Late Jarman Kano, Prof. Isa Hashim, 1933-2020

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Late Jarman Kano, Professor Isa Hashim

Isa Hashim was born on 31st July, 1933 in Mandawari Quarters, Gwale Local Government Area, Kano State.

He was a ba-Sullube and a descendant of Alim Jammo Babba, the leader of the Sullubawa Fulbe clan in the Jihad in Kano. He learnt the Holy Qur’an under Liman Mallam Dan Amu between 1938 and 1943.

He was trained in Kano Judicial School, Kano Native Authority Survey Training School, Institute of Administration, Zaria between 1944 and 1956. He worked in the Kano NA and Northern Regional Government in various capacities.

In 1968, Isa Hashim was transferred to the service of the newly created Kano State as Divisional Officer and later in March 1969, he was appointed the District Officer (Finance), Military Governor’s Office, Kano State.

From 1969 to 1971, he was at the University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A, where he obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Development Administration and Master’s Degree in Economic Development. He briefly served as Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Local Government and later promoted to the position of Permanent Secretary Ministry for Economic Development, Kano State.

In 1974, Isa Hashim went back to the United States on an In-Service again, but this time to the University of Southern California, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Public Administration in 1976.

Coming back home, he was appointed the Chairman of Local Government Elections Steering Committee, Kano State, from February to August 1977.  Thereafter he served as Permanent Secretary Ministry for Information and Home Affairs and Permanent Secretary Ministry for Local Government, Kano State. He retired in 1979 after 31 years in Public Service.

Subsequently, Isa Hashim moved to the academia where he first served as Chief Administrative Consultant in the Local Government Studies Department, Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He served for a short time as Director of Budget and Economic Adviser in Sabo Bakin Zuwo Administration in 1983. He was a member of the Dasuki Commission on Local Government Reforms in Nigeria.

In 1986 and at the age of sixty three, Isa Hashim registered as a Part-Time Law Student at the Faculty of Law of A.B.U. He successfully completed the course and obtained his LLB in 1992.  He was the Head of the Department of Local Government Studies, Director College of Administration and Business Studies, and Deputy Rector, all of Kaduna Polytechnic between the period 1987 and 1992. In 1992, he took up appointment as Professor of Political Science in Bayero University, Kano.

Professor Isa Hashim was a member of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Governing Council, between 1993 and 1995. He was also the chairman of Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Board of Management, from August 2000 to 2004. Furthermore, Isa Hashim was a member of American Political Science Association and a member, “Think Tank” Northern Elders Forum. He is a recipient of Honorary Citizenship of Nebraska State, USA, and a Golden Key of Lincoln City, Omaha, USA.

In 2007, the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero appointed Professor Isa Hashim as the Jarman Kano and a Member of the Kano Emirate Council

According to late Maitama Sule, Isa Hashim was once the unofficial secretary of Ibrahim Musa Gashash. He used his skill to write English speeches for his boss using the Ajami script. As an illiterate in the western script, Ibrahim Musa Gashash found the ingenuity of Isa Hashim in this regard very useful in making his presentations in the Northern Regional House of Assembly.

Isa was also one of the pioneer students of the late Malam Nasiru Kabara and he did a lot in the elevation of his teacher to prominence in the Kano society.

He died on Sunday, 3rd May, 2020.

May Allah rest his soul in peace.


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