*says science is bedrock of development in all facets of lives
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Former Vice President of Nigeria, His Excellency, Arch Namadi Sambo has described science as the bedrock of development in all facets of life.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholder expressed this when he played the role of chairman of the occasion during a book launch and presentation on the Fundamentals of Geoscience, authored by Professor Matoh Dogara Dari.
Sambo who was represented by Sani Sidi, former Executive Secretary of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) praised the author of the book, Professor Dogara for bringing what will bridge the gap between Geoscience and Social Sciences.
According to him, Dari is a man with multiple talents and authored a book that will bring about human development to the benefit of all seeking knowledge for humanity.
Launching the book which attempts to bridge the existing gap of modern science and geoscience, Namadi said, “it will be useful to our dear nation.”
Namadi described Dari as an astute and seasoned administrator, who was part of his cabinet, while he was the Executive Governor of Kaduna State.
“Dari is a talent and a huge asset to our dear nation, I’m proud of his academic prowess and astuteness to author a book that will be an idea of development in the field of geoscience.” Namadi said.
The book presentation which took place at the National Merit Award Center, Maitama Abuja, brought together eminent politicians, sons, and daughters of Kaduna State, who extolled Dari as a pride to not only their state, but the country at large.
The chief host, the executive Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, represented by his Commissioner of Internal and Home Affairs, Honourable Samuel Aruwan in his remarks, said that Dari is a courageous Nigerian and proud son of the state.
el-Rufai said the Professor of Geoscience has broken the camel’s back with a piece as a novelty of science that will be good for researchers and science scholars.
He recalled that Dari was actively in public service as a lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, a commissioner of technology and energy, and a principal officer (deputy speaker) in the Kaduna State House of Assembly.
“Starting as a grassroots politician and becoming the sole administrator of Lere and Kubau local government chairman, we are with you. You have made the mark and earned the respect of many Nigerians to have come out with this brilliant idea and masterwork of science,” el-Rufai said.
It was a standing ovation when Professor Hycient O. Aboh with a velvet voice of an erudite academic read the citation in honor of Professor Dari, who extolled him as Nigeria’s black scientists in geo.and political science.
He gave a narration of how Dari journeyed up to the life of stardom as a young man from a remote village of Garun Kurama, Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State, where he started his primary education.
According to Aboh, the rest is today history, of the star-making of a boy born with scientific acumen.
Aboh cited that the prolific writer has many academic scholarly works published within and outside Nigeria’s journals on geoscience.
The Senator Representing Kaduna Central and the flag bearer of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Uba Sani, wife to a late governor of Kaduna State, Amina Yakowa, House of Representatives member representing Lere Federal Constituency, Hon Engr Manir Ahmed, academic and none academic staff from Kaduna State, were some of the notable dignitaries spotted af the occasion.