Compiled by Mahi Alhassan  
The primary responsibilities of all media houses are tallying with the point of education, information and entertainment, in consequence, informing listeners for the Radio station, viewers for the Television station and readers for the Print media houses or to say audience in general, particularly younger generation the profile of a famous personalities is undeniably add up, and enough for them to emulate their virtues clearly as a role of model.
Underneath is the brief biography of one of the famous personalities as we vowed to make you conversant with various domiciles, today we are in Gwandu local government area of Kebbi state to hear the summary of Sarkin Kudun Masama ‘A golden fish has no hidden place and its being fished by every fishermen’ read like that:
Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu Gwandu Sarkin Kudun Masama who is the current district head of Masama is the second child born to late Sarkin Kudun Dakingari, Malam Aliyu Gurdo. He was born on 7th of December 1942.  His father and mother were both decedents of Ibrahim Haliru’s house the third Emir of Gwandu.
Alhaji Abubakar Gwandu had his mandatory Islamic and Qur’anic education as it’s usual at a very early age. Further to his pursuit of his western type of education, he was enrolled in elementary school in Birnin Kebbi in 1951. He was in Kalgo, Jega and later in Nasarawa area of Birnin Kebbi where he completed his elementary education.
He attended Birnin Kebbi middle school from 1955 to 1957. Between the years 1958-1963 he attended the then provincial secondary school (now Nagara college) in Sokoto, where he graduated with school leaving certificate (ordinary level). As forest assistant in raining, he attended the then federal ministry of forestry (now fed earl college of forestry, Ibadan) from 1964-1966 where he obtained national diploma in forestry.   After two years on the field and in a bid to sharpen his professional skills he was sent to the prestigious Indian forest college in Dehradun (a graduate school) in 1968, from here he obtained a post graduate diploma 1970. Having proven his mantle as a practicing professional, he was soon to attend a number of courses and workshops in order to enhance his professional managerial capabilities, these include:  
A. Joint Australian and New Zealand international training in forestry in 1973. Certificate awarded.
B. Workshop on fire protection, organized by the federal department of forestry in 1979
C. Course in public administration at Ahmad Bello University Zaria in which he obtained post graduate diploma in 1985.
D. A course in accounting and finance at the agricultural and rural management training institute (ARMTI) Ilorin in 1990.
E. World Balk sponsored training in the management of agricultural and rural development at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom in which he obtained a post graduate diploma in 1987.
F. He led a team of senior forest officers from a forestation program states on a study tour of India in 1988. It was also sponsored by World Bank.
In all of these Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu Gwandu stood out and his contributions were always taken in high esteem. Upon graduation from secondary school in 1963, he was immediately observed into the civil service of the then northern regional governments forest assistant in training. After a brief stay in provincial forest office in Sokoto, he proceeded for formal training at the school of forestry, Ibadan from 1964-1966. At graduation from Ibadan he was posted to the provincial forest office Zaria in 1966. Within three months, he endeared himself to his British boss called Mr. Heartdike who handed over to him the running of the office including the control and administration of the office impress. Mr. Heartdike took the decision because he saw in A.A Gwandu a high degree of honesty and hard work. He was always able accomplish tasks before the stipulated time and at half the cost, at kabana forest reserve and Mairabo palpitations. Upon the directive of a superior officer from the headquarters in Kaduna he was transferred to Nimbia forest reserve to participate in establishment of plantations in the largest single forestry in northern Nigeria in 1967. He was thus, amongst the first generation of forest officers to work at the largest teak and Gmelina plantations in the northern region then. He indeed supervised the construction of the forest camp at Unguwan Mailafiya which housed the project staff. The forest camp is still standing today. He was deployed to his home state, (north western state) at state creation in 1968 upon return from India in 1970, he was promoted to forest superintendent and posted to Minna and worked at the sawmill.    
Furthermore, he was promoted to the rank of assistant conservator of forest II and divisional forest officer in Kwantagora. Within the period of 1972-1975, he established plantations in kwantagora and Udara. Relics of these plantations can be seen till date. He was also within the period transferred to Bida divisional office where he took charge of federal government sponsored pulpwood plantation project along Bida-Makwa road. A substantial portion of the plantation is still standing. He earned his promotion to the assistant conservator of forest - 1 in 1975 and was transferred to Sokoto as divisional forest officer. He established the famous Sangiwa Gmelina and Acacia plantations.
Other achievements while in Sokoto as D.F.O include; Amenity planting of Usman Faruk secretariat to Yauri road and Gwuiwa to Sama roads. Another notable project as D.F.O is the shelterbelts planting between Mamman -Suka and Gada through Illela which are still a sight to behold. In 1977, he opened up Balle and established the first set of shelterbelts there. Today Balle is the headquarters of Gudu local government area and the forest camp built by A.A Gwandu served as the makeshift secretariat there.
