The North west zonal office of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said it would support the Federal Government in controlling the menace of street begging and the Almajiri system of Islamic education in the country.
The zonal Organising Secretary of the party, Alhaji Abdulmanaf Muhammad, made the declaration during the party’s stakeholders meeting held in Daura on yesterday.
He said the Almajiri system which was aimed at providing Islamic education, has been bastardised by some section of the society through child neglect, labour and servitude.
He described the present trend of the Almajiri system as a process of wasting the talents of children and denying them the opportunity to seek for proper Islamic and western education.
He noted that the Almajiris have been confined to very harsh conditions of degradation, deprivation and unnecessary exploitation, as their teachers and families sometimes relied on them to survive.
Muhammad added that the practice also jeopardises the peace and tranquility of the nation through infiltration of illegal immigrants in the name of seeking for Islamic education.
He noted that the traditional Almajiri system also served as breeding ground for miscreants and other undesirable elements who camouflaged to cause havoc in the society, stressing that the dreaded Boko Haram was a product of the system.
According to him, most of the children under the system are being exposed to dangerous foreign ideas that are inimical to the socioeconomic development of the nation.
The APC zonal organising secretary said most of the teachers could not read or interpret Islamic injunctions properly and only use the system as their means of livelihood, instead of imparting the right and appropriate Islamic education to the Almajiris as done in other countries operating similar system of education.
He therefore called on parents to imbibe the civilised culture of enrolling their children in modern Islamic schools close to them to enable the children acquire proper Islamic and western education.
Muhammad said that the party would unconditionally rally round the federal and state governments, as well as traditional rulers to ensure reform of the system away from the present level of servitude and exploitation of children.
The organizing secretary appreciated the efforts being made by Governor Aminu Masari to enact a law to control the Almajiri system in Katsina state.
He regretted that the Almajiri system has brought negative stereotyping of the Hausa/Fulani as lazy, who beg for alms to survive.
Muhammad lauded the Buhari administration for its willingness to control and modernise the Almajiri system of education in line with present realities.
ASUU Strike: FG Reverses it Decision To Re-open Varsities.
By Evelyn Terseer – Abuja
The Federal Government has withdrew its circular which directed vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors and governing councils to re-open Federal Universities.
Daily Asset reported earlier that a circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 was addressed to all vice-chancellors; Pro-Chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities ordering them to re-open universities.
But in another circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136 which was also signed by the Director, finance and account of the NUC, Sam Onazi, the commission withdrew the order.
Though it did not explain why.
The letter tagged, “withdrawal of circular NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 dated 23rd September 2022” partly reads, “ I have been directed to withdraw the National Universities Commission (NUC) Circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135, and dated 23″ September 2022 on the above
“Consequently, the said Circular stands
withdrawn. All Pro-Chancellors and Chairmen of Governing Councils, as well as Vice-Chancellors of Federal Universities are to please note. Further development and information would be communicated to all relevant stakeholders.
“Please accept the assurances of the Executive Secretary’s warmest regards”.
FG Commences Activities to Commemorate 2022 World Teachers Day.
By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja.
The Federal Government has commenced activities to Commemorate the 2022 World Teachers Day.
The theme for the year 2022 WTD which is “The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers” strongly stresses the importance of empowering teachers for the effective transformation of education to ensure quality teaching and learning as well as galvanise technological advancements to meet the ever changing needs for national growth and development.
According Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Ministry of Education started this year’s preparation with a call for nomination instruments, attached therein, to State Ministries of Education and Federal Unity Colleges nationwide for the objective selection of meritorious nominees.
He added that the champions so selected would then compete for National Best School, Best Teacher and Best School Administrator in the Public, Private and Federal Unity Colleges categories.
The Minister further stated that the national implementation of the New National Teaching Policy has commenced.
”It is a holistic package that will ultimately address the career path, remuneration, professional teaching standards, qualification, deployment and management of teachers”.
Speaking at the conference, the National President of Nigerian Union of Teachers appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the “Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill”which provides for retirement of teachers on attainment of 65 years or 40 years of pensionable service.
ASUU: Speaker Calls for Prayer
Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has urged students and all Nigerians to pray for an end to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The speaker made the call on Tuesday shortly after recieved an award of Excellence as ”Speaker of the Year” 2022 from the National Association of University Students (NAUS).
He said that the call for prayer toward the end of the strike was in the best interest of the education sector and overall development of the country.
Abdullahi, who promised to provide purposeful leadership, said that the award would spur him to initiate bills and enact laws and pass resolutions for the development of the state and the country at large.
” I am pleased and honoured with this award; I am indeed very happy because this award will spur me to do more in terms of law making, passing meaningful resolutions and providing purposeful leadership at all times.
” I don’t know that my activities in the assmebly is being monitored by Nigerian students.
“My successes in the assemby are as a result of the maximum support and cooperation given to me by my colleagues in the assembly.
“We will continue to do our best toward changing the lives of our people and other Nigerians for the better,” he said.
The speaker noted that the assembly was doing all within its powers to ensure that the state university chapter of ASUU pulls out of the national strike and resume academic activities.
“We are friends of Nigeria students at our levels and we are doing our best to ensure that ASUU of our state university pulls out of the strike and resume academic activities.
“We have engaged the state government, ASUU officials and management of the university to ensure that the strike is suspended.
“The ongoing nationwide strike has affected and still affecting the lives of our children, especially the students negatively because an idle mind they say is the devil’s workshop.
”We sympathise with the students, because what is happening is called for all hands to be on deck to ensure that the strike come to an end,” he said.
The speaker, who assured the students of his support at all times, urged them to be hard working and take their studies seriously and desist from all forms of social vice to excel in life.
Earlier, Mr Abraham Mohammed, NAUS Deputy National President and Mr Taiwo Oluwasegun, its National Publicity Secretary, who spoke separately, said that the association awarded the speaker due to his stirling leadership.
Mohammed said, “we are here to identify with you and to award you as the best Speaker of the Year, 2022.
“This is in recognition of your dexterous leader acumen, passionate professional capabilities and outstanding contributions toward the development of the Nigeria students and the society at large.
“We the Nigeria students are proud of your all-inclusive and quality leadership style,” he said.
The vice-president solicited the assembly support toward the growth and development of the association.(NAN)
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