Happy 60th Birthday to Hajiya Binta Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar.

CITATION OF BINTA ABDULLAHI SARKI MUKHTAR

Hajia Binta Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar, nee Babba Dan Agundi was born in the early sixties, at Kurmawa Quarters, into the famous family of Late Alhaji Babba Dan’Agundi, a founding member of the defunct NEPU; a political activist and late Sarkin Dawaki Maituta.

Binta started her early education at Kofar Na’isa and Shekara Primary School from 1967 to 1974. Her leadership potentials and qualities were recognized at this early stage of her life, as she was appointed a prefect for the two years she spent at the latter school.

In 1974, she was admitted into Dala Girls Secondary School, completing same in June 1979. While at Dala, Binta was actively involved in various extracurricular activities, including but not limited to basketball athletics, football, debating society, Girls Guide and represented the school in science competitions, more particularly in physics and biology.

Identifying her talents and leadership qualities, the School Authorities appointed Binta as the Head Girl in her final year. An appointment she committed to and carried out so well winning the admiration of both the school authorities and the entire student population. On completing her secondary education, Binta worked briefly with the First Bank of Nigeria Plc, before proceeding to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for a Diploma in Banking and a Bachelors Degree in Accounting between the years 1979 to 1984.

While in the University, she became an active member of the Muslim Students Society, actively involved in Da’awah and other charitable activities, in aid of the needy.

She did the National Youth Service with the then ICON Merchant Bankers, Kaduna between 1984 to 1985 and thereafter was employed as an officer, till November 1987, when she had to join her husband as the First Lady and Chairperson of the Better Life for Rural Women Program of the newly created Katsina State. She moved to Kaduna in same capacities in 1988, when her husband was reassigned as Governor of Kaduna State.

In both states and capacities, Binta actively pursued and implemented the objectives of the Better Life for Rural Women Program which greatly enhanced, the social, political and economic conditions of the rural women.

She was accorded recognition by various Non-Governmental organization NGOs and more especially by the patron and Founder of the program, late Mrs Maryam Babangida.

In her quest for educational excellence, Binta proceeded to Bayero University, Kano in 1990 for a Masters program in Business Administration, completing same in 1992.

A widely travelled person, Binta has virtually travelled to all the continents of the World, including but not limited to Saudi Arabia, Britain, United States of America, France, Russia Federation, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Jamaica, Bahamas, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Egypt, Niger Republic.

Binta’s wide-ranging experience in various aspects of human endeavours, awareness gained from travels to other more developed nations, and her late fathers political legacy sparked Binta’s consciousness of the potency of the broadcast media, in the emancipation of people. Through well articulated, political, social economic and religious programs befitting of the societal, cultural, ethical, and social norms.

Consequently in 2006, Binta and others applied for and obtained a license to establish and operate a radio station, called Rahma Radio, (under Rahama Communication Limited) which started operations on 12 August 2011.

She was appointed as the pioneer Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, thus becoming the first woman in this part of Nigeria to hold such an appointment.

Since then Binta and her management team have nurtured Rahma Radio into one of the most beloved, respected and listened to radio station within its coverage areas of Kano, Katsina, Gombe, Bauchi, parts of Kaduna and Plateau States due to its qualitative reform and development oriented programs which appeal to the generality of the listening public.

Building on the success of the radio station, in November 2019, in an effort to meet the yearnings of Rahma Radio’s teeming listeners for a television station, Binta ventured into Television broadcasting with the establishment of Rahma Television in 2019.

The station is available on Nigeria Communication Satellite NIGCOMSAT as well as recently launched Free to Air TV, it can also be viewed live on its social media handles @rahmatelevision. Its also worthy to note that Rahma Radio has expanded its reach to the Federal Capital Territory FCT on 104.1FM.

Though Binta lost both parents, her mother when she was barely 12 years and her father, later in life, these incidents though devastating didn’t make her lose sight of the challenges of life and the determination to overcome them. She imbibed the fighting spirit, resilience and compassion for the poor of her father, the entrepreneurial talent, compassion and self respect of her mother to make meaning out of life and overcome the challenges therein.

To honour this legacy of her parents Binta opened the Nafisa and Babba Dan’Agundi foundation to give back to society and focuses especially on supporting orphans through their education.

Binta is also a successful big time farmer. A happily married, devoted and caring wife, blessed with six children, granddaughters and sons as well as an understanding loving and supporting husband in the person of Ambassador Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar, CFR, a retired General of the Nigerian Army.

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