My passion for journalism dates back to my growing days, I grew up listening to Radio’s blaring from different rooms in the house. I envy those at the other end dishing us reports and analysis, later in life the love of reading and writing further sets in.
Habibu Umar Aminu grew up in an academic campus at Bayero University, Kano precisely, He learnt a lot from his parents who were lecturers at that time. His great mentor was Professor Adamu Rashid, former Vice chancellor of BUK who later became Editor and Managing Director of New Nigerian Newspapers. He introduced his to his home library and made it a mandatory weekly affairs, he read a book chosen from the then Africa Writers Series (AWS).
‘I graduated with a combine Degree in History/Mass communication from Bayero University in the year 2000, ever since then I have been in the journalism profession. I started at NTA in 2001 for my mandatory NYSC, before joining the New Nigerian NN in 2002. I later left NN for the Media Trust limited in 2014.
For the past 18 years I have contributed my little to the advancement of the poor and vulnerable through reports and analysis that have effected changes, he said.
According to him, his most memorable report was on the issue of non release of Malnutrition funds in Katsina state that have severely affected treatment of the children. ‘I was called names, chastised especially from government circles. Later the money was released and the program on going. The state governor Aminu Masari told visiting UNICEF officials then that ‘if not for the report I wasn’t aware of funding gaps’.
His passion for health reports earned him the journalist focal person on health related issues. And he was able to draw attention to government to dilapidated schools across the state that prompted the state education revamping projects.
A particular Gurbi community in Kankara LGA is getting their clinics and schools renovated. This community is landlocked and ferry women on boats during raining season to nearby health facility.
Through a recent publication, Habibu was invited sometimes around December, last year 2017 by the EFCC, not on financial misappropriation ground though but to help fill in some gaps on an ongoing investigation involving top government officials.
I have attended various trainings that have sharpened my journalistic views and grateful to my recent employers, Media Trust for their support and encouragement that is making me to do what I do in the best interest of humanity.
Habibu is married to a journalist wife and broadcaster as well, Mrs Hannatu Lere, of the FRCN English service, Kaduna and blessed with three Children. Her supports and the family are most appreciated.