Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s trajectory has thought every discerning to note the importance of empowerment and philanthropy in today’s world so has Kashifu’s trajectory which saw him emerge as the Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency about three years ago but has become the most popular head of parastatals in Nigeria to the extent that his rumored governorship ambition held Jigawa state political decision down for over two months and we heard it was all about how he looked the most part to be the governor of that state, if this is not a perfect show of excellence, then what could ever be more?
Recall that I had highlighted during his first year anniversary that he has vindicated the supposed youth excellence in governance that advocates like us have always touted. We however always insisted that you could only be assured of such when the recruitment is right. Read here: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/promoted/409867-one-year-at-nitda-kashifu-as-a-vindication-of-youth-excellence-in-governance-by-hashim-suleiman.html. He has steadily maintained consistency regarding his person and when one does such, his initial intent would only continue to steadily progress until it’s consolidated to become a sort of an ideology and which aims to mentor youths for national development.
While all of the activities that informed my opinion on his first year in office were predicated on an exceptional show of management skills, he had since showcased another cardinal ideal of a progressive and that is ‘empowerment’. He had demonstrated willingness to share the little he has with people around him, especially people of his constituency and which whom he grew up and who has since become more of a family to him, you know they say ‘charity begins at home.
We would first know a person if we can receive appropriate commendation from their kinsmen. Kashifu has entrenched that within a short period of time and he deserves a standing ovation. Because what we write is borne out of critical research and objectivity, the reader could choose to enquire from any Jigawa State citizen about who Kashifu is, you’ll vindicate me with that.
You know nothing hides under the Sun and it’s only a matter of time before critical people would notice to appreciate what you do, little wonder why the Qatar Foundation chose to collaborate with the Inuwa Foundation in providing massive empowerment to the people of Jigawa state. It showed alignment in principle, recall that Qatar as a nation maintains a high level of integrity and you’ll find that in every one of their endeavors. The choice of people they’ll partner with on any endeavor would equally have to tick all their boxes. Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce to you ‘The Inuwa Foundation’. It has started in Jigawa State and advancing to see how to reach out to the rest of the nation through plans like improving digital literacy and entrepreneurship.
All sorts of empowerment were dished out through the above collaboration, ranging from the distribution of sewing machines to grinding machines, pumping machines for irrigation and so much provision of infrastructure like schools, mosques etc. the distribution was devoid of sentiments and it ensured that the items and infrastructure got to the people and places that needed and deserved them the most. Such kinds of efforts have to be commended appropriately for educating upcoming ones as well as giving some of the subsisting leaders to learn how best to utilize positions of Authority and influence.
What Kashifu has used this philanthropy to do is to instill hope and mentor young people to see reasons to be good people and have empathy towards one another. Empathy has proven to be one of the most important attributes a leader could have. Millions of jobs will be created through efforts like his because the form of empowerment will create a chain that spreads to create lines of benefits directly and indirectly.
All young people with opportunities are again encouraged to imbibe such spirit in order that we convince everyone that the advocacy about youth takeover could indeed be the needed change for our people and country’s prosperity.
Hashim Suleiman can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org