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Engr Ahmed Kadi Amshi FNSE; A Life Driven By Passion For Public Service.

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Engr Ahmed Kadi Amshi FNSE was appointed as the Executive Chairman, National Assembly Service Commission NASC a year ago.

Before his new appointment,he served as the Senior Speciial Assistant SSA and Chief of Staff COS to the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan PhD CON,when he was Senate Leader in the 8th Senate between 2017-2019.

Engnr Kadi who assumed duty as SSA and Chief of Staff COS to the then Senate leader,as he was assessed physically,as a big task for him to handle the affairs/workings of the office of the Senate leader during that dispensation, considering his age, and in view of the high administrative demands of the office.

But his indepth knowledge from both public and private sectors, along with his perfomance on the new assignment,left many of his staffs in high spirit, and determined after the tenure of the 8th Senate.

During his stint, Engr Kadi handled both strategic advise, maintained consistent political interface, information and human relations management, identification and execution of empowerment programs and monitoring of constituency projects with all attention it deserved,to the conviction of both the constituents and the then Senate leader.

This was occassioned largely by his meritorious experience and performance the from the wholly public and later private sector, as Managing Director,Core Consult Associates,a Civil , Mechanical,Electrical Engineering Consultancy Firm.

His outstanding perfomance and distinct public service experience and achievements was responsible for his new appointment, as Executive Chairman, National Assembly Service Commission NASC.

The new assignment at NASC is an opportunity to demonstrate more commitement and sincerity of purpose to the developement and sustenance of public service experience he garnered over the years,as he kicked the ground running after his inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in February 2020.

Engnr Kadi strong believe in hardwork was not construed as he embarked on major re-organisation of the National Assembly Service Commission NASC, geared towards meeting the yearnings, aspirations and the demands of the office,as he refocussed the commission, as the engine room directly involved in the day to day runnings of the National Assembly management and the commission,.He provided a more virile platform for federal lawmakers both at the Red and Green Chambers towards optimum perfomance, to deliver on their mandates to their constituents and Nigerians.

This is also in addition to his efforts that provided the best hands and qualified staffers as legislative aides, well trained to complement on the mandate of adequate representation of the National Assembly members.

After due assessment, familiarization and acclaimatization,he prioritised and carried out a major re-organisation of the workforce that had placed performance,welfare,and reward system as a corrolary to the new commision’s approach and decisions.

He met a demoralised and depressed workforce that perfomance was at a low ebb, lacked basic prerequisites and intricacies of job schedules and knowledge,and did not operate in line with the expectations of the new commission,therefore he exposed them to series of staff trainings,re-trainings,seminars,sympsiums, workshops and talkshops became one of his cardinal objectives.

The chairman also embarked on major shake up that frowned against indolence, manipulations,as the decisions of some top staffers of the commission, management of the National Assembly that extended their stay in office beyond the statutory years of service, against the civil service rules, and redressed the anomaly through the best practices.

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This led to a major re-organisation carried out by the new commission under Engineer Ahmed Kadi Amshi FNSE that brought on board a new management at the National Assembly which included the Clerk to the National Assembly CNA and his team, as well as top level management of the commission.

He insisted on staff development that saw both staffers of the commission, National Assembly, and legislative aides engaged in series of trainings that will prepared them ahead of future challenges.

The elevation of staffers through appointments and disengagements of those who had spent out their years in service, created an avenue to fill the existed vacancies at all levels, hence the commission without hesitation carried out a promotion examination to forestall any vacuum in the activities of the commission, in accordance with the civil service rules.

Engr Kadi, aside trainings that prepared staffers and exposed them to myriads of challenges,also addressed their conditions of service that affected salaries and allowances,as legislative aides to federal lawmakers got first 28 days, while National Assembly staff got Duty Tour Allowances DTA’s and other entitlements,with a promise to offset others in the shortest possible time,in line with the conditions of service.

He has also promised to revisit the National Assembly Commission act through presentation to the National Assembly an amendment of some vital sections that boarders on workers conditions of service and others.

With renewed zeal,the NASC has served as a veritable tool for capacity buildings,workshops, talkshops and trainings for States House of Assembly Service Commission,with a call on some few States to establish their States Assembly Commission with full autonomy,both in Administration and Finance, in line with the practice at the commission.

