By Bukar Bolori
Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has approved the appointment of Barkindo Muhammad Saidu as Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA.
The Governor also appointed Abdulkadir Abdulkarim Harun as Executive Secretary, Borno State Arabic and Sangaya Education Board (BOSASEB).
Zulum’s special adviser on media and strategy, Malam Isa Gusau announced both appointments on Friday morning in a statement.
Barkindo, 54 years of age, hails from Gwoza local government area while Harun, 59 years old, hails from Ngala local government area.
Note on Barkindo Muhammad Saidu: Until his appointment, Barkindo was Executive Secretary/Programme Manager of Borno State agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS & Malaria from 2016.
Growing through the ranks, he had served as director, admin and human resources in 2015, deputy director, admin and supplies in 2011, assistant director, admin and supplies in 2007 and chief admin officer in 2004.
An “administrator, ITC specialist, Project Manager, public health practitioner and strategist”, Barkindo holds PhD in Strategic Management from the International Business Management Institute in Berlin – Germany obtained in 2019, M. Sc. in Information Technology (IT) Project Management from the Royal Academy of Economics and Technology in Switzerland (2013), another M. Sc in Ecology & Environmental Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna – Nigeria (2012) and yet another M. Sc in Medicinal & Poisonous Plants also from Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna – Nigeria (which is in View).
Before these degrees, Barkindo obtained Postgraduate Diploma in Nigeria Strategic Studies from the University of Maiduguri (2000) and B. Sc. in Biology/Education from the University of Maiduguri – Nigeria (1991).
Barkindo graduated from Government Science Secondary School, Monguno, Borno State in 1984 after attending Gadamayo Primary School in Gwoza back in 1979.
He also holds advanced diploma in Database Management from M. B. H. Computer Academy in Maiduguri, (2005), and diploma in computer studies from from Umar Ibn Ibrahim El-Kanemi College Of Education, Science and Technology, Bama (2004). Barkindo Muhammad Saidu has attended 13 training programmes on variety of health related and other community development programmes from John Hopkins Bloom-berg School of Public Health all in 2017, and three programmes from the West African Biotechnology Training Programme at the University of Baltimore in Maryland, USA (2018).
He has also attended series of other skills development programmes organized by prominent national and international bodies involved with public health issues.
Barkindo has served at different committees of Borno State Government on issues relating topublic healthcare, community-based social protection and welfare, public projects and services’ monitoring and reporting, poverty alleviation and youths empowerment amongst others.
The statement noted that Governor Zulum’s choice of Barkindo was based on his excellent credentials and record of public service.
Professor Zulum congratulated Barkindo on his mew appointment and looks forward to his continued service with excellence to the people of Borno State and humanity.
Note on Abdulkadir Abdulkarim Harun: Until his appointment, Harun was the director for Arabic and Islamic Studies at Borno State Arabic and Sangaya Education Board (BOSASEB).
Currently undergoing his PhD at the University of Maiduguri, Abdulkadir Abdulkarim Harun holds Masters Degree (M.A) in Arabic from Bayero University, Kano.
He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma Education (PGDE) in Education from El-Kanemi College of Islamic Theology, Maiduguri; Bachelors Degree (B.A) in Arabic from the University of Maiduguri and a Diploma in Arabic, Hausa and Islamic Studies from Borno State College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Maiduguri.
Harun earlier obtained his Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) from El-Kanemi College of Islamic Theology, Maiduguri after his First School Leaving Certificate from Annahda Institute for Islamic Studies.
Harun grew through the academic ranks from an instructor in 1986 to senior instructor in 1991, Lecturer (1) in 1995, Senior Lecturer in 2011, Principal Lecturer in 2016, Chief Lecturer in 2019 and principal, School for Higher Islamic Studies, Maiduguri from 2019 to 2020.
A member of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Harun was Secretary of Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS), Borno State Chapter, and National Commandant of Annahda First Aid Group of Nigeria.
Gusau conveyed Governor Zulum’s message of congratulations to Harun, noting that the state government looks forward to his continued service with excellence.