Achiever’s Corner: Business magnate, industrialist, philanthropist, Usman Yahaya Kansila

Usman Yahaya Kansila

By Khadijah Sulieman

A business mogul and an industrialist, Alhaji Usman Yahaya Kansila was born fifty-three years ago, specifically on October 13, 1968.

He is an established industrialist, construction magnate and a philanthropist. After his Primary and Secondary education at Mayanka Primary School and Government Commercial Secondary School both in Kano.

He attended Kano Polytechnic for his tertiary education. He bagged both an Ordinary National Diploma & Higher National Diploma in Accountancy.

After a stint of eight years in the Kano State Civil Service at the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, UYK as he is fondly called went into private business.

He established UYK Nigeria Limited in 1996 as an engineering & trading Company. The firm has been waxing from strength to strength since then; for over 23 years it has concentrated its services in engineering construction; procurement of specialized equipment such as firefighting and laboratory equipment.

True to the mission of its founder, UYK Nigeria Limited strive to provide exceptional and unparalleled service to its clients. Its adaptive capability allows it to match client needs with service delivery. As an indigenous company it strives to empower Nigerians through a very robust mentoring program; providing competitive employment opportunities and internationally certified professional training program to both staff and professional partners.

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Due to the unique leadership style of Alhaji Usman Yahaya Kansila; UYK Nigeria Limited was transformed into a billion-naira business within two decades; today it manages over 200 projects and executes many more.

Alhaji Usman Yahaya Kansila

Among the landmark projects of the firm is the Bayero University Kano Senate Building; the Faculty of Natural Science at Sule Lamido University Kafin Hausa-Jigawa State; Faculty of Management Sciences- Usman Danfodio University Sokoto; ASUU 300 rooms guest chalet ASUU Secretariat Abuja , Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Faculty of Agriculture, Iwollo, Enugu State Polytechnic, Faculty of Humanities- Rivers State University, include Faculty of Engineering and Federal Polytechnic Damaturu- Yobe State amongst others.

These projects and many more were executed by indigenous professionals from all the thirty- six states of the Federation. In essence, just like the founder of the business this company reflects the true diverse nature of Nigeria.

It is also an equal opportunity employer that encourage women and those with special needs to be competitive in the work place. In addition, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the business have intervened in various aspects of the Nigerian social life; especially in the educational sector.

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Also known as Yahaya Kansila Foundation, indigent students continue to be sponsored for higher education. One of the noble programs of the Foundation is the continuous sponsorship of Nigerians from all creeds to attain  accountancy proficiency through the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN)- Kano/ Jigawa District Society.

Alhaji Usman Yahaya Kansila addressing a meeting.

Currently the Foundation is building a Private Hostel at Bayero University Kano. The proceeds from running the hostel will be dedicated to supporting indigent students at the university.

This has been institutionalized by establishing the modus operandi and trustees who will be jointly responsible for ensuring that the vision of the Foundation in the project are carried out to the latter. These and many more laudable social projects are being carried out in all communities where UYK has carried out a commercial project. Alhaji Usman Yahaya Kansila has investments across many other sectors of the economy and continue to support the Nigerian Federal Government in its bid to diversify the economy away from oil and gas.

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As an environmentally conscious Nigerian, he continuously ensures that all his commercial projects have a neutral carbon effect. Apart from generating jobs in these sectors, Alhaji Usman ensures the appropriate revenues are remitted to Government at all levels. The export arm of Alhaji Usman’s business brings in a lot of income to both the Government and indigenous communities across the country.

He is an advocate of social inclusion and have supported many families by providing access to healthcare, education, clean energy and clean water.

The manner of delivery is however very unique- a systematic and sustainable platform that will ensure continuous delivery. This is a representation of the unique qualities of Usman Yahaya Kansila- hard work and selfless service to the people. The unique touch of Alhaji Usman for all those that come across him is summarized thus: “giving to others without expecting anything in return”

To attest to the service to humanity of this amiable Business magnate and philanthropist par excellence, the Senate of Michael Okpara university of Agriculture, Abia State has approved a honorary degree to Alhaji Usman Yahaya Kansila at the forthcoming 10th convocation on November 27th, 2021.

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