Suleiman Yusuf Koore: From security guard at radio station to minister

Suleiman Yusuf Koore: From security guard at radio station to minister

- Suleiman Yusuf Koore, a government minister, has recalled how he started life as a security guard taking care of a radio station

- Coincidentally, as the Somali minister of information, his office now oversees the same radio station

The minister recalled that as a guard, he was never allowed into the office of the minister from where he now carries out his tasks

His was a case of when life smiles on a person. Suleiman Yusuf Koore started his journey to success as a security guard and he reveals this himself.

In many parts of Africa, being a security guard is seen as one area of life meant for the most downtrodden, those who either have lost hope or saw it as just an opportunity to live from hand to mouth.

Suleiman Yusuf Koore told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that he was a watchman at a radio station

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According to the report, the minister became a watchman at Radio Hargeisa, a government station in Somaliland in 1984.

Suleiman Yusuf Koore: From security guard at radio station to minister

Suleiman Yusuf Koore speaks about how he grew from being a security guard to a minister Credit: BBC
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The radio, it was learnt, is located inside the complex housing the ministry of information and communication, which he oversees as a minister.

He said as a security guard in the radio station, he was never allowed into the office that he currently uses as a minister.

He said his status as a security guard dis not permit him the opportunity to enter the office adding that at this period, he lived with his family and earned $12 (N4,386).

The amount he earns now as a minister is put at $2,000 (about N731,000) in addition to allowances that could reach $705 (about N257,677).

The report said the minister has spent 25 years in politics and had held various offices as a minister before he was deployed to the ministry of information in December 2019.

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While describing the ministry as his true home, he says the current position makes ‘great sense’ to him and has a special meaning in his life.

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Legit.ng had reported how Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, the current most senior judge at the Court of Appeal in Nigeria, spends her free time controlling traffic in Abuja, the capital of the nation.

At the time of the report, she was the second most senior at the appeal court, whose then president, Zainab Bulkachuwa, was preparing for retirement.

The 62-year-old senior judge does this voluntarily and during her free time.

She said she had been doing this for eight years after her son was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

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