Alhaji Ahmad Abubakar Kana is currently the Assistant Chief Geologist with the Nasarawa State Water Board. Born 42 years ago, precisely on 7th December 1969 in Keffi, Nasarawa State. He is Eleyi (Afo) by tribe from Kokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa State and a Muslim by religion.
Alh. Ahmad A. Kana had his elementary education between 1975 and 1979 in Amodu Maukot Primary School Keffi, and Central Primary School Nasarawa State where he obtained his Primary School Certificate in 1982. From 1982 to 1987, Ahmad was with Government College, Keffi (5016KOBA) for his West African School Certificate (WASC) and General Certificate of Examination (GCE) 1987 to 1989, School of Preliminary Studies, Keffi, University of Jos, Nigeria UJ/91/NS/0116 (1990-1996) where he obtained B. Sc. (Hons) geology and Mining.
In quest for more knowledge, he sat at UNSCO-IHE-DELFT NETHERLANDS; there he obtained a Diploma in Groundwater Resources and treatment in the year 2007. Thereafter in 2008, he also obtained a Diploma in Groundwater Exploration and Monitoring from the same Institute.
Young Ahmad started his work career with Plateau State Sports Council as a Program Athlete Grade Level 8 from 1991 to 1999. His project work include Geological mapping of Naraguta Ne-Part of sheet 168 (GSN) Jos (200 level project). Geological Mapping of Zambuk Ridge, part of Upper Benue through Gombe State (300 level project), Geological Mapping of Babinda Area (Kaduna State0 part of sheet 125 (GSN) B. Sc. Thesis. Exploration and Exploitation of Tantalite, Columbite Cassiterite Afo rocks for Nasarawa Local Government Council. He served with NNPC/PPMC Area office, Gombe Maintenance Department (Civil Unit ) where he handled some projects such as preparing bill of quantity for civil project and maintenance works in the area office, reactivating of water boreholes at NNPC Depot at Yola , Gombe and Jos for the fire fighting/domestic usage, Right of Way (R.Opipeline clearance from Jos Depot to Gombe.
Enlisted as an Hydro-Geologist by Nasarawa State Water Board Lafia in 1999, he has Supervised many projects including Re-activation of Boreholes in Keana water works, Obi water works, Awe Kekura, Lafia town. Resident Engineer Obi/Keana Local Govt Area; Member of the team with Alakson Nig. Ltd for feasibility study of water need in Nasarawa State 1999, counterpart engineer representing Nasarawa State in Private sector participation into water industry (RDS/PARKMAN)2000, supervision of 147 solar boreholes special project Nasarawa State, workshop on capacity building and sustainability (INAWASS 2001) in National water institute Kaduna, determination of rate of flow of Lafia springs Nasarawa State (2001) RDS Nig. Ltd, supervision of private drilling at Karu 5 Nos boreholes, supervision of drilling in Panbegwa and Yakase in Kaduna State (Ministry of Water Resources Kaduna State) 2002, Appraisal of water supply for National Primary Care Agency in Plateau State (Basher, Kuka, Kaper ,Horop) and Nasarawa State (Keana, Bakyano, Tudun Kauri, Ogapa Oto, Angwa Gwandara) PHCs GEOSCIENCES NIG LTD). Rehabilitation of Hand Pump borehole in B.A.D. Nasarawa State for Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority,2001.
He has been part of several committees and workshops and has also presented seminar papers and articles such as: Vision 2020 on groundwater development in Nigeria/UNICEF sponsored 2009; World Habitat Day Nasarawa State(Committee Member) 1999, World Bank Workshop on community based urban upgrading Abuja 1999, Technical Member, Nasarawa State Committee to look into work carried by Messer’s Daniyan Associate on Karu Housing Layout Phase II 1999, workshop on capacity building and sustainability (INAWASS 2001) in National water institute Kaduna, Zonal workshop on basic borehole maintenance in Akwanga. National workshop on borehole inventory in Abuja, isotope study in groundwater in Keffi, UNICEF workshop on basic borehole maintenance in Akwanga.
