Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology in Kaduna state, Professor Jonathan Andrew Nok, has reiterated the importance of unity amongst the diverse people of Nigeria, while condemning excessive intolerance of opposing views.
He said every human being could achieve excellence in life if such a person shuns laziness, embraces and respects fellow human beings, irrespective of tribal or religious inclinations.
Professor Nok, who was the best graduating science student from Government Secondary School (GSS) Kafanchan, in Kaduna state, spoke at the maiden reunion dinner of the “Class of 1982, GSS Kafanchan” in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.
Although the commissioner had passed out from the school earlier than the 1982 set, members of the 82 set singled him out to deliver a lecture on how to achieve excellence in life.
Nok explained that quality education was important in the process of achieving excellence in life and, therefore, the Kaduna state government had committed resources towards enhancing and improving schools across the state.
He congratulated the 1982 set, who he described as “pace-setters” to be emulated, saying their chairman, Alhaji Hassan Mahmood Ibrahim, the Sardaunan Hayin-Banki Kaduna, was a highly respected journalist whom he was personally proud of and happy with his work.
The Government Secondary School, GSS, Kafanchan Old Boys subsequently endorsed the political aspiration of Alhaji Hassan Mahmood Ibrahim, the Sardaunan Hayin-Banki Kaduna, come 2019. They said, going by his pedigree and excellent track record, he had all it takes to provide quality representation in the National Assembly.
The decision for endorsing Hassan Ibrahim, Sardaunan Hiyin-Banki, was unanimously taken at the meeting of the Old Boys held at Command Guest House, Kaduna. Alhaji Kasimu Saleh, an Old Boy, told journalists that they were prepared to support Sardauna.
Speaking to journalists, a staunch member of the Old Boys, Mr. Ayuba Gora, said quite a number of them in the meeting passed out from the school in 1982. Gora, who is currently the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in-charge of FCT Abuja, said some Old Boys had not had the opportunity of meeting one-on-one since they passed out from the school in 1982. They therefore felt they should organize the programme, to be able meet again.
“You can see the jubilation and excitement among members; it tells you that there is love seeing people after over 30 years. So, imagine a meeting after over 30 years, and the need to cerebrate it,” he said.
On the fake recruitments into the FRSC by syndicates experienced in recent time in the Corps, the sector commander said, FRSC was not recruiting, adding that it was done by fraudsters without the knowledge of the Corps.
The endorsement of Alhaji Hassan Ibrahim, who worked as a journalist and resigned from the Nigerian Tribune as northern bureau chief, had tremendous support by the people of Kaduna North because of his philanthropy, popularity and patronage he enjoyed in the area.
The one-day meeting was more of a banquet, a funfair of sort, as food and drinks were served lavishly, followed by serve-yourself ram barbecue during the ceremony. There were guests from across Nigeria, from UK, USA, Asia and the Diaspora.