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World Bank to support integration of 53 ‘Almajiri’ schools into basic system in Katsina state—official

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No fewer than 53 ‘Almajiri’ Schools in Katsina State have been identified for integration into basic education system project supported by the World Bank.

The World Bank Senior Education Specialist, Thanh Mai, made the disclosure when she paid a courtesy visit on Gov. Aminu Masari on Friday in Katsina.

She said that the schools would cover a total of 26,000 children for the programme in the state.

Mai urged the state government to send 1,000 teachers and facilitators to the centers as soon as the project is launched.

She said that the facilitators would assist the children to learn basic literacy and numeracy in the identified and designated centers.

According to her, there were about 40,000 children in the state who dropped out of schools that needed to be brought back to the system.

She assured that when the state government commence implementation of the project, World Bank will provide additional resources to the State.

“If the state can implement this, we will bring more resources in addition to the $6 million that you have earned,” she said.

The Education Specialist added that there is another project focussing on girl-child education.

Mai revealed that the project tagged “Adolescent Girls Project” will cover 10 million girls.

She said that under the project, the girls would be given many learning opportunities.

In his remarks, Gov Masari said that his administration had accorded top priority to education sector since inception because ‘it is education that will make the state great’.

He said expressed happiness over the number of ‘Almajiri’ Centers that had been identified for the project.

“We will do it because it is our responsibility, the system will be transformed in such a way that it will not have conflict with the basic education system,” he said.

Masari further said that the government would re-engage retired educationists as facilitators and teachers to contribute to the project.

He noted that illiteracy is the cause of criminal acts.

“Kidnappers, bandits and most of criminals are illiterate of both Western and Islamic education.

“And without education, there will be extreme poverty and it is what pushes people into criminal activities,” he said.

Edited by Tukur Muntari.

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Bingham varsity commences post-graduate programme in communication

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The Mass Communication Department of Bingham University, Nasarawa State, says it is set to commence a Post-Graduate programme in Digital and Media Communication.

Dr. S. A. Shaibu, the Head of the Department, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Shaibu said that the programme had since been approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The Don said that the course would provide tool-kits in the area of teaching, research and critical thinking in media space.

The objective of the programme is to deepen the training of skilled manpower for educational institutions and professional media organisations.

It will also enable graduates acquire special entrepreneurial skills in digital media operations,” he added.

The university, which is located in Karu, 25 kilometres from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), was established in 2005 by the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA).

It is one of the six private universities in the north and the only one established by a Christian organisation.

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Nasarawa to provide schools with water, sanitation facilities

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Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state, has stated his government’s resolve to provide potable water and sanitation facilities in public schools in the state.

Sule stated this on Wednesday in Lafia and Doma local government areas while inaugurating newly built classroom blocks.

News Agency Agency of Nigeria reports that the classroom blocks were built in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programme.

He said the projects were part of the state government’s commitment towards boosting access to education and healthcare delivery in the state.

We have also started building classroom blocks in other local government areas of the state. It’s our overall intention to make the learning environment conducive and to uplift the standard of education,” he said.

Sule said the classroom blocks were among the 44 projects under the 2018 SDGs programme.

According to him, the focus of the project is to ensure access to education, health, water, sanitation and renewable energy.

The governor directed all ministries, departments and agencies to key into the SDG framework in the interest of the people.

Also speaking, Hajia Jimaita Sabo, Commissioner for Education, said the projects showed that the current administration was not paying lip service to the issue of governance.

By making the environment more learning-friendly, knowledge will increase and development will be recorded.

“Education is the bedrock upon which society’s well-being is anchored. This is our reason for investing in education,” she said.

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Education, powerful tool for driving growth,  human devt.–Oyebode

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 Mr Gbenga  Oyebode, the Chairman of an Abuja-based law firm, says education remains the only powerful tool  for driving economic growth and human development.

Oyebode said this while speaking as guest lecturer at the 44th Convocation Ceremony of the Obafemi Awolowo University,  Ile-Ife,  on Wednesday.

His lecture was entitled: “Education : The Key to Unlocking Nigeria’s Human Capital.”

According to Oyebode, education is the panacea to transforming society,  ending poverty,  fostering peace, eradicating diseases and reducing climate change.

He said the success of the country depended on the progress in education, adding that   “meeting our collective aspirations as a nation will require a complete overhaul in education.”

Oyebode said learning outcomes from the country’s education system were low and far from what was required for Nigeria to achieve its productive potential as the giant of Africa.

According to him, without qualitative education, children are faced with the prospects of becoming disenfranchised, radicalised and lured into illegal activity which would have adverse socio-economic consequences.

He said that the current structure of education had failed Nigerian children, noting that “even after 16 years of education, many Nigerian youths are unemployable.”

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CJN advocates teaching of Sharia law in Arabic language

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Justice Ibrahim Tanko-Muhammad, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) on Wednesday advocated for teaching of Sharia law in Nigerian universities in Arabic language.

