GOVERNOR ABDULLAHI UMAR GANDUJE PAID A COURTSEY CALL TO UNIVERSAL BASIC EDUCATION COMMISSION
His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kano State Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje paid a courtesy call to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Management on 26th July 2019. Governor Ganduje was accompanied by Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Hon. Ali Katchakau, Hon. Badamasi Yunusa Danbatta, Hon. Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, two former Speakers of the Kano State House of Assembly (KSHA), members of the KSHA and other delegates were part of his entourage.
The Governor who was in the Commission to appreciate the Management of UBEC for its commitment towards the development of the basic education sub-sector in the state, especially in the area of infrastructures and education for out-of-school children and also to share his administration plans for the sector.
The Governor outlined the following important plans the state has for the Basic education Sub-Sector:
- Available statistics have shown that Kano state has the highest number of out-of-school children and most of these children were from neighboring states and countries like Niger and Chad, the state intends to integrate Western Education into the Amajiri school curriculum. The Almajiri system allows free movement, so the state will be introducing legislation to restrict such movement.
- He said being the state with the most population in the country if the population is well managed will bring about economic development but if not properly managed such population could become a liability not just to Kano State, but to the country at large.
- The Governor also informed the Commission of its intention to modify its action plan earlier submitted to the Commission, whereby Story building will replace the bungalow style of school structure due to lack of space and his administration will also like to build a primary school for the internally displaced persons (IDP’s). The government of the state in collaboration with the Borno state government will be training and educating 100 children who lost their parents due to insurgency in Borno state to the University level.
- Management of the Commission was also informed that it will make girl child education free and compulsory, and any parents that refuse to send their wards to school will be prosecuted in a law court.
- Kano being a commercial center in Nigeria and some West African countries, receive Almajiri from all over the neighboring countries like Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger, etc. The introduction of volunteer teachers to assist in educating these Almajiri’s will be implemented.
- The Governor also informed the Management of the Commission that it is in the process of meeting with the Ulamas so as to allow the teaching of Mathematics and English Language in their Almajiri schools as the state will be employing volunteer’s teachers across the state due to its population to assist in the education of the Almajiri.
- He also reiterated the state's commitment and readiness to implement the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) across the state with a little adjustment to suit the peculiarities of the state.
He thanked the Commission sincerely for their efforts and assured them of the state readiness to partner with the Commission in ensuring that every child is educated.
The Executive Secretary in his remarks and response thanked the Executive Governor of Kano State for taking his time out of his busy scheduled to visit the Commission with his entourage and informed the Governor that the coming of BESDA, will provide a window to address the issue of out-of-school children, especially in Kano state.
The Executive Secretary informed the Kano delegates that after the conduct of the National Personnel Audit (NPA) across the country in 2018 the number of out of school children has reduced to about 10.3 million. And if Kano state with its large population can integrate the Almajiri system into western education many children will be back to school. He said the coming together of religious leaders, traditional leaders and parents will work in harmony to make the issue of out-of-school children's history, the Executive Secretary appreciated the governor and hopes the plan to bring at least 2.9 million children back to school will be a success in Kano State.