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State of Emergency On Education In Kano: Cursory Glace

Abba Kabir

By Adamu Muhammad Nababa

Kano State Governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf has finally declared a State of Emergency on Education in Kano State. By this declaration, ordinarily, it means the state of education at all levels in Kano State is in dying throes. And existing structures, delivery mechanisms, manpower, staff morale, quality provisions and funding among many other factors are either grossly inadequate, dilapidated or not available at all. And the burning desire and commitment to address all these forthrightly for an immediate impact, requires superlative power which can only be possible by declaring the entire education sector being in an alarming state.

 

The seriousness with which the state government handles education is evident in several official statements made by the Commissioner of Education; Commissioner For Higher Education & the Commissioner For Science & Technology at different engagements.

 

Attendance

 

The occasion, held at the Government House on Saturday, June 8, 2024 was well attended. Beside the entire State Executive Council members, the Kano State House of Assembly leadership, the Judiciary, major education stakeholders, Kano State Emirate Council, educational agencies and many state and non state actors among many others were in attendance.

 

The former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE along with his long standing political ally, the former Governor of Cross River State, Mr Donal Duke, were in attendance. In fact, Mr Donal Duke was announced as the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion.

 

Students, Teachers, school administrators, heads of educational agencies, University dons including several associations and professional bodies were there. Cultural troupe, the Kano Koroso dancers entertained the audience.

 

The Declaration

 

As expected, the Executive Governor of Kano State himself, His Excellency, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf made the declaration. But before he did so, he revealed the gloomy picture of the state of education in the state that warrants the declaration. He was categorical in his remark on out of school children which put the figure close to a million, referring to the reason for it as a result of negligence of the education sector by the government he took over from. He also mentioned instead of building schools and more classrooms, School premises were in some places curved out and sold for private business purposes. And that teachers were made to work under difficult condition of service without training or improved welfare. After berating his predecessor, he pledged to turn the fortune of education swiftly. In particular, all closed boarding schools would be reopened at the beginning of next session. And recruitment of ten thousand teachers would be ensured. In line with this, BESDA teachers under SUBEB have been absorbed on permanent and pensionable appointment.

 

Some graduates sponsored by former Governor Kwankwaso during his second tenure were issued their certificates because they could not have them without settling outstanding payments to the Universities. The graduates were from Baze University and Igbenidion Universities which the previous government was said to refuse paying the balance on political grounds. The present Governor settled it and collect the certificates issued to them at the occasion. In the same vain, the Governor expressed the commitment to continue sponsoring Kano youths to Nigerian and overseas Universities.

 

The Governor has also pledged to revive all legacy projects of former Governor Kwankwaso whom he crowned as the foremost proponent of education development in Africa. And so, a huge funding is required to bring back to life the education sector to breath again.

 

The Callenge

 

While everyone bothered with the state of decay in the education sector in Kano State, not everyone believe it will be revamped by declaring a state of emergency. The declaration must be matched with action. It must be a well articulated document and meticulously implemented. The Governor has obviously done his part. His assessments are true. His commitment well exhibited, his good intentions laid bare. And above all, put before all, that salvaging the education sector is not only for the Government alone to carry out. It is the duty of all of us to come to the rescue mission. All hands must be on deck to tackle the anomalies. Of course, the delivery organs spearheaded by the Ministry of Education and it’s agencies must be carried along and be given a matching order to ensure the kite flies. The anxiety in the sector must be turned to excitement. For long Kano state has been in the forefront on all indices of educational development in Nigeria, and this declaration must propel it to take the front seat.

 

Finally, and warmly so and said by the Governor’s quote of late Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world’ that he will use education to change the fortunes of Kano State.

 

Adamu Muhammad Nababa

Kano, Nigeria.

 

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