The passion for hardwork, dilligence, commitement and dedication to duty span for over four decades, that led to his appointment as SSA,Chief of Staff COS to the Senate leader,and now the Executive Chairman, National Assembly Service Commission NASC had guided his principles.

The new Chairman’s vision and mission of a new Commission and Assembly became a reality after he carried out a major re-organisation.

Personal Data

Engnr Ahmed Kadi Amshi FNSE who was born on 9th May ,1954, hailed from Jakusko Local Government area of Yobe State.
An Engineer by profession and member Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE, COREN Registered Engineer, have attained high academic qualifications in his field.He is happily married with childrens.

Professional Career and His Contributions To The Economic Developement Of Nigeria.

Engr Kadi started his early career in 1983 after a successful NYSC in Guinness Nigeria Limited as project engineer in Benin City,Edo State.

Between 1983-1991, he rose from District Engineer, Principal Manager and later Chief Engineer.He was charged with maintenance and upkeep of vehicles,road plants and equipment,as well as operation and maintenance of generators and other mechanical equipment.He was incharge of building engineering services, design and supervision, operation and maintenance of marini asphalt plant for road construction in Borno State.

Director, Mechanical Engineering Services, Ministry of Works,Yobe State.1992-1999

He was responsible for provision of mechanical services to the Ministry of works,and all other goverment agencies.procured,operated and maintained road construction, equipment, including asphalt plants.procured, installed and maintained generators to various government establishments.
advise government in all matters related to mechanical services, particularly procurement and maintenance of vehicles.

Supervised the activities of the following organisations.
Yobe transport company, vehicle inspection unit,fire service board,rural electrification board, and transport company mechanical workshop.

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General Manager,Rural Electrification Baord,Yobe State,1999-2001.

He was in charge of electric power supply to the state and adviser to the government on all matters related to power supply.constructed and operated over 100 rural power stations and isolated diesel generating sets,as well as connection of 100 towns to the national grid.Provided power supply to the numerous boreholes in the state,electicity to schools and hospitals and worked closely with federal Ministry of power in all these activities.

Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Transport,Yobe State.
2001-2003.

He also deputized the permanent secretary of the Ministry of works in the provision of infrastructure, roads,bridges,feeder roads,housing .etc.

Supervised the following parastatals under the Ministry.
Fire Service Board,Yobe Transport Company,Rural Electrification Baord.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources,Yobe State,2004-2007.

Responsible for urban rural water supply in the state,and the provision of sanitation facilitities.
He worked together with foreign organisations that provided support to the State in water supply i.e. EU, JICA ,UNICEF, UNDP and ADB.etc.
He also supervised the Multi Billion Naira Damaturu regional water supply scheme, a joint project between FMWR and the state,managed Hadeija-Jamaare-Komadugu-Yobe River Basin that fell within the state,included the two surface water schemes,along with two key parastatals,Yobe State water corporation,and Yobe State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA).

He also took charge of Manpower Developement as permanent secretary Yobe State in 2007-2008

Incharge of capacity building developement of the state workforce,through trainings,local and International,workshops, talkshops and seminars that addressed and improved performance of the state work force.

Special and Ad-Hoc Assignments.

Engnr Kadi served as member,COREN accreditation panel for faculties of Engineering in universities and polytechnics, 2015 till date,and also steering committee of EU-SRIP/WSSRP( a European Union assisted program) in 2006-2008.

Member,Yobe state polytechnic, representing Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE between 2003-2007.

Member,Electric power sector implementation committee(EPIC),of the national council on privatisation.,2001-2007 and member Yobe State infrastructural Developement Committee,1999-2003.

He served as member,Yobe State Agricultural Developement Program(YADPEC), in 1996-1998 along with monitoring the committee on world Bank assisted projects in Yobe State 1995-1997.

Others are Member assets and liabilities sharing committee between newly created Local Governments in Yobe state,1997 and Board Member,Yobe state transport company in 1992-1995,while asset sharing and liabilities sharing committee between Borno and Yobe State had his input in 1991-1993.

Senior Management Courses Attended.

Engnr Ahmed Kadi Amshi FNSE attended foreign and local senior Management Courses in London and Nigeria.

