MD Kaduna Electric, Bags ‘Defence Minister’ Title

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By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Emir of Argungu in Kebbi State, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Samaila
Mohammed Mera has conferred the prestigious title of Garkuwan Kabi,
Defense Minister of Argungu Emirate on the Managing Director/Chief
Executive Officer of Kaduna Electric, Engineer Garba Haruna.
Speaking on Thursday when he received a high-powered delegation of
family members, friends and well-wishers of the new Garkuwan kabi who
paid him a solidarity and ‘thank you’ visit in his Palace, the Emir
described Engineer Garba Haruna as “a respected son of the Emirate, a
worthy ambassador and a courageous defender of the Emirate and its
people, who has made the Emirate proud both at home and
internationally”.
Alhaji Samaila Mohammed Mera called on the new Garkuwan Kabi, Engineer
Garba Haruna to bring his expansive network of friends and business
associates as well as ample wealth of experience to bear so as to
further attract rapid growth and development to Argungu Emirate in
particular and Kebbi State in general.
The first-class Emir, who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Kebbi
State Council of Chiefs, called on all sons and daughters of the
Emirate in positions of authority to emulate the patriotic disposition
of the new Garkuwan Kabi, who according to him, has provided
employment opportunities to thousands of youth in Kebbi, Sokoto,
Zamfara and Kaduna States, the franchise area of Kaduna Electric.
With the conferment of the title of Garkuwa which literally means the
shield, the electricity boss has now become one of the revered
Councilors in the Emirate Council and a top adviser to the Emir.
In a related development, khadi Saidu Haruna, the elder brother of
Engineer Garba Haruna has also been conferred with the title of Walin
Kabi, the Chief Adviser to the Emir on Spiritual and Judicial matters.
The retired judge of the Kebbi State Shariah Court of Appeal, Alhaji
Saidu Haruna was until his retirement a reputable judicial officer
with unblemished record.
Earlier, a Khadi in Kebbi State Shariah Court of Appeal and the
spokesman of the family, Khadi Sadiq Khalifa expressed the
appreciation of the family and friends of Engineer Garba Haruna and
Khadi Saidu Haruna for the well-deserved honour done to them and
assured the Emir that the Emirate Council shall be made proud for
taking what he called the best decision by appointing Engineer Garba
Haruna and Khadi Saidu Haruna as the new Garkuwan Kabi and Walin Kabi
respectively. “Your Royal Highness, I want to assure you that this
shall be the beginning of good things to come to the Emirate in
particular and the State in general”, he stated.
Khadi Sadiq described Engineer Garba Haruna as “a role model, a beacon
of hope and a sturdy shield of the people of Argungu Emirate who is
always determine to support the developmental aspirations of his
people”.
Commenting on the significance of the titles of Garkuwa and Wali, a
senior Councilor in Argungu Emirate Council and the Sarkin Gobir
Lailaba, Alhaji Suleiman Muhammad Mera described the title of Garkuwa
as a highly historical and significant one which is historically being
confered on sons of the Emirate who are brave, courageous and have
distinguished themselves in their chosen careers, while Wali is
conferred on learned people.
High point of the event was the traditional pledge of allegiance to
the Emir by the new title holders and members of the Emirate Council.

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