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[OPINION] ICPC Commissioner GT Idris as Makaman Katsina, a good example of a great leader


By Hassan Salihu

Garba Tukur Idris is a good example of a great leader, whose highly cherished assets are in his competence and integrity. His intellectual ability and humility justified his recent appointment as Makaman Katsina and District Head of Bakori Local Government by the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman.

The newly enthroned District Head was born in Bakori town of Katsina state on May 13 1968, into Iya Nadabo Fulani Family with royal domains occupying Bakori, Kankara, Ketare, Tsiga and Danja Districts of Katsina state.

Garba’s late father, a doctor, Tukur Idris Nadabo, ruled in a similar capacity for 29 years and passed on at the age of 73.

During the reign of his late father, peacebuilding, justice, and security were his established positive qualities, which his son, the current Makama, intends to sustain and uphold.

GT Idris is a reliable ally and a true Muslim steward in human and economic developmental drives. In truth, he possesses remarkable superior managerial prowess to frontally confront the security and social challenges bedevilling Bakori’s local government.

Garba Tukur Idris.
Garba Tukur Idris.

The amiable royal icon has a long and glorious career with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) since 2002. He is the current Resident Anti-Corruption Commissioner of Sokoto state.

The Makama’s capacity to handle the leadership demands of his new office will be powered by the power of knowledge assets garnered within his 21 years in the service of ICPC. His ability to transmit these experiences and their products into this leadership position is not in doubt.

Makama, who served as the Deputy Head of ICPC Operations, has represented the Commission effectively in numerous important national assignments, such as the Pension Reform Task Team that corrected the national pension administrative system and the Presidential Committee for the winding up of SURE-P.

Like any other Muslim child, the young Garba received his early Islamic education before attending Nadabo Primary School Bakori in 1980. He sat for Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination and finished top of his class to proceed to Government Day Secondary School Bakori.

Garba earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state 1993, and served his National Youth Service at Adamawa state. He later briefly participated in national politics before returning to his alma mater ABU Zaria in 2000 to obtain a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy

He attended various courses and trainings within and outside the country, to mention a few institutes: Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS); Public Service Institute of Nigeria, (PSIN), Defence Intelligence College; Hongkong University, National Judicial Institute, U.S Embassy in Nigeria; Police Staff College, 177 Guards Battalion, London Graduate School, Johannesburg, South-Africa and Centre for Management Development.

    Garba is a member of numerous professional bodies such as the Institute of Fraud Examiners, and Certified Institute of Auctioneers of Nigeria and many others.

    He is married to Fatima and blessed with five beautiful children.

    ALLAH (swt) shi jaa Zamanin Makaman Katsina, Hakimin Bakori Local Government.

    Salihu, writes from ICPC Headquarters Abuja
    May 24, 2023.

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