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Kano Gov stuns Nigerians, reveals that most Almajirai are foreigners

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Kano Gov stuns Nigerians, teveals that most Almajirai are foreigners



Kano State governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Monday stunned Nigerians with the revelation that most Quranic education school pupils, popularly referred to as “Almajiri” are from neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
The group who are pupils of school age recieving Islamic basic education are also known to be roaming the streets in Northern Nigeria begging for alms.
However, it would be recalled that same Governor Ganduje was among the Governors who deported almajerai back to their States of origin during the peak of the Coronavirus pandermic.
The deportation of the almajiri children in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic had cast more light in the dark. For the many years the almajiri system had existed, it had been perceived by many as constituting public nuisance. In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, where free movements had been banned and social distancing greatly promoted, the almajiri way of life was greatly threatened. Hundreds of almajiri children had been deported from across different states of the federation; in a bid to flatten the spread of the Coronavirus. In some cases, some of them had tested positive to COVID-19.

The new revelation indicated that they are foreigners from the Niger Republic, Chad, and Cameroun,” Ganduje said while declaring open, a 3-day retreat organised by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Kano.

The theme of the retreat is, ”Enhancing Basic Education in Nigeria towards a Robust Institutional Strengthening and Effective Stakeholder Engagement”.

“From the survey, we have conducted, most of the “Almajiri” roaming our streets are from Niger, Chad, and the northern part of Cameroun.

“Once you improve the quality of ‘Almajiri’ education system, you are inviting other ‘Almajiri’ from other places to come to your state. That is another problem.

“The northern governors are putting more pressure toward having a universal legislation that will limit the migration from one state to another,” he said.

He said that the retreat was “very vital and important, especially at this moment that the country is gradually coming out from the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected education in the country”.

According to Ganduje, the retreat is also important because it is coming at a time education has become the first victim of uncontrolled population, especially when it is not matched with appropriate economic development.

Ganduje disclosed that free and compulsory primary and secondary school education, as well as the transformation of the ”Almajiri” education system, were some of his major priorities in the education sector.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary, UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboye, had said that the retreat was aimed at providing an opportunity for the board and management to brainstorm, exchange ideas and strategies toward moving basic education forward.

He said that the board and management would review strategic priorities and propose workable changes in the institution’s structure to drive both medium and long-term goals of the commission.

“We will also re-assess the legal framework, service delivery model, share emerging developments and trends, including global best practices, for better performance.

“This retreat could not have come at a better time than now when Nigeria and, indeed, the entire world, is facing a common enemy – COVID-19.

“The pandemic is serving as an eye-opener for all stakeholders in basic education,” he said

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KGSG Tasks 19 Northern States On Sustenance Of Students’ Exchange Programme

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KGSG Tasks 19 Northern States On Sustenance Of Students’ Exchange Programme

By Ademu Seidu

The Kogi State Government has urged the Nineteen (19) Northern States to sustain the Students’ Exchange Programme (SEP) to ensure that the aim of its establishment are effectively achieved.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology Hon. Wemi Jones, FCIB, made the call at a three-Day Pre-Inspection Meeting of the Monitoring Inspectors of the Programme holding at the ministry’s Conference hall in Lokoja.

Jones said that the SEP among the 19 northern states had been in existence for ages and should be sustained by ensuring adequate security, better welfare for the students and quality teachers.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Pastor Emanuel Idenyi, Jones said Kogi was doing its best to see to the welfare and improvement of the academic performances of the students in the two schools in the state.

He stressed that the essence of the SEP was to foster unity and improve academic excellence amongst the States

The commissioner urged the participants to always take the issue of security seriously by building perimeter fencing around the schools as well as providing enough security for the schools and checking on them from time to time.

‘At the level of our state, we are trying our best to ensure that the right things are done. We have ensured we treated the students like our children and provide best teachers and welfare for them.

”I want to believe that other States are trying their best in doing the same too.

”We should try as much as possible to sustain the gesture; we met on ground and we must strive to keep the legacy and build on it”, he said.

He further urged the participants to observe COVID-19 protocols even though Kogi had been free of the virus.

Earlier, the Director, Kogi State Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs Sarah Agbaji, said the ministry would continue to support and encourage the programme because of its objectives and benefits

She urged the government to maintain the existing structure and facilities to enhance smooth running of the programme.

Agbaji noted that checking on the students unannounced by the Monitoring Inspectors from time to time and interacting with them would encourage discipline and academic excellence.

She thanked the Commissioner and the Permanent Secretary for being so supportive in ensuring that the aims and objectives of the exchange programme were achieved.

She further thanked the Commissioner for providing the enabling environment for them to operate.