Alhaji Abubalar Aliyu Gwandu was promoted to rank of assistant chief conservator of forest and was appointed the state secretariat of the federal government sponsored arid zone a forestation programme, the position he held until 1984. He presented the best reports at the national meetings of the progaramme which include the best manage nurseries, best quality seedlings and the best established woodlots under programme. In 1986, he appointed project manager Sokoto state Afforestaion programme which was started in 1985. Upon assumption of office he turned the fortunes of the programme, he opened additional sites at Bachaka, Balle and Kurdulla and improved on inherited sites at Faru, Sokoto international airport and Usman Danfodio University Sokoto. He commenced stabilization work of Gidan Kaura Sand dune in 1986, a place hitherto neglected under the state Afforestation programme and continued with the project under the World Bank forestry II project. The feat performed by Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu Gwandu during the execution of this programme and indeed past achievements earned him an accelerated promotion. He was elevated from grade level 14 to level 16. He was appointed state project coordinator of the old Bank forestry II project in 1988 on merit, the post he held until 1999, when he finally retired from service. During the period he saw to establishment of shelterbelt across Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, these include; Bodinga/Sifawa, Kainuwa and Gwadabawain Sokoto state, amore, Gwabare and Gotomo, Asarara, Dagere and Alwasa in Kebbi state and Kauran-namoda/ Zurmi in Zamfara State. He also opened and operated new forest nurseries at Kauran-namoda, Kainuwa, Bodinga, Argungu, Bunza, Bandam, Tungan-giwa, Yauri and Zuru in that material time. He surpassed all ascribed targets of the project components and returned the sum of S1m as unspent balance in 1996.
Alhaji A.A Gwandu has contributed his bit in intellectual discuss at various times from his wealth of experience. He has presented fourteen (14) different papers at different fora and occasions, centering on desertification (its menace and control) forest revenue and poverty alleviation through tree planting. Other papers include; community approach towards halting dissertation in the Arid zone of Nigeria, “Does it have a fortune?”, striking a balance between plant exploitation and conservation of biodiversity and “private sector participation in forestry in Nigeria: etc.
  
Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu Gwandu”s meritorious service has earned him not only verbal and written communication but certificates of recognition and titles.  These include; (a) letter of commendation from Africa Pauloma, Silviculture and environmental conservation institute (APSEC) base in Tema Ghana, in which they commended his single handily effort to grow root cuttings, without capacity to provide specialist horticultural care and financial support. This was communicated through a letter dated august 26th 2014. (b) Earlier, in a letter dated 17th October 2013, the forestry association of Nigeria recognized his sustained commitment to the forestry profession and honoured him with r the “DISTINGUISHED PORESTER”   award on the 7th of November 2013. (c) in a congratulatory letter by Kebbi state sure trust fund with regard to (b) above, it says in paragraph 2 of the letter, I quote, “This is an eloquent testimony for your long advocacy towards preserving our natural environment for development and it also serves as a vindication to the utmost confidence the trust fund had on your capacity which informed its earlier decision in appointing you as the sole consultant for the 2013 Afforestation programme in the state.                   
Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu Gwandu is an epitome of hard work and honesty. He is also an untiring advocate of his culture and Islamic traditions which includes respect for elders and leaders. This endeared him to the then emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Al-Mustapha Haruna Jakolo and the Gwandu emirate council to honoured him with the traditional title of “Bumin Gwandu” in1999. In 2002, when additional districts were carved out in Gwandu emirate, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu Gwandu got the honour and privileged to be turbaned the first district head of Masama when he took the tittle of ‘Sarkin Kudun Masama’, in honour and remembrance of his father’s title ‘Sarkin Kudun Dakingari’.
Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu Gwandu is an achiever as far as forestry matters are concern. The most memorable of his achievement is the stabilization of the sand dune at Gidan Kaura in Gada local government area of Sokoto State, the project attracted the visit by a sitting president of Nigeria in 1988. In his comment during the visit, president Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida said “Whoever traverse his rough terrain to reach this hinterland to perform this feat deserves more than his current salary” at this point the then governor of Sokoto sate, col. Ahmad Daku, directed that A.A Gwandu be elevated to G.L 16 from G.L 14 when the terminal point for professional officers was G.L 15. The project was variously visited by president of the World Bank and eight directors of the World Bank, European military attachés and many more dignitaries. In the days of the World Bank forestry II project, he initiated and administered the first hitch free monetary incentive for tree planting which was very successful. Thirteen years into the retirement life, he was appointed the “sole consultant” of the Afforestation programme of Kebbi state sure trust fund in 2013. He reviewed the initial estimate presented for road side planting and saved the sum of two hundred and fifty million naira for the state government. At the end of the 2013 planting season at a total of 84km of shelterbelts (12km) and road side planting (72km) were planted at 4km in each local government area of Kebbi state.
The name A.A Gwandu is a household name in forestry circle in Nigeria. If you have not met him, you must have heard his name or have seen his project or writing in all the places he worked. At about the age of 76, he is still agile enough to several hours of meeting and undertakes field trips at local and international levels such as the one he undertook to Ghana and Barkina- Faso in 2013/2014, which saw to his emergence as the chairman of mango growers and marketer association of Nigeria, Kebbi state chapter recently.
However, he is practicing Muslim and a firm believer in the truth. He is firm but fair. He is principled, straight forward and honest. He has tremendous respect for constituted authority and any lover of the truth. As a civil servant, he as too official to the dislike of shylock contractors, unserious and dubious civil servants.
He is married with children, Sarkin Kuduun Masama, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu Gwandu, simply referred to as A.A Gwandu enjoys reading, adventure (in forestry matters) and advancement of humanity.