Themes Valey University,London, July-September 2007 bagged certificate in management developement and good governance.
Administrative Staff College of Nigeria )ASCON), Badagry, between March-April 1991,with certificate in maintainance Management.
Computer training at Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, January -June 1997 with certificate in computer programming.

Workshops, Conferences, Seminars, Technical Paper Presentations.

The Executive Chairman attended national and international management workshops, seminars and conferences.Presented technical and management papers at various fora some of which are:
Management of public Enterprise(July 2006); A case study of Yobe transport company-paper presented at the technical session of Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE,Damaturu Branch.
Engineering Rural Transformation in Nigeria; Rural Electrification Programs, Review and Future Challenges (May 2002)- paper presented in an international workshop on rural transformation held in Abuja.
Progress of Nigeria towards the achievement of Millennium Developement Goals(MDG): How far,so far?( September 2006).
Paper presented in a workshop organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE, Damaturu Branch.Towards meeting the energy needs of Yobe State (October 2001);
Paper presented in a program at the Nigeria society of Engineers NSE annual lecture.
National Automobile Technicians Association (NATA),prospects and challenges (September 2000)- A paper presented at the national conference of NATA held on the 27th, August at stadium Damaturu.
Career Developement of Engineers in the state civil service (August,2007)-paper presentated at a workshop on civil service reforms.
Authored a Book titled ‘Engineering and Sustainable Rural Developement in Nigeria’.(ISBN:978-978-974-758-0,year 2019).

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Awards and Recognitions.

He won Dean’s prize as the best graduating student in the faculty of Engineering, University of Maiduguri 1988/1989 session and Chairman’s prize as the best graduating student in the college of science and technology,Kaduna Polytechnic,1982,this is in addition to his academic qualifications in details.

University of Maiduguri,1994-1995 with Masters in public administration (MPA).
University of Maiduguri,1986-1989.B. Eng(Mech)-1st Class.
Kaduna Polytechnic,1980-1982,HND (Mech). Distinction.
Kaduna Polytechnic,1975-1978,OND/OTD Credit.
Government Technical College,Kano,1970-1972,C&G Certificate/Craft Certificate.
Government Craft School, Maiduguri,1967-1969,Secondary 111 certificate.
Amshi Primary School,1961-1965, primary school certificate.

Recognitions.

Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE.
Felow of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Award of Ambassador of peace by the global peace festival foundation,an affiliate of universal peace foundation and various awards by the Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE and National levels.

He also played a leading roles as the Executive Secretary, the Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE between 2009-2014.

The umbrella body of all Engineering organisation in Nigeria with membership strength of over 40,000,twenty five (25) specialised divisions and over 60 branches across Nigeria.

As Executive Secretary,he was responsible for;
Coordinate the affairs of the society’s secretariat through prudent Management of human and material resources.
Facilitate the formulations of policies and programs in furtherance of the aims and objectives of the society.
Prepare the Society’s annual budget.
Ensure that the provision of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the society.
Advise the President, Executive council, Executive committee on how to actualise the society’s objectives.
Implement all the the decisions and resolutions of the Executive Committee, Executive council and AGM through various departments of the secretariat.
Track developement in the economy and the polity with a view to protecting the society’s interest.
Liase with government agencies and other professional bodies within and outside the country as well as
Provide custodianship for the society’s seals,deeds,and other classified documents.

His preference for hobbies had made him fit up till this moment in gardening,beds keeping and Tables tennis as a routine practices.

These combinations of professional qualifications, practices,exposure to both public and private services and as an author of Book, made the success story of Engineer Ahmed Kadi Amshi FNSE, Executive Chairman, National Assembly Service Commission NASC glare in the public domain.

Finally ,Engr Kadi whose achievements and legacies speaks vloumes based on his antecedents,integrity, commitement to duty and transparent leadership as a technocrat of high repute, has continued to deploy his wealth of experience as an administrator to manage public service in the current disposition and dispensation,with a view to delivering on public expectations.

His innovativeness, pragmatic, exemplary and foresighted leadership qaulities and mentorship as well as many insightful position to the plight of workers of the commission and the National Assembly will continue to stand him out among his contemporaries.