Charity… Farming… Giving… Generosity… With these billboards, one can easily build a profile of Dr. Abdul-Aziz Ibrahim, the Finance and Accounting Director of the National Hospital, Abuja, born on September 13, 1960.
While charity is the act of giving help to those in need who are not related to the giver, generosity, is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return, and giving or gift is the transfer of something without the expectation of receiving something in return.
Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World is a 2007 book by former United States President, Bill Clinton. With an initial print run of 750,000 copies, it debuted at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list in its first week. Unspecified portion of proceeds went to causes mentioned in the book. Clinton ultimately donated $1.00 million of the proceeds to charity.
Abdul-Aziz is the scion of Salihi and Hafsatu Ibrahim of Kano State. His father was a Sharia Court Judge and his family well known as the sanctuary of Islamic scholars. Some are also Sharia court judges in Kano like the patriarch of the family.
This urbane accountant who loves farming, watching, and nurturing the growth of crops left his parents at the age of two to stay with his grandfather, Mallam Ibrahim Muktar, a farmer, and Sharia jurist in Kano city. The grandpa played a key role in nurturing his grandson and helping to give him a good focus in life. His own father was also a farmer. Farming runs in their blood. It’s so because no matter their career they must fall back to farming.
A farmer’s main goal is to produce a good crop and/or healthy animals in order to make a living and to feed the population. Farmers are responsible for all crops and livestock that are needed for humans to survive. Without food, the world will slowly die, and farmers work hard every day to keep plenty of crops and animal products in the market to keep that from happening.
Abdul-Aziz is a chartered accountant and certified auditor with about 30 years cognate work experience. He was appointed on November 18, 2018 as the director of Finance and Accountingat the National Hospital, Abuja. He rose through the ranks to the position through hard work and patience. His staff say the boss understands the intricate workings of the Finance & Accounts Directorate as well as the operational approach of the management of the hospital.
For his circle of friends, he is great man with a heart of gold because of his trademark generosity in giving irrespective of the religious divide. In addition to his work experience as accountant and auditor, he is also boasting of a decade of international and local exposures.
Abdul-Aziz started his primary school at Rano Primary School and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1972. He enrolled into Government Secondary School, Rano, in Kano where he obtained his Senior Secondary School Certificate in 1981.
For him, ‘’growing up was fun, good, and going to school in the 1970s was different from what we are seeing today. I enjoyed trekking to school because at school, we were given milk, biscuit, bread and pocket money to enable us return to school after the holidays.’’
Recalling an incident that made him cry in school, he said, ‘’the principal came to form one, known today as JSS1. He apportioned little fee to some students and gave total free education to others whose fathers were farmers and apportioned one naira which was the highest money then to me. I cried and the principal told me not to cry that my father is a Sharia court judge that will be able to pay the fee. The total fee was five naira. Surprisingly, I was able to pay the fees from what my dad and grandpa gave to me.’’
After his secondary education, he moved to Kano State Institute for Higher Studies, and obtained his National Diploma in Accounting in 1986, and in 1988, he obtained his Higher National Diploma in Accounting from Kano State Polytechnic. In 1989, he passed out of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Immediately after, he got admitted into Bayero University, Kano, for a post-graduate diploma, and iced it with a master’s degree in 2004. After an interlude, he obtained a PhD in Community Development from the Universiti Putra, Malaysia in 2015.
After his NYSC, Abdul-Aziz worked as a management Account Officer at Gaskiya Textile Mills Limited in Kano from 1984 to1988. He joined Triumph Publishing Nigeria Limited, Kano as Accountant/Head of Account Department from 1989 to1991. He is one of the few Northerners opportuned to work at the National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria Limited (NAFCON) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the second largest fertilizer plant then in the world after India. He served there as Auditor and Accountant from 1992 to 1999.
He joined the National Hospital after his sojourn in Port Harcourt with NAFCON. He started with Deputy Director/Head, Audit Department, from 1999, until his appointment in 2018. He is a recipient of several awards within and outside Nigeria, for his tireless and selfless service to humanity. He is a member of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), since 2001. He has scores of commendation from the hospital management for his valuable contributions to a successful execution of the hospital’s Assets Disposal Committee assignment
He holds Kyari Dikwa Excellence Award in Public Financial Management, and certificate of recognition for remarkable commitment to service from Universiti Putra, Malaysia, International Student Association (UPMISA).
Abdul-Aziz is a devoted Muslim and a family man who got married to Aishatu, 1990. The marriage is blessed with seven children- four girls and three boys. This humanist who believes in giving back to the society and impacting knowledge especially to the younger generation, has led him back to the lecture hall where he is currently a visiting senior lecturer at the Maryam Abacha American University Mardi, Niger Republic. He is also a farmer who produces corn, rice, beans and sorghum.
Abdul-Aziz belongs to a number of professional bodies and committees including, Member of ANAN, Nigerian Journal of Community Learning, Fellow, Chartered Institute of Economics of Nigeria (CIEN) 2018, National Hospital Abuja Drug Revolving Committee, National Hospital Abuja Board of Survey/Asset Disposal Committee, the hospital’s Assets Revalidation and Registration Committee, Association of Business Specialists and Entrepreneurs of Nigeria, Institute of Internal Auditors, Yandawa Community Development, the hospital’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU), and its Housing and Shop Allocation Committee.
Others are, Member, Cardiothoiacic Surgery Initiative Committee, Junior Staff Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committee National Hospital, Chairman, National Hospital Abuja Ad-HocCommittee on Investigation of Authorised Movement of 500Kva TransformerJanuary 2018, Member, IVF Revolving Fund Committee,National Hospital AbujaMarch2018, National Hospital Abuja Expanded Management CommitteeJuly 2018, Service Price Review Committee, President, Nigerian Students Association, Universiti Putra Malaysia (2010-2012), and Executive Member foundation for correction of Moral Decadence and many more.
Consensus of opinion about this polished individual is that Dr. Abdul-Aziz Ibrahim is a highly motivated, purpose-driven person, with a passionate interest in achieving excellence. He is untiringly making great contributions to the growth of Nigeria in his sphere of influence. He is credited for transforming the finance and accounts directorate of the National Hospital, Abuja, into a reference point in West Africa.
Under his watch, the directorate has been a proactive in identifying and blocking leakages and in ensuring effective documentation and record-keeping for reference purposes. Impressively, he combines operational and strategic roles, and establishing strategies for the profitable long term growth of the hospital. Routinely, he assists Management with the preparation of periodic financial report and advised them about accounting treatment which has enabled the hospital to flourish.
Abdul-Aziz is a unique leader who believes in team work. This is one of the outstanding attributes of this passionate farmer and a thorough financial expert.