His publications include: The need for proper management of water project in Nasarawa State, Nigerian Newsday of 7-13 May 2001, Attend more to solid minerals (Nigerian Newsday of 14-20 May 2001, attention to urgent Business activity in Karu International Market (Nigerian Newsday of 24-30 September 2001). Natural way of reducing unemployment by elected officers in Nasarawa State (Nigerian Newsday of 4-10 June 2001). The need for creation of water and sanitation agency Lafia (Nigerian Newsday). The need of environmental impact assessment of Lafia (Nigerian Newsday) The need for creation of water and sanitation agency in Nasarawa State (Nigerian Newsday of July 30th-august 5th 2001), Solar powered boreholes limitations/disadvantages. The adverse effect caused by mining activities in Nasarawa State, springs as alternative water supply (Nigerian Newsday of 14-20 January 2002), The role of Geologists in nation building (Nigerian Newsday of 18-24 February 2002) and NAH Newsletter October 2004,
As a Chief Consultant (Hydro-Geology) to Concast Geological Nig. Ltd Lafia, he has handled many projects including MDGs-CGSs Drilling of 82Nos solar-powered boreholes in PHCS in Nasarawa State; MDGS-OSAP Quick-wins 4No Handpunp Boreholes, Nasarawa State; Health system development boreholes in Nasarawa State (World Bank), Nasarawa State University Water Scheme (Package Water); substantive UNICEF water supply contractor; drilling of 50No new hand pumps and rehabilitation of 40 Nos boreholes for Nasarawa State Government; drilling of 4 Nos Hand Pumps for MDGS/CGS in Benue State.
He is a member of several academic and professional bodies, He is a Fellow, Nigerian Association of Hydro Geologists (FNAH), registration Number -CH-2001-0382; Corporate Member, Nigerian Mining and Geo-sciences society (MNMGS), registration Number-CH-01-2063; Member, Council of Mining Engineers and Geo-scientists (COMEG) registration Number -(GEM 353) . He has attended NMGS and NAH conferences from 2000 till date. He has also attended many international conferences/congresses including IAH conference in Ontario, Canada and IGC in Brisbine, Australia .
Alhaji Ahmad Kana also had some Ad-hoc responsibilities, he was : Prefect, Central Primary School Nasarawa 1982; Vice President, debating and Dramatic Society, Government College, Keffi 1985; Hand Ball Captain, Government College Keffi 1987; hand Ball Captain, S.P.S. keffi 1988; Hand Ball Captain UNIJOS 1996; Vice President Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Student 1996; Pro NMGS, Nasarawa State Chapter 2001-2009; Chairman, Nasarawa State Hand Ball Association 2005; Council Member, Nigerian Association of Hydro Geologist(North) (2004-2006), Assistant Secretary General, Nigerian Association of Hydro Geologist (2006-date); Chairman N.M.G.S. Nasarawa State Chapter (2009-date); Chairman, Drillers Association of Nigeria; Nasarawa State Chapter (2009-date); Member, Vision 2020 on groundwater development in Nigeria/UNICEF sponsored 2009.
Alh. Ahmad Abubakar Kana has traveled far and near, he has visited some African Countries and Non-African Countries. He has been to Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, United Arab Emirate, England, Scotland, and Equatorial Guinea, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Canada, USA
He is happily married and the marriage is blessed with wonderful children. His hobbies are hand Ball, Badminton and Reading.
In Sports, Alhaji Kana has in his kitty, several Awards and Honours. In 1996, he won a Gold Medal, National Sports Festival (Benue) (Plateau Vipers), Under 18 hand Ball National Championship Silver Medal (Bauchi) (Plateau Vipers) 1986, Under 21 Hand Ball National Championship Silver Medal (Maiduguri) (Plateau Vipers) 1993, Division II hand Ball League Championship Silver Medal (Sokoto ) (Plateau Vipers) 1995, Malta Guinness Nigerian Division Hand Ball League Championships (Owerri) Plateau Vipers) 1998, University Games Bronze Medal (Kano)Hand Ball B.U.K. (UNIJOS) 1997;
In appreciation of his outstanding contributions towards nation building, he has been recognized with many meritorious awards including: PINAMA Awards (Most Outstanding Grassroots Developer in Nasarawa State) 2009; Fellow; Institute of Industrialist and Corporate Administrator, 2010; Man of the year Award 2010; Leaders of National Relevance Award 2011; Great African Patriotic Achievers Merit Award for Transparency and Accountability, 2011; Legacy of True Leadership Award 2011; Great Northern-Nigerian Achievers Gold Award for Development 2011, Africa Credibility Gold Award 2011;
Nigerian Merit Gold Award for Transparency and Accountability 2012.
He championed the formation of the NMGS and NAH in Nasarawa State. He also co-sponsored the hosting of NAH annual Conference in Lafia, 2011. He has also been recognized by the National Water Institute, Kaduna. In view of his numerous contributions to the development of Geology, national development and the Nigerian Association of Hydro Geologists, has been given the prestigious award of Fellow of Nigerian Association of Hydro Geologists(FNAH)