Prof Ahmed Modibbo accuses northern governors of complicity in the failure to integrate the almajiri school with western education
Modibbo alleges that attempts by the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, to address the problems of the almajiris in the region was not supported by northern governors
The professor notes that the education the facilities built for almajiris were abandoned by northern state governments because they wanted to be given cash to build the schools A former executive secretary of the Universal Basic Education (UBE), Prof Ahmed Modibbo, has accused governors in the northern region of frustrating the integration of the almajiri school with western education.
Prof Ahmed Modibbo made the accusation when he delivered a talk at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in Kaduna state on Saturday, November 2, The Nation reports.
He said attempts by the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, to address the problems of the almajiris in the region was not supported by the northern governors.
He stated that even after Jonathan spent billions of naira for the construction of more than 100 model schools for the integration of the system, the facilities were abandoned by state governments because they wanted to be given cash to build the schools.
Prof Modibbo alleged that the governors were displeased that the federal government carried out the project through UBEC and the Education Tax Fund (ETF), noting that wanted the money to be given to them so that they could nominate contractors for the project.
In another report, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on the federal government to revive the almajiri special school system, to address cases of street begging.
Abubakar who is also the president-general, Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, made the call during a public lecture to mark Nigeria’s 59 Independence Anniversary on Friday, September 27 in Abuja.
He expressed confidence that one of the ways to tackle the problem of children roaming the streets to beg, was to revive the almajiri special system.
Meanwhile, the Kano state government has announced that it has recruited 600 teachers to teach in remodeled almajiri schools as part of efforts to stop the Almajiri school students from roaming the streets and begging.
The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, disclosed this during the induction of the 600 teachers at the government house in Kano on Monday, October 8.
Ganduje said that the teachers were recruited under the Best Education for State Delivery for All (BESDA) programme.