Governor Babagana Umara Zulum on Wednesday inaugurated a 14-Member Committee to develop an action plan for reformation of Tsangaya (almajiri), a system of traditional Islamic education in Borno State.
The committee had Khalifa Aliyu Ahmad Abdulfatahi, a famous cleric and leader chairs Zulum’s reform committee. Sheikh Abdulfatahi’s vast majority of followers include operators, teachers and students of numerous tsangaya schools, describing their consideration as squared peg in squared hole.
Borno, given its more than 1,000 years of scholarly Islamic history, is amongst northern Nigerian states with the highest number of ‘tsangaya’ young pupils and adult students under diverse clerics particularly in Maiduguri, and other parts of the state.
Reforming the ‘tsangaya’ system of education is key component of a 25-year Development Plan his administration came up with, which was launched last Saturday with strategies for immediate, medium and long term transformational goals, Zulum said during the inauguration.
The Governor informed the 14-member committee that their task is to generate and provide statistical information on number of ‘Tsangaya’ schools and their locations; comprehensive data on students enrollment and number of teachers in each of the schools. The committee will also trace and identify statuses of the schools in relation to capacity to accommodate, feed, cloth and cater for the medical well being of students, particularly children.
Zulum said findings by the committee are expected to include far reaching recommendation on how effective measures can be applied to end decades of street begging and the abuse of children regarded as ‘almajiris’ mostly roaming. Such measures, the governor noted, would require the sensitization and mobilization of all stakeholders to key into the reforms.
The Governor charged, that the recommendation should have short, medium and long term framework on that will lead to standardization of tsangaya schools with improved curricular.
Zulum directed the committee to liaise with the State’s Ministry of Education in the discharge of it’s responsibilities and while the committee has 30 days to submit it report.
Khalifa Aliyu Ahmad Abdulfathi, on behalf of his 13 other members, thanked governor for the Zulum for trusting them with task and promised they will not disappoint government and people of Borno in the discharge of their assignment.
The committee include notable Islamic scholars: Sheikh Muhammad Mustapha, Sheikh Tijjani Umara, Prof. Abdu-Kareem Ishaq, Dr Abba Bashir, Prof. Yakubu Yunusa, Goni Kolo, Goni Lawan and Hassan Abdullahi, while the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Education, Alhaji Ali kaka, serves as the committee’s secretary.
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Zulum Commissions 50 Housing Units For UNIMAID To Addresses Shelter Needs Of The Junior Staff
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum on Friday commissioned 50 housing units constructed by Borno State Government to address shelter needs of junior staff at the University of Maiduguri.
The project which started in December 2019 was part of the Governor Zulum’s intervention to UNIMAID whose major beneficiaries are indigenes of Borno State.
The project is the second housing intervention for UNIMAID. Zulum had in December last year, delivered 20 units of 2 bedroom bungalows for senior staff of the same UNIMAID.
At Friday’s brief ceremony in the University, Zulum also approved finical support to staff affected by the ongoing IPPIS enrollment of the University staffs across the country.
Governor Zulum directed the Secretary to the State Government to liase with Borno state Microfinance Bank and come up with a scheme under which junior academic and non academic staffs owned their personal houses.
The Governor also directed the reconstruction of the faculty of engineering of the University, he also directed for the procurement of the needed facilities to the department of civil engineering whose accreditation have been suspended due to inadequate teaching and learning facilities.
Zulum also directed the secretary to the state government to capture in 2021 budget a provision to train academic and non academic staffs of UNIMAID both within and outside the country.
Meanwhile, Governor Zulum has urged the ASSU to consider Borno’s peculiar situation. Noting that the state has gone through enough challenges to face yet another lingering strike.
Earlier, the vice chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Prof. Aliyu Shugaba commended Governor Babagana Umara Zulum for the kind gesture.
The Vice Chancellor said, Zulum’s intervention came at a time when the University is faced with serious challenges of housing accommodation.
Maikaya Committed To Education As A Right For Nigerian Child.
Yahaya Idris, Nasarawa.
The Maikaya Development Foundation said it is committed to providing education as a right for all and therefore prepared to ensure its success at the primary and secondary school levels.
Founder and chairman Maikaya Development Foundation, Alhaji Musa Muhammed Maikaya, (Ciroman Toto), raised the hope of the Nigerian child”s right to education recently, when he flagged off the distribution of learns materials to some schools in Nasarawa state.
The Chief Executive Officer of the foundation has promised to give the necessary support to any individuals and organisations that may want to add their quota to the education sector.
According to Maikaya, who was represented at the occasion by Comr. Shuaibu Sani, Chief Operation Officer and National Speaker Youth Assembly of Nigeria (YAN) says free learning materials and meals were being provided for the learners as support and appreciation of the efforts of the state government in ensuring conducive learning situation.
Maikaya, who said that the Educational (Intervention) programme was put in place to support the less privileged Nigerian students, believes that provision of free learning materials will help to bridge the wide gap between the children of the rich and the poor.
The Foundation has impacted positively on the lives of the people especially the less privileged students, scholarships, medical and health care, other challenges and other pressing demands.
Speaking on behalf of the parents, Mrs. Jamila Abdull and Mrs. Patient Audu expressed their gratitude to the Maikaya Development Foundation for the provision of learning/teaching materials for their children.
Recalled that Maikaya has extended similar gestures to women, youths and other stakeholders in the society where he gave out some fund to start up businesses of their choice.
Maikaya is a former Governorship aspirant in Nasarawa State, hails from Toto Local Government Area of the State.
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