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Re: Appointment Of Managing Director, Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority; A Case For Niger State



This rejoinder is in reference to above captioned in LEADERSHIP Newspaper of Monday, 9th July, 2018, written by one Mohammed A Mohammed from Minna. The aim of this rejoinder is therefore to set the record straight for the public to understand who is telling lies and misleading them.
– For the records, the current managing director of UNRBDA, Professor Abdulkarim Ali, is from Masaba Royal Dynasty of Bida emirate of Niger State. His biological father, Late Mallam Mahmud Abdulmalik (popularly called Alhaji Bakenni) is of Etsu Masaba lineage. His father was born in Bida but relocated to Kano early in life because of his interest in commerce.
-The managing director’s grandfather, Mallam Abdulmalik Kolo, was a traditional titleholder of Rofyan Nupe. The Rofyan Abdulmalik and late Niwoye Nupe, Hajiya Hauwa Nnani were brother and sister, and direct descendants of Etsu Masaba. The Late Niwoye Nupe, Nnani was married to Shaba (Yerimah Nupe) Abdulrahman who also, is a son to Etsu Saidu of blessed memory.
-The present traditional title-holder of Lukpan Nupe and district head of Kataerregi (along Minna – Bida Road), who is the head of their family, Mallam Abdulra’uf Mohammed, is an uncle to the managing director, Professor Ali. He had held the title of Talaban Nupe, before being upgraded to Lukpan Nupe, by the present Etsu Nupe, Alhaji (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar in the year 2015. From this brief, we can then say that the managing director, Prof M A Ali, is more of a Nigerlite than all those making these false allegations against him.

The present managing director, Prof MA Ali, has the following qualifications.
-WASC – 1st Division 1979, IJMB – 1980
-B –Eng (Agric) 2nd class upper Division 1983
-MSC (Agric Engineering) 1987
-Practical courses, Training workshops, Research and Development 1991-1993.
-PHD (Agricultural Engineering) 1995.
-Project Management course 1998.
-Certificate course on computer Operation and Management 2000.
-Associate Professor, Bayero University Kano 2011.
-Professor 2014.

He had previously worked at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) as a consultant, Project Management and Bayero University, Kano.
From his resume, we should thank the Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu (FNSE) for recommending a highly principled professional with utmost integrity as the current managing director of UNRBDA to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Please recall that there is no where in the Act establishing all the River Basin Development Authorities in the country that specified that the position of the managing directors should be reserved for indigenes of the covered states.
The present managing director therefore, has what it takes to drive the Authority and he has already been doing that since his appointment. He has, within this short period, paid all outstanding salary arrears of both junior and senior staff; has commenced the process of converting the casual junior staff to permanent staff and also, payment of contractors’ outstanding five years’ payment are being verified and paid accordingly among others.
It is rather unfortunate that our deputy governor, and APC State Chairman, are promoting the recommendation of one Alhaji Ibrahim Isah Barwa, who is the managing director of WASVAL Engineering Services Limited, this same company was awarded a contract by the authority in the year 2012. As at December, 2016, the value of work done was not commensurate with payment made by the previous management and Professor M A Ali, refused to approve additional payment until Alhaji Barwa signed an undertaking to complete the work. The project is still on-going.
How can a man that cannot manage a contract of less than N50million since 2012, be recommended to head an organisation like the Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority?
This piece is therefore an appeal to fifth columnists and other negative interest groups to stop disparaging the personality of this illustrious son of Niger State, because it is crystal clear that they would go to any length to stop him. Nonetheless, campaigns of calumny, instead of having desired effect on his candidature, are rather making him more popular.
With the trend of campaign, it will ridicule not only our democracy but also the office of the president. Insinuations about him and other mundane things are products of emotion and not of reasoning.
My advice is that opposition should be issue-based as done in civilised climes and not for personal and selfish interests that have no relevance in the present dispensation.
Instead, anyone who has an axe to grind with him or his eligibility, is free to seek legal redress.
I rest my case for the public to see and analyse.

Mahmud, writes from Minna, Niger State.