By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
In his bid to provide social infrastructure to Kaduna Communities and beyond, Chairman and CEO Sardaunan Badarawa Foundation, Hon. Usman Ibrahim has installed about 150 units of street lights in and around Badarawa Community, a suburban settlement located within Kaduna North in Kaduna Central Federal Constituency.
Usman Ibrahim, popularly known as Sardaunan Badarawa said his decision to install the 80 Watts German made solar street lights which he disclosed cost millions of naira in the community where he was born was informed by his resolve to put smiles on faces of people he explained were in dire need of infrastructures to make life enjoyable and worthwhile, adding that illuminated streets would drastically reduce crime and other antisocial acts committed in the cover of darkness.
The former interim chairman of Kaduna North who was also a front-runner in 2019 Kaduna Central Senatorial race under the platform of All Progressives Congres (APC) disclosed that he had executed human development projects such as providing boreholes, learning centres, scholarship and offsetting hospital bills of the needy, adding that his foundation would continue to prioritize urgent needs of communities with the sole aim of giving to people what would be beneficial to them.
“I was terribly touched and demoralized while on a visit to some members of the community that are sick im Badarawa, seeing the whole place in a total blackouts with children grappling to play outdoors in darkness.
“Only the hardhearted could ignore such situation needing an urgent intervention, so I immediately after carrying out feasibility study, set all machineries in motion to erect wide range illuminating streetlights positioned on strong poles to enhance their durabilities for present and upcoming members of the Community.
“We will look into other areas that require urgent attention with a view of giving back to the communities what they need to live a good life” Hon. Ibrahim said.
Speaking to newsmen, District head of Badarawa, Ahmadu Dahiru while acknowledging the installation of about 150 streetlights in his community, expressed his delight, stating that the streetights would go a long way in beautifying and reducing crime rate in the community.
He urged Politicians and wealthy members of the Community to emulate Sardaunan Badarawa whom he described as an illustrious son of the community who according to him had done so much to uplift socio-economic and educational status of the Community.
Speaking in a similar vein, a resident of the community, Yunusa Gaji eulogized philanthropic commitments of Usman Ibrahim to Badarawa and neighboring communities, recalling that he and Hon. Ibrahim were employees of ABG Telecommunication two decades ago, saying staff and managers then were touched in one way or the other in positive ways and were full of his praises due to his ever willing and ready to serve persona which he noted were needed attributes in leadership.