Dahuru Abdulhamid, a visually impaired teacher in Kano State, has received automatic employment as a teacher from the state government after seven years of volunteer service.
Abdulhamid offered to volunteer to teach at a community school in his area, where he teaches English and government.
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje offered him automatic employment after a report in the national Daily Trust newspaper put him in the spotlight and even attracted a philanthropist who gave him a proper house.
A statement issued by the governor’s press secretary, Abba Anwar, said the governor had ordered that the visually impaired man be placed in grade 7 (2) and transferred to the Tudun Maliki Special Education School.
After Education Officer Muhammadu Sanusi Kiru brought the blind young man to the governor, Governor Ganduje ordered that the visually impaired person be transferred to Tudun Maliki Special Education School,” the statement said.
“You are a true role model whose visual impairment is not an obstacle to your development.
“You are taking the right step in your life. The Kano State Government will automatically give you employment as a teacher. I have directed the state education commissioner to transfer you to Tudun Maliki Special Education School,” Governor Ganduje is quoted to have said.
Abdulhamid completed his primary and secondary education at Tudun Maliki Special Education School. He then attended Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies where he earned a National Certificate in Education (NCE) in English/Political Science and upon graduation decided to give back to his community through volunteer service.
It was also revealed that he is currently pursuing a degree in Political Science at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
Abdulhamid, 28, was born with visual impairment (blindness) in Kofar Dawanau neighborhood, Dala Local Government Area, Kano State.