Engr ADK Mohammad Takes Over from TPl Ekpenyong as Ag. Executive Secretary
Like a relay race, TPl Ekpenyong Edet Ekpenyong has handed over the baton of leadership of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to Engr Abatti Dawakin Kudu (ADK) Mohammad barely three months after he took over from the former Executive Secretary, Dr. Masa’udu Adamu Kazaure.
TPl Ekpenyong handed over to Engr ADK Mohammed as the acting Executive Secretary of the Board due to his retirement from public service on Friday, 22nd January, 2021 at the age of 60.
In a brief ceremony with Management staff held at the Committee Room of the Executive Secretary in Kaduna, TPl Ekpenyong thanked the Governing Board, Management and staff of the Board for their cooperation and support during his short stay as the Board’s acting Executive Secretary.
He stated that within the short period he was able to refocus the Board, concluded the senior staff promotion process which is now awaiting the final approval by the Governing Board, as well as approved the commencement of the 2020/2021 accreditation exercise, collection of academic data for the production of the Board’s Digest of Statistics and monitoring of capital projects in the Polytechnics amongst others.
Mr. Ekpenyong also noted that he was able to sensitize and adequately prepared TVET institutions on how to produce proper strategic plan for their institutions as well as in adopting the Open, Distance and Flexible eLearning mode of teaching and learning in the institutions as alternative to the face-to-face mode as the Covid 19 pandemic continue to ravage the world.
He said that he decided not to hold an elaborate ceremony with all staff due to the Covid 19 pandemic but noted that he received tremendous love and support from the staff during his over 20 years in the Board.
He said that he wished the Federal Government could consider and appoint a substantive Executive Secretary from among qualified members of staff who really understand the challenges of the Board rather than bringing someone from outside.
He acknowledged that with his wealth of experience and exposure in the TVET sector he has no doubt that his successor; Egr Muhammad can do very well if given the appointment as substantive Executive Secretary of the Board.
TPl Ekpenyong who recalled that he joined the Board in July 2001 from the private sector as a Town Planner with lots of project in his credit, urged staff not to lose sight of their professional practice but should strive for the best stressing that God is always there to reward their efforts.
Born of the 12th day of February 1964 in Dawakin Kudu, Kano State, Engr ADK Mohammad is a First Class graduate of Agricultural Engineering obtained from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
He started his educational career in 1970 at the Jarkasa Primary School, Jarkasa, and Kano for his primary education where he proceeded to the Birnin Kudu Secondary School in Jigawa State and Science Secondary School Dawakin Kudu, for his secondary education where he obtained the General Certificate of Education with Grade I in 1981.
Engr Mohammad proceeded to the School of Preliminary Studies, Kano for his IJMB Certificate from 1981-1983, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated with First Class degree in Agriculture Engineering in 1987 and Master of Science degree in Soil & Water Engineering in 1991 as well as Master of Arts degree in Development Studies from University of Leeds, UK in 1999.
He has the following Honours and Awards as IJMB Best All-Round Science Student, 1983; Merit Award for Excellence in Physics, 1983; Dean’s Best Graduating Student, ABU, 1987; UAC Prize for Best All-Round Students in Engineering, ABU, 1987; Impresit Bakolori Prize for Best Student in Soil and Water Engineering, 1987; and NTM Prize for Best Student in Farm Power and Machinery, 1987.
With several publications and edited books to his credit, Engr ADK Mohammad has the Corporate Membership of Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE); COREN; Policy, Strategy and Leadership (Pre-SEC) Course of the National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies (NIPPS) Kuru Jos; Member of the Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE); Songhai Certificate on Entrepreneurship Spirit, Port Novo, Benin Republic; DACUM/SCID Certified Trainer University, Ohio, USA; and Qualified National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Assessor, Interlink College of Technology, Stratford, London amongst others.
Engr ADK Mohammad who started his public service career as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1988, joined the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) as a Senior Programmes Officer in 1992 where he served as pioneer Secretary of the NBTE Journal of Agriculture Technology (JAT), Project Officer, UNESCO-Nigeria TVE Revitalization Project and later as Rector of Kano State Polytechnic from 2004-2007.
He became NBTE Deputy Director of Programmes (Engineering Technology Division between 2007 and 2015 and later promoted Director of the Board’s Vocational, Technical and Skills Development Department where he was appointed acting Executive Secretary of NBTE on 22nd January, 2021.