Panel – 1980 to 1983; Member, NSE and COREN Interview Panel, Kano Centre – 1983 to 1987; Member, NSE and COREN Interview Panel, Kaduna Centre – 1990 to 2003.

He served as Chief Inspector, NSE/COREN ERM – 1999 till his death; COREN Zonal supervising Engineer, Kaduna zone – 1999 till his death; Chairman, Armiya’u Annual Lectire Planning Committee of NSE, Kaduna Branch – 2002 to 2006. Member, NSE (National) Electoral Committee; Member, NSE Presidential Advisory Committee.

At national level, he served as Member, NBTE Governing Board/Chairman, Works Committee of the Board.
Engr. B.K. Mohammed left behind a wife and children. May his soul rest in perfect peace, Amen!

Meanwhile, the NIMechE Kaduna has scheduled visit to his family today. The chapter, headed by Engr Ibrahim Bello will join the NSE Kaduna Branch and other engineering bodies to his house. The national chairman Engr Ejilah Robinson has also set in motion efforts to reach the family.

Mechanical Engineers leaders reactions

Most shocking! What a bad day for the engineering family. B K, our household name is gone. Of a truth life is not eternal on earth. B K, we will miss your wise counsels, your exemplary dedication to the engineering profession in Nigeria. We are consoled by the fact that you impacted greatly on our lives and you lived a very good and happy life. May your soul rest in perfect peace. Good bye.

Engr Alex Okpi Momoh, NSE Executive Secretary and former NIMechE National Chairman.

On behalf of the Chairman, Council and Members of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE), I wish to convey our heart felt sympathy and condolences to the family, relations, well wishers and the NIMechE Kaduna Chapter family on the demise of a great engineering icon and a mentor Engr. B.K Muhammad. We will miss his wise counsels, his exemplary dedication to the engineering profession in Nigeria. We are consoled by the fact that he impacted positively into the lives of the younger Engineers. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

Engr Akpan Udeme, NIMechE Ag Executive Secretary

On behalf of Minna Chapter, we sympathise with the entire family of NIMechE especially the Kaduna branch at the demise of our senior colleague. May God grant him eternal rest and the entire family the fortitude to bear the loss. Chapter Chairman.

Engr B K Mohammad, sleep well. We in the Mechanical Engineering Family shall miss your contributions and wealth of knowledge/experience displayed in COREN verification and accreditation exercises for which we are involved together in lot of times. You contributed and added value to human and the entire engineering development in Nigeria.
Rest in perfect peace.
Engr. Prof. Sam B. Adejuyigbe

With heartfelt sympathy, we console his immediate Family members, relatives, well wishers & the Engrg Family on the demise of Engr. B. K. Mohd..! May his gentle soul Rest in Peace
Chapter Chairman
For & on behalf of
NIMechE, Awka Chapter

May Allah forgive him his sins and grant al janna Firdausi. We lost an icon. This is an irreparable loss to NIMechE Kaduna Chapter in particular and NSE in general.
Adiu! Our father, our Mentor, our ICON.

… Engr Dr S. O. Yakubu, immediate past chairman NIMechE Kaduna.

Engr Late Engr. B. K. Mohammed, FNSE. The man who dedicated his life for engineering and development of engineers. He often say, the legacy he loves to leave behind is human capital development. His interest is training the young engineers free of charge.

Engr Dr Babalola, NSE National Exco member

My first contact with him was in 1987 while he was the General Manager at the Armament Factory, DIC Kaduna. In July/August 1987 He gracious provided me an unhindered access to the workshop facilities ( and materials !) for two months at NO COST during my MSc (Production Engineering) research/project work at ABU Zaria. His Humility and Kindness is unprecedented. His departure is indeed an irreparable loss. May God Himself comfort his family (and the entire Engineering family) and grant US the fortitude to bear the loss , Amen.

Engr. Abu Ozigi, Director(Engineering , Technology, Innovation & Infrastructure). Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN. Federal Ministry of Industry, Abuja

Compiled by Isqil Najim with additional information provided by Engr Abubakar Juma’are FNIMechE


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