For the fourth year running, no fewer than 5,546 Katsina State indigenes enlisted into different military and para-military formations in the country have fully completed their training programmes.
Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Bello Masari of the state on Employment Promotion, Hussaini Adamu Karaduwa, said about 751 of the youths were enlisted into Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian
Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in 2019.
Karaduwa pointed out that recruitments of more than 1640 into military and paramilitary formations including Department of State Security (DSS), the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in 2020 were facilitated by the agency while the figure rose to 2,126 in 2021 but dropped marginally to 1,028 in 2022.
According to the special adviser, the feat did not reflect those whose recruitment into the federal institutions where many have been aided by efforts of individuals or groups from the state.
Karaduwa is a combination of rare courage, determination and passion which, insiders and observers of recruitment process, almost all the time, appreciate. In Katsina and different military and security forces’ formations across the country, Karaduwa’s footprint can be traced, evaluated and assessed based on the conduct and performance of Katsina intakes.
Critically, it is important to note that in recent times, for instance, in Police College, Lagos, and EFCC training Programme in Kaduna respectively, the policy of the of the state to ensure that only true indigenes of Katsina would fly its flag and receive allowances to boost their welfare has enabled the intakes to give a good account of themselves and cart home no fewer than three of the top five awards at stake in both formations.
No doubt, the invaluable experience of this employment technocrat has helped to address the drawbacks that hitherto confront many military and para-military intakes from Katsina. Today, available statistics
shows that many of them are ranked among the best. Patently, Karaduwa is a gift to Katsina and Governor Masari is privileged to put him to the task.
He represents everything good in Gov Masari’s bid to create more employment opportunities for teeming youths of the state. He was once in charge of both employment promotion and skills acquisition training
department in the state. Under his watch, many vocational training schools that had been in shambles were not only revived but made to live up to international best standards.
Karaduwa explained that the transformation of the schools in terms of provision of equipment, infrastructure, manpower and training under Mafita project in collaboration with international development partners began with one vocational school in each of the three senatorial zones of the state.
The icon’s voice on the floor of recruitment into military and security agencies is resoundingly clear and impactful. He will always make it known he has the mandate of the state governor to ensure that no impostors steal the job opportunities meant for Katsina youths.
Those masquerading as applicants from Katsina at any recruitment forum are promptly stopped from further participation in that exercise. To show how deep-rooted he is in his sphere, he has made impersonation of Katsina indigenes a nightmare for the culprits even during recruitment into Federal Civil Service. What is no less profound is that a few less privileged Katsina citizens that would have been denied their birthrights as sons and daughters of the state due to circumstances beyond their control were promptly identified and certified as Katsina – born youths, courtesy of his meticulous investigation and perseverance.
One of the most outstanding beneficiaries of Karaduwa’s legacy is the first female pilot of Katsina origin, who is currently undergoing further training in Egypt after her studies in NDA, Kaduna.
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