Giving Back To The Community Is A Responsibility- Engr. Kamilu Dauda
Born to the family of the late Alhaji Dauda Okekere and Alhaja Memunat Dauda( Nee Apaokagi), Engineer Kamilu Dauda was born and bred in Ilorin, Kwara state.
He had his primary education at ANsarul Islam primary School, Oke Imole after going through Islamic School at Adabiyya Islamic School, Ilorin. He attended Government Secondary School, Ilorin for his Ordinary Levels where he was the best student after which he proceeded to the Ahmadu Bello University School of Basic Studies, Zaria for Advanced Level studies.
His father’s desire for him to become a doctor could not be achieved there because of the crisis during Prof Ango Abdullahi’ tenure, hence his movement back to the University of Ilorin where he bagged a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering with honors.
As an active young man, in his university days, Engineer Kamilu Dauda was involved in virtually all positively inclined activities in the university where he played active football and was a member of the Quiz Club and many others.
His people-oriented nature was exhibited early in life when he was the President of Ilorin Students Union when he was able to stem the tide of the formation of several parallel student unions by bringing everybody together with a sense of belonging by successfully changing the name to Ilorin Emirate Students’ Union even long before IDPU became IEDPU.
During his tenure, he was able to make some Local Governments grant scholarships to their students. He was granting scholarship on individual basis to students from different Local Government from the Emirate).
Choosing to follow his late father’s step in philanthropy and his belief that it was a primary responsibility to give back to a society which has been benevolent to him, he made up his mind to seek ways of making better use of opportunities that came his way for the common good.
He started by setting up the Alhaji Dauda Okekere Foundation(ADOOF) with the aim of assisting people who learn vocations or trades to procure the required equipment to start their own businesses. The foundation has been paying school fees, JAMB and NECO for Islamic and Western education on behalf of its beneficiaries for about ten years now. Look after widows, children and old people.
He started his professional career with ELF Petroleum, worked for Ashland Oil, Texaco Overseas, etc and had stints at other big players in the petroleum industry before joining the International Company where he is working currently.
His insatiable quest for academic excellence earned him a Masters degree in Business Administration with speciality in Financial Management but his job schedule denied him the opportunity of earning other academic degrees but he had several professional qualification and certification. Despite his busy schedule, he made out time to acquire professional certification both locally and abroad. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, safety and Risk management Institute, Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria and recently was awarded as a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of mechanical Engineers.
He attended several trainings home and abroad, and worked with GE, Ashland Oil and Schlumberger in new Mexico (Hobbs), among others.
His ideology of leadership is hinged on servitude and sees it as a social contract. He believes that to be a good leader you need to first be a good follower, have close contact with the people and leave behind enduring legacies.
On the religious front, as part of his community activities, he single handedly started a regular Waasi (Islamic Sermon) programme in Port Harcourt in 2002 as well as supporting the production of Islamic Records. He built a Central mosque on his premises in memory of his late father where Jum’at prayer and asalatu is said there.
In recognition of his numerous religious pursuits, he was conferred with the prestigious title of Asiwaju of Al-Adabiyyah academy Worldwide, Saraki Adinni of Hababu Islamic Society, etc.
Engr Mohammed Kamilu Dauda is the No 77 member to Nkruma Hall of fame as awarded by West Africa Student Union( WASU), Among his several other awards are those from from NAKSS, NANS, Itigidi Community from Calabar, IESU at various levels, Nigeria Society of Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), etc.
He has worked and travelled wide with a lot of experience in Engineering and human management. He is happily married to Hajjia Aishat Mohammed-Dauda (Nee Olayinka Balogun Ajikobi) and blessed with happy Children.
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