Former Vice President Namadi Sambo has described science as the bedrock of development in all facets of life.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholder said as chairman of the launch and presentation of a book, “The Fundamentals of Geoscience”, authored by Professor Matoh Dogara Dari.
Sambo, who was represented by Sani Sidi, former Executive Secretary of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), commended Professor Dogara for the book, which will bridge the gap between geoscience and social sciences.
According to him Dari has multiple talents whose book will foster human development and help those seeking knowledge.
The book, which attempts to bridge the existing gap between modern science and geoscience, Namadi said, will be useful to our dear nation.
Namadi eulogied Matoh as an astute and seasoned administrator who was part of his cabinet when he was the governor of Kaduna state.
“Math is a talent and a huge asset to our dear nation, I am proud of his academic prowess and astuteness to author a book that will be an idea of development in the field of geoscience,” Sambo said
The book presentation which took place at the National Merit Award Center, Maitama, Abuja brought together eminent politicians, sons, and daughters of Kaduna state who extolled Dogara as a pride to not only Kaduna state but the country at large.
The chief host, Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna state, represented by his commissioner for internal and home affairs, Hon Samuel Aruwa, in his remarks said Matoh is a courageous Nigerian and a proud son of Kaduna state.
El-Rufa’i said the professor of geoscience has broken the camel’s back with a piece as a novelty of science that will be good for researchers and science scholars.
He recalled when Dari was actively in public service as a lecturer at Ahmadu University, a commissioner of technology and energy, and a principal officer (deputy speaker) in the Kaduna State House of assembly.
He said the author was sa grassroots politician and the sole administrator of Lere and Kubau local governments.
“We are with you, you have made the mark and earned the respect of many Nigerians to have come out with this brilliant idea and masterwork of science,” El-Rufa’i said
It was a standing ovation when Professor H O Aboh with a velvet voice of an erudite academic read the citation in honour of Professor Dari.
He extolled him as Nigeria’s black scientists in geoscience and political science.
He gave a narration of how Matoh journeyed to stardom as a young man from a remote village of Garun Kurama, Lere local government area of Kaduna state where he started his primary school.
According to Aboh, the rest is today the history of the star-making of a boy born with scientific acumen.
Aboh said the prolific writer has many scholarly works published within and outside Nigeria on geoscience.
The senator, representing Kaduna central and the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Uba Sani, wife to late governor of Kaduna state, Amina Yakowa, House of Representatives member representing Lere federal constituency, Hon Engr Mannir Ahmed, academic and non academic staffs of Kaduna state were among those who graced the occasion.