Also speaking, the Chairperson, SEP Monitoring Inspection Unit, from Kaduna State, Hajiya Hannatu Gwani, appreciated Kogi State Government for hosting the nineteen northern states

She further urged the participants to be ICT compliant to ease their work and enable them compete favorably with their counterparts in the other parts of the world.

A participant from Nasarawa State, Alhaji Aliyu Yahaya, comended the government for their efforts, stressing the need for the schools to always send their students back to their respective States on time and avoid night journeys.

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Echocho lauds Ogbo’s giant strides after one year in office as rector Kogi Poly

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Echocho lauds Ogbo’s giant strides after one year in office as rector Kogi Poly

The Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Isah Jibrin (Echocho has joined all well meaning Kogi indegenes and Nigerians to commend the rector of Kogi State polytechnic, Dr. Usman Ogbo for the giant strides in taking the institution to the next level in just 365days.
In a statement the Senator personally signed which was made available to the NationalUpdate on Wednesday he stated,
“Today, Dr Usman Ogbo is one year in office as Rector Kogi state polytechnic Lokoja. One year in office is an opportunity for a proven Administrators and Colossus like Dr Ogbo to showcase his stewardship, which he has done with intensity in terms of infrastructural development and academic policies capable of repositioning the institution.

“You have demonstrated finnese on infrastructural improvement and enhancement of social amenities in the Polytechnic.

“You have touched critical sections of the school within the short time of your appointment. From giving the institution a face-lift by constructing of befitting entrance gate, to rehabilitation of shool’s clinic and renovation of hostels among others.
“Recently you displayed uncommon leadership by introducing ‘BAN ON-END-OF-EXAM CELEBRATION’ a ritual that had led to lost of lives of many students graduating.

“You have justified your appointment in all areas of performance. Nonetheless, I implore you to maintain this zeal and commitment which has fetched you these laudable achievement within this one year period. I prayed for Allah’s guidance and protection.
“It is on this note that I heartily congratulate you, on behalf of my family and the supportive people of Kogi East on the occasion of your one year in office.”

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Senator Oseni eulogizes Echocho as a prophet recognized at home

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Senator Oseni eulogizes Echocho as a prophet recognized at home

The  Senator representing Kogi Central Senatorial District Yakubu Oseni has  commended his colleague Sen Isah Jibrin(Echocho) of Kogi East for establishing a first class secondary school in his constituency that has been churning out quality citizens.
This was contained in a statement that was issued by his(Echocho) Special Adviser on Media & Publicity Prosper Elijah Salifu and was made availlable to the NationalUpdate in Abuja on Sunday.

According to the statement, the central Senator described the Kogi East counterpart as a prophet that is revered at home as against the usual adage that prophets are not recognised at home.
He said Senator Jibrin is a man with the midas touch, with a taste of quality in everything he sets his mind on doing hence he said Echocho is significantly celebrated in all spheres of life.

Oseni spoke at the Isah Memorial Islamic Academy (IMIA), during the 7th edition of its magazine launch and annual graduation ceremony for 2020 students.

He congratulated the graduating students and the school management for their tact in organising a qualitative and successful event.

Director Genwral of the National Productivity Center (NPC), in his remark disclosed that IMIA is one of the best pre-tertiary institutions in Nigeria, he applauded the Proprietor of the institution for his educational strides for Nigerian children.
He said Adding he was not surprised at the academic standard of the institution.
The DG however callled on parents across the country to bring their Ward to the Academy, as their academic and moral life will be well shaped, stressing that from all indication IMIA, had been tested overtime to be of International standard.

Professor S.D Musa of Prince Abubakar Audu University Anyigba, in his keynote address, reiterated the significance of proper parenting in accordance with Islamic teaching to be suitable to the societal norms.

The university don counselled parents to  keep their wards in check to curtail prevalent moral decadence in the society.

The Vice Chancellor of Prince Abubakar Audu University Anyigba, Prof. Marietu Tenuche,  expressed satisfaction with the structural facilities and academic standard of the institution given the performance of the students so far.

Tenuche promised to develope a synergy between Prince Abubakar Audu University Anyigba through the Interim Joint Matriculation Board of Isah Memorial Islamic Academy.

The Proprietor of the institution Senator Isah (Echocho) in his goodwill message, congratulated the graduating students and wished them well in their future academic pursuit.

The senator said, he was impressed by the large turn out of people from all works of life who graced the ocasion, as he wished all well in their personal endeavours.

Dignitaries at the event included, top government functionaries, traditional Rulers: Distinguished Senator Yakubu Oseni, Dr Kashim Akor DG NPC, Prof Marietu Tenuche VC PAAU, Hon Ahmed Attah Acting Zonal chairman (APC) Kogi East and SSA to the Governor, HRH. Alh. Akwu Obaje ,Ejeh Ofu, HRH.Alh Yahaya Salifu, the Atamodu of Odu among others.

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