Bauchi — A late polite menial in Bauchi State, Dr Sani Waziri, has vowed to keep roving bicycle until Nigeria tackles corruption. The widely trafficked former director, who once served as plan manager in Kuwait, tells Weekly Trust his reasons
Tell us quickly about yourself
I was innate in 1947 during Unguwar Malam Goje, tighten to a Ajiya mosque in Bauchi. we started my facile propagandize during Shekal, Bauchi in 1955 after World War II. we was also during Kings College Lagos as good as Saint Finbarr’s College, Akoka Lagos. After my delegate propagandize we got a grant to investigate Accountancy in England during diploma turn between 1967 and 1969. From there we went to Gordon Allen College London as good as School of Business and Accountancy. we finished my certificate and diploma courses and returned to start work during a Nigerian Port Authority Lagos as an Accountant.
In 1959, we left my pursuit to attend in a Nigerian polite fight as a volunteer. After a war, we got another grant to go to a United States of America in 1970 to investigate General Agric during South West University New York where we spent 3 years. Then we went for my Master’s grade for dual years and finally PhD. My initial grade was in agriculture, second grade on Entomology in 1976 and afterwards PhD. All a programmes centred on harassment control, veterinary and stand insurance and were sponsored by a Nigerian supervision during Gowon’s era.
After my studies in a United States, we got practice with a cultivation method in Kuwait. So we left for Kuwait in 1979 to start work as plan manager in assign of pesticides and crops. When Nigeria listened zero from my end, they looked for me and asked me to come behind home to repay a grant they gave me. we therefore had no choice than to come behind and work for them. we indeed started meditative of profitable right when we was in Kuwait until it became roughly late. So we returned to a agric method in Lagos as a youth staff on turn 08 in 1980 before they altered a complement that enabled me to arise to a turn of a director. we late after putting 25 years in service.
Presently we am on my own. we am still into investigate on harassment control and stand insurance on consultancy basis. Others we do on advisory basis.
Since we started operative in Nigeria, have we attempted withdrawal a nation again?
Yes, we wanted to go behind to Kuwait to work though Allah did not direct it. When we returned to Nigeria we indeed wanted to compensate them and go behind since they compensate good and they are not hurtful compared to us. Here we have a resources and a income though frankness is not there. In Nigeria when we started operative we was being paid 720 pounds, and we started before training a pursuit adult to a time we became a executive and late in 1992 during a age of 60.
In Kuwait if they see that we are a Muslim and praying on time they will take we for a friend. The aged and a young, group and women suspicion a sacrament is theirs alone, so they like people they see practicing ‘their’ religion. At a mosque in Safat we was a one looking after a mosque.
What about your pension? Is it adequate for you? Again since are we roving bicycle distinct your counterparts?
Forget about grant since when we late a income was not even good. Even a 70,000 we are collecting came after their so called income increment. As for roving bicycle, if we go to grown countries, we will see professors roving bicycle, they don’t even have a residence of their possess let alone a car. Sometimes even your income can't buy we residence or car, unless we collect loan and finish paying. So roving bicycle is a simplest form of transportation; no smoke, no sound or anything. If we go to Germany or China, we will see that bicycle riders have their possess apart lanes. And we will see bicycles in roughly each residence we see.
In my case, crime and indiscipline is a reason since we will keep roving bicycle until Nigerians change their ways and stop corruption; until they stop embezzling state supports and a common male starts to humour a resources of this nation before we can consider of changing this mode of transport. If not we will continue roving bicycle or even movement until God knows when.
I don’t consider we can lift a million naira to buy a car. In fact where is a income when a common male continues to humour due to corruption? But if crime is tackled we might consider of looking for income to buy a automobile and even say it though encroaching into someone’s rights. However, as prolonged as crime stays we will continue roving my bicycle.
Have we ever owned a automobile in your life?
I have not. But there was a time we was given one that we after gave to my crony who indispensable it some-more than me. So instead of offered a automobile we gave it to him desiring he can say it. we have 10 children (seven girls, 3 boys) and a mother and we am a one fending for their preparation and other needs. we don’t wish to die and leave them though education. For instance, here in Bauchi a children of late Yakubu Wanka are good famous since he prepared them. So we will also wish to teach my children and sight them instead of pushing a car. we wish my kids to be God-fearing and respectful. we have so distant married off 3 girls and they have all been educated; some are delegate propagandize leavers, some diploma holders and some grade holders.
Why won’t we buy during slightest a motorcycle to palliate your work?
Motorcycle is not easy to keep. Even a income to buy fuel and do repairs is something else. And it is not good for a sourroundings due to a emissions. In Louisiana, USA, if they see we roving a bicycle they will know that we are endangered about your health. Here in Bauchi, we float my bicycle to places like Gwallameji, Polo belligerent etc. But if a tour is far, we keep my bicycle and join blurb vehicles. When we lapse we continue regulating my bicycle.
While we was operative we had so many cars underneath my control since we was a executive in assign of harassment control. But life is not permanent. If we teach a children, it will be a form of mmortalizing ourselves. Some of my children currently have committed a Holy Qur’an to memory.
What do we wish to see in a nearest destiny with regards to government?
My request is for a economy to be softened with effervescent industries and jobs for a people, fast energy supply and for things to be cheap. Above all, we wish a conditions where crime will be separated or reduced to a barest minimum. If a supervision is prepared to have honest leaders like Buhari things will change for a better.
Apart from America, Kuwait and England that other countries have we visited?
Apart from Eskimo and some few other countries of a world, there is probably no nation we haven’t visited. Right when we was a tyro in a United States of America, we started going on spraying of crops with insecticide, and they were regulating planes to do that. You will see a plantation that has probably all forms of animals and crops. At that time, whenever we had some income we trafficked out to some countries since things were inexpensive behind then. we have been to Germany, Russia, Spain, Egypt, India, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Congo, Kenya, and Uganda. we have some classmates that we still promulgate with from Chad, Sudan and other African countries, we have been to many of them; a same thing with many of a countries in Asia and South America. Saudi Arabia, we have been there 4 times for hajj. And we started travelling a right when we was a student. Once we had income we will go a countries’ embassies and they will give me visa, we will afterwards by sheet and house a plane, a same thing continued when we started operative and earning salaries. But infrequently a countries we visited were on central duties. we adore travelling since there is believe in it.
What is a approach out?
Our leaders need to revoke their greed, rapacity and for a people to opinion in convincing leaders only like other serous countries are doing. Nigeria is sanctified with both tellurian and element resources though unfortunately people can frequency feel a impact. Our leaders should know that if they destroy to residence distrust they will one day be influenced by it directly or indirectly.
The North should also daub into resources so that we can yield jobs to a plentiful impoverished youths. The common male should honest be honest and conflict corruption. If we do this, we would make progress.