By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
A former Director of Administration at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Abba Abdullahi has described investment in human capital as key to the progress and development of every society.
Abdullahi who hailed from Nguru, Yobe State said for any society or community to prosper there must be investment in education, healthcare, infrastructure and skill acquisition among other social amenities.
The former director who made his position known during an interview with the New Nigerian Newspapers, said that while working with the Family Economic Advancement Programme (FEAP) between 1997-2000 he single handedly secured loans ranging from 50,000-150,000 naira to about 500 indigenes of Borno and Yobe states for them to be self-reliant.
He further said unless people are supported and encouraged on how to develop themselves, backwardness in every sector will continue hence the need for more investment in human capital development for self-reliance.
“I have passion for investing in human capital development because when I was a civil servant, I succeeded in providing support to several individuals especially in securing small scale loans to about 500 persons in Borno and Yobe states.
“Also, during my active service, I succeeded in securing 10 kilometer road and drainage projects costing about 1 billion naira in Nguru, provision of solar powered boreholes and solar powered street lights in schools and villages. Simeilarly, two Water harvesting structures were constructed at Nguru and Yusufari local government areas,” Abdullahi said.
The former director explained people need little push for them to be productive and self-reliant. “During the 2022 flood disaster, my people from Hausari, Mallam Baba and Bubari Primary Healthcare centres all in Nguru sought for malaria and cholera drugs which I was able to supply to 1,300 victims free of charge.
“One needs to support his people from time to time because doing so will help in complementing the efforts of the government at each sector. I am happy to announce that about 200 civil servants gained employment following our support grown in the system with many of them risen to the position of Deputy Directors in the Federal government.
“When I supported them in getting employment no one think they can grow to that level. I am also happy that many of our youths benefitted from the Tricycle machines (Kake NAPEP) and are using it tae care of their families.”