He made the remark while declaring open the 20th Annual Judges Conference held at the Faculty of Law Moot Court, Kongo Campus of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the two-day conference was organised by the Centre for Islamic Legal Studies (CILS), ABU in collaboration with National Judicial Institute (NJI) Abuja.

NAN also reports that the theme of the conference is: “Documentation of Contracts in Islamic Law: Procedure, Sample Precedents and Practice.”

The CJN, who was represented by Justice Muhammad Danjuma, Grand Khadi of Niger State, said the call became imperative in view of the importance of Arabic to Sharia legal system.

The Sharia law should be taught in Arabic instead of English, there is no university in Nigeria that runs Sharia in Arabic, they all teach Sharia in English.

So, academicians let’s also look into this issue, let’s try something, let’s have a Faculty of Sharia.

Tanko-Muhammad blamed Muslims for their lukewarm attitude towards moving the Sharia forward in Nigeria, advising that there should for a change of attitude to propel Sharia to certain level of advancement.

He recalled that since the issue of Sharia was introduced in Nigeria, there was no meaningful progress up to today, saying that “while others are moving, the Shari is not moving in this country.

As we all know that there are sections of the constitution that allow the implementation of Sharia personal law and apart from that, we cannot do more than that.

He said there was a section of the constitution that says: “Not less than three of Judges of the Court of Appeal should be learned with Sharia, as at that time the number of Justices of the Court of Appeal was limited.

It comes to a time where the number of Justices of Court of Appeal was increased, but the number of Justices to be learned in Sharia is still limited to not less than three.

We should have fight, because Muslims are there when they increased the number of the Justices, we say ok, since the number of Justices has been increased, we should also increase our number to be not less than 10 or five,” he advised.

This, according to him, will enable those Justices with Sharia background attend to issues that have to do with Islamic law.

In his speech, the Vice-Chancellor, ABU, Prof. Ibrahim Garba lauded the collaboration between CILS and NJI for providing a platform for a national discuss on core issues in Islamic jurisprudence.

Garba, who was represented by the Dean, ABU School of Postgraduate Studies, Prof. Sani Abdullahi, assured the organisers that the management of the university identifies with the philosophy and objectives of the Annual Judges Conference and had fully thrown its weight behind it.

He said the university decided to do so largely due to its far reaching significance for both the development of Islamic Legal Education as well as National Development.

A university without public discuss or an avenue to discuss research findings or critical problems confronting society is not worth its name,” he argued.

Eaarlier, the Director, CILS, Prof. Muhammad Bello-Uthman said the main objective behind the conference was for the development of Sharia.

He recalled that in the last 20 years of organising the conference it had handled several areas of interest to Sharia including Islamic Criminal Justice, procedural matters, marriage and divorce, issues relating to children and recently Islamic financial legislation.

The centre has found that there is a gap in the existing financial legislation in this country, and that several Non-Interest Financial Institutions (NIFIs) do not actually possess the documentary wherewithal required to compete with many of the advanced Non Interest Financial jurisdictions around the world.

In the light of this, we resolved to do some work on this in order to fill in the gap that exists. To achieve this, we need to generate the mandate of jurists, hence the selection of this conference theme,” he noted.

NAN reports that the conference attracted participants such as Grand Khadis from different states of Northern Nigeria, Sharia Court Judges, academics and lawyers.

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50 UNN lecturers to withdraw their IPPIS enrollment — ASUU Chairman

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At least 50 of the 153 members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Nigeria, Nsukka chapter, that enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in the institution were set to withdraw, an official has said.

Mr Christian Opata, the Chairman of the chapter, disclosed this in Nsukka on Wednesday while briefing newsmen shortly after UNN-ASUU congress convened to brief members on the outcome of the National Executives Council (NEC) meeting held recently in Minna, the Niger capital.

He said that of the 153 enrollees, at least 50 indicated interest to withdraw from the system, since they registered out of misinformation.

He said: “In this congress, I briefed members on NEC’s last meeting in Minna, where ASUU leadership insisted that IPPIS is illegal and a complete violation of university autonomy and agreement between government and ASUU.

“During this congress, 50 lecturers, who have wrongly enrolled said they will withdraw their enrollment in IPPIS immediately.”

The chairman said the congress agreed to publish the names of all the 153 lecturers, who enrolled in IPPIS in UNN-ASUU notice board so that members will know them.

“ASUU-UNN will issue queries to these defaulting members as well as forward their names to national body for appropriate sanction.

“This is because ASUU national body said from the beginning that IPPIS enrollment is a complete violation of university autonomy and illegal,” Opata said.

The ASUU boss said that the union was not bothered about Federal Government’s threat of “no work no pay”, adding that ASUU was used to government’s threats.

“If government makes good its threat that academic staff that did not enroll will not receive salary, ASUU has no option than to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike.

“ASUU has told government that if it wants its members to enroll in IPPIS, government should first amend the law creating public universities that granted them autonomy.

“ASUU is waiting on government’s final decision on IPPIS enrollment in public universities before the union will take its own final decision,” Opata said.

(Edited by: Sam Oditah)
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