The atmosphere is already changing with the interest of one of the vibrant politicians in Kaduna State, Alhaji Shuaibu Idris Miqati mni, to contest for the Kaduna State governorship under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Miqati movement, it was gathered, is out to end poverty, insecurity and division in the defund capital of Northern Nigeria.
Miqati knows exactly what Kaduna people want, especially the less privileged.
Miqati, born in Dogon Dawa, in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State, his wealth of experience in both public and private sectors help him to know what the people want.
Miqati knows his people very well when he reaffirmed in a blueprint for Kaduna people: “From the gentle Ham, to beautiful Bajju, amiable Atyab, celebral Ikuku, calm Kamantan, friendly Kagoro, great Gwandare, fantastic Fantsuam, active Atakar, gorgeous Gwong, nice Ninzom, intelligent, Moro’a, charming Chawai, accommodating Numana, amiable Amo to the graceful Gbagyi, adorable, indispensable, brave, passionate indefatigable, gregarious, compassionate, kind, knowledgeable Kurama, Koro, Gure, Ikahuga hardworking Hausa, the ubiquitous Fulani and other people from the state are my own.”
Miqati, while explaining why he joint the race for the emancipation of Kaduna people, said, “slowly at first, and steadily in growing numbers, from close friends to community leaders and then people’s emissaries, the pressure on me to join the governorship race kept mounting and mounting until I finally succumbed to the call.”
“However, before then, I kept asking why me? Surprisingly the responses were consistent–’you have the energy’, the drive and the intellectual wherewithal to utilise the machinery of State to liberate the people from the crushing burden of poverty and illiteracy,” Miqati said.
He said the desire to serve Kaduna people started 15 years ago with a call by elders of his community to come back home and contest for the chairmanship of their local government.
“Then a request to contest for House of Representatives in 1999 and by 2003 it was either Senate or governorship. I actually thought I had escaped with the conclusion of the 2003 elections, nay, I was wrong,” Miqati said, referring to the burning desire of the people for him to work for them in a public office.
He said by 2004 an aggressive pressure was mounted again, and at that time, some people had started the campaign before he accepted the call and the challenge to serve.
“I was ambushed and had to surrender and or succumb to the wishes of the people,” Miqati said, apparently referring to what happened at that time.
Miqati said his believe was to come up with a creative solution to the endemic problem of poverty and illiteracy confronting the people adding that it was what pushed him to draw his agenda for Kaduna State that is within the framework of WIPER and SEEDS, which revealed the problems and the solutions of the state.
Miqati is an accomplished man and every child’s dream for a father. He is also an exemplary husband. Though he is a pillar today, he tracks it back to his humble beginning to now Birnin Gwari Local Government.
A peep to Miqati profile by Elanza News shows that he attended LEA Primary School, Dogon Dawa and Government Secondary School, Birnin Gwari from where he obtained GCE ‘O’ Level certificate in 1981.
He then move to Bayero University Kano the same year to study Accountancy and graduated in June 1985.
In 1992, Miqati secured a British Council Scholarship (now Chevening Fellowship) to study Master Degree in Banking and Finance in University of Wales, UK and graduated in 1993.
Miqati, who is a fellow of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Management, Fellow, Chartered Institute of Credit Administrators, Fellow, Institute of Directors, Nigeria, Fellow, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria, Member, National Institute (MNI) and Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, has created marks in places he work.
Miqati is among few privileged Nigerians that attended various leadership development trainings at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru Jos, Harvard Business School, Lagos Business School, Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge, and Howard University to mention but a few.
After his NYSC in Rivers State with the then National Oil and Chemicals Marketing Company, now Conoil PLC, Miqati returned to Kaduna and started his working career with Kaduna State Board of Internal Revenue as an Inspector of Taxes in May 1986.
In January 1987, he resigned and joined the defunct Chase Merchant Bank Nigeria PLC, Lagos which later became Continental Merchant Bank PLC.
He had experiences in Lending, Advisory Services and Investment Banking while with the bank. Miqati also managed a diversified loan portfolio with a value in excess of N1 billion and traded in sovereign countries debts with face value of over US$2 billion (assets trading/debts conversion transactions).
In 1992, he took a one year study leave from the bank to pursue a Master Degree programme in Banking and Finance in the UK
“I returned to join the bank as Head of Financial Advisory Services Team in 1993,” he told Elanza News in an email.
” I resigned my appointment with the bank in 1996 to join Lakeside Investment Limited (non-bank finance company) as its pioneer Deputy Chief Executive Officer to start and nurture the company from scratch.”
“In 1998, I left Lakeside Investment to setup Time-line Consult Limited and served as its Managing Consultant. In early 2000, I joined Liberty Bank as Assistant General Manager in Charge of Public Sector and Northern Operations and served until September 2002.”
“I joined Dangote Group PLC in late 2002 as Group General Manager, Human Resources, Administration, Corporate Affairs and Environment. I served as Group Treasurer and later Executive Director, Sales and Marketing (flour). Subsequently I became Deputy Managing Director of Dangote Flour and disengaged from Dangote Group in December 2010 to join politics. I served as a lead change agent in the Group and I was a member of the team that secured US$1 billion loan facility from local and foreign lenders for the Group’s first green Field Cement Plant. I have diverse experiences and skills such as Human Resources management, Treasury and Investment Banking, Lending, Sales and Marketing, Strategy and Vision as well as Managerial and Leadership skills. Since January 2012, I serve as the Managing Director/CEO of Time-Line Consult Limited till date handling assignments such as Process Improvement, Training, MSME development, etc. on behalf of our clients mostly governments and companies,” he said.
Miqati serves on several boards of companies such as Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (Independent Director), Chorus Energy, Univision, West African Cotton, Top-Up Africa, Vesta Health Care Partners, Mikati Farms, and Turan Petroleum.
“I am on the Board of Trustees of Care Organisation, Public Enlightenment, Manna Children Initiative, Nurturing Fitra Foundation as well as Teens Empowerment and Salvage Initiative. I was on the board of Mainstreet Bank (appointed by Industry Regulatory), Council Member, Kaduna State University and Institute of Directors. I serve as motivational speaker and mentor to youths and entrepreneurs. In addition, I comment/share knowledge on economic, social and political issues on electronic and print media. I have visited several countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, American and Latin American regions of the world. I am married with children. My hobbies are swimming, table tennis and football,” he added.
Miqati’s work ethics, attention to details and commitment to justice and fairness, made a lot of people to consider him as their role model.
His regard for integrity is legendary. If people can understand the need to be good Ambassadors in their locality, State and Nation at large as much as Miqati, the country will be better for it.
Miqati who looks younger than his age, interact freely with the mighty and the low class. He is an epitome of what Kaduna people should have as a governor.
Elanza News checks revealed that Miqati, is, by latter and spirit of the word, the most formidable leader subordinates are proud to work with.
There is so much to admire in his work ethics as an accountant, community leader, Farmer and holder of trust. The dedication with which he approaches his duties as an accountant, the manner and ease with which he institutes new developments, and of course, the honesty he shares can’t be merged.
A man of unwavering disposition, Miqati is popular among the down-trodden because wherever he goes, he promotes people-oriented programmes. His services and love for his home state Kaduna can’t be underestimated. No wonder the people have been calling for his services even at this critical time.
Miqati is a detribalised Nigerian, his acumen and resourcefulness have not only nurtured his personal vision and success, but he is serving the Nigerian people in different capacities and has contributed significantly towards building a better world.
“We need people like Miqati to take over the affairs of our home state, Kaduna,” said a social media analyst, Henry Gabriel, who amongst others, want Miqati as governor of the state.