• What the man of the moment, Engr. Kabiru Wanori, told Yerwa Express News

    Our correspondent meets new Zannah Ngamzaima of Borno, new FNSE and new FNIEEE, Engr. Kabiru Mohammed Wanori, as he features in our maiden edition’s ‘personality of the week’ interview ...gives intriguing, revealing and ‘unusual’ story of struggles, ...reveals why he ‘saves’, ‘looks’ for money and much more


    YEN: Who is Kabiru Mohammed Wanori?

    Zannah Ngamzaima: Thank you very much. As you rightly said, my name is Kabiru Mohammed Wanori. I was born on the 10th of August, 1964 into the family of Alh. Tijjani Wanori, a renowned agriculturalist and the second local government chairman of Konduga in the Second Republic. I was born in Limanti ward, Maiduguri. I had my primary education at Gomboru Primary School. In 1983, I graduated from Bama Science Secondary and in the same year, joined the University of Maiduguri where I studied Electrical Engineering.

    I started working with ABG Communications after my graduation, first as a corps member and eventually after it I was retained as the first area manager of the former North Eastern state. In 1994, I was elevated to the position of zonal manager of the northern region and a year after, I resigned from the work to join active politics. I contested twice for the post of Konduga local government chairman on the platforms of SDP and PDP respectfully, but I was not so lucky on both occasions. However, I have been successful throughout my professional and political career.

    YEN: In the last 40days, you have rightly become the ‘man of the moment’; you have made three outstanding achievements. You were conferred with the Fellowship of Nigerian Society of Engineers; you were appointed the Zannah Ngamzaima of Borno and received an award from ABU branch of Borno State students. How do you feel?
Zannah Ngamzaima: Most of these achievements honestly took me by surprise, especially the one from the traditional institution because I can’t remember doing anything to have merited it. As for my professional achievement, which, as you know, has certain criteria one has to meet, I really feel fulfilled after putting in so much. First, you have to obviously be an engineer and second, be in practice for at least 20 years. Third, within this period, you will be subjected to series of assessments and examinations as COREN member. Your projects and works right from the onset will be put to critical and thorough professional scrutiny.

One has to satisfactorily meet these criteria before one is conferred with the Fellowship of Nigerian Society of Engineers, which obviously is the highest level one can go in the Engineering profession. It is as a general is to the military or SAN to legal profession...

As for the other achievements, I can only surmise. It is my belief that, they have come as a result of my little contribution to humanitarian services. To be honest with you, all my life, all my adventures and struggles are basically about it. There’s hardly anything that gives me as much joy as this.

For instance, if I have N10 today, and if I can be able to spend N9 out of it on humanitarian services or the needy, I will feel very happy much fulfilled. Let me tell you the truth, this is the reason and basis of every bit of my struggles in life. So, honestly I thank Almighty Allah for blessing me with the ability to give my best to this cause.

YEN: What were the professional works which you feel, warranted your conferment of the fellowship?

Zannah Ngamzaima: I think they started the assessment since after my university graduation, taking into account all my works within this period. As I have mentioned earlier, I am the first area manager of ABG Communications in the former North Eastern State. ABG is into communication satellites and installations. While there, I was the first to have introduced satellite services and communications into what is today North East. I have made a number of installations across the region, in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. Most pioneer installations across these states in major institutions like government houses, hotels, schools and so on were my work.

As I noted above, the professional body is not only interested in one’s works, but their quality too. And one thing I have kept as my watchword all the way has been: quality. It is not in me to compromise quality and I also keep to international best practices. If you go to Borno state government house today, you will see my installations which I did as far back as 1999 and to date, they are in good state, from the radio communications, to the network and so forth.

In the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, the security operating systems, communications and most satellite services are my works. I have installed a lot of solar system across the state. I have also done installations in banks, like Unity Bank, UBA, etc. In fact, my professional works and outreach has gone as far as to Adamawa, Bauchi, Shagamu in Ebonyi state and etc.

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