By Engr. Bello Gwarzo Abdullahi, FNSE
Science Secondary Schools in Kano were established during the administration of Col Sani Bello (rtd) to address manpower needs in Science, Technology and related fields. This was in 1977 during an Executive Council meeting when the idea was raised for consideration. The implementation of such a lofty objective was achieved through the establishment of Science Secondary Schools Management Board. Local and international experts on education were contacted for a robust and implementable blueprint. A highly competitive entrance examination was conducted for form 2 students in Secondary Schools across the State and merit was strictly followed in the selection of successful candidates. The program commenced with two Schools – Dawakin Tofa and Dawakin Kudu and qualified teachers from United States of America, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom were recruited to teach in the two schools. Conducive atmosphere for learning was created. It is no wonder therefore that products from Science Schools are doing very well in Science, Engineering, Medicine and related fields.
History is made as we witness the pre-investiture colloquium and investiture of the 33rd President and Chairman in Council of the Nigerian Society of Engineers Engr. Tasiu Saad Gidari-Wudil scheduled for 21st January, 2022 and 22nd January, 2022 respectively. It is historic because Engr. Gidari-Wudil is a 1983 graduate of Science Secondary School Dawakin Kudu. The emergence of Engr. Tasiu Saad Gidari-Wudil as the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers can be traced to the novel, well-thought-out and meticulously implemented idea by focused, far-sighted and committed leadership who saw a gap and were willing to fill it.
This was the genesis of Engr. Tasiu Saad Gidari-Wudil’s journey to greatness for the schools prepared students for challenges and how to confront them. Thus the “can do spirit” and abiding desire to excel is a mantra for KASSOSITES (members of Kano Science Schools Old Students Association). This is made manifest through young Gidari-Wudil’s choice of Engineering when he gained admission in to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi where he read Electrical/Electronics Engineering. Upon graduation he worked as a teacher, maintenance engineer in the Ministry of Education, Kano and Bayero University, Kano respectively. He later joined National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) now Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). He later left to join National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
We both sat for Corporate membership examination of Nigerian Society of Engineers with him in Jos under the guidance of our Head of Department, Protection, Control & Metering (PC&M) wEngr. I. O. Ajiboye. We resolved that we shall do our best in the service of humanity based on the motto of our school ‘ Through Science We Shall Serve”. We became very active members of Jos branch. When we were both transferred from Jos to Bauchi and Gombe our activies continued to blossom.
In 2000 during the Annual General Meeting/Conference of the Nigerian Society of Engineers held in Abuja I was approached by Engr. Istafanus Amlai then Secretary of Gombe branch to represent the branch in a meeting convened by late Engr. I. K. Inuwa. Later the same day our friends Engr. Battah Yaga NDIRPAYA and Engr. Prof. Babagana Mohammed invited us to the same meeting. This is indeed a watershed and breakthrough as our exposure to the politics of Nigerian Society of Engineers began.
The audacity of hope aptly describes Engr. Gidari- Wudil’s exciting journey to the highest leadership position of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. His tenure is expected to be action packed. As engineering remains key to developmental pursuits no stone should be left unturned towards its realization.
May Allah (swt) bless, protect and guide him in the onerous task ahead. May he build upon the foundation laid by the founding fathers of this great and noble Society, the Nigerian Society of